JAPAN's Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has brought into service the world's first liquefied natural gas carrier built with the Technigaz Mark III membrane-type cargo containment system. The company operates 14 LNG carriers. The Aman Bintulu, which plies the route between Hakata and Bintulu, is a 16,399-tonne ship manned by a crew of 26 - 13 Japanese and 13 Malaysians. The Malaysian seamen, trained at NYK's Yokodai Training Centre in Yokohama, would continue receiving instructions on vessel operation from their experienced Japanese officers and crew as needed, the company said. The Malaysian Government authorities expect NYK officers to transfer their full expertise to Malaysian nationals to ensure safe navigation. There are plans to put a second carrier of similar size and build into service. NYK says it has secured customers' confidence by maintaining an excellent track record in the construction and safe operation of its LNG fleet, one of the largest in the world.