Energy-efficient LNG carrier delivered

30 Sep 2011
‘Energy Horizon’ powered by a steam turbine coupled with an energy efficient heat recovery system

‘Energy Horizon’ powered by a steam turbine coupled with an energy efficient heat recovery system

NYK Line and Tokyo LNG Tanker, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo Gas, recently held a naming ceremony for a jointly owned LNG carrier built at the Sakaide Shipyard of the Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation in Japan.

NYK Line and Tokyo LNG Tanker, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo Gas, recently held a naming ceremony for a jointly owned LNG carrier built at the Sakaide Shipyard of the Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation in Japan.

The joint ownership of the 143,000gt newbuilding Energy Horizon is the second such venture between Tokyo LNG Tanker, which owns 10% of the vessel, and NYK, which owns the remaining 90%. The vessel is being chartered for 20 years and is used for shipments of LNG to Japan from various countries, including Australia.

The 300m long, 52m wide vessel is a large moss-type LNG carrier and has a tank capacity of 177,000m3 (cargo capacity: 175,000m3) which, the operators say, makes it possible to increase transport efficiency through economies of scale. In addition, the Energy Horizon is believed to be the first vessel to be equipped with a heat recovery turbine plant that transfers steam from the steam turbine back to the boiler and reheats it. The generated high-temperature steam is then sent back to the turbine which, the manufacturer claims, reduces fuel consumption by up to 15% over conventional steam turbine vessels.

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