Japanese shipping company Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd. revealed plans to build the world’s first two zero-emission electric tankers. These are scheduled to enter Tokyo Bay as marine fuel supply vessels.
ABS recently announced that granted an Approval in Principle (AIP) to Kawasaki Heavy Industries regarding its LPG as fuel system design. Specifically, KHI highlights that its dual-fuel engine is capable of using both marine diesel oil and LPG as fuel, while reduces fuel consumption, following the NOx Tier 3 regulations.
Japanese energy solutions provider Kyushu Electric Power (Kyuden) has teamed up in long term transport agreements with com-patriot shipping companies NYK and MOL to deploy the world’s first LNG-fueled large coal carriers.
Japanese MOL and its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited revealed plans to construct the first two LNG-fueled ferries in Japan. MOL plans to order the Sunflower Kurenai and the Sunflower Murasaki from Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in December.
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.
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