Kanagawa Dockyard launches LNG-fueled tug for Mitsui OSK Lines

Kanagawa Dockyard launched an LNG-fuelled tug for Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) on Friday, September 28.

The tug was named Ishin after MOL’s technology development project, the Ishin Next MOL Smart Ship Project.

Ishin, slated for delivery in February 2019 after the completion of outfitting work, will be the first LNG-fuelled tug serving Osaka Bay starting in April.

Ishin will have an estimated 25 per cent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in comparison to tugs that run on A fuel oil.

The tug is powered by two Yanmar 6EY26DF dual-fuel commercial marine engines with the ability to use both A fuel oil and LNG.

It is also Japan’s first LNG-fuelled tug with a removable LNG fuel tank mounted on the exposed deck at the stern.

Ishin measures 43.6- by 9.2- by 3.15 metres and has a speed of 16 knots.

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