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LNG-fuelled tugboat “Ishin” in first LNG bunkering trial at Kobe port

20 Sep 2019

Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) on Wednesday (18 September) announced it has participated in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering trial at the Port of Kobe organised by the Kobe City Port and Harbour Authority.

The company has carried out bunkering on its LNG-fuelled tugboat Ishin which is operated by Nihon-Tug-Boat Co., Ltd.

“This marks the first LNG bunkering in the Port of Kobe, and the successful trial confirmed that LNG fuel can be effectively supplied safely at the port,” it stated.

According to MOL, LNG fuel for the trial was hauled by a tanker truck from the Himeji LNG Plant of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. and via a truck-to-ship system was used to supply Ishin berthed at Kobe Port’s Shinko Pier No.4.

MOL Marine Co., Ltd. has also provided maritime consulting in the trial.

MOL received delivery of its LNG fuelled tugboat ordered from Kanagawa Dockyard Co., Ltd. at Kobe port during March.

Related: MOL officially receives delivery of LNG-fuelled tugboat at Kobe port
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Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 20 September, 2019

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