Japan’s first LNG-fueled ferry begins operations

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The first of two new-build LNG-fueled ferries owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), the Sunflower Kurenai, has entered service on a route between the Sunflower Ferry Terminal, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, and the Beppu International Tourist Port, Oita Prefecture. The new vessel will be operated by MOL group company Ferry Sunflower Co. and replaces the previously used Sunflower Ivory.

The ferry, which is stated to be Japan’s first to have adopted the most recent environmental specifications, features a high-performance, dual-fuel engine capable of running on LNG to reduce emissions or traditionally used heavy fuel oil. When running on LNG, it is estimated that CO2 emissions will be reduced by 25% and Sox by almost 100%.

Having set a company target of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, MOL is continuing to promote LNG adoption by developing LNG fuel supply systems in Japan and internationally.

To date, MOL has ordered four-LNG-fueled ferries. Once the Sunflower Kurenai and the Sunflower Murasaki have been delivered, MOL plans to construct two further advanced LNG-fueled ferries. And to put these cleaner vessels into service in 2025, on a route between Oarai and Tomakomai.

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