Japan’s shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has today announced its placing of a newbuilding order at the local Oshima Shipbuilding with expected delivery in July 2026.

The vessel ordered is a 235-meter-long LNG-dual fuelled bulk carrier of 94,900 deadweight which can burn either conventional marine fuel oil or LNG.

The order marks the 17th LNG-fuelled ocean-going vessel to join MOL´s fleet with the aim of further expanding the introduction of LNG-fuelled vessels.

MOL disclosed that a deal has been reached with Kansai Electric Power (KEPCO) for consecutive voyage charter in overseas coal transportation for the Maizuru Power Station in addition to an ongoing contract.

The newbuild LNG-fuelled bulk carrier is slated for delivery in the second half of 2026, but no prices for the ship or the charter have been revealed.

The group´s intention is to further expand the introduction of LNG-fuelled vessels as an initiative that can be taken immediately, and to add to its portfolio “90 LNG/methanol-fuelled vessels by 2030.”

Until now the shipping group has already ordered and built LNG-fuelled car carriers, bulk carriers, tankers, ferries, and a tugboat.