MOL’s new LNG-fuelled coal carrier commences operations
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that a Panamax coal carrier that uses low environmental impact LNG as its main fuel was delivered and started operation on November 14, 2023.
The vessel, named Reimei, a large LNG-fuelled coal carrier, is operated by MOL to transport coal from overseas to Kyuden’s coal-fired thermal power plants.
Compared to conventional marine fuel, LNG can reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide (CO2) by about 30%, sulphur oxides (SOx) by about 100%, and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by about 80%.
The Reimei departed from Imari Port on November 14 for shore-to-ship bunkering at Tobata Port in Fukuoka Prefecture on November 15, where it received fuel directly from the onshore LNG shipping terminal.
In the future, ship-to-ship bunkering from an LNG bunkering vessel can also be adopted as a way for the vessel to receive fuel.
MOL and Kyuden are proactively working to ensure continued, reliable transport of energy resources and reduction in environmental impact, said a release.
Source: Exim News Service: Tokyo, Nov. 19