Mitsui O.S.K. Lines to Build LNG-Powered Ferries


Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. <9104> said Wednesday that it will make ferries that run on liquefied natural gas, a first in Japan.

The company will launch two LNG-powered ferries between late 2022 and the first half of 2023, which will be operated between ports in Osaka, western Japan, and Beppu in Oita Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Ships that run on LNG fuel are environmentally friendlier than their fuel oil-powered counterparts, as they emit fewer sulfur compounds and over 20 pct less carbon dioxide. The amounts of exhaust smoke and odors are also drastically decreased, with the new ferries offering smoother rides with less noise and vibrations.

The new vessels will be larger than existing ferries on the company's Osaka-Beppu route, with a 50 pct increase in capacity for carrying trucks. The ferries will also come with more individual guest rooms, as well as deluxe rooms.


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