MOL announced that its LNG-powered tugboat Ishin was supplied with carbon-neutral LNG for the first time.
amely, this marks the first use of CNLNG as vessel fuel in Japan. As informed, the CNLNG for the Ishin was supplied to the tugboat using the truck to ship method at the wharf in Sakai Senboku Port, Osaka.
The “carbon neutral” designation means that all greenhouse gases (GHGs), generated throughout the life cycle of natural gas extraction, liquefaction, transport, production, and combustion processes, were offset by credit and CNLNG is expected to gain wide adoption in the future for general use as well as vessel fuel.
To remind, the tugboat is owned by MOL, and has been operated by Nihon Tug-Boat since February 2019. It has been supplied with LNG fuel from Daigas Energy since the beginning of the operation.
On this occasion, Daigas Energy and Nihon Tug-Boat signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for supply of CNLNG over several years.
For the records, Ishin is MOL’s first LNG-fueled vessel, and the group continues its proactive push on new initiatives to reduce GHG emissions.
Overall, MOL aims to promote the wider use of LNG-fueled vessels while working to adopt new alternative fuels such as ammonia and conducting research and development on the use of synthetic methane, which is expected to contribute to further GHG reduction. It not only strives to reduce GHG emissions generated from its own operations, but also to meet the needs of customers and society to reduce the environmental impact of its activities.