Japan's MOL conducts LNG bunkering trials at Tomakomai Port
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) on September 8 conducted an LNG bunkering trial in Tomakomai Port in cooperation with Tomakomai Port Authority and Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. The trial involved the LNG-fuelled tugboat Ishin, owned by MOL and operated by its group company Nihon Tug-Boat Co., which was used for LNG bunkering.
In addition, MOL Marine & Engineering Co. cooperated on maritime consulting services for the trial. The Ishin is currently engaged in escorting large freighters and other vessels during port calling in and out operations, mainly in Port of Sakai-Semboku, Osaka. This is the third LNG bunkering trial for the tug, following earlier trials in Kobe and Nagoya.
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The LNG was supplied by the truck-to-ship system using tanker trucks, which is also used to supply LNG at Sakai-Semboku.