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Thursday, September 2, 2021 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and its group company Nihon Tug-Boat have announced that the Nihon Tug-Boat-operated LNG-fuelled tugboat 'Ishin' has been supplied for the first time with Carbon Neutral LNG (CNLNG) fuel by Osaka Gas Co and Daigas Energy, a development which marks the first use of CNLNG as vessel fuel in Japan.

CNLNG for the Ishin was supplied to the tugboat using the truck to ship method at the wharf in Sakai Senboku Port, Osaka. The 'carbon neutral' designation means that all greenhouse gases (GHGs), generated throughout the life cycle of natural gas extraction, liquefaction, transport, production, and combustion processes, were offset by credits, and CNLNG is expected to gain wide adoption in the future for general use as well as vessel fuel.

The Ishin is owned by MOL, and has been operated by Nihon Tug-Boat since February 2019. It has been supplied with LNG fuel from Daigas Energy since the beginning of the operation. On this occasion, Daigas Energy and Nihon Tug-Boat signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for supply of CNLNG over several years.

Moves to tighten regulations on exhaust emissions from merchant vessels have accelerated in recent years. The goal of the MOL Group is to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050. The group plans to introduce about 90 LNG-fueled vessels by 2030. The Ishin is MOL's first LNG-fuelled vessel, and the group continues its proactive push on new initiatives to reduce GHG emissions.

MOL aims to promote the wider use of LNG-fuelled vessels while working to adopt new alternative fuels such as ammonia and conducting research and development on the use of synthetic methane, which is expected to contribute to further GHG reduction.

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