Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) on Tuesday (1 February) announced the completion of the hard sail system jointly developed under the “Wind Challenger” project at the Oshima shipyard.
MOL has been promoting the Wind Challenger Project to harness wind as a propulsive force for merchant ships.
The additional propulsion power from wind can reduce a vessel’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an 5% assuming a Japan-Australia voyage, and by about 8% on a Japan-North America West Coast voyage.
The hard sail will be installed on a bulk carrier currently under construction at Oshima Shipbuilding after shoreside tests.
The vessel is slated for delivery this fall after sea trials and engaged in the transport of cargoes for Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc.
In August 2021, MOL signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with global steel company Tata Steel Limited to develop and deploy an environment friendly bulk carrier.
Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 3 February, 2022
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