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MOL Signed for Six Large LNG-fueled Vessels
- Steadily Progressing towards '90 LNG-fueled Vessels by 2030' -

August 25, 2022

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced its intent to build four Capesize bulkers and two Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) tankers, which will use environment-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their main fuel, and signed deals for construction with shipbuilding companies.

The company signed a deal for construction of four 210,000 DWT-class Capesize bulkers with CSSC Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Chairman: Chen Qing; headquarters: Qingdao, China). This is MOL's first time to order newbuilding vessel from this shipyard. The new ships are slated for delivery in succession from 2025 through 2026.

MOL also concluded a contract for construction of two 309,000 DWT-class VLCCs with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (KHI; President: Yasuhiko Hashimoto; headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo). This new ordered VLCC will be built by Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd.(Headquarters: Dalian, China) jointly operated by KHI and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited. This is the first LNG-fueled VLCC ordered from a Japanese tanker operator. The newbuilding VLCCs are scheduled for delivery from 2025 through 2026.

Ship Type (No. of vessels) Capesize bulker (4) VLCC (2)
LOA About 300m About 339.5m
Breadth About 50m About 60m
Deadweight tonnage (DWT) About 210,000MT About 309,000MT
Delivery schedule 2025-26 2025-26
EEDI regulation (Note 1) Phase 3 Phase 3

The MOL Group has moved forward with de-carbonization/low carbonization in line with "MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1," established in June 2021, with the aim of achieving net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. It plans to expand its fleet of LNG-fueled vessels to about 90 by 2030, in line with the "adoption of clean alternative energy" strategy toward the goal of net zero GHG emissions.

Compared to conventional marine fuel oil, LNG is expected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by about 25%-30% and other GHG emissions. It has advanced the adoption of LNG-fueled vessels as a currently feasible initiative on reducing GHG emissions. LNG can be substituted with a view to shifting toward synthetic methane produced using renewable energy sources, which can significantly reduce GHG emissions. MOL aims to further reduce GHG emissions by adopting LNG-fueled vessels as a transition towards the aim of Net Zero Emission by 2050.

MOL Group has ordered 16 ocean-going LNG-fueled vessels which includes these Capesize bulkers and VLCCs, in addition to car carriers, bulkers, and six coastal vessels which are ferries, tugboat, and coastal cargo vessel. It will further continue to widen the use of LNG fuel as an initiative that it can take now, to accelerate toward the complete elimination of GHG emissions.

LNG-fueled Vessels by Ship Type on order / delivered

  Ship Type No. of Vessels Related Press Releases
Bulk carrier 2
+ 4 Capesize bulkers
(this press release)
Car carrier 8 URL
Tanker 2 VLCCs (this press release)  
Tugboat 1 (delivered) URL
Ferry 4 URL
Coastal cargo vessel 1 (delivered) URL
  Total Ocean-going vessels: 16;
Costal vessels: 6

(Fig.1) Composition the MOL Ocean-Going Fleet by Fuel Type Going Forward

[MOL Group 5 Sustainability Issues]
MOL Group will contribute to realizing a sustainable society by promoting responses to sustainability issues, which are identified as social issues that must be addressed as priorities through its business. We expect this initiative to address the full range of sustainability issues.
In particular, we expect this initiative to contribute to the realization of "Environment-Conservation for Marine and global environment" and "Innovation - Innovation for development in marine technology."

(Note 1) EEDI: The Energy Efficiency Design Index shows carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions when transporting 1 ton cargo of cargo for one mile, and the CO2 reduction rate from the standard value will be enhanced from the reference value progressively, according to the contracted date of construction. MOL previously adopted "EEDI Phase 3" (30% reduction from the standard value), the regulation covering vessels for which construction is contracted or slated to start after 2025 to push forward with reduction of its environmental impact.