Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd announced that the company has reached a coal transport deal with Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc, using a coal carrier equipped with a hard sail wind power propulsion system, also known as the Wind Challenger. Construction of the vessel will start at Oshima Shipbuilding Co Ltd, aiming to start operation in 2022. The introduction of the Wind Challenger is expected to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by about 5% on the Japan-Australia route or about 8% on the Japan-North America West Coast route, in comparison with a conventional vessel of the same class.
MOL and Tohoku Electric Power will conduct more verification tests on the system's GHG reduction effects toward the 2022 target date for the new carrier to begin operation.
Outline of coal carrier equipped with Wind Challenger
Ship operator - Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd
LOA/Breadth - About 235m/About 43m
Deadweight tonnage - About 99,000 tons
Shipyard - Oshima Shipbuilding Co Ltd
Scheduled delivery - 2022