NYK plans to build 12 new LNG-fuelled pure car and truck carriers. The vessels are slated to be delivered between 2025 and 2028.

The company has signed a memorandum of understanding for the consecutive building of the PCTCs at Shin Kurushima Dockyard and Nihon Shipyard.

The company said the consecutive building of LNG-fuelled PCTCs is in accordance with the PCTC fleet replacement plan to achieve its environment management target. The company’s target is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per tonne-kilometre transport by 50% by 2050.

NYK said the use of LNG fuel, in addition to hull modification to improve fuel economy, will contribute to a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 40% compared to ships using conventional heavy fuel oil.

The company said it aims to further advance to zero-emission levels by using marine fuels that have a lower environmental impact, such as hydrogen and ammonia from about 2030. However, it said it is positioning LNG fuel as a bridge until further zero-emission ships can be built.