MOL unveils new car carrier design

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), an award-winning pioneer in car carrier designs, has unveiled a new hull design for its next generation of car carriers to be built at local yard Minaminippon Shipbuilding for delivery next year.

Dubbed FLEXIE, the ship design (pictured) features a rounded bow shape which MOL says will minimise wind resistance and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2% compared to today’s car carriers.


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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