Conflicting LNG carrier capacity trends emerging in Japan

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier designers and builders are confronted with apparently conflicting capacity trends in Japan. That was the upshot of two papers presented at the Gastech '96 conference in Vienna this month (OGJ, Dec. 9, p. 28). Kiyotaka Takeda, director of LNG carrier design at NKK Corp., and colleagues argued there is a requirement for increased LNG capacity in new carriers, to be operated at existing terminals without the need to build new berths. Meanwhile, Masatoh Nakamura, manager of initial planning at Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., and colleagues contend that the emergence of city gas companies as LNG customers is creating a need for smaller LNG car...

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