Japan

Canadian, Japanese ports collaborate on LNG fueling

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Tomakomai Port Authority joined forces to promote the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel and provide LNG bunkering services at the Port of Vancouver and Port of Tomakomai.

Japanese companies collaborate on LNG transportation

Hiroshima Gas along with Tokyo LNG Tanker and Tokyo Gas came together and signed an agreement for the liquefied natural gas transportation. Under the deal, some of the LNG produced by Hiroshima Gas and Tokyo Gas from Sakhalin, Russia, will be transported simultaneously through the Tokyo LNG Tanker from 2020 until 2027.

Kawasaki receives AIP for its LPG system

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.

Japan’s LNG price import to fall during 2020

Japan’s Institute of Energy Economics recently issued its 2020 Energy Outlook in Japan and World, highlighting that region’s average LNG import price is set to low. Namely, the Institute estimates a drop from around $10 per million British thermal units (mBtu) in 2019 to below $9 per mBtu during 2020.

MOL Group plans to build Japan’s first LNG fueled ferries

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. 

Japan aims to become Asia’s LNG hub

The Japan Times reports the country’s aspiration on accelerating the switch to IMO-compliant fuel, such as natural gas fuel for its shipping fleet, and its halt on establishing a refuelling hub in Asia. Therefore, Japan is now implementing projects to construct vessels that will conduct ship-to-ship LNG operations as soon as possible.

Japan celebrates 50 years of LNG imports

Mitsubishi Corporation announced that November 4 is the day that Japan will celebrate 50 years of LNG imports, as Mitsubishi Corporation acting as a buyer’s agent, started receiving LNG in 1969 from the Alaska LNG Project with Phillips Petroleum, today’s ConocoPhillips as a seller.

NYK delivers first methanol-fueled carrier

Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Group), the Japanese shipping company, has announced the delivery of a methanol carrier, Takaroa Sun, equipped with a two-stroke dual-fuel engine technology that enables the vessel to be powered by methanol.

J-ENG to research combustion of carbon-free fuel

Japan Engine Corporation (J-ENG) announced a cooperation with Japan’s National Maritime Research Institute to start the research and development in the field of combustion of carbon-free fuel, as one of solutions for decarbonization.

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