Plastic recycling trial begins on board an oil tanker

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) in collaboration with Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. (Idemitsu Kosan), have initiated a pilot project for the recycling of used plastic waste on board a large-scale oil tanker (LSTLV). This pioneering project will be carried out at the Suzukasan VLCC, which is operated by Idemitsu Tanker Co, Ltd, a subsidiary of Idemitsu Kosan, under lease from MOL.

The plastic recycling test process

Idemitsu Kosan’s subsidiary Chemical Recycle Japan Co., Ltd. will process VLCC’s discarded plastic as feedstock, transforming it into oil through its recycling technology. This process will be evaluated by Idemitsu Kosan to determine the feasibility of recycling used plastics generated on MOL-operated vessels, including VLCCs, verifying whether the oil obtained can be used as feedstock for petrochemicals and as fuel. and as fuel.

Looking ahead, both companies aim to manufacture “Renewable Chemicals” and “Renewable Fuel Oil” using oil generated from plastics used at VLCCs, taking advantage of their petroleum refining and petrochemical facilities.

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The MOL Group has identified the environmental strategy as a fundamental pillar of its “BLUE ACTION 2035” management plan. In this context, the group not only focuses on protecting the marine environment through the collection of marine plastic waste, but is also marine debris, but is also committed to minimizing the impact of its activities on the global environment. This includes efforts to combat climate change and preserve biodiversity, thus contributing to the sustainable growth of humanity, society and the planet, and ensuring a prosperous future through ocean conservation.

On its path toward realizing a carbon-neutral society by 2050, Idemitsu Kosan has outlined its vision for 2030, “Your Trusted Partner for a Bright Future,” and for 2050, “Shaping Change.”

Innovation and sustainability in the maritime industry

This plastic recycling project on VLCCs illustrates a significant move towards innovation and sustainability in the maritime industry, setting a precedent in waste management and onboard renewable energy production. By transforming plastic waste into valuable resources, MOL and Idemitsu Kosan not only address the problem of marine pollution, but also open a new chapter in energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction in shipping.

This comprehensive approach to sustainability reflects a commitment to preserving the marine environment and promoting responsible business practices, aligning with global sustainable development goals.

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