Six Companies Team up to Build, Operate Japan’s 1st Methanol-fueled Coastal Tanker

March 23, 2023

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., MOL Coastal Shipping, Ltd., Tabuchi Kaiun Co., Ltd., Niihama Kaiun Co., Ltd., Murakami Hide Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and Hanshin Diesel Works, Ltd. today announced the decision to build a methanol-fueled coastal tanker. The six companies have long been pursuing a strategic alliance to develop a coastal tanker with a methanol-fueled engine.

The vessel will be built at Kanasashi Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. part of the Murakami Hide Shipbuilding Group and is slated for delivery in December 2024.

[Outline of the vessel]
Gross tonnage: about 570 tons
LOA: about 65.50m
Breadth: 10.00m
Draft: about 4.38m
Speed: 11.15 knots or higher
Main engine: One Hanshin Diesel Works “LA28M” methanol-fueled marine engine

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