Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines has earned approval in principle (AIP) for an LNG-fuelled bulk carrier design, along with project partners Tohoku Electric Power and Namura Shipbuilding.
Lloyd’s Register (LR) provided the AIP for the design of the coal carrier.
This is Japan’s first joint acquisition by three companies - a shipping company, cargo owner, and shipbuilder - of an AIP for an LNG-powered vessel.
The Ishin Next design for the MOL Smart Ship Project ensures there is sufficient cargo capacity without making the hull larger by installing the LNG fuel tank at the stern.
The hazard identification study, which identified the need to install a tank cover, finished the basic conceptual design.