TOKYO - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced the naming of a newbuilding LNG Carrier ordered by a JV of MOL and JERA Co., Inc. (President: Yuji Kakimi; Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo), Trans Pacific Shipping 5 Ltd. Today’s ceremony was held at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI; President: Shunichi Miyanaga; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo). The new vessel will serve JERA.

The Nohshu Maru is the second vessel for MOL to feature the MHI-developed Sayaringo [saya (pea)-ringo (apple)] cargo tank
The Nohshu Maru is the second vessel for MOL to feature the MHI-developed Sayaringo [saya (pea)-ringo (apple)] cargo tank

Among those on hand for the event were Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. President Satoru Katsuno, who named the ship the Nohshu Maru, after which his wife cut the rope.

It also adopts MHI’s state-of-the-art technology—the hybrid dual-shaft Steam Turbine and Gas Engines (STaGE) propulsion system. This is an environment-friendly, economically superior design, which achieves a further reduction in fuel cost while minimizing CO2 emissions.

The vessel will transport LNG that JERA purchases from the Freeport LNG Project in the United States and other suppliers.

The MOL Group draws upon its decades of experience and know-how as the world’s leading LNG carrier owner and management company, and works aggressively to provide safe, high-quality LNG transport services for customers.

Outline of Nohshu Maru

  • Length: 297.5m
  • Breadth: 48.94m
  • Draft: 12.9m
  • LNG tank: MOSS independent stretched spherical type tank system (with continuous tank cover)
  • Deadweight tonnage: 149,367 tons
  • Tank capacity: About 177,300m3 (Actual loading capacity in total LNG tank capacity 180,000m3)
  • Main engine: Reheating system steam turbine, electric propulsion motor
  • Speed: 19.5 knots
  • Shipyard: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
  • Ship management company: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.