The newbuild aims to be Japan's first LNG-fuelled passenger ferry. File Image / Pixabay
Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ('K' Line Kinkai) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ('K' Line) today announced they will work on a joint study for what would be Japan's first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled passenger ferry.
The newbuild vessel is intended for 'K' Line Kinkai, and the study includes specifications, engine types, and any related technical verifications for LNG handling.
'K' Line Kinkai says it has already been working on the study, and the recent collaboration with 'K' Line will accelerate progress.
The 'K' Line Group has also been studying the introduction of various types of LNG-fueled vessels, including car carriers and tugboats, as well as the LNG supply business, the companies noted.
As Ship & Bunker reported last week, the company is part of a working group along with Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) looking at the feasibility of LNG bunkering for car carriers travelling between Japan and Singapore.