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Japan: First LNG, VLSFO multi-fuel bunkering vessel launched by Ecobunker Shipping

05 Aug 2020

Japanese LNG bunkering vessel owner and operator Ecobunker Shipping Co Ltd, a joint venture including SEA-LNG members YKIP, Uyeno Marine Service, and Sumitomo Corporation, on Tuesday (4 August) launched Japan’s first multi-fuel bunkering vessel capable of both ship-to-ship liquified natural gas (LNG) and VLSFO bunkering.

The ceremony was held at Fukuoka Shipbuilding shipyard and the vessel name was revealed to be Ecobunker Tokyo Bay.

The company said it will continue to work on outfitting the vessel including installation of equipment and tanks after the ceremony.

Ecobunker Shipping added that it will continue to promote eco-friendly bunker fuel, and aim to contribute in developing Tokyo Bay as one of the world’s leading LNG bunkering hubs.

With considerations to the Covid-19 pandemic, the naming and launching ceremony was held with a  limited number of attendees with live streaming on YouTube.

The Youtube videos for the ceremony including a Shinto blessing are available here, here and here.

Photo credit: Ecobunker Shipping Co Ltd
Published: 5 August, 2020

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