For the construction of an LNG-fuelled tugboat with Kanagawa Dockyard Co. Ltd, MITSUI O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that it has signed a deal. It is supposed to start in February 2018 and complete in February 2019. For April of the same year, launching is scheduled.
This represents MOL’s first ownership of a tugboat powered by LNG-fuelled engines created by Yanmar Co. Ltd, and it will be the first LNG-fuelled tugboat in Asia contouring to the IGF code. It is also Japan’s first LNG-fuelled tugboat with the LNG fuel tank mounted on the exposed deck at the stern of the ship. This enhances comfort in bunkering, maintenance and inspection, said a release.