Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd., Exeno Yamamizu Corporation, Mitsui O.S.K.
Lines Ltd., and Mitsubishi Corporation have announced their agreement to create
a strategic partnership to provide new infrastructure services in the marine
shipping industry that focus on electrically powered vessels.
Their newly established company, e5 Lab, will work to develop and
promote the greater use of these relatively clean modes of marine transport.
e5 to address challenges facing Japan’s
There are a number of challenges facing Japan’s shipping industry,
which e5 Lab will seek to address by consolidating the technologies, know-how
and networks of its four major shareholders.
The new company will develop a platform to provide a line-up of
services that takes advantage of electrically powered vessels and other
cutting-edge technologies. The aim is to leverage this platform to encourage
sustainable growth and development within the marine shipping industry.
e5 first objective to build the world’s
first zero-emission tanker by mid-2021
The first objective for e5 Lab will be to build the world’s first
zero-emission tanker by mid-2021. The tanker will be a coastal vessel powered
by large-capacity batteries and will operate in Tokyo Bay. The company will
also develop other kinds of electrically powered vessels to address the
Furthermore, e5 Lab will actively promote the electrification of both
coastal and ocean-going vessels, and pool the technologies, human resources and
operational know-how needed to achieve the 50% GHG reduction target of the
International Maritime Organization as soon as possible.
The IMO wants to see annual emissions drop to half of their 2008
levels by the year 2025.