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Mitsui to build Japan’s first LNG-fuelled ferries

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and its group company, Ferry Sunflower Ltd., has announced plans to construct the first two LNG-fuelled ferries in Japan.

The ferries are currently due to be named the Sunflower Kurenai and the Sunflower Murasaki.

MOL plans to order the vessels from Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in December. Ferry Sunflower will charter the ferries after delivery and launch them on its Osaka-Beppu route from the end of 2022 through 1H23, as replacements for vessels currently in service.

The ferries will be equipped with high-performance dual fuel engines and will provide passengers with comfortable accommodations and reliable schedules. What’s more, they will be quieter than current vessels, ensuring smoother, more relaxing travel. The use of LNG fuel will achieve excellent environmental performance, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20% compared to current vessels, and virtually eliminating sulfur oxides emissions.

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