MOL books LNG-fuelled car carrier quartet

Japanese operator Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has announced that it reached an agreement with Shin Kurushima Dockyard and Nihon Shipyard to build four 7,000-unit capacity car carriers using LNG as their main fuel.

Japanese operator Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has announced that it reached an agreement with Shin Kurushima Dockyard and Nihon Shipyard to build four 7,000-unit capacity car carriers using LNG as their main fuel.

The announcement follows several other announcements confirming orders by the company for LNG-fuelled car carriers, ferries, bulkers and tugs. In all MOL has plans to launch about 90 LNG-fuelled vessels by 2030, under its strategy calling for “Adoption of Clean Alternative Fuels”. In a statement the company said, “In addition to the LNG-fuelled vessel projects that the MOL Group has been working on, we will promote the use of LNG-fuel for car carriers, starting with this decision”.

The statement also said MOL is accelerating its preparations for the launch of environment-friendly vessels using not only LNG fuel but also biofuels which are reaching the practical application stage, while continuing to research the use of ammonia and other next-generation fuels. It will make further efforts with the aim of becoming the company of choice for various stakeholders, by delivering a new value—zero-emission transport of cars.

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