NYK acquires methanol-fueled chemical tanker

Grouse Sun NYK

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has taken delivery of vessel Grouse Sun, a methanol-fueled chemical tanker owned by NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd. – an NYK Group company based in Singapore.

The vessel was built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Korea and delivered on 19 April.

Grouse Sun has been equipped with a dual-fuel engine that uses both heavy fuel oil and methanol.

When navigating using methanol as fuel, the vessel has a technology that suppresses the production of NOx (nitrogen oxides) by adding water to methanol to lower its temperature during combustion.

As a result, NYK has stated that the vessel can comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Tier III NOx emission standard and contribute to environment-friendly transportation without the need for an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) device.

Under the management of NYK Shipmanagement Pte. Ltd., the vessel will be engaged in a long-term charter contract with Waterfront Shipping Limited, the world’s largest methanol producer.

Earlier this week, NYK launched Japan’s first ship-to-ship biofuel supply test.

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