Matson’s LNG Adoption: Navigating The Bridge To Net-Zero Emissions

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  • Matson, a prominent American shipowner, is making significant strides in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by embracing LNG as a transitional ‘bridge fuel.’
  • Working alongside MAN PrimeServ, Matson has initiated the conversion of its Aloha-class container ships, exemplified by the ongoing retrofit of the Manukai vessel.
  • This strategic move aligns with Matson’s broader goal of achieving a 40% reduction in Scope 1 fleet emissions by 2030 and ultimately attaining net-zero Scope 1 fleet emissions by 2050.

Matson’s Green Initiative

Matson’s commitment to environmental sustainability is underscored by its ambitious plan to convert three Aloha-class container ships to LNG dual-fuel propulsion. The Manukai, in particular, is undergoing a crucial re-engineering project involving the replacement of its main engine crankshaft with a new LNG dual-fuel engine. This initiative is a cornerstone of Matson’s strategy to reduce GHG emissions by 40% within the next seven years.

Key Projects in Motion

The Daniel K. Inouye, the pioneer in Matson’s LNG conversion program, received its first LNG bunkering at the Port of Long Beach in September. Following this success, the Kaimana Hila is scheduled for dry dock in Q2 2024 to undergo LNG retrofitting. These conversions are integral to Matson’s broader multi-million-dollar program aimed at transitioning its fleet towards cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.

Partnership with C-LNG Solutions

Matson’s LNG retrofitting projects benefit from the expertise of Singapore-based C-LNG Solutions, responsible for supplying LNG fuel gas supply systems (FGSSs). The comprehensive retrofitting involves installing LNG fuel tanks, in-tank pumps, vapourizers, control systems, and safety measures. The collaboration with C-LNG Solutions ensures the seamless integration of LNG into Matson’s operational framework.

Matson’s Vision Beyond LNG

While committing substantial investments to retrofit existing LNG-ready ships, Matson is concurrently investing $1 billion in constructing three LNG dual-fuel Aloha-class container ships at Philly Shipyard. These newbuilds, equipped with fuel tanks designed for future carbon-neutral or renewable fuels, exemplify Matson’s forward-thinking approach in preparing for the evolving landscape of sustainable shipping.

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