GEAR | Japan’s first LNG ferries to be fitted with Yanmar dual-fuel engines

Photo: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding

Yanmar has received an order from Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) for dual-fuel 8EY26LDF 1,730kW engines to power generators on board Japan’s first two LNG ferries.

Sunflower Kurenai and Sunflower Murasaki are to be built at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s Shimonoseki Shipyard. Ferry Sunflower, a company of MOL Group, will charter the ferries after delivery and launch them on the Osaka-Beppu route from the end of 2022 through the first half of 2023, as replacements for vessels currently in service.

With features such as load fluctuation tracking, acceleration performance, and high thermal efficiency, in addition to precision air-fuel ratio control technology, the 8EY26LDF engines are capable of maintaining optimum combustion, enabling them to deliver stable, reliable operation.

The engines may be powered by LNG or marine diesel.

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