Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced that the naming and launching ceremony for the Japan’s first hybrid passenger ship, which utilizes H2 and biodiesel fuels, was held on September 13, and the ship was named "HANARIA".
The vessel was ordered by MOL Group company MOTENA-Sea, Ltd. (President: Kazutoshi Takao; Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) and is under construction at the Hongawara Ship Yard Co., Ltd. (President: Makoto Hongawara; Headquarters: Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture). The ship is scheduled to be delivered in March 2024 and will start servicing in Fukuoka Prefecture in April 2024.
The ship will reduce CO2 emissions by 53%-100% compared to conventional fossil fuels vessels, by introducing a system that would be the first case in Japan, that allows the selection of any of operating modes: H2 fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries and biodiesel fuel.