Wild Rose Leader, NYK’s fourth LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC), entered the ports of Nagoya on May 10 and Yokkaichi on May 15 for the first time. On the same days, commemoration ceremonies were held at each port and attended by related parties to celebrate the vessel’s arrival and wish it a lifetime of safe voyages.
Wild Rose Leader is the second of four vessels to be delivered from China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) and was given the name of a flower to emphasize NYK’s desire for its LNG-fueled PCTCs to pass on a healthy global environment through environment-friendly transportation.
The day after entering the port of Nagoya, the vessel received LNG fuel from Kaguya, an LNG bunkering ship operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation, which is a joint venture owned by NYK and other partners. This was the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering to ever occur at Nagoya port.
On May 12 at the port of Nagoya, the vessel loaded vehicles and equipment handled by Isewan Terminal Service and on May 15 at the port of Yokkaichi , the vessel loaded vehicles made by Honda Motor.
NYK has set a long-term target of net-zero emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) by 2050 for the NYK Group’s oceangoing business and aims at launching zero-emission ships that run on low-environmental-load marine fuels, such as ammonia or hydrogen, in the future.
NYK is positioning LNG, a low-carbon marine fuel, as a bridge-solution until future zero-emission ships are realized. The company plans to take delivery of a total of 20 new LNG-fueled PCTCs by 2028 under the Sail GREEN brand.
Photo credit: Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation. Wild Rose Leader with LNG bunkering ship Kaguya.