MOL’s LNG tug bunkers fuel at Sakai Senboku Port

MOL's LNG tug bunkers fuel at Sakai Senboku Port
Image courtesy of MOL

Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) on Thursday said its LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin completed first liquefied natural gas bunkering operation at the Sakai Senboku Port. 

Image courtesy of MOL

LNG fuel was supplied by Osaka Gas using a truck-to-ship LNG bunkering method, MOL said in a statement, noting that the preparations for test operations are drawing to a close.

After sea trials with LNG fuel, the Ishin, to be operated by Nihon Tug-Boat, is slated for delivery in late February and will start operation in April as the first LNG-fueled tugboat serving Osaka Bay.

MOL developed the LNG supply system for ships in Sakai Senboku Port together with the Osaka Prefecture Port and Harbor Bureau and Osaka Gas.