NS United Advances Green Shipping With Dual Methanol Cape-Size Carriers


NS United’s Collaboration

NS United Kaiun Kaisha, Ltd. (NS United) has partnered with key industry players Nippon Shipyard Co., Ltd. (NSY), Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and Japan Marine United Corporation to advance the construction of Cape-size bulk carriers utilizing dual methanol fuel. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in environmentally friendly vessel technology.

Environment-Friendly Vessel

The vessel will be a next-generation environment-friendly vessel with a deadweight of 209,000 tons to be delivered for the transportation of raw materials in Japan and overseas. These vessels will adapt Phase 3 of EEDI (30% reduction in CO2 emission efficiency compared to EEDI standards), which is enforced to bulk carriers entering into shipbuilding contracts in 2025 and later, moreover, they will be equipped with a dual-fuel engine that can be navigated using methanol fuel (a marine fuel with low environmental impact), in addition to conventional heavy fuel oil.

Methanol: Key to Emission Reduction

Methanol is recognized as a promising solution for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in maritime transport, aligning with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) emission reduction strategy.

NS United aims to leverage green methanol, developed by collaborative efforts across the maritime and fuel industries, to achieve significant GHG emission reductions of over 80% compared to conventional heavy fuel oil.NS United’s adoption of dual-fuel methanol vessels represents a crucial milestone in their commitment to achieving “GHG Net Zero by 2050.”

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Source: Port News


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