This operation is the first LNG bunkering in the Setouchi and Kyushu areas of western Japan and advances the four companies’ discussions on the commercialization of a new business in the area.

The LNG fuel was loaded on a tank truck at the Hibiki LNG terminal in Kitakyushu city, trucked to a pier in the Asano district, and then supplied to the LNG-fueled tugboat Sakigake* using the truck-to-ship method.

The four companies have started concrete studies for commercializing LNG bunkering in August 2018. As the feasibility of LNG bunkering has been confirmed by this demonstration experiment, the partners will aim for the early commercialization of LNG bunkering in the same area based on the knowledge obtained in this demonstration experiment.

Credit: NYK Line

Credit: NYK Line