MOL Gets World’s First Series of Methanol Methanol-Powered Carrier

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On September 28, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) announced the delivery of the 50,000 DWT methanol carrier Manchac Sun at Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (President: Ryutaro Ikebe; Headquarters: Oita, Japan).

The Manchac Sun stands as a cutting-edge “eco-ship” as one of the world’s first series of the vessels equipped with 2-stroke dual-fueled low-rev main engine capable of running on methanol which is a biodegradable clean burning marine fuel.  Methanol significantly reduces smog-causing emissions such as particulates, sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides.  In addition, it is also equipped with a ballast water treatment system, ahead of treaty requirements mandating such systems, and adopts energy-saving accessories in front of and astern of the propellers.

She will be on long term time charter to Waterfront Shipping Company Limited (President: Jone Hognestad; Headquarters: Vancouver, Canada).  Waterfront Shipping operates the world’s largest methanol ocean tanker fleet and specializes in the safe, responsible and reliable transport of bulk chemicals and clean petroleum products to major international markets in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

MOL works continually to upgrade its methanol transport services by leveraging experiences and know-how accumulated over many years, meet a broad range of customer needs, and proactively introduce various technologies that contribute to reduction of environmental impact.

Delivery and naming ceremony

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Source: MOL

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