World’s first LNG-fueled Panamax-Class coal carrier commences operations

MDN İstanbul

The world’s inaugural LNG fueled Panamax-class coal carrier, known as Shoyo, has initiated its commercial operations after receiving its first fuel supply in early October.

This vessel was constructed by the Japanese shipbuilder Oshima Shipyard for the compatriot companies Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Kyushu Electric Power Co. Oshima Shipyard successfully delivered the coal carrier on October 2.

Under the leadership of NYK, Shoyo’s primary mission involves transporting coal from overseas locations to the coalfired power plants operated by Kyuden.

Shoyo received its LNG fuel supply at the port of Tobata in Fukuoka Prefecture on October 12. The bunkering process was executed through shore-to-ship transfer, delivering fuel directly from the onshore handling facility to the vessel. Notably, this marked Japan’s inaugural shore-to-ship bunkering for an oceangoing LNG-fueled vessel.

The ship has been designed to facilitate both shore-to-ship and ship-to-ship bunkering operations. NYK has indicated that starting from March 2024, a newly constructed LNG-fueled bunkering vessel, based in the Setouchi and Kyushu area, will be able to supply LNG fuel through shipto- ship bunkering.

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