Japan – MOL announces first Hydrogen and Biofuel Hybrid Passenger Ship Named ‘HANARIA’




Japan – MOL announces first hydrogen and biofuel hybrid passenger ship named ‘HANARIA’..


Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) announced that the naming and launching ceremony for the Japan’s first hybrid passenger ship, which utilizes hydrogen and biodiesel fuels, was held on September 13, and the ship was named “HANARIA”.


The vessel was ordered by MOL Group company MOTENA-Sea, Ltd. (President: Kazutoshi Takao; Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) and is under construction at the Hongawara Ship Yard Co., Ltd. (President: Makoto Hongawara; Headquarters: Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture). The ship is scheduled to be delivered in March 2024 and will start servicing in Fukuoka Prefecture in April 2024.


The ship will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 53%-100% compared to conventional fossil fuels vessels, by introducing a system that would be the first case in Japan, that allows the selection of any of operating modes: hydrogen fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, and biodiesel fuel.


MOL Group 5 Sustainability Issues

MOL Group identifies “Sustainability Issues” (Materiality) as our key issues for sustainable growth with society through realization of the Group Vision.

We anticipate this initiative to contribute especially to the realization of “Environment -Conservation for Marine and global environment-” and “Innovation -Innovation for development in marine technology-“.



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