Kawasaki to build LPG/LAG tanker

Written by Nick Blenkey
Ship is designed for simultaneous carriage of LPG and Liquefied Ammonia Gas

Ship is designed for simultaneous transport of two separate gas fuels;

In an all in the family deal, Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. has booked an order from Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) for a new 86,700-cubic-meter liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied ammonia gas (LAG) carrier powered by LPG fuel.

The vessel is equipped with separate cargo tanks designed to carry LPG and LAG at the same time. The ship will be the 71st LPG carrier to be constructed by Kawasaki, and its eighth LPG-fueled LPG carrier. Kawasaki plans to complete the construction of the vessel at its Sakaide Works in 2023.

The advantage of this dual-purpose vessel, says Kawasaki, is its capability to simultaneously carry LPG, already used as a low-carbon energy source, and LAG, emerging as a new fuel that can contribute to the establishment of a decarbonized society.

Another feature, says the shipbuilder, is the greater capacity of the cargo tanks as compared to conventional carriers, which was achieved without significantly changing the vessel’s length, breadth, or other main specifications.

Kawasaki says it plans to develop and build more LPG-fueled LPG carriers and other commercial vessels that meet environmental standards, including vessels for transporting liquefied hydrogen, considered to be the next-generation energy source.


  • Length overall Approx. 230.00 meters
  • Molded breadth 37.20 meters
  • Molded depth 21.90 meters
  • Molded summer draft 11.65 meters
  • Tank capacity 86,700 cubic meters
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