Developing an LNG Fuel Supply Terminal and Promoting the Use of Natural Gas

Toho Gas Co., Ltd. and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the implementation of a demonstration test to supply LNG (LNG bunkering) to the LNG-fueled (Note1) tugboat Ishin in the Port of Nagoya. This marked the first LNG bunkering in the Port of Nagoya, and the test confirmed that LNG can be safely supplied to vessels at the port.

First LNG Bunkering in Nagoya Port

LNG was transported via truck from the Toho Gas Chita-Midorihama LNG Terminal (Chita-shi, Aichi Prefecture), and supplied with a truck-to-ship system to Ishin, berthed at the Port of Nagoya's Garden Pier.

Also cooperating in the demonstration test were, Niyac Corporation, which provides LNG land transport for Toho Gas, MOL Marine Co., Ltd., which provides maritime consulting services, and Nihon-Tug-Boat Co., Ltd., which operates Ishin.

From the left: Toho Gas, Executive Vice President, Shinji Niwa, MOL, Executive Vice President, Takeshi Hashimoto

Based on the findings of the demonstration test, Toho Gas and MOL will continue working to reduce the environmental impact of the maritime industry by promoting the use of LNG fuel by vessels calling at the Port of Nagoya.

(Note 1) Liquified natural gas (LNG) is drawing attention as an environmentally friendly vessel fuel because its combustion produces lower emissions of SOx, NOx, and CO2 compared to conventionally used heavy oil.

Source: MOL