Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Kyushu Electric Power (Kyuden) have taken delivery of a Panamax coal carrier that uses low environmental impact LNG as its main fuel.
In a naming and delivery ceremony held at the Imari Shipyard and Works of Namura Shipbuilding, the new vessel was named Reimei .
The 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 GHG such as CO2) by about 30%, SOx by about 100%, and NOx by about 80%.
The Reimei departed from Imari Port on November 14 for shore-to-ship bunkering at Tobata Port where it will receive fuel directly from the onshore LNG shipping terminal. In the future, ship-to-ship bunkering from an LNG bunkering vessel will be adopted as a way for the vessel to receive fuel.