MOL to make Sea Trials of LNG Carrier Powered by Biofuel

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto)  announced that its group company, AQUARIUS LNG SHIPPING LIMITED (Managing Director: Yoshiyuki Kato) has conducted sea trials of its owned LNG carrier, Papua, using biofuel.

Approximately 1,500 tons of biofuel was supplied by ExxonMobil Marine Limited on the vessel at Port of Singapore. The biofuel is expected to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

The marine biofuel used is a 0.50% sulphur residual-based fuel (VLSFO) processed with up to 25 percent waste-based fatty acid methyl esters (FAME). (Note 1)The bio-component has been accredited by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) organisation.

Papua was built in 2015 by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. to provide LNG transportation for PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea. MOL has been operating Papua under a long-term charter contract for the project operated by ExxonMobil.(Note 2)

Biofuel is positioned as an effective alternative to fossil fuels in the MOL Group’s new environmental strategy ‘MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1‘, which was announced in June 2021. MOL Group continually takes a proactive stance in promoting the Adoption of Clean Alternative Fuels (Image 1) with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in ocean transport

(Note 1)
FAME are primarily used as clean fuels added to conventional diesel fuels.

(Note 2)
Please refer to the following press releases related to LNG Carrier Papua.
February 2, 2015; New LNG Carrier Papua Delivered to Serve PNG LNG Project – 1st LNG carrier built in China for a non-Chinese shipping company marks major project milestone –

[MOL’s five Sustainability Issues]
MOL Group will contribute to realize a sustainable society by promoting responses to the sustainability issues, which are identified as social issues that must be addressed with priority through the business.
We anticipate this initiative to contribute especially to the realization of “Environment -Conservation for Marine and global environment-“.



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