More LNG projects in Japan
The Japanese shipping company MOL, MOL Ferry, Japan Petroleum Exploration (Japex) and Hokkaido Gas recently agreed on a joint supply project of LNG fuel for two newbuilding LNG-fuelled ferries. They will be deployed in each port on the Oarai-Tomakomai route operated by the MOL Group company MOL Ferry.
The LNG fuel supply is scheduled to start in 2025, when the ferries will enter service. Japex will supply LNG fuel to the ferries at the Port of Oarai in Ibaraki Prefecture, while Hokkaido Gas will refuel the vessels at the Port of Tomakomai in Hokkaido with the truck to ship method.
The LNG supply system uses a skid that connects the vessel to four tanker trucks simultaneously. This speeds up the bunkering process, allowing the ferries to take on sufficient fuel even during their limited time at berth. (sh)