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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and partners to develop ‘Iknow Delta Sail Crane’ propulsion technology

28 Jul 2021

MOL Drybulk, Ltd., Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and Iknow Machinery Co., Ltd. on Tuesday (27 July) reached an agreement on the joint research and development (R&D) 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 (GHG) 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 Dry Bulk-operated vessels are equipped with cargo handling 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.

Through five initiatives, MOL group is working to achieve the Medium-to long-term targets in the ‘MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1’, including “achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050.”, says MOL.


Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 28 July, 2021


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