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Saturday, September 29, 2018 

The Kanagawa Dockyard has launched Ishin, an LNG-fuelled tugboat destined for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) as part of its ISHIN NEXT - MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT. Ishin is slated for delivery in February 2019 and will be MOLís first LNG-fuelled tugboat.

With an estimated 25% reduction in CO2 emissions in comparison to tugs that run on  fuel oil, Ishin will operate two Yanmar dual-fuel 6EY26DF marine engines. It will be the first LNG-fuelled tugboat in Japan conforming to the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), aimed at ensuring the safety of LNG-fuelled vessels.

The code regulates safety requirements for vessels that run on gas and low-flashpoint fuels, that took effect on January 1, 2017. It is also Japan's first LNG-fuelled tugboat with a removable LNG fuel tank mounted on the exposed deck at the stern of the ship. This enhances convenience in bunkering, maintenance, and inspection.

Ishin will be operated by Nihon Tug-Boat Co using a truck-to-ship system. MOL and Osaka Gas will establish an LNG fuel supply system for vessels in Sakai Senboku Port, which will be the first in Osaka Bay.

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