Japanese shipping firm IINO Kaiun Kaisha, Ltd (IINO) has an intention to integrate alternative fuels into its future operations, says its earnings results presentation for the fiscal year ended 31 March, 2018 released in June.
The company noted entering into a time charter contract with Waterfront Shipping Company Limited (WFS) for a newly built methanol-fuelled 49,000 dwt chemical tanker.
It plans to jointly build the vessel with Mitsui & Co.,Ltd. at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co.,Ltd. (Korea); the dual-fuelled newbuilding will be the company’s first.
“Methanol is a safe, biodegradable and clean-burning fuel that significantly decreases emissions of sulphur oxide and nitrogen oxides,” it says.
IINO also noted the start of a survey of demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled vessels and LNG bunkering vessels through the fuel conversion of existing regional/coastal LNG tankers.
The Japanese shipping sector has made clear their intention to get ready for LNG bunkering.
The International Transport Forum, an organisation within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in late April published a policy analysis report to assess Japan’s ambition to become an international bunkering hub for LNG.
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), Chubu Electric Power Co., Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) in May jointly announced the establishment of Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation.
Published: 21 June, 2018
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