Today, a naming ceremony was held at the Sakaide shipyard of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier that NYK and Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc. (KEPCO; head office: Osaka; president and director: Shigeki Iwane) will jointly own. At the ceremony, the ship was named “LNG Sakura” by Mr. Iwane of KEPCO, and the ceremonial rope holding the vessel in place was cut by Mr. Iwane’s wife. Tadaaki Naito, president of NYK, attended the ceremony, among others.
“LNG Sakura” is the first vessel to be co-owned between NYK (30%) and KEPCO (70%). After construction, the ship will transport LNG sourced from shale gas fields in North America and various other locations, in a 20-year charter agreement. Sakura, meaning “cherry blossom” in Japanese, was included in the name as a symbol of friendship and goodwill between Japan and the United States, and to encourage the continual development of the project.
The new ship features a moss-type tank, the largest in the industry, having a capacity of about 177,000 m3, enabling highly efficient transport. In addition, the ship is an energy-saving carrier equipped with a new twin-screw and a dual-fuel diesel electric propulsion engine that improves fuel consumption and propulsion performance.
NYK will continue its efforts for stable and economical energy transport.
Outline of “LNG Sakura”
Length overall: 300.00 meters
Breadth: 48.90 meters
Gross tonnage: 135,977 tons
Main engine: dual-fuel diesel electric propulsion engine
Shipbuilder: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.
(Some of the above specifications are estimates.)
On December 9, Keiichi Ishii, Japan’s minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism visited the NYK Maritime Museum in Yokohama.
NYK chairman Yasumi Kudo and museum director Tadashi Abe greeted the minister, who then reviewed the history of Japan’s maritime transport industry through the story of NYK. Minister Ishii was shown a letter of appreciation sent by Japanese Admiral Togo Heihachiro to an NYK vessel requisitioned during the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905), an early Showa period (1945–1989) menu from the cruise ship "Asama Maru," and a rain barrel used for fire protection at the Tsukumo Shokai Shipping Company. NYK traces its history back to the founding of Tsukumo Shokai in the 1800s.
NYK continues to make every effort to safeguard key items to preserve the historical links between the Japanese marine industry and society, and thus enhance the maritime spirit.
NYK Maritime Museum
Examines the history of Japan’s maritime transport industry since the establishment of NYK in 1885. Website: http://www.nyk.com/rekishi/e/
On December 13, a naming ceremony was held at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier that NYK had ordered from MI LNG Company Ltd.* The ceremony was attended by Toshihiro Sano, chairman of TEPCO Fuel & Power Inc. (headquarters: Tokyo, president: Seiji Moriya); Hendrik Gordenker, chairman of JERA Co. Inc. (headquarters: Tokyo, president: Yuji Kakimi); ** Yasumi Kudo, chairman of NYK; and a number of related parties.
At the ceremony, the ship was named “Pacific Mimosa” by Mr. Sano of TEPCO Fuel & Power, and the ceremonial rope holding the vessel in place was cut by Mr. Sano’s wife. The ship’s main port of call will be in Australia, and the vessel derives its name from Australia’s national flower, which is part of the Mimosa family.
The ship will be delivered in March 2018 and assigned to transport LNG for JERA from the Wheatstone LNG project — in which JERA, Mitsubishi Corporation (head office: Tokyo; president and CEO: Takehiko Kakiuchi), and NYK participate. LNG Marine Transport Ltd.*** will be responsible for the operational management of the vessel.
NYK will continue its efforts for stable energy transport.
* MI LNG Company, Ltd.
Jointly established by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Imabari Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
**JERA Co. Inc.
Jointly established by TEPCO Fuel & Power Inc. and Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc.
*** LNG Marine Transport Ltd.
Jointly established by JERA Co. Inc. (70%), Mitsubishi Corporation (15%), and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (15%). Responsible for operational management of the maritime transport of LNG.
Outline of “Pacific Mimosa”
Length overall: 288 meters
Breadth: 48.94 meters
Main engine: steam turbine
Gross tonnage: 138,000 tons
Cargo tank capacity: 155,300 cubic meters
Shipbuilder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.