Kawasaki Heavy Industries has selected Corvus Orca ESS to provide the energy storage system (ESS) for the e5 tanker, which aims to be ‘the world’s first zero-emission tanker project’.
As previously reported, the first of two all-electric tankers currently being built for Asahi Tanker in Japan is expected to go into service as a bunkering vessel in Tokyo Bay by 2022.
The two tankers are being built by KOA Industry and Imura Shipyard.
In a statement issued today (28 January), Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, commented: ‘Japan is an important market for Corvus Energy and a big part of our future growth strategy.
‘Like Norway, Japan is a maritime nation with a clear path towards a green future. The government has already announced ambitious plans to be free of carbon emissions by 2050, which will require significant decarbonisation initiatives in its world-leading shipping industry.’
Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) was awarded the contract for the ship’s propulsion system in September 2020 and will integrate the 3,480 kWh Orca ESS from Corvus Energy to power the vessel.
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