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MOL: 1st LNG Bunkering in Nagoya Port – Developing an LNG Fuel Supply Terminal and promoting the use of Natural Gas

Bunkering LNG fuel
Bunkering LNG fuel

Toho Gas Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshiro Tominari; Headquarters: Atsuta-ku, Nagoya) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced the implementation of a demonstration test to supply LNG (LNG bunkering) to the LNG-fueled (Note1) tugboat Ishin (Note2) in the Port of Nagoya. This marked the first LNG bunkering in the Port of Nagoya, and the test confirmed that LNG can be safely supplied to vessels at the port.

From the left: Toho Gas, Executive Vice President, Shinji Niwa,
MOL, Executive Vice President, Takeshi Hashimoto

LNG was transported via truck from the Toho Gas Chita-Midorihama LNG Terminal (Chita-shi, Aichi Prefecture), and supplied with a truck-to-ship system (Note 3) to Ishin, berthed at the Port of Nagoya’s Garden Pier.

Also cooperating in the demonstration test were, Niyac Corporation (President: Kota Horie; Headquarters: Koto-ku, Tokyo), which provides LNG land transport for Toho Gas, MOL Marine Co., Ltd. (President: Toshikazu Inaoka; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo), which provides maritime consulting services, and Nihon-Tug-Boat Co., Ltd. (President: Tetsuro Nishio, Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Kobe), which operates Ishin.

Based on the findings of the demonstration test, Toho Gas and MOL will continue working to reduce the environmental impact of the maritime industry by promoting the use of LNG fuel by vessels calling at the Port of Nagoya.