October 16, 2008
MOL tests LNG-fueled shoreside power supply
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) reports that MOL and California-based CleanAir Logix, Inc. (CAL) have successfully tested a liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled shore power supply system on the containership 4,500 TEU containership MOL Enterprise.
The electricity was supplied to the vessel while a number of visitors, including officials in Port of Los Angels looked on.
MOL says it will use the results of this test to develop and provide shore power supply sources in the Port of Los Angeles, thereby helping reduce the burden on the environment.
CAL used a system that was connected to the power cable for the bow thruster motor. Power was connected to this line from an on-shore generator that runs on LNG, substantially reducing emissions of pollutants such as NOx and SOx compared to running the vessel's generators, which operate on heavy fuel oil. During the test, only two of the ship's four onboard generators were in use.