Eco Act (Environmental Achievement)
Our Eco Act
LNG Carrier in Service
In 2019, we started owning and managing a 174,000 membrane-typed LNG carrier.This LNG Carrier is equipped with a dual-fuel engine (X-DF Engine) that enables the vessels to be powered not only by marine fuel oil but also boil-off gas generated from vaporized LNG during her voyage.
The dual-fuel engine is an eco-friendly engine that reduces emissions of CO2 by approximately 30%, nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up-to 80% percent, and sulfur oxides (SOx) almost down to zero.
Concluding long-term charter agreement for methanol-fueled chemical tankers
In 2022, we will start owning and managing 2 MR-sized methanol tankers.
These tankers are equipped with a dual-fuel engine that enables the vessels to be powered not only by marine fuel oil but also methanol, which is known as an eco-friendly fuel.
The dual-fuel engine for the new ships will , when running with methanol, reduces sulphur oxides (SOx) by approximately 99 percent, as well as particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). This enables the vessels to meet important environmental regulations et by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), such as SOx Global Cap regulations enforced in 2020.
Shipping service for low-carbon solutions
As a member of the supply chain for low-carbon solutions, our Ultramax bulk carrier "GREEN GENIE" built in 2020 will serve for a long-term contract carrying wood pellets from various sources around the world to biomass power plants in Japan.
Ship Energy-saving Operation with Air Lubrication System
Meiji Shipping is committed to the reduction in carbon emissions as per IMO Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase III levels. We are one of the pioneering ship owners in Japan to use the innovative ‘Air Lubrication System’ (ALS) fitted on two of our large LNG Carriers to promote a cleaner environment. The ALS generates a stable carpet of tiny air bubbles under the ship’s hull to reduce friction with the water. This increases the ship’s energy efficiency, reduces fuel consumption as well as the CO2 generated by about 6% (up to 18MT of CO2 per day) while transporting cargo between ports. Information about the fitted ALS can be viewed on Youtube: Link1, Link2
LNG Reliquefication System
Our two LNG carriers are equipped with a system that can reliquefy up to 60% of LNG BOG *.
This BOG is burned while the vessel is waiting at a harbor, port, or canal passing through, but for environmental protection, the BOG is compressed and is liquefied by a reliquefication plant and returned to the LNG tank. Thus reduces CO2 emissions. This system reduces CO2 up to 60% - up to 190 tons per day when a vessel is waiting at a harbor, port, or passing through canals.
BOG *:Boil Off Gas (Natural vaporized gas)
Adoption of Ultra Low Friction Self-Polishing Antifouling Paint
In order to reduce underwater friction, we have positively adopted Ultra Low Friction Self-Polishing Antifouling Paint for some of our newly built vessels. Reduction of 5% in Fuel consumption is expected, which can save up to 13 MT of CO2 emissions per day on a VLCC for example. We will continue to adopt new innovative and energy saving technologies for a greener planet in the future.
Installation of scrubbers
Ahead of the 2020 restrictions on SOx, we have already equipped two vessels with scrubber technology to reduce SOx and air pollutants. We plan to also actively equip our vessels with new technology for environmental conservation in the future.
Approach to the Ship Recycling Convention
In preparation for the Ship Recycling Convention which will become effective in 2020, our LPG VLGC "BW TOKYO" built in 2009 was the first NK Class vessel to receive this licence thanks to special cooperation from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Meiji shipping group original marine pollution control measures
Our group ship management company, MMS, adopts its own particilar method of preventing marine pollution by us of OCM (Oil Contamination Monitor) equipment. Any oily water with a concentration of more than 15ppm cannot be released into the sea and is normally stored onboard. On our vessels we have special equipment to completely incinerate this waste.