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    Japan's NYK Demonstrates Truck-to-Ship LNG Bunkering

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This was the first LNG bunkering operation in the Setouchi and Kyushu areas of western Japan.

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Japan's NYK Demonstrates Truck-to-Ship LNG Bunkering

NYK, together with Kyushu Electric Power, Saibu Gas and Chugoku Electric Power, May 15 conducted a truck-to-ship LNG bunkering demonstration at the port of Kitakyushu, NYK said the same day.

This was the first LNG bunkering operation in the Setouchi and Kyushu areas of western Japan and advances the discussions on the commercialisation of a new business in the area, NYK said.

The LNG was loaded onto a tank truck at the Hibiki LNG terminal in Kitakyushu city, trucked to a pier in the Asano district, and then supplied to the LNG-fuelled tugboat Sakigake using the truck-to-ship method.

Since August 2018, the four companies have been in joint discussions on the commercialisation of LNG bunkering, and according to NYK, this demonstration validates the feasibility of LNG bunkering in the area.

“Going forward, the four companies will utilise the experience gained from this operation to accelerate commercialisation,” NYK said.