MOL Moves Steadily toward Goal of 90 LNG/Methanol-fueled Vessels by 2030

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) today announced that on March 13, the LNG-fueled car carrier CERULEAN ACE (Note 1), was delivered at the Onishi Shipyard of Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd. The vessel will transport cars, including those produced by Mazda Motor Corporation.

LNG-fueled Car CarrierCERULEAN ACE Delivered

MOL has decided to operate 14 new LNG-fueled car carriers  and the CERULEAN ACE is the first of 11 to be built in Japan under the “BLUE” series. The use of LNG fuel reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by about 25-30%, sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions by about 98%, and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by about 85% compared to comparable vessels using conventional fuel oil.

Since the first car carrier was delivered in Japan in 1965, MOL has been expanding its services with the aim of further developing its car carrier business in the global market. It will continue to offer high-quality service to customers through environmentally friendly, safe, and efficient operations.

CERULEAN ACE Specifications:

  • Ship type: 7,050RT type LNGDF car carrier (high-pressure main engine)
  • Shipyard: Shin Kurushima Dockyard, Onishi Shipyard
  • LOA: 199.95m
  • Breadth: 38.00m
  • Capacity: 7,050 units

(Note 1) Inspired by "BLUE," the name of the vessel included "CERULEAN" which means “blue sky” or “sky blue” in Spanish. 

Caption: The naming and delivery ceremony on March 13
Mazda Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Takeshi Mukai (second from left),
MOL Executive Vice President and Representative Director Toshiaki Tanaka (second from right)