Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy wins contract for LNG-powered car carriers

Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said it has received an order to supply fuel gas supply system (FGSS) for six LNG-powered car carriers.

MHI said in a statement on Tuesday that a group of Imabari Shipbuilding is building the LNG-powered car carriers.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a unit of MHI, would deliver the equipment. This marks the first order for Mitsubishi’s FGSS for high-pressure dual-fuel engines, MHI said.

MHI said the FGSS consists of LNG fuel tanks, LNG fuel gas supply units, and a control unit.

It did not reveal the price tag of the contract or any additional information.

The firm previously supplied the FGSS for Japan’s first LNG-powered pure car and truck carrier (PCTC), Sakura Leader. Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding built this vessel for NYK.

NYK also earlier this year confirmed plans to place an order for twelve LNG-fueled PCTCs at two compatriot yards.

The yards include Shin Kurushima Dockyard and Nihon Shipyard, which is a joint venture of Imabari Shipbuilding and Japan Marine United Corporation.

The two yards would each build six ships and deliver them from fiscal 2025 to fiscal 2028.

NYK also has four LNG PCTCs with a capacity of about 7,000 units on order at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard.

Including these vessels, NYK’s total number of LNG-fueled PCTCs would increase to 20 by fiscal 2028 through a total investment of about 200 billion yen ($1.75 billion), NYK previously said.

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