Japan’s first LNG bunkering vessel launched

Written by Nick Blenkey
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LNG bunkering vessel is set to start operations in September 2020

Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Sakaide Works has successfully launched Japan’s first LNG bunkering vessel (LBV).

The LBV is scheduled to be delivered at the end of September 2020 and will be the first to be operated in Japan. After delivery, it will be based at JERA Co.’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station and commence ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations.

In 2018, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (“K” Line), JERA Co. Inc., Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) jointly established Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation (CLS), which owns the LBV and ordered its building, and Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation (CLMF), which will promote the LNG bunkering business in the Chubu (central) region of Japan.


  • LNG cargo tank capacity: 3,500 cu.m
  • Gross tonnage: 4,100 tons
  • Length overall: 81.7 meters
  • Breadth: 18.0 meters
  • Delivery: September 2020
  • Shipyard: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. Sakaide Works
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