Mitsubishi Shipbuilding to build LNG bunker vessel
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has concluded a contract with Keys Bunkering West Japan Co. for the construction of an LNG bunkering vessel, MHI said on March 29.
The vessel will be built at the Enoura Plant at MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with completion and handover scheduled for March 2024. The 82.4 m long vessel will have a 3,500bn m3 capacity.
The planned LNG bunkering vessel will have an electric main engine, and be equipped with a dual-fuel engine capable of using both LNG and heavy oil as fuel, a first for an LNG bunkering vessel in Japan, MHI said.
Keys Bunkering West Japan is a joint venture company established in February 2022 to supply LNG fuel for ships in the Kyushu and Setouchi regions, with investment from Kyushu Electric Power Company, NYK Line, Itochu Enex, and Saibu Gas.