By Shizuo KambayashiBy Reuters staffJuly 24, 2020 10:03:00With Japan gearing up for its annual Summer Olympics, the country has started construction on a hydrogen cargo vessel for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Construction is slated to start later this month and will involve the construction of a new facility in Hakata, a city near Hakata Prefecture, the ministry of industry, trade and industry said.

The first stage of the project will be complete by June 2021, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Industry said in a statement.

A second stage of construction is expected to be completed in 2020.

The vessel will have a capacity of 1,600 tons, it added.

The government aims to have a fleet of 200 hydrogen cargo ships, or HCPs, ready for the Olympics by 2020, it said.

Hakata is a prefecture that is well-known for its industrial and shipping industry.

It has a high concentration of HCP plants and has been working on the construction since 2015.

Construction of the first stage will begin in 2019 and finish by 2021, it noted.HCPs have been used in transport for about a decade, including for the Tokyo Olympics, but the 2020 Olympics will be the first time that a hydrogen ship will be used in such a way.

The HCP will have the capacity to carry about 7,000 metric tons of cargo.