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Gov’t-backed construction of LNG bunkering ship to begin

  • September 17, 2019
  • , Sankei , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

The construction of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) bunkering ship, which is backed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, will begin as early as Oct. 1. LNG bunkering ships are able to perform ship-to-ship transfers of LNG to vessels fueled by LNG. The new bunkering ship will be the first one in Asia to be capable of providing both LNG and low-sulfur fuel oil to vessels. in addition to being an environmental measure, the construction of the ship is aimed at strengthening the international competitiveness of Japanese ports.


A major Filipino energy company will build the ship at a factory in the suburb of the Philippine capital of Manila at the request of a Japanese joint venture comprising Sumitomo Corp. and two other major companies.  The 95.57-meter bunkering ship will be able to supply 2,500 cubic meters of LNG, enough for an LNG-fueled ship to travel back and forth between Asia and North America, in a single fueling operation. The ship will begin supplying LNG in March 2021. (Abridged)


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