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MITSUBISHI SHIPBUILDING NAMES NEXT-GENERATION LNG CARRIER

Friday, January 11, 2019 

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding has held a christening ceremony for a next-generation LNG carrier under construction for Trans Pacific Shipping 5, a joint venture of JERA and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

The new ship, named Nohshu Maru, is the fourth vessel of the 'Sayaringo STaGE' type, featuring significant improvements in both LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance due to the adoption of a more efficient hull structure and an innovative hybrid propulsion system. Completion and delivery is scheduled for February 2019, after which the Nohshu Maru will be put into service, transporting LNG for the Freeport LNG Project in the US state of Texas (in which JERA is participating), among other ventures.

STaGE, an acronym derived from "Steam Turbine and Gas Engines," is a hybrid propulsion system combining a steam turbine and gas-fired engines. Effective utilisation of waste heat from the engines for the steam turbine provides a substantial improvement in plant efficiency, allowing for high-efficiency navigation in both low and high-speed areas.

Nohshu Maru has a length of 297.5m, width of 48.94m, and depth of 27.0m, with a draught of 11.1m. Deadweight tonnage is approximately 80,300 tons, with total tank holding capacity of 180,000m3. Construction was managed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure Co, an MHI Group company based in Nagasaki. The vessel's name is derived from the old provincial name for the southern region of Gifu Prefecture, one of the areas served by Chubu Electric Power.

JERA was established in 2015 as an equal-share joint venture between TEPCO Fuel & Power, a group company of Tokyo Electric Power Company, and Chubu Electric Power Company. Its business operations include construction and refurbishment of thermal power plants in Japan, as well as energy infrastructure projects and power generation overseas.

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