Tokyo-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. Friday named and launched the company’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled tugboat built at Kanagawa Dockyard Co., Ltd.
The tugboat was named Ishin after MOL's technology development project, the Ishin Next – MOL Smart Ship Project, and is slated for delivery in February 2019; it will be the first LNG-fuelled tugboat serving Osaka Bay starting in April.
The Ishin will be operated by Nihon Tug-Boat Co., Ltd. and LNG fuel will be supplied by Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. using a truck-to-ship system. MOL and Osaka Gas will establish an LNG fuel supply system for vessels in Sakai Senboku Port, which will be the first in Osaka Bay.
The vessel is powered by two dual-fuel commercial marine engines 6EY26DF from Yanmar Co., Ltd., which will also be used as the main propulsion unit for Sinanju’s LNG dual fuel bunker tanker.
The newbuilding is also Japan's first LNG-fuelled tugboat with a removable LNG fuel tank mounted on the exposed deck at the stern of the ship to enhance convenience in bunkering, maintenance, and inspection.
“MOL takes a proactive stance in promoting spread of LNG fuel to meet the needs of customers and society alike to reduce the environmental impact of vessel operation,” it says.
“Through the operation of Ishin, which has an excellent balance of high-speed sailing and environmental performance, the company looks forward to spurring the development of LNG fuel supply systems in Japan and overseas.”
Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 1 October, 2018
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