Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that it has agreed with Mitsui E&S Machinery Ltd to commence a joint study to introduce hydrogen fuel port cargo handling machineries. As part of this agreement, MOLs group company Shosen Koun Co. has signed a contract for a new near-zero emission (NZE) rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) container yard crane and decided to introduce it at the MOL-operated Kobe International Container Terminal (KICT).
Thanks to the smaller size of its diesel engine, the NZE RTG improves fuel consumption by 20-30% and reduces emissions of CO2 and other harmful substances in diesel exhaust in comparison with a conventional one. Besides, looking ahead to the spread of a hydrogen supply infrastructure in the future, Shosen Koun decided to introduce the NZE RTG because the engine specifications make it possible to achieve zero emissions by changing the power source to a hydrogen fuel cell (FC) power unit instead of a diesel generator. KICT is the first facility in Japan to adopt the NZE RTG, and it is slated to be introduced around end of May 2022, informed a release.
In addition, because the introduction of the NZE RTG matches the concept of Carbon Neutral Port (CNP), which is an initiative of Japans Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism aimed at achieving decarbonisation in ports and harbours, the MOL Group is working closely with Mitsui E&S Machinery to realise the achievement of CNP, the release added.