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LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin marks first bunkering of LNG fuel in Kansai Region

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has announced that its LNG-fuelled 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. This is the first bunkering of LNG as a vessel fuel at any port in the Kansai region.

The LNG fuel was supplied by Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. using a truck-to-ship LNG bunkering procedure. 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.

Working closely with the Osaka Prefecture Port and Harbour 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 the development of the Ishin.

MOL continually contributes to widening the use of LNG fuel for ships. MOL established the Bunker Business Office to accelerate its initiatives on LNG and other alternative vessel fuels and is taking an integrated approach to entering the business of supplying LNG and other fuels

MOL is also reducing their environmental impact by building upon the safe and efficient operation of the Ishin. The Ishin's excellent environmental performance – including an estimated 25% reduction of CO2 emissions in comparison to tugs that run on A fuel oil – earned the top rating of four stars from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's energy-saving rating scheme for Japan's coastal ships.