Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivers new LNG carrier to MOL

16 December 2019 (Last Updated December 16th, 2019 12:18)

Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has delivered a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier to domestic shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivers new LNG carrier to MOL
Mitsui OSK Lines has received the delivery of an LNG carrier from MOL. Credit: Mitsui OSK Lines.

Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has delivered a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier to domestic shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

Prior to delivery, the 155,000m³ capacity ship was named Marvel Pelican. It is the final vessel of the three newbuilding LNG carriers.

The LNG transporter will be deployed to carry shale gas-derived LNG under charter contracts signed with Mitsui & Co in September 2014 and January 2015.

MOL said that Marvel Pelican will transport LNG products from the Mitsui & Co-supported Cameron LNG project in Louisiana, US.

Fitted with a two propulsion-motor system, Marvel Pelican is equipped with dual-fuel diesel-electric (DFDE) propulsion system that uses both heavy fuel oil and natural gas.

DFDE system enables the ship to use more eco-friendly natural boil-off gas.

The system incorporates a more economical design compared to the standard steam turbine propulsion system.

KHI has refined the hull structure of the LNG carrier to reduce its overall weight. As a result, the Marvel Pelican is able to dock at almost all significant LNG terminals across the world.

A few weeks ago, Mitsui OSK Lines entered a long-term charter agreement with French oil company Total for a second large liquified natural gas (LNG) bunker ship.

In October, Mitsui & Co, Cargill and Maersk Tankers partnered to leverage existing fuel-saving technology and develop new solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the shipping industry.