Global marine transport group Mitsui, O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and global steel company Tata Steel Limited on Tuesday (24 August) said they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop and deploy an environment friendly bulk carrier.
MOL will partner with Tata Steel on this innovative project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain. Peeyush Gupta, Vice President, Supply Chain, Tata Steel, said: “The objective of the agreement is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the ocean transportation of raw materials for production of steel.”
“In the initial stage, the partnership will explore the environmental benefits and commercial and operational feasibilities of various technologies. This will include the, “Wind Challenger” a hard sail, which would reduce emissions by harnessing wind energy. MOL has been jointly studying the technology with cross-industrial partners and the first vessel to be equipped with the Wind Challenger is slated to start operation in 2022.”
Ranjan Sinha, Chief Group Shipping and Director RM Procurement of Tata Steel, said: “Tata Steel as a signatory of Responsible Steel is committed to aligning its shipping activities with responsible environmental behaviour. We are pleased to be joining hands with MOL, a reputed global marine transport company, in combining efforts towards sustainable shipping.”
Toshiaki Tanaka, Senior Managing Executive Officer and Chief Environment and Sustainability Officer of MOL, said: “We have recently established MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1 (Note 2), where we announced that MOL Group will make a concerted effort throughout the Group to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050.
Photo credit: Mitsui, O.S.K. Lines
Published: 25 August, 2021
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