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MOL's first ownership of a tug powered by LNG-fuelled engines

Tuesday, 06 Feb 2018

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) said it has signed a final order for a tug to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) with Japanese yard Kanagawa Dockyard.

The LNG fuel tank of MOL's tug is mounted on the deck (Illustration: MOL)

It will be MOL’s first LNG tug and engines will be built by Yanmar. The vessel will have the LNG fuel tank mounted on the deck at the stern of the vessel. This location has been chosen to enhance accessibility for bunkering, maintenance and inspection. Construction is scheduled to start in February 2018 and finish in February 2019, with launching scheduled for April 2019. Meanwhile, MOL will move ahead with research into LNG fuel supply systems with detachable, portable LNG fuel tanks, by adapting this design to the tug. The vessel will be operated by Japanese company Nihon Tug-Boat and it will be deployed in Osaka Bay in Japan in April 2019. MOL has already undertaken research on LNG fuel, including a joint study of an LNG-fuelled cape size bulk carrier. MOL has also received approval in principle (AIP) for the future design of a series of LNG-powered 20,000-TEU container ships and also an AIP for the design of an LNG-powered coal carrier.