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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Kyushu Electric Power (Kyuden)have concluded a basic agreement for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to two LNG-fueled ferries operated by MOL Group company Ferry Sunflower - the 'Sunflower Kurenai' and the 'Sunflower Murasaki'.

LNG fuel supply is scheduled to begin around the end of 2022 upon the delivery of the ferries, which are now under construction. Around 50t/day of LNG will be supplied via a truck-to-ship process while the ferries are berthed in Beppu Port in Oita Prefecture. To speed up the fuel supply process, 'skid' pipes will be connected to four tank trucks, allowing them to fuel the vessels simultaneously.

LNG fuel will be loaded to the tank trucks at the loading station of Kyuden Group company Oita LNG. Niyac Corporation will transport and supply LNG to the ferries and Oita Gas will oversee safety during LNG bunkering. Kyuden will sell LNG fuel to Ferry Sunflower through MOL Group company MOL Techno-Trade. This system will link a series of prepared measures from loading to transport and supply and achieve a safe and reliable supply of LNG fuel.

MOL, Ferry Sunflower, and Kyuden view this project as an effective means of reducing carbon emissions from vessel operation as global environmental regulations become stricter. They will take a proactive stance in promoting the introduction of eco-friendly LNG to help realise a low-carbon society.

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