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Delivery of methanol-duel fueled methanol carrier “Capilano Sun”

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. -MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo, announced that the methanol carrier “Capilano Sun”, which can run on either heavy oil or low-environmental impact methanol fuel, was delivered at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard -President: H.D. Shin; Headquarters: Ulsan, South Korea. The vessel will be chartered from Hisafuku Kisen K.K. -President: Chikashi Yamane; Headquarters: Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima, and Waterfront Shipping Company Limited -WFS; President: Paul Hexter; Headquarters: Vancouver, Canada 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 by up to 99%, particulate matter by up to 95%, nitrogen oxide by up to 80%, and carbon dioxide by up to 15%, compared to vessels using conventional fuel oil. The “Capilano Sun” is the most advanced low-emission vessel , which adopts advanced technology that adjusts the combustion temperature by mixing water into methanol fuel and can meet Tier 3 NOx regulations without a scrubber.

n the future, duel fuel methanol carriers can become an Environmental circulation-type business, by synthesizing the carbon dioxide from carbon capture methods, CO2 Carrries, with Hydrgen 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.

MOL’s approach to environmental issues is guided by the “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1”, 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 adopting various technologies that help reduce the environmental impact of its business activities.

Delivery of methanol-duel fueled methanol carrier "Capilano Sun". Image: MOL

Delivery of methanol-duel fueled methanol carrier “Capilano Sun”. Image: MOL

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“K” LINE Group’s Yokohama Daikoku C-4 Terminal starts operation

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. – “K” LINE and Daito Corporation have started operation of “K” LINE Group’s first dedicated finished vehicle terminal in Japan, at Yokohama Daikoku C-4 Terminal from April 2022. In April, “IVORY ARROW” operated by “K” LINE, a pure car and truck carrier, made its first call at the terminal. A safety prayer ceremony with the terminal operators and an opening ceremony with the attendance of many related parties was held.

The terminal is used not only as an export and transshipment base for finished vehicles but also handle a wide variety of vehicles such as break-bulk cargoes by utilizing work facility with large roof in terminal in order to meet a variety of needs.

In addition, the terminal will use electric power generated from renewable energy sources with virtually zero CO2 emissions. The terminal will procure 100% wind-generated renewable energy from blockchain-based electricity traceability service (a service for specifying the power plants from which electricity is procured) of “Minna-Denryoku”, operated by UPDATER Corporation.

In last November, “K” LINE has revised a part of our long term environmental guideline “K”LINE Environmental Vision 2050” and set our new target for 2050 as “The challenge of Achieving Net-Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions”. The company strives to enhance their corporate value by contributing to the sustainable development of the economy and society, while protecting the environment through our business activities.

<Terminal Overview>

Name : Yokohama Daikoku C-4 Terminal
Location : Daikoku Futo 22&24, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Japan
Business : Finished-vehicle logistics
Pier length : 350 m (1 berth)
Sea depth : 15 m
Total yard area : Approx. 153,500 m2 (including berth area)
Parking slots : Approx. 8,000 units

 

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MacGregor has received an order to supply RoRo equipment

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been selected to supply RoRo equipment for a LNG-powered RoRo vessel being built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft for the Tasmanian-based Australian shipping company, SeaRoad.

The order was booked into Cargotec’s 2022 first quarter order intake. The vessel is scheduled to be delivered in the last quarter of 2023.

MacGregor’s scope of supply encompasses design, fabrication and installation of a large stern ramp and ramp cover, with capacity for heavy cargo with a unit weight of up to 100 tonnes. The ramp cover features MacGregor patented soft flaps that minimize both noise and wear.

MacGregor was selected as a reliable supplier with a proven track record for meeting the yard’s quality standards and need for punctual deliveries. Leaving the installation to MacGregor will allow FSG to focus on its core activities, securing a premium delivery to SeaRoad.

“We are very pleased to continue the close and long-standing relationship with FSG by delivering high quality RoRo equipment for SeaRoad, once more. The skills of our experienced installation team are recognised to be an important part of the delivery, which we are especially proud of,” says Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Merchant Solutions, MacGregor.

“This continues a long-standing relationship with MacGregor which has previously supplied SeaRoad vessels. SeaRoad is always finding new ways to enhance our logistics solutions and we are very happy to be working again with MacGregor for our new vessel. MacGregor’s equipment is robust and ideally suited to our hard-working Bass Strait vessels,” says Patrick Guarino, Chief Operating Officer, SeaRoad.

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AAL carries out six month series of shipments for the new 181MW Dulacca wind farm in Queensland Australia

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Between February and July 2022, AAL Shipping is operating a series of shipments between China and Brisbane to transport heavy lift and project cargo components for the 181MW Dulacca Wind Farm planned for development in Queensland Australia – a plant expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 124,000 homes in the region. Employed by multiple global logistics companies to manage the ocean transportation for some of the Wind Farm’s largest components, AAL’s shipments are comprising 43 Vestas wind turbines, transformers, electrical cables and other – a total of close to 375,000 freight tonnes of cargo.

Marco Wendt, Chartering Manager at AAL Europe and spearheading AAL’s global wind cargo movements, explained, ‘AAL has been working closely with Vestas and its appointed logistics partners for a number of years, serving many of its wind farm projects around the world on both a long and short-term employment basis. It is a privilege to have this position of trust on such important projects and the successful and safe delivery of our customer’s cargo is a key objective for AAL and our teams worldwide.’

Andrew Mangan, Chartering Manager at AAL and coordinating the sailings into Australia from the carrier’s Singapore Headquarters added, ‘The shipments into Brisbane for Dulacca are being loaded from several Chinese ports including Tianjin, Taicang and Yangzhou and we are working with multiple logistics companies in their execution, each with their own specific timeline and cargo requirements. We therefore decided to utilise two different vessel classes on the project, our ‘mega-size’ 31,000 deadweight A-Class and the more compact 19,000 DWT S-Class – to manage both large and small shipment sizes with as much efficiency and economy of scale for our customers as possible.’

Chris Yabsley, Chartering Manager at AAL Australia, added, ‘The 181MW Dulacca Wind Farm is located between Dulacca and Drillham in the Western Downs Region of Queensland and will be powered by 43 Vestas wind turbines of 4.2MW rated capacity each. It will generate enough clean energy to power 124,000 homes and inject over AUD 400m into the local economy. The award of this project is a welcome recognition of AAL’s long-standing ‘Asia – Australia’ trade lane and expertise, which has served customers with a regular scheduled service for over 26 years. We are proud to be part of such an important local project and help to expand the use of sustainable green energy solutions in the country.

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