Japan´s Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has bagged an order for four methanol-fueled 5,900 teu container carriers.

The Hiroshima-headquartered shipyard has been selected for an undisclosed buyer to build four methanol-fulled 5,900 teu container carriers.

This is the third order for methanol-fueled vessels following the Kamsarmax Aeroline and TESS66 Aeroline, and the first order for a methanol-fueled container carrier.

No further details have been disclosed about the latest order except that the vessels will feature a Mitsui-MAN B&W 6G80ME-C10.5- LGIM-EGRTC, a dual-fuel methanol and heavy oil main engine manufactured by Mitsui E&S, which will be the first in Japan to be installed on a ship.

The shipyard explains that the 5,900 teu type container carrier is the largest container carrier built by the Tsuneishi Group.

The ship can carry up to 5,915 20-foot-equivalent-unit containers in the hold and on deck, and up to 1,400 reefer containers also can be loaded in response to increased demand in recent years.

The shipyard also revealed that not only the main engine but also all on-board generators, which will be supplied by HD Hyundai, can be methanol-fueled.

Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has already developed and received orders for methanol-fueled designs for its main product, Kamsarmax Aeroline and TESS66 Aeroline, and will launch more methanol-fueled vessels with the aim of “realizing carbon neutrality,” as the shipyard said.