The Japanese shipping conglomerate Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) have yesterday held naming and delivery ceremony at the Imari Shipyard and Works of Namura Shipbuilding for the newbuild LNG-fueled Panamax coal carrier vessel which was named “Reimei”.

The “Reimei” is operated by MOL to transport coal from overseas to the Japanese coal-fired thermal power plants of Kyushu Electric Power (Kyuden), after a long-term transport agreement between MOL and Kyuden was concluded on 25th December 2019.

MOL states that “Reimei” departed from Imari Port on November 14 for shore-to-ship bunkering today at the Tobata Port in Fukuoka Prefecture, where it will receive fuel directly from the onshore LNG shipping terminal, with future ship-to-ship bunkering from an LNG bunkering vessel being planned.

Compared to conventional marine fuel, LNG can reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide (CO2) by about 30%, sulfur oxides (SOx) by about 100%, and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by about 80%, as MOL mentions.

“Reimei” is 95,792 mt DWT with a LOA of 234.92m, breadth of 38.00m and flying the Liberian flag.