MOL Launches Battery-Hybrid Vessel Powered by Hydrogen and Biofuel

Concept rendering of Hanaria catamaran
Concept rendering courtesy Motena-Sea

Published Sep 13, 2023 9:43 PM by The Maritime Executive

On Wednesday, Japanese shipping giant MOL and its partners held a launch and naming ceremony for a unique new low-emissions vessel, the Hanaria. This one-of-a-kind passemger vessel is designed to run on hydrogen, biofuel or battery power, and will deliver dramatic CO2 reductions for its operators.

Hanaria is owned by Motena-Sea, a joint venture led by MOL and three other Japanese companies, and is under construction at Hongawara Shipbuilding in Fukuyama. The name evokes the «elegance of a magnificent song,» according to the owner.

Hanaria's multiple fuel options give the crew a palette of choices to select from, and can reduce emissions by 50-100 percent when compared with a comparable fossil-fueled vessel. The powerplant can propel the 100-foot vessel at speeds of up to about 11 knots.

Hanaria 1

Hanaria 3

Images courtesy MOL

Construction is still under way, and the vessel should be completed by March 2024. It is slated to begin operating in Fukuoka shortly thereafter.

According to Motena-Sea, one of the vessel's uses will be to provide support and inspection services for offshore wind turbines off the port of Kitakyushu. The Kitakyushu – Hibikinada wind farm is under construction now, and turbine installation should be completed by the end of 2024. It will also be available for charter and for use as a meeting space.

MOL aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations by 2050, and it has launched a range of futuristic projects in order to further this goal. Among others, these include the Wind Hunter Project, a concept for a zero-emission ship that uses wind power for propulsion – and creates its own hydrogen fuel. The firm is also investigating fiberglass wing sails; rotor sails; bio-methane; and biofuel.

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