MOL Receives Coveted Accolades in Ship of the Year 2022

In a momentous achievement, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has garnered two prestigious awards in the esteemed Ship of the Year 2022. The remarkable Shofu
Shofu Maru
Shofu MaruImage Source – MOL

In a momentous achievement, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has garnered two prestigious awards in the esteemed Ship of the Year 2022. The remarkable Shofu Maru, the world's maiden coal carrier adorned with the revolutionary Wind Challenger hard sail wind propulsion system, has been crowned the illustrious 'Ship of the Year 2022.' Additionally, the Sunflower Kurenai, Japan's inaugural LNG-fueled ferry, owned by MOL and operated by Ferry Sunflower Limited, has claimed victory in the esteemed 'Large Passenger Ship Sector Award.'

Presented annually by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE), the Ship of the Year Awards commends exceptional vessels or offshore structures constructed within the previous year, based on technical brilliance, artistic merit, and societal significance. This year marks the grand occasion's 33rd installment.

MOL's triumphant haul of accolades now stands at an impressive seven Ship of the Year Awards. Furthermore, this marks the first time in three years that an MOL-operated ship has triumphed in any category of the Ship of the Year Awards since the remarkable victory of the LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin in 2019.

The Shofu Maru, an awe-inspiring 100,000 deadweight tonnage coal carrier, boasts the pioneering Wind Challenger hard sail system, and serves as a dedicated vessel for Tohoku Electric Power Co., primarily transporting coal from Australia, Indonesia, and North America. The vessel's commendable reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through direct utilization of wind power as a propulsive force garnered high acclaim. Furthermore, the Shofu Maru's auxiliary equipment, including a fully automated control system that optimally maintains the sail's condition based on oceanic weather conditions, and the Weather Routing System suggesting the most favorable route for the vessel, showcased remarkable innovation and sustainability.

The Sunflower Kurenai, Japan's pioneering LNG-fueled ferry, represents a remarkable stride towards environmental consciousness and furthers the nation's commitment to a modal shift in cargo transportation. The vessel also opens new vistas for MOL Group's visionary Casual Cruise concept. Notably, the ferry's stability in LNG-fueled operations, contributing to reduced GHG emissions and minimized environmental impact in coastal and port waters, earned significant recognition. Additionally, its commendable contributions to the development of LNG infrastructure, an area with limited precedence in Japan, were acknowledged. The vessel's noteworthy achievement of LNG fueling on the venerable Osaka-Beppu route not only showcased immediate benefits but also raised awareness about the pressing need to mitigate environmental impact.

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