Japan’s first LNG bunkering vessel was successfully launched by Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Sakaide Works. Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation (CLS), a joint venture set up in 2018 by JERA together with “K” Line, Toyota Tsusho, and NYK Line ordered it in July 2018 and it is hoped that it will promote a shift to marine LNG for ships. Image courtesy of Toyota Tsusho The vessel will have an LNG cargo tank capacity of 3,500 cubic meters, the joint venture behind the project said in a joint statement. The vessel will provide ship-to-ship LNG bunker deliveries in the Chubu (central) region of Japan and will be based at JERA’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station. Meanwhile, Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation (CLMF), another joint venture set up by the companies will focus on promoting the LNG bunkering business.