Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) on Monday (28 September) said its liquified natural gas (LNG)-fuelled tugboat Ishin, operated by MOL Group company Nihon Tug-Boat Co, has won a “Ship of the Year 2019” award in the Work Ship/Special Purpose Ship category.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that one of the awards has been presented to an MOL vessel, said the company.
The Ship of the Year Award, now in its 30th year, is presented by The Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE) to recognise the highest levels of technology, design, and social responsibility among vessels built in Japan, explained MOL.
The Ishin earned high marks not only for its environmental performance, but also for its combination of power (pushing/towing), which is essential for a tugboat, as well as its high-speed navigation and swift maneuverability, which make it ideal for escorting large vessels.
MOL noted that the tugboat also features a unique detachable LNG fuel tank.
MOL added it works on a group-wide scale to leverage its accumulated experiences and know-how in designing of control systems for LNG fuel provision and in the planning process for LNG fuel supplying operations, obtained from shipbuilding and navigations.
These findings will be utilised for a series of LNG-fueled ferries slated to launch by the end of 2022 through the first half of 2023.
Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 29 September, 2020
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