Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co Ltd, a part of the Yokohama-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) group, has entered into a contract with KEYS Bunkering West Japan Co Ltd to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling vessel, the first to operate in West Japan. The ship will be built at Enoura’s facility at MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi prefecture, with completion and delivery scheduled for March 2024.
LNG refueling vessels supply LNG to LNG-powered vessels. The use of LNG propulsion for ships is attracting attention as a solution for complying with regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The planned LNG refueling vessel will have an electric main engine and will be equipped with a dual-fuel engine capable of using both LNG and heavy oil as fuel, a first for an LNG refueling vessel in Japan. When operating in gas mode, it will provide exceptional environmental performance with significantly reduced emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter (PM).
KEYS Bunkering West Japan is a joint venture company formed in February to provide LNG fuel for ships in the Kyushu and Setouchi regions, with investments from Kyushu Electric Power Company Inc, NYK Line, Itochu Enex Co and Saibu Gas Co.
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, as part of the MHI Group’s strategic initiatives for the energy transition, will use gas management technologies and the experience accumulated from the construction of LNG carriers. Through this commercial project involving low environmental impact LNG fuel, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, as a maritime systems integrator, aims to promote the decarbonisation of the maritime industry and achieve a carbon neutral world.
© JCN Newswire