On October 28, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) took delivery of Sakura Leader, a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) capable of navigating oceans with only LNG as the ship’s main fuel. The vessel was built at the Shin Kurushima Dockyard of Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd and will be managed by NYK Shipmanagement PTE LTD (NYKSM).
The ship is the first large LNG-fueled PCTC to be built in Japan. Vessel modification and the switch to LNG will make the ship up to approximately 40% more energy efficient (by reducing CO2 emissions per unit of transport) compared to ships using conventional heavy oil fired engines. The vessel is also expected to reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions by approximately 99% and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by approximately 86% compared to ships using conventional heavy oil fired engines. The vessel will be contributing to clean marine transport by carrying vehicles around the world.
NYK Group’s medium-term management plan is “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green”, and in accordance with the plan, environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria has been incorporated into each Group company’s business strategies. As part of the NYK Group, NYKSM will continue to strive optimal balance between the environment and the economy to contribute to a sustainable society.