MOL and Kyushu Electric Power sign LNG fuel supply agreement

by 30, Mar, 2021Innovation, Maritime 4.00 comments

Image of LNG fuel supply by four tank trucks and skid

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Kyushu Electric Power have concluded a basic agreement for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to two LNG-fuelled ferries operated by MOL Group company Ferry Sunflower – the Sunflower Kurenai and the Sunflower Murasaki.

LNG fuel supply is slated to begin around the end of 2022 upon the delivery of the ferries, which are now under construction. Around 50 tons of LNG fuel per day will be supplied via truck-to-ship* to these ferries berthed in Beppu Port (the northside wharf at the third pier) in Oita Prefecture. To speed up the fuel supply process, pipes called “skid” will be connected to four tank trucks, allowing them to fuel the vessels simultaneously.

LNG fuel will be supplied to the tank trucks at the loading station of Kyuden Group company Oita Liquefied Natural Gas Company.

Niyac Corporation will transport and supply LNG to the ferries and Oita Gas will oversee safety during LNG bunkering. Meanwhile, Kyuden will sell LNG fuel to Ferry Sunflower through MOL Group company MOL Techno-Trade. This system will link a series of well-prepared measures from loading to transport and supply and achieve a safe and reliable supply of LNG fuel.

MOL, Ferry Sunflower, and Kyuden view this project as an effective means of reducing the carbon emission of vessel operation as global environmental regulations have become stricter.  They will take a proactive stance in promoting the introduction of eco-friendly LNG to help realise a low-carbon society.

Image of LNG fuel supply system