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World’s first fully electric bunker tanker “Asahi” undergoes naming and launching ceremony

29 Dec 2021

Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd. and Koa Sangyo Co., Ltd. on 22 December held a naming and launching ceremony for Asahi – the world’s first pure battery electric propulsion bunker tanker.

This ship is an electric propulsion tanker powered by a large-capacity lithium-ion battery planned by e5 Lab Co., Ltd.

It considers the working environment of crew members and the environment around the port by achieving zero emissions of SOx, soot, etc., while reducing the environmental load, and suppressing noise and vibration.

The fully electric bunker tanker is scheduled to enter service in Tokyo Bay after completion and delivery in late March 2022.

Imura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. is further planning to complete the second pure battery electric propulsion tanker in March 2023.

“Through the development and introduction of advanced vessels such as electric propulsion vessels, we will work on improving the working environment of crew members and preserving the global environment, which are urgent issues for domestic shipping, and realise a sustainable shipping industry,” states Asahi Tanker.

“We will also contribute to Japan’s society and economy by providing safer and higher quality transportation services.”

Specifications of Asahi are as follows:

Dimensions Overall length 62.00m / Overall width 10.30m / Depth 4.70m
Ship class ClassNK Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
Loaded cargo heavy oil
Gross register tonnage 499 tons
Speed About 10 knots
Tank capacity 1,280m 3
Propulsion device Propulsion device: Kawasaki Battery System manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd

Azimuth thruster 300kw x 2

Side thruster 68kw x 2

Battery capacity 3,480kwh



Photo credit: Asahi Tanker
Published: 29 December, 2021

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