Japanese ship-owner NYK is building four LNG carriers with a capacity of 174,000 cubic metres at South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries to be delivered in 2027. The new ships will be chartered to German energy company EnBW on a long-term basis, with details of charter and newbuild prices undisclosed.
The dual-fuelled, French-flagged LNG carriers will be equipped with shaft generators and air lubrication systems. Yasuyuki Inami, executive officer of NYK’s Energy Division, said the conclusion of the long-term charter agreement was “of great importance in further advancing NYK Group’s ESG management”, while adding that the ship-owner’s strong partnership with EnBW would enable it to offer reliable transport services and contribute to the energy transition globally. German energy firms have shifted to LNG supplies after the country suffered from a loss of natural gas supplies from Russia due to the dispute with Ukraine.