Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has placed an order for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled ferries from Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., said the firms on Friday (27 December).
Construction of the LNG powered newbuildings, the first such a project in Japan, will be at the Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works, with successive completion and handover scheduled for the end of 2022 to early 2023.
Ferry Sunflower Limited based in Oita, will operate the ferries on its Osaka-Beppu route.
The ferries will be about 199.9m long and 28.0m wide, with gross tonnage of approximately 17,300 tonnes. They will have maximum prescribed capacity for 763 passengers, and carrying capacity for around 136 13-meter trucks and 100 passenger cars.
The main power plant will be a high-performance dual-fuel engine able to operate on both LNG and A?type heavy oil, the first for a Japanese ferry.
“Going forward, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will continue to construct passenger?cargo ships and transport vessels to support the steady operation of customers, and by providing technologies to reduce the environmental load will work together with its customers to solve their diverse challenges, vitalize maritime transportation, and contribute to environmental protection,” the company said.
Photo credit: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Published: 30 December, 2019
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