Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is trialling specialized cooling-work suits for crewmembers, developed by Osaka-based Teijin, on one of its ships.
The goal of the trial is to prevent crewmembers from heatstroke and reduce their workload. The work uniforms are equipped with rechargeable cooling fans for them working under intense heat on a ship in service between Japan and the Middle East where temperatures regularly exceed 40 degrees.
The fans draw in outside air and circulate it between the two layers of the uniform, which covers both the front and back of the body. The air flows evenly throughout the uniform, providing a significant cooling effect.