Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a Yokohama-based subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has secured an order for 12 units of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel gas supply system (FGSS) from Imabari Shipbuilding.
The order includes high-pressure systems for nine LNG-fueled car carriers and three bulk carriers. The units are set to contribute significantly to the decarbonization of the marine environment with a continuous delivery scheduled from spring 2024.
The ordered FGSS units, featuring an optimized cargo space layout, utilize a modular design that offers space-saving solutions and easier maintenance access. They will also shorten the construction schedule at shipyards due to a proprietary control system that can be customized to meet customer needs, enhancing both operability and safety.
This order follows the first received by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding in 2021 for FGSS for LNG-fueled car carriers from the Imabari Group. It also marks the initial order for FGSS for LNG-fueled bulk carriers.
In total, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will supply 18 units – 15 for car carriers and 3 for bulk carriers – to Imabari Shipbuilding, including 2 units already delivered.
Imabari Shipbuilding will install LNG fuel tanks in the car carriers to be equipped with the FGSS module. The tanks are currently being produced at its Nishi-Tadotsu Division, with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding also offering technical support for the manufacturing process.
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, pursuing MHI Group’s strategic initiatives for energy transition, intends to provide FGSS units to a wide variety of customers involved in the construction of LNG-fueled vessels. This move is anticipated to augment the value and competitiveness of ships while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In line with its role as a maritime system integrator, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding seeks to propel the decarbonization of the marine industry, support the realization of a carbon-neutral world, and diminish environmental impacts globally.