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21 June 2024

Weekly Newsletter

21 June 2024

Mitsubishi to build Japan’s first methanol Ro-Ros

The company will build two of the vessels at the Shimonoseki Shipyard.

Noah Bovenizer June 18 2024

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding has signed two contracts that will see it build Japan’s first methanol-powered roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) cargo ships for Toyofuji Shipping and Fukuju Shipping. 

The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) subsidiary will build two 169.9m long ro-ro ships with a gross tonnage of 15,750 and a passenger car capacity of around 2,300 vehicles. 

Both ro-ro vessels will be built at the Enoura Plant of MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard and Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture with a scheduled completion at the end of the 2027 fiscal year. 

The ships will be fitted with a dual-fuel engine capable of using methanol and a heavy fuel oil, reducing carbon emissions by around 10% compared to similar vessels not enabled for methanol use. 

Mitsubishi said its participation in the construction of the Japan-first ro-ro vessels highlights its role providing more environmentally-friendly solutions and vessels that “contribute to stable navigation for customers.” 

The size of the vessels, bigger than similar ror-ros in Japan, will also allow for less frequent voyages, something the company says will contribute to a shift in working schedules for seafarers by allowing for increased holiday and rest time. 

The contracts highlight the popularity of methanol as a more sustainable fuel in the maritime industry, following in the footsteps of vessels already on the ocean such as Maersk’s fleet of methanol-powered container ships.

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