Kumiai Navigation has added a second very large LPG/liquefied ammonia gas carrier (VLGC) to its orderbook at Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).
The Singapore-based subsidiary of Japan’s Kumiai Senpaku has exercised its option for one more LPG-fuelled 86，700 cu m unit following an initial order in June last year.
As with the previous order， no price has been revealed for the 230-m-long vessel that will also be delivered in 2025 and be able to carry LPG and liquefied ammonia gas in separate cargo tanks at the same time. Kumiai currently has a fleet of 11 bulkers and nine gas carriers.
Similar vessels have been ordered at KHI by Japanese owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)， K Line， and Eneos for entry into the market in 2023 and 2024. NYK recently booked its fifth LPG/NH3 carrier at the KHI Sakaide Works shipyard for delivery in 2026.