A group of Japanese partner companies have signed onto a project initiated by Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd. to build the world’s first zero-emission, fully electric-propulsion bunker supply vessel.
The so-called e5 Consortium, including Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd., Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., Exeno Yamamizu Corporation, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., Tokyo Electric Power Company, and Mitsubishi Corporation, say they will work toward developing, realizing and commercializing zero-emission electric vessels.
The partners say they will focus their attention on fulfilling the potential of electric vessels to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a measure to address climate change. The five e’s in e5 stand for electrification, environment, evolution, efficiency and economics.
The consortium aims to establish a platform that offers innovative ocean shipping infrastructure services based on electric vessels bringing to bear the strength, technological know-how, networks, and other advantages of each member company.
As the first phrase of the project, the consortium plans to launch the world’s first zero-emission electric tanker, powered by large-capacity lithium ion batteries, scheduled to enter service in Tokyo Bay as a marine fuel supply vessel in March 2022.
e5 Lab Inc., jointly established by four companies of Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd., Exeno Yamamizu Corporation, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., and Mitsubishi Corporation, will serve as the executive office of the e5 Consortium. e5 Lab promotes innovative projects to bring digital solutions and digital transformation to the ocean shipping industry, not only with electric vessels, but also hydrogen fuel batteries, onboard automated equipment, onboard broadband, remote control vessels, and development of a common integrated OS for ocean vessels.