Japan’s Ecobunker Shipping launches LNG bunker vessel

Ecobunker Shipping, a Japanese owner and operator of LNG bunkering vessels, launched its first ship at the Fukuoka Shipbuilding yard.

Courtesy of Ecobunker Shipping
Japan's Ecobunker Shipping launches LNG bunker vessel
Courtesy of Ecobunker Shipping

The company, a joint venture between Uyeno Transtech, Sumitomo, Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation and the Development Bank of Japan said it held a naming and launching ceremony on Tuesday.

The Ecobunker Tokyo Bay is a multi-bunkering vessel capable of both ship-to-ship LNG and VLSFO (very low sulphur fuel oil) bunkering.

The 95.5 meter-long vessel is capable of holding 2.500 cubic meters of the chilled fuel. It also has a 1,500-cbm VLFSO tank capacity.

Ecobunker Shipping said it will further work on outfitting the vessel including installation of equipment and tanks.

The company has also pledged to continue promoting eco-friendly bunker fuel, also aiming to contribute in developing Tokyo Bay as one of the world’s leading LNG bunkering hubs.

With the consideration of COVID-19 pandemic, the naming & launching ceremony was held with a limited number of attendees.