Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) announced that its two conceptual designs for LNG-fuelled and battery-powered bulk carriers have received Approvals in Principle (AiPs) from ClassNK.
s informed, K Line developed a conceptual design for 200,000 ton class capesize bulk carrier in collaboration with Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Taiyo Electric Co., Ltd. The other design was jointly created by “K” LINE, Shin Kurushima Sanoyas Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and Taiyo Electric Co., Ltd for 90,000 ton class post-Panamax bulk carrier.
By selecting low-carbon LNG as the primary fuel source, an energy-saving vessel has been designed that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The design was further enhanced by adopting permanent magnet (PM) shaft generator technology, along with lithium-ion batteries, which are already being used in a wide range of fields in the society.
Moreover, by utilizing batteries as part of the platform for power supply on board, the aim is to further reduce emissions going forward by later adding green energy sources with energy-saving technology.
In addition to the equipment for greenhouse gas emissions reduction under the recent AIPs, the aim is to further reduce emissions going forward by installing various optional technologies.
The company informs that will actively work to reduce environmental impact by researching, developing, and introducing ships with excellent environmental performance to achieve our goal set on “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050.