Japan launches LNG-VLSFO bunker tanker

Japan has launched its first bunker tanker capable of delivering both LNG as marine fuel and the conventional very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO).

Ecobunker Shipping’s new bunker tanker, named Ecobunker Tokyo Bay, held its naming and launch ceremony at Fukuoka Shipbuilding on Tuesday. The bunker tanker will operate in Tokyo Bay.

“She is a multi-bunkering vessel capable of both ship-to-ship LNG and VLSFO bunkering,” Ecobunker Shipping stated.

The 4,100 tonnes Ecobunker Tokyo Bay has a LNG tank capacity of 2,500 cu m and a VLSFO tank capacity of 1,500 cu m.

“We will further work on outfitting the vessel including installation of equipment and tanks. Ecobunker Shipping will continue to promote eco-friendly bunker fuel, also aiming to contribute in developing Tokyo Bay as one of the world’s leading LNG bunkering hubs,” it said.

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