A crewmember wearing one of the newly introduced cooling-work suit.   Image by MOL.

MOL Launches Trial Use of Cooling-Work Suits Onboard

Prevent Heatstroke and Reduce Workload Onboard

Tokyo - 10 April 2018

The uniform design reduces bulging, as built-in fans on the right and left sides take in air from the outside.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced the trial introduction of specialized cooling-work suits for crewmembers, developed by Teijin Limited (President & CEO: Jun Suzuki; headquarters: Osaka-shi, Osaka), in cooperation with MOL, on a vessel operated and managed by Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai, Ltd. (President: Kenichi Nagata; headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo).

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 an Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai's cargo vessel in service between Japan and Middle East.

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 that enhances the crewmembers' comfort and increases their work efficiency.

MOL continues to promote advanced support of safe operation and environment-friendly services by utilizing ICT technology, which are outlined in the "ISHIN NEXT - MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT", announced in November 2016. It also strives to be the first company that comes to mind when customers are looking for a logistics business partner.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. press release