MOL Jointly Develops New Energy Saving Sail Boost Ship Propulsion
TOKYO-Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd announced that MOL, MOL Drybulk Ltd, Oshima Shipbuilding Co Ltd and Iknow Machinery Co Ltdhave reached an agreement on joint research and development of the Iknow Delta Sail Crane, a sail that can be mounted on ships' cargo handling cranes and similar equipment to boost propulsion force. The joint R&D project aims at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vessels while underway, by unfurling the sail placed on ship such as triangular parts of existing cargo handling cranes to use offshore winds to provide additional propulsion force.
Many MOL Drybulk-operated vessels are equipped with cargo handing cranes, and the company plans to study the installation of the Delta Sail on a broad range of ship types, such as bulkers, wood chip carriers, and multi-purpose vessels.
MOL has already placed an order with Oshima Shipbuilding for construction of the first vessel to be equipped with the Wind Challenger, a coal carrier, slated to start operation in 2022 supplying Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc.