Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Mitsui E&S Machinery have agreed to commence a joint study to introduce hydrogen-fueled cargo handling machineries in ports.
As part of the deal, MOL’s subsidiary Shosen Koun has placed an order at Mitsui E&S for a new low-emission rubber-tired gantry crane to be set up at the MOL-operated port of Kobe container terminal.
According to MOL, the new diesel-powered crane improves fuel consumption by 20-30%, and reduces emissions of CO2 and other harmful substances in diesel exhaust in comparison with a conventional one.
It will be hydrogen-ready and introduced around end of May 2022.
The move is part of Japan’s Carbon Neutral Port initiative aimed at achieving decarbonisation in ports and harbors.