MOL Chemical Tankers Orders 2 New Vessels Equipped with Marine Gas Oil Mono-Fuel Engine
April 19, 2022
MOL CHEMICAL TANKERS PTE. LTD. (MOLCT; CEO: Akira Sasa, Headquarters: Singapore) today announced that the company has ordered two chemical tankers equipped with Marine Gas Oil (MGO) mono-fuel engine newly developed by Japan Engine Corporation (J-ENG; President and Representative Director : Ken Kawashima Headquarters: Akashi City, Hyogo) from Shitanoe Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (President: Akio Tanaka, Headquarters: Usuki City, Oita).
The MGO mono-fuel engine uses the stratified water injection system independently developed by J-ENG to optimize combustion and reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions while reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
It is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 3% compared to vessels that use conventional main engines (based on MOLCT’s estimation), contributing to the Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Group’s environmental initiatives of ‘climate change countermeasures’ and ‘air pollution prevention’. Other features include:
● Achievement of EEDI Phase 3
Fuel consumption is reduced by approximately 5% compared to conventional engines of the same class (In-house comparison by J-ENG), making it compatible with EEDI Phase 3 requirement ahead of schedule.
● Simplified Operation
Since MGO is of better quality than VLSFO and does not require fuel heating system during use, it realizes simplified fuel supply system and reduces the risk of fuel oil trouble during bunkering and change-over. It also eliminates the need for heavy fuel heaters and equipment maintenance.
● Reducing the burden of maintenance work
Stable fuel quality enables longer maintenance intervals for combustion chamber components.
As the frequency of sludge contamination decreases, the frequency of cleaning and maintenance of fuel filters is also expected to decrease.
[Outline of the Vessel]
Length: About 136 m
Breadth: About 22.5 m
Depth: About 11.5 m
Deadweight tonnage: Approximately 14,900 MT