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KHI--First SOx Scrubber-equipped Vessel Delivered, the LPG Carrier Pyxis Pioneer -- 23/03/2019.

Tokyo, April 23, 2019 -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. delivered today the Pyxis Pioneer (Kawasaki hull No. 1737), an 82,200 [m.sup.3] capacity liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier, for Kumiai Navigation (Pte) Ltd. This is our 58th LPG carrier, and our first vessel to include a SO x scrubber*.

Delivery, principal particulars, and features of the vessel are as described below.

Delivery                       April 23, 2019
Principal Particulars
Length overall                    229.90 m
Length between perpendiculars     226.00 m
Molded breadth                     37.20 m
Molded depth                       21.00 m
Molded draft                       11.20 m
Gross tonnage                  47,236
Deadweight                     53,928 t
Hold capacity                  82,391 [m.sup.3]
Main engine                    One set of Kawasaki-MAN B&W 7S60ME-C8.2
                               diesel engine
Complement                     29 people
                               Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)
County of registration         Singapore


1. This vessel adopts Kawasaki's uniquely developed bow shape called SEA-Arrow, which significantly improves propulsion performance by minimizing bow wave resistance.

2. The main engine powering the vessel is an energy-efficient, electronically-controlled, ultra-long-stroke, twos-troke low-speed diesel engine. In addition, the Kawasaki rudder bulb system with fins (RBS-F) and the semiduct system with contra fins (SDS-F) contribute to reducing fuel consumption.

3. In order to satisfy new restrictions on SOx emissions which will be implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2020**, the vessel includes a set of Sox scrubbers at the exhaust gas outlets of the main engine and the power generation engine. With this system it is also possible to reduce the cost of fuel oil, because general fuel oil can continue to be used after the regulations are tightened, without the need to switch to low sulfur fuel oil.

4. Four independent cargo tanks are installed in the cargo holds for carrying liquefied petroleum gas. The tanks are designed to provide optimal thermal insulation and absorb low-temperature contraction.

5. The cargo tanks are made with special cryogenic steel for loading LPG with a minimum temperature of -46[degrees]C. The tanks are wrapped in urethane foam for thermal insulation.

6. The vessel is designed to be fully compliant with the New Panamax requirements and is able to navigate the newly expanded Panama Canal, which was completed in June 2016.

SOx scrubber: an exhaust gas cleaning system, which removes SOx (sulfur oxide).

SOx emission control: Currently, SOx emission restrictions in North American and European emission control areas (ECAs) limit sulfur content in fuels to 0.1% or less. Starting on January 1, 2020, new regulations will require that ships operating in all other parts of the world achieve fuel sulfur content levels of 0.5% or less, or alternatively, use equipment to reduce SOx in exhaust gases to an equivalent level.

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Date:May 13, 2019
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