Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd. (Asahi Tanker) on Wednesday (19 April) said AKARI, the world’s second pure battery tanker, owned and operated by Asahi Tanker, completed her historic first bunkering operation in Kawasaki on 14 April by supplying the MOL-operated iron ore carrier UNTA.
AKARI was delivered on 28 March, then sailed from the shipyard to Tokyo Bay to enter services.
AKARI will conduct zero emission bunkering in the Keihin region along with the first pure battery tanker, ASAHI, which was delivered in March 2022.
“Large-capacity lithium-ion batteries on the ASAHI and AKARI power every phase of their operations, including cargo handling, berthing/unberthing, and navigation. This results in zero emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the vessel. The tankers deliver outstanding environmental performance, and are expected to reduce crewmembers’ workloads by reducing engine maintenance requirements,” the firms added.
MOL and Asahi Tanker said they will continue bunkering using electric powered tankers to help reduce GHG emissions.
Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
Published: 20 April, 2023
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