MOL to trial a hydrogen-fuelled engine

In what it claims will be a world-first for the shipping industry, Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) will trial a hydrogen-fuelled engine on an in-service bulk carrier.

MOL is working with Japan Engine Corporation (J-ENG), part of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries conglomerate, to get a low-speed, two-stroke hydrogen-fuelled marine engine on one its geared bulk carriers.

J-ENG is developing the engine with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Yanmar Power Technology, having received a government research subsidy.

No timeframe has been given for this landmark trial, which will be watched by shipowners and yards around the world with hydrogen being one of the frontrunners in shipping’s quest for new, non-polluting fuels.

MOL, Japan’s largest shipowner in dwt terms, aims to deploy net zero emissions ocean-going vessels in the 2020s and achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050.

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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