Japan’s Sumitomo Eyes Ship-to-Ship LNG Bunkering in Tokyo Bay

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ReutersOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp says it signed a memorandum with Uyeno Transtech Ltd and Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corp for a joint study on ship-to-ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in Tokyo Bay.

The three firms will jointly study the commercial feasibility of services using LNG bunkering vessels, Sumitomo said in a statement

The firms would remain open to the possible participation in such a business venture of other LNG-related companies, it said

LNG has been promoted as a more environment-friendly alternative to bunker fuel oil for shipping lines facing a 2020 deadline to meet new international standards on sulphur emissions (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori)

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