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MOL’s LNG-Fueled Tugboat ‘Ishin’ Marks 1st LNG Bunkering In Kansai Region

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that its LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin bunkered Lng Fuel in Sakai Senboku Port for the first time, in preparation for test operation. MOL ordered the vessel from Kanagawa Dockyard Co., Ltd. (President: Takehito Ikoma, headquarters: Hyogo-ku, Kobe). This is the first bunkering of LNG as a vessel fuel at any port in the Kansai region.

LNG-fueled Tugboat Ishin Marks 1st Bunkering of LNG Fuel in Kansai Region

Image Credit: mol.co.jp

The LNG fuel was supplied by Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (President: Takehiro Honjo, headquarters: Chuo-ku, Osaka) using a truck-to-ship LNG bunkering procedure (*2). After test sailing with LNG fuel, the Ishin is slated for delivery in late February, and will start operation in April as the first LNG-fueled tugboat serving Osaka Bay. The Ishin will be operated by Nihon Tug-Boat Co., Ltd. (President: Tetsuro Nishio, headquarters: Chuo-ku, Kobe).

Working closely with the Osaka Prefecture Port and Harbor Bureau and Osaka Gas, MOL has worked to develop an LNG fuel supply system for ships in Sakai Senboku Port, which will be the first in Osaka Bay, through development of the Ishin. The MOL Group continually contributes to widening the use of LNG fuel for ships (*3) and reducing their environmental impact (*4) by building upon the safe and efficient operation of the Ishin.

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Image Credits: www.mol.co.jp

Outline of Ishin

  • Gross tonnage       250 tons
  • Length About        43.6m
  • Breadth About      9.20m
  • Draft About          3.15m
  • Speed                    16.0 knots or higher
  • Main engine        2 Yanmar 6EY26DF dual-fuel commercial marine engines

Reference: mol.co.jp

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