Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that on November 4, the methanol carrier “Capilano Sun”, which can run on either heavy oil or low-environmental impact methanol fuel, was delivered at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. The vessel will be chartered from Hisafuku Kisen K.K., and Waterfront Shipping Company Limited (WFS) will charter the vessel from MOL under a long-term contract.
MOL is one of the largest operators for methanol carriers, operating 18 vessels (including “Capilano Sun”), and in 2016, started owning and operating dual-fuel vessels that can run on environment-friendly methanol fuel, continuously expanding the fleet. Currently, MOL operates 4 of the 13 methanol dual-fuel tankers in service around the world.
These methanol dual-fuel vessels can reduce emissions of sulfur oxide (SOx) by up to 99%, particulate matter (PM) by up to 95%, nitrogen oxide (NOx) by up to 80%, and carbon dioxide (CO2) by up to 15%, compared to vessels using conventional fuel oil. The “Capilano Sun” is the most advanced low-emission vessel, which adopts an advanced technology that adjusts the combustion temperature by mixing water into methanol fuel and can meet Tier 3 NOx regulations (Note 1) without a scrubber.
In the future, duel fuel methanol carriers can become an Environmental circulation-type business, by synthesizing the carbon dioxide from carbon capture methods, CO2 Carriers, with Hydrogen derived from renewable resource-based electricity such as offshore wind power and wave power, which MOL looks into. The Methanol produced from the cycle can be used or provided as fuel, which will reduce the net CO2 emission. (Refer to figure on the left.)
MOL’s approach to environmental issues is guided by the “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1” (Note 2), further expanding its methanol transport services by meeting a broad range of customer needs and leveraging its accumulated experience and know-how as the owner of one of the world’s largest methanol carrier fleets. MOL also takes a proactive approach to adopt various technologies that help reduce the environmental impact of its business activities. (Fig. 1)
“Capilano Sun” Specifications
- LOA: 186.07m
- Breadth: 32.30m
- DWT: 49,999MT
- Ship management company: MOL Tankship Management
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) set Tier III regulations related to reduction of NOx emissions while underway. Tier III applies to vessels built in 2016 or later, requiring a reduction of 80% from the Tier I level.
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