Contributing to Expansion of Zero Emission Bunkering
Tokyo - April 19, 2023
The AKARI will conduct zero emission bunkering in the Keihin region along with the first pure battery tanker, the ASAHI, which was delivered in March 2022.
Large-capacity lithium-ion batteries on the ASAHI and AKARI power every phase of their operations, including cargo handling, berthing/unberthing, and navigation. This results in zero emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the vessel. The tankers deliver outstanding environmental performance, and are expected to reduce crewmembers' workloads by reducing engine maintenance requirements.
MOL and Asahi Tanker will continue bunkering using electric powered tankers to help reduce GHG emissions.
Pure battery tanker AKARI. Image by MOL.
The iron ore carrier UNTA. Image by MOL.
About Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
The MOL Group set the target to achieve net-zero GHG emissions for the entire group by 2050. To achieve this target, it also focuses on reducing the environmental impact of the bunkering process. Website: https://www.mol.co.jp/en/
Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd.
Asahi Tanker is a shipping company extensively engaged in the transport of petroleum-related products, both in Japan and overseas. It operates various types of vessels, including white oil carriers, black oil carriers, lubricant carriers, LPG carriers, and chemical carriers, and plays a fundamental role in ensuring that its vessels safety navigate domestically and internationally, as a leader in domestic ocean transport of bonded bunkers (bonded fuel oil) for ocean-going vessels. In addition, the company makes advanced and innovative efforts to address major issues facing maritime shipping, which is a key element of the social infrastructure, such as global environmental conservation and improvement of the working environment, by operating the world's first zero-emission electric powered tanker. Website: https://www.asahi-tanker.com/en/
* Asahi Tanker is an equity method affiliate of MOL.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. press release