Japan sees first use of carbon neutral LNG as vessel fuel


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.

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