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Japan’s first LNG-fuelled ferry “Sunflower Kurenai” undergoes naming ceremony

04 Mar 2022

A naming and launching ceremony for Sunflower Kurenai, the first of Japan’s first two LNG-fuelled ferries, was held at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works Enoura Plant on Thursday (3 March), according to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.

The vessel is slated to enter service on the Osaka-Beppu route, operated by Ferry Sunflower Co., Ltd. as an alternative of the vessel currently in service in January 2023, after it is delivered from Mitsubishi Shipbuilding.

It will be Japan’s first ferry, adopting environmental-friendly specifications as it is equipped with high-performance dual-fuel engine, which can run on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and heavy fuel oil.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced plans to construct the first two LNG-fuelled ferries in Japan, the Sunflower Kurenai and the Sunflower Murasaki in November 2019.

The vessels, which use technology from Wärtsilä, have earned the top rating of five stars from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s energy conservation rating system for coastal ships.

Around 50 tons of LNG fuel per day will be supplied via truck-to-ship to these ferries berthed in Beppu Port (the northside wharf at the third pier) in Oita Prefecture under a bunkering contract.

Related: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines concludes first transition loan contract for two LNG-fuelled ferries
Related: MOL & Kyushu Electric enter LNG bunker fuel supply agreement for Ferry Sunflower Ltd
Related: Three MOL LNG-fuelled ships rated five stars from Japan ministry for vessel performance
Related: Wärtsilä technology solutions conscripted for Japan’s first LNG powered ferries
Related: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines to order Japan’s first two domestic LNG-fuelled ferries


Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 4 March, 2022

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