Japan’s Tsuneishi reveals LNG-powered Kamsarmax

Japan’s Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has developed an LNG-powered Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier as the shipping industry looks to meet stricter IMO rules and slash emissions.

The shipbuilder said in a statement on Thursday it recently received approval in principle from classification society Lloyd’s Register for the Kamsarmax GF LNG-powered design.

Kamsarmax is larger than the conventional Panamax bulk carrier and has a capacity of 80,000 dwt and above, Tsuneishi says. The name comes from the Port of Kamsar in Guinea.

The dual-fuel Kamsarmax would primarily go on LNG. It would achieve a 40 percent emissions reduction rate, exceeding IMO’s 30 percent EEDI Phase 3 requirement for bulk carriers after 2025, Tsuneishi said.

In addition, the vessel will be 229 meters long and 32.2 meters wide.

Following the basic design approval, Tsuneishi said it would now work on the detailed design and marketing of the LNG-powered Kamsarmax.

The shipbuilder also said it aims to develop other LNG-powered vessels as well as zero-emissions ships.

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