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Mitsubishi Launches, Christens LNG Bunkering Vessel

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

July 12, 2023

Christening and Launch Ceremony of KEYS Azalea.  Image courtesy Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

Christening and Launch Ceremony of KEYS Azalea. Image courtesy Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group company based in Yokohama, today held a christening and launch ceremony for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel, the first to operate in western Japan, built under contract for KEYS Bunkering West Japan Co., Ltd. The ceremony was conducted at the Enoura Plant at MHI's Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture. 

The new vessel, christened KEYS Azalea, is scheduled for handover in March 2024 following outfitting work and sea trials.

KEYS Azalea is equipped with a dual fuel generator engine capable of using both LNG and marine diesel oil as fuel, a first for LNG bunkering vessel in Japan. 

KEYS Bunkering West Japan is a joint venture company established in February 2022 to supply LNG fuel for ships and operate a coastal transportation business in the Kyushu and Setouchi Regions, with investment from Kyushu Electric Power Company, Inc.NYK Line, ITOCHU ENEX CO., Ltd., and SAIBU GAS CO., Ltd.  

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