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LNG Fuelled Tugboat Ishin Undergoes LNG Bunkering Trial in Port of Kobe

Logistic News - Published on Fri, 20 Sep 2019

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Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd announced that it has participated in the LNG bunkering trial at the Port of Kobe today, organized by the Kobe City Port and Harbor Authority, and carried out bunkering on the LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin. Ishin is a tugboat owned by MOL and operated by Nihon-Tug-Boat Co Ltd. This marks the first LNG bunkering in the Port of Kobe, and the successful trial confirmed that LNG fuel can be effectively supplied safely at the port. LNG fuel for the trial was hauled by a tanker truck from the Himeji LNG Plant of Osaka Gas Co Ltd and via a truck-to-ship system was used to supply Ishin, berthed at Kobe Port’s Shinko Pier No 4. MOL Marine Co Ltd has also provided maritime consulting in the trial.

Effective January 2020, vessel exhaust emission regulations will be tightened on a global scale. In response to the new standards, an increasing number of LNG-fueled vessels are coming into service, making the development of LNG bunkering ports in Japan an urgent task. MOL Group companies are working together to promote the wider adoption of LNG fuel for vessels and reduce environmental impact through the safe operation of Ishin.

Outline of Ishin
Gross tonnage - About 250 tonnes
LOA - About 43.6m
Breadth - About 9.20m
Draft - About 3.15m
Speed - 16.0 knots +
Main engine - Two Yanmar 6EY26DF dual-fuel commercial marine engines

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Fri, 20 Sep 2019
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