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Toyota to go green in moving cars by sea

LNG-fueled ships will slash emissions in line with new global standard

An LNG-powered car carrier, billed as the first of its kind, was constructed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in 2016.

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor plans to use environmentally friendly ships fueled by liquefied natural gas to transport automobiles across the globe, responding to a tighter environmental rule taking effect in 2020.

The three maritime carriers owning vessels for its vehicles -- Nippon Yusen, Kawasaki Kisen and the Toyota group's Toyofuji Shipping -- are expected to order a little over 20 ships within several years, starting with three to six each. These are seen costing a total of roughly 200 billion yen ($1.83 billion).

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