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LNG-fuelled panamax commences operation

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL) and Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Kyuden) have announced that a panamax coal carrier that uses low environmental impact LNG as its main fuel was delivered and started operation on 14 November. In a naming and delivery ceremony held at the Imari Shipyard and Works of Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd the new vessel was named Reimei.

The Reimei, a large LNG-fuelled coal carrier, is operated by MOL to transport coal from overseas to Kyuden's coal-fired thermal power plants. Compared to conventional marine fuel, LNG can reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide by about 30%, sulphur oxides by about 100%, and nitrogen oxides by about 80%.

The Reimei departed from Imari Port on 14 November for shore-to-ship bunkering at Tobata Port in Fukuoka Prefecture on 15 November, where it will receive fuel directly from the onshore LNG shipping terminal. In the future, ship-to-ship bunkering from an LNG bunkering vessel can also be adopted as a way for the vessel to receive fuel.

MOL and Kyuden proactively work to ensure both continued, reliable transport of energy resources and reduction of environmental impact.

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