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NYK, MOL to operate world’s first LNG-fuelled large coal carriers

Japan carriers NYK and MOL have entered into agreements with compatriot Kyushu Electric Power (Kyuden) on the deployment of the world’s first LNG-fuelled large coal carriers.

NYK and MOL will each operate one carrier to import coal to Kyuden’s coal-fired power plants.

The LNG procured for Kyuden’s thermal power plants will be supplied to the vessels as marine fuel at the loading facility of Kitakyushu Liquefied Natural Gas Co, 75% owned subsidiary of Kyuden.

The NYK-operated LNG-fuelled coal carrier of 95,000-dwt is being built by Oshima Shipbuilding, scheduled for delivery in April 2023, while a similar sized vessel built by Namura Shipbuilding for operation by MOL will be delivered in June 2023.

“The use of LNG fuel is expected to virtually eliminate sulphur oxides (SOx) emission and reduce approximately 80% of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission, as well as 30% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission, in comparison with traditional marine fuels,” NYK, MOL and Kyuden stated in a joint statement on Wednesday.

“NYK, MOL, and Kyuden aim to positively collaborate for sustainable marine transportation of coal, with the reduction of its environmental impact.”

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