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Delivery of Next-generation Environmentally Friendly Car Carrier Fuelled by LNG “CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN”

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Delivery of Next-generation Environmentally Friendly Car Carrier Fuelled by LNG

Please watch her first appearance on “K” LINE’s YouTube Channel. Introduction of “CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN”

LONDON – February 23, 2021: On March 12, the “CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN”, a car carrier fuelled by LNG (liquefied natural gas) that had been under construction at Tadotsu Shipyard Co., Ltd., part of the Imabari Shipbuilding Group, was delivered to “K” LINE.

From the Naming Ceremony at Tadotsu Shipyard Co.,Ltd, From left: Setsuhiro Kurokawa, Executive Vice President, Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Gakuro Hosomi, Captain of “CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN” Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman and Representative Director, Toyota Motor Corporation and his wife (Joined by Online) Takeya Mikami, Chief Engineer of “CENTURY HIGHWAY GREEN” Yukito Higaki, President, Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

She is a next-generation environmentally friendly vessel expected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a greenhouse gas (GHG) by 25% to 30%(*1), emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx), which cause air pollution, by almost 100%, and emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 80% to 90% with the use of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) in addition to the use of LNG fuel, compared to conventional vessels using heavy fuel oil. The launch of “K” LINE’s first LNG fuelled car carrier realizing transportation with a low environmental impact is an important milestone for achieving the targets set forth in the “K” LINE Environmental
Vision 2050(*2).

In addition, a remote naming ceremony was carried out on March 3, ahead of the vessel’s delivery. Four locations in Aichi, Kagawa, Okayama, and Tokyo were connected online, with attendees including Toyota Motor Corporation (head office: Toyota-city, Aichi; President and Representative Director: Akio Toyoda) Chairman and Representative Director Takeshi Uchiyamada and his wife, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Maritime Bureau Director-General Shinichiro Otsubo, Ministry of the Environment Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Environmental Office Director Kenji Kamita, Imabari Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd. President Yukito Higaki and “K” LINE President and Representative Director Yukikazu Myochin. The vessel was named by adding the word “GREEN” evoking images of harmony with the planet and the environment to the traditional name of “CENTURY HIGHWAY” that has been used in four of “K” LINE’s car carriers in the past.

Joined by Online from “K” LINE Tokyo office: Yukikazu Myochin “K” LINE President and Representative Director

The vessel utilizes a variety of environmental measures and digital technologies to improve safety, environment, and quality that are important issues for “K” LINE.

◼ Overview of the Vessel
Length of Over All : 199.98 meters
Beam : 37.2 meters
Maximum number of cars loaded : 7,080 vehicles
Gross tonnage : 73,515 tons
LNG fuel tank capacity : 2,439 cubic meters
Registry : Japan

◼ Environmental Specifications of the Vessel
– The vessel uses a dual fuel main engine and auxiliary engines (generator, boiler) capable of operating on either LNG or Marine Gas Oil (MGO). The main engine uses a high pressure type ME-GI engine, reducing emissions of methane slip (unburnt gas), which is a greenhouse gas.

– The main engine utilizes EGR and the generator utilizes Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), clearing NOx Tier III regulations when using either LNG and MGO fuel.

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