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    MOL's LNG-fuelled tugboat gets carbon-neutral LNG

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This is the first use of carbon-neutral LNG as vessel fuel in Japan, shipping major MOL said.

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MOL's LNG-fuelled tugboat gets carbon-neutral LNG

Japanese shipping major Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) on September 2 said that its LNG-powered tugboats Ishin was supplied with carbon-neutral LNG for the first time.

The tugboat is operated by Nihon Tug-Boat Co., a unit of MOL. This is the first use of carbon-neutral LNG as vessel fuel in Japan, the company said.

The LNG was supplied to the tugboat using the truck-to-ship method at the wharf in Sakai Senboku Port, Osaka. Ishin has been operated by Nihon Tug-Boat Co. since February 2019. It has been supplied with LNG from Daigas Energy since the beginning of the operation.

The Ishin is MOL's first LNG-fuelled vessel, and the company said it continues its push on new initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (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,” it said.

MOL said it has plans to introduce about 90 LNG-fuelled vessels by 2030.