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MOL shows off revolutionary gas-powered coal carrier

MOL shows off revolutionary gas-powered coal carrier

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Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) along with fellow Japanese companies Tohoku Electric Power and Namura Shipbuilding have jointly earned an Approval in Principle (AIP) from Lloyd’s Register for the design of an LNG-powered coal carrier.

This is Japan’s first joint acquisition by three companies — a shipping company, cargo owner, and shipbuilder — of an AIP for a vessel powered by LNG.

The vessel design ensures sufficient cargo capacity without making the hull larger by installing the LNG fuel tank at the stern. In addition, the study is pursued based on installation of the tank cover with an eye toward preventing an onboard fire from spreading to the LNG fuel tank while streamlining inspection work.

“ MOL will forge ahead with this cutting-edge coal carrier,” the Japanese line said in a release today.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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