Japanese firms Osaka Gas and Daihatsu Diesel received an Approval in Principle from ClassNK for their joint project on an LPG Reformer for marine engines. This was the first AIP granted in Japan for such equipment. The LPG Reformer is designed to convert LPG into synthetic methane gas equivalent to the kind found in LNG.
The Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency will collaborate with Toyota Motor Corp. to build a fishing boat fueled by hydrogen fuel cells, that are able to emit zero CO2. FRA will start designing the body of the ship in 2019 and will perform ocean testing in 2022.
Japan’s first LNG-fueled tugboat was named and launched on 28 September. Built at Kanagawa Dockyard Co and owned by MOL, the tugboat was named ‘Ishin’ after the company’s technology development project, the “Ishin Next – MOL Smart Ship Project” and is slated for delivery in February 2019.
Japanese companies Mitsui & Co, MOL, Marubeni Corporation and MES have agreed to invest in a long-term charter business currently promoted by their compatriot MODEC, to provide a FPSO for use in the Sepia Area off Brazil.
Japanese MOL, Tohoku Electric Power, and Namura Shipbuilding have earned an Approval in Principle from UK-based Lloyd’s Register for the design of an LNG-powered coal carrier. The joint acquisition aims to align with stricter standards on exhaust emissions from merchant vessels taking effect globally.
The 20,170 TEU ‘MOL TRUTH’ is the first container ship of the 20,000 TEU class deployed for trade between Asia and Europe. The Ultra Large Container Ship is eco-friendly, reducing CO2 emissions up to 50% compared to other container ships.
MOL informed that a naming ceremony took place for the new LNG carrier ‘Energy Liberty’, jointly owned by MOL and Tokyo LNG Tanker Co. Ltd., at the Tsu Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation, on 16 October.
At a seminar held by Kaiji Press, in Tokyo, Japan Engine Corporation announced that it leads developing and manufacturing MGO mono-fuel engine, that meets all the requirement against regulations of NOx, SOx, EEDI, super low fuel consumption, extended maintenance interval and improved reliability.
MOL announced the decision to build an LNG-fueled tugboat, which is going to be the first in Japan. The tugboat will conform to the IGF code and will be equipped with dual fuel engines, that allows high-speed operation and environmental performance.
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. announced the development of technology that uses analysis of ship-related big data to estimate fuel efficiency, speed and other performance in actual sea conditions, to a highly accurate margin of error of less than 5%.
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