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NYK Line Takes Delivery of Second LNG-Powered PCTC from Chinese Shipbuilder
By SEA AND COAST | 25/04/2023
Japanese shipping giant NYK Line has taken delivery of its second LNG-fuelled pure car truck carrier (PCTC), named Wild Rose Leader, from China Merchants Jinling Shipyard. This comes after the order for four such units was placed with the Chinese shipbuilder in 2020. With a capacity of 7,000 CEU, the car carrier measures 199 meters in length and 38 meters in molded width, making it one of the largest ships in its class.
 
One of the key features of the Wild Rose Leader is its 12 car decks, four movable decks, one tailgate, and one side door, providing ample space for cargo and passengers. To facilitate seamless movement within the ship, the decks are connected by movable ramps, ensuring ease of access for passengers and crew.
 
The vessel incorporates battery hybrid technology aimed at enhancing fuel efficiency by mitigating main engine and electrical generator load fluctuations through the support of batteries. Its engines are fitted with Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) 7X62DF2.1 low-pressure dual-fuel engines by CSSC-MES Diesel (CMD), which include Intelligent Control by Exhaust Recycling (iCER) technology. This helps to reduce GHG emissions by about 50% by cutting methane emissions from the exhaust gas.
 
The Wild Rose Leader is expected to reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions by 99% compared to ships fueled by heavy fuel oil, and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 96%. Furthermore, CO2 emissions are set to be cut by about 40% per unit of transportation, according to NYK Line, through the use of LNG fuel and other energy-saving measures like hull modification.
 
The delivery of the Wild Rose Leader marks NYK Line's second PCTC vessel to incorporate LNG fuel technology, with the first vessel in the series, Jasmine Leader, delivered in February 2023. The company's commitment to eco-friendly transportation solutions is in line with global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable shipping practices.
 
NYK Line's second LNG-fuelled PCTC vessel is likely to be well-received by the shipping industry and environmental groups, given the increased focus on reducing emissions in the maritime sector. The vessel's impressive emission reductions and energy-saving measures highlight the importance of innovative technologies in advancing sustainable shipping practices.
 
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