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Japanese shipyard gets order for four methanol-powered box ships

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Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has received an order for four methanol-fuelled 5,900-teu containerships. This is the third order for methanol-fuelled vessels following the KAMSARMAX AEROLINE and TESS66 AEROLINE, and the first order for a methanol-fuelled container carrier.

Recently, Japan’s Tsuneishi Shipbuilding was contracted to provide two 81,200 dwt methanol dual-fuel Kamsarmax dry bulk newbuilds for Greek shipowner Diana Shipping.

The vessels will feature a MITSUI-MAN B&W 6G80ME-C10.5- LGIM-EGRTC, a dual-fuel methanol and heavy oil main engine manufactured by MITSUI E&S Co., which will be the first in Japan to be installed on a ship.

The design of the ships is based on the concept of a final solution for the zero CO₂ emission vessel using green methanol.   Therefore, not only the main engine but also all on-board generators, HiMSEN engine (8H32DF-LM) which will be supplied by HD Hyundai, can be methanol-fuelled.

This can contribute to carbon neutrality, said the shipbuilder.  The containerships will have equipment to receive large-capacity alternative maritime power supply and zero CO₂ emissions can be achieved by shutting down the generators while anchoring.