Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Kyuden) announced a Panamax coal carrier that uses low environmental impact LNG as its main fuel was delivered and started operation on November 14.
In a naming and delivery ceremony held at the Imari Shipyard and Works of Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., the new vessel was named Reimei*.
The Reimei, a large 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 Reimei departed from Imari Port on November 14 for shore-to-ship bunkering at Tobata Port in Fukuoka Prefecture on 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.
MOL and Kyuden proactively work to ensure both continued, reliable transport of energy resources and reduction of environmental impact.*Origin of Reimei: It is derived from 'Reihoku' of Kyuden's Reihoku power plant (coal-fired power plant) and 'Dawn'. It hopes to start safe operation and illuminate the future of the shipping.
[Outline of the vessel]
Ship name: Reimei
Ship operator: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
Delivery year: 2023
Shipyard: Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Ship registry: Liberia