MOL Earns AIP for Design of Bow Wind-Shield, Ultra-large Containership

Proceeding development of new technology reduced environmental impact

Tokyo - November 14, 2019

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that, DNVGL (headquarters: Germany) issued an Approval In Principle (AIP) to MOL and Samsung Heavy Industries, Co., Ltd. (SHI; President and CEO: Joon Ou Nam; headquarters: Seoul, South Korea) for Bow Wind-Shield designed for Ultra-Large Container Carrier on 30th October, 2019.

This newly developed Bow Wind-Shield reduces the wind resistance on hull body of while ship is running, and it is expected CO2 reduction up to about 2–4% owing to optimal design for Ultra-Large Container Carrier. This is based on the technology of both company MOL and SHI.

MOL has developed and installed bow wind shield on exiting middle-size containership in 2015(note1), and confirmed CO2 reduction by about 2% in real-running condition in 2017(note2). SHI also has developed bow wind shield for Ultra-large Container Carrier.

Introducing both companies' technology, MOL and SHI have started joint-development project for the optimal Bow Wind-Shield design for Ultra-Large Container Ship and achieved to significant level of effect and established practical structure of Bow Wind-Shield whose technology has been certified as AIP from DNVGL this time.

MOL continually drive ahead with its "ISHIN NEXT - MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT -," develops and introduces new technologies that will reduce vessels' environmental impact and ensure safe operation, and offers safe, reliable transport services.

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(Note 1)
For details, please refer to the press release on September 3, 2015:
New Energy-saving Windshield Installed on Containership MOL MARVEL for Demonstration Test

(Note 2)
For details, please refer to the press release on May 30, 2017:
MOL Confirms 2% in Average CO2 Reduction with Windshield Installed on Bow of Containership

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