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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening and launch ceremony in Shimonoseki for FERRY FUKUOKA
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening and launch ceremony in Shimonoseki for FERRY FUKUOKA

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group based in Yokohama, held a christening and launch ceremony on October 8th, for the second of two large ferries being built for Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT) and Meimon Taiyo Ferry Co., Ltd. The ceremony took place at the Enoura Plant at MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The handover is scheduled for March 2022 following the completion of interior work and sea trial. Maintenance of transport facilities The new vessel will replace the FERRY FUKUOKA II, in operation since 2002, and enter service from March 2022 on a regular route between Osaka and Shinmoji in Kitakyushu. The new vessel, built by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and operated by Meimon Taiyo Ferry, is jointly owned by Meimon Taiyo Ferry and JRTT, an Incorporated Administrative Agency to support the provision and maintenance of transport facilities and other infrastructure based on Japan’s transport policy. Named FERRY FUKUOKA, the new ship is 195m long, 27.8m wide, and 20.3m deep, with gross tonnage of approximately 15,400. The largest ship ever operated by Meimon Taiyo Ferry, the vessel has passenger capacity for 675 persons, and vehicle capacity for approximately 162 12-meter trucks and 140 passenger cars. The interior design concept is 'sparkle of a bayside city,' evoking a modern waterfront. Providing improved service The propulsion plant utilises a hybrid-type azimuth propulsion assist method The broad public space taking advantage of the vessel’s large size, along with a spacious restaurant, bath, and lounge with sweeping views, allow for cruising in comfort. The space can also be efficiently utilised to provide improved service, such as converting vehicle storage space into a passenger deck and eliminating Japanese style passenger cabins to create cabins with beds. The propulsion plant utilises a hybrid-type azimuth propulsion assist method, which combined with an air lubrication system achieves considerable energy efficiency (approximately 35% reduction in fuel consumption for carrying a large truck compared to existing vessels), and improved ship steering capabilities. In addition, along with lower CO2 emissions realised from energy efficiency, the adoption of hybrid-type scrubber curbs atmospheric emissions of sulfur oxide (SOx), providing for environment-friendly operation. Contributing to reliable transport Currently, shipping in Japan is undergoing a modal shift to marine transport from the standpoint of reducing CO2 emissions in land transport, a shortage of long-haul drivers, and working style reforms. Accordingly, demand is rising for ferries and RORO ships, and larger vessels. Going forward, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will continue to construct ferries and passenger/cargo ships that offer superlative fuel efficiency and environmental performance and contribute to reliable transport, in order to help resolve various issues together with its business partners, vitalise marine transport, and contribute to environmental protection.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and TotalEnergies initiate feasibility study of liquefied CO2 carriers
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and TotalEnergies initiate feasibility study of liquefied CO2 carriers

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has initiated a feasibility study with TotalEnergies for the development of a liquefied CO2 (LCO2) carrier. By furthering development of technologies, to reduce the volume of CO2 emissions in the oil and gas industry, MHI Group aims to strengthen its businesses, supporting strategic efforts for energy transition. MHI Group is pursuing a range of measures for a decarbonised society and establishing a CO2 ecosystem is a key part of that effort. Furthermore, carbon dioxide capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is attracting attention worldwide, as an effective means to achieve decarbonisation. Rise in demand of LCO2 carriers LCO2 carriers play a pivotal role in transporting CO2 from its emission sources to storage sites or facilities for utilisation, and demand for these vessels is expected to increase in the future. Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. is actively pursuing commercialisation of LCO2 carriers and this project is expected to make a significant contribution to the establishment of a CO2 ecosystem in the CO2 transport sector, which will be an essential component of the CCUS value chain. Commercialisation of LCO2 carriers MHI Group is aiming to contribute to the construction of the CCUS value chain that spans the sea and land MHI Group is aiming to contribute to the construction of the CCUS value chain that spans the sea and land, by bringing together the knowledge of the group companies, such as the advanced gas handling technologies, accumulated by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., in building liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, and the CO2 capture technologies of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, which has the world’s largest market share. Bruno Seilhan, Vice President (CCUS) at TotalEnergies, said “We are pleased to partner with Mitsubishi, whose expertise in shipbuilding is well proven, in order to study large tonnage liquid CO2 carrier opportunities.” Acceleration in achieving net zero carbon targets Bruno Seilhan adds, “Such vessels will be key to accommodate the expected surge in transported CO2 volumes for geological storage, triggered by the acceleration in net zero carbon targets worldwide and to meet world industrial emitters’ needs. It is fully aligned with our Climate Ambition to get to net zero emissions by 2050.” Toru Kitamura, President of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., said “We are pleased that TotalEnergies, which plays an important role in the world’s leading CCUS value chain market, has expressed high regard for our technology and experience.” LCO2 carriers play key role in a decarbonised world Toru Kitamura adds, “We believe that LCO2 carriers are an effective solution for achieving a decarbonised world. We will continue to actively pursue technology development, in cooperation with partners seeking to achieve decarbonisation using LCO2 carriers, with the aim of market formation for the CCUS value chain.” Going forward, through this joint project with TotalEnergies, MHI Group will continue to develop and offer a wide range of technologies, related to the LCO2 carriers, which are essential to building a CCUS value chain, and contribute to the realisation of a decarbonised society.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives approval in Principle from Classification Society for LCO2 Carrier Cargo Tank from France’s Bureau Veritas
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives approval in Principle from Classification Society for LCO2 Carrier Cargo Tank from France’s Bureau Veritas

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has been granted Approval in Principle (AIP) from the French Classification Society Bureau Veritas (BV) for a cargo tank system to be mounted in a liquefied CO2 (LCO2) carrier. MHI Group is pursuing a range of strategic measures to strengthen businesses related to the energy transition, and establishing a CO2 ecosystem is a key part of that effort. Further, Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilisation, and Storage (CCUS) are attracting attention worldwide as an effective means to achieve decarbonisation. LCO2 carriers play a pivotal role in transporting CO2 from its emission sources to storage sites or facilities for utilisation, and demand for these vessels is expected to increase in the future. Mitsubishi Shipbuilding is responding to this demand by actively pursuing the development and commercialisation of LCO2 carriers. Structural design MHI Group will develop & offer a wide range of technologies related to the LCO2 carriers LCO2 carriers transport liquefied CO2 gas as a liquid in a low temperature, high-pressure state. Accordingly, independent Type C tanks as defined by the IGC Code are typically used for the cargo tank system. A structural design based on standards for pressure containers is required when using a Type C tank. There are various structural types for these tanks, including cylindrical, bilobed, and trilobed. A further important factor is to select a steel material for the LCO2 tanks with exceptionally high strength and low-temperature properties. Studies on CO2 carriers Looking ahead to the future, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding previously conducted studies on CO2 carriers in 2004 as a participant in the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Greenhouse R&D program, utilising the advanced techniques for structural analysis, material evaluation, gas handling, and other expertise it has accumulated from the construction of liquefied gas carriers (Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers). Going forward, with this acquisition of an AIP for the LCO2 cargo tank system, MHI Group will continue to develop and offer a wide range of technologies related to the LCO2 carriers essential to building a CCUS value chain, and contributing to the realisation of a decarbonised society.

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