MOL sails ahead with Oshima

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and compatriot Oshima Shipbuilding have jointly obtained an approval in principle (AIP) from ClassNK for the design of a hard sail system. The system converts wind energy to propulsive force with a telescopic hard sail, and is part of the Wind Challenger Project that MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding are spearheading.

MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding now aim to launch a newbuilding vessel equipped with a hard sail, which would reduce the vessel’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 5% on a Japan-Australia voyage, and about 8% on Japan-North America West Coast voyage. The long-term goal is to develop vessels with multiple sails.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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