NKK To Build First LNG Carrier To Use Technigaz Mark III Membrane-Type Cargo Tank System
NKK Corporation recently announced that it has received an order from Nippon Yusen K.K.
(NYK) and Perbadanan Nasional Shipping Line Berhad (PNSL), Malaysia's leading shipping company, to build a 18,000-cubic-meter LNG (liquefied natural gas) carrier. The agreement was signed between NKK and NYK and PNSL, the vessel's joint owners, in Kuala Lumpur. The carrier, which will have a steam turbine main engine, is to be built at NKK's Tsu Works, with delivery scheduled for July 1993. It will become the world's first LNG carrier to use the Technigaz Mark III membrane-type cargo tank system, based on technology licensed to NKK by France's Societe Nouvelle Technigaz in 1971. NKK's extensive LNG technology, developed over 20 years, will be incorporated in the building of the vessel.
The 426-foot-long by 84-footwide LNG carrier has the following features: a compact hull form without unused space, ensuring high economic efficiency; freely selectable hull design, enabling optimum tank size and shape; good bridge visibility; excellent maneuverability due to small sail area; easy maintenance due to low, flat upper deck; and complete double-hull structure. For free literature on the facilities and capabilities of NKK,