The supplying of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled Ishin tugboat with carbon neutral LNG (CNLNG) marked the first use of CNLNG as vessel fuel in Japan.

Ishin, owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL) and operated through its group company Nihon Tug-Boat Co., Ltd (Nihon Tug-Boat), received the supply at Sakai Senboku Port in Osaka, Japan on September 1st 2021.

With the award-winning tugboat having used LNG since beginning its operation in February 2019, the move towards wider adoption of CNLNG within the shipping industry has been pushed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) tightening regulations on exhaust emissions from merchant vessels.

Ishin being suppled with CNLNG.

Ishin being suppled with CNLNG.

Source: MOL

The IMO’s strategy aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels, in addition to eliminating all GHG emissions from shipping within this century.

CNLNG makes use of a concept of GHG reduction that has seen adoption in multiple industries worldwide, offsetting using carbon credits. Carbon offsetting is essentially a reduction in GHG emissions made in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere. A carbon credit is a one-time use tradable certificate that allows this compensation to occur.

According to MOL’s ‘Adoption of Clean Alternative Fuels’ strategy, the shipping giant intends to introduce around 90 LNG-fuelled vessels by 2030 to further reduce its carbon footprint.