With the industry looking to adopt cleaner fuels to meet new environmental
regulations as well as future economic growth, the demand for LNG as a fuel is
rapidly increasing. ClassNK organized these seminars to provide the industry with
the latest technical information on the use of LNG as a fuel and related technology.
In addition to ClassNK’s own LNG experts, specialists from the various sectors of
the Japanese maritime industry including shipbuilders, shipowners, and marine
equipment manufacturers presented on a range of LNG related topics at the
seminars. About 160 industry members attended the event in Shanghai, and about
180 in Singapore, where Taira Narisawa, Regional Manager of China, and Toshio
Kurashiki, Regional Manager of South Asia and Oceania gave the opening remarks
on behalf of ClassNK at each respective event.
Among the foremost experts at the seminars, Professor Koji Takasaki, Graduate
School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University gave a presentation titled
“Development of Natural Gas Fuelled Ships in the World”, followed by a
presentation from NYK LINE’s General Manager of Fuel Group Yukio Matsukata
on “NYK’s Challenges on LNG Fuel Project”.
The seminar also explored viable options for the use of LNG as a fuel with Tetsuji
Yamada, Daihatsu Diesel MFG. Co. Ltd presenting on the “Development of 4-Stroke
Marine Dual Fuel Engine”, and Kei Tanaka from the Cooperative Association of
Japan Shipbuilders outlining a “Study of Small Scale LNG Carrier/Bunkering Ship
with DF Engine”. Takashi Unseki, Chief Engineer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
explored various LNG usage options in his presentation “Environmentally Friendly
& Superior Solution with LNG as Fuel”.Koichi Nishifuji, Manager of ClassNK’s Natural Resource and Energy Department
ended the seminar with a talk about the society’s ongoing activities relating to
This seminar was supported by Japanese maritime media company Kaiji Press Co.,
Ltd in Shanghai and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in Singapore.
The presentation materials are available from the web site below.