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MOL welcomes LNG-powered coal carrier Reimei

November 15 ------ Japanese shipping companies Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Kyushu Electric Power Co. have revealed that LNG-powered coal carrier Reimei was delivered and started operation yesterday. In a naming and delivery ceremony held at the Imari Shipyard and Works of Namura Shipbuilding Co. the new vessel was named Reimei.

Reimei, a 235-meter-long LNG-fueled 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 greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide (CO2) by about 30%, sulfur oxides (SOx) by about 100%, and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by about 80%. The ship departed from Imari Port for shore-to-ship bunkering at Tobata Port in Fukuoka Prefecture scheduled for November 15, where it will receive fuel directly from the onshore LNG shipping terminal.

In the future, ship-to-ship bunkering from an LNG bunkering vessel can also be adopted as a way for the vessel to receive fuel. A long-term transport agreement between MOL and Kyuden was concluded on December 25, 2019. As part of its fleet expansion efforts, MOL recently placed an order for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). The price tag for the vessel is $260 million. The LNG carrier is slated for delivery in 2026.



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