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29 July 2021 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 03:44 GMT+2

May 21, 2020

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New Japanese consortium to design, build and build market zero-emission electric ships

The first naval unit will be completed in March 2022

The Japanese Asahi Tanker Co., Idemitsu Kosan Co., Exeno Yamamizu Corporation, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Mitsubishi Corporations formed the "e5 Consortium" with the to design, build and market electric ships zero emissions. In particular, the aim is to develop a cabotype transport system in Japan based on the use electrical ships designed and built through the skills, the technological know-how, networks and other peculiarities of the seven consortium partner.

The first step will be to make the first ship zero-emission electric tank in the world, a project that is launched by Asahi Tanker in collaboration with Exeno Yamamizu and with the MOL and which plans to build under the guidance e5 Lab, two ships of this type, powered by batteries large-capacity lithium ions, which will be final March 2022 and March 2023, respectively. For this purpose, e5 Lab will become the steering centre of the new consortium.

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