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MOL Orders for High-efficiency Cape-size Bulker Based on Advanced ISHIN-III Technologies

Order made to capitalise on technologies that will achieve high fuel efficiency

Jan. 5, 2012 - PRLog -- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that it has ordered a new cape-size bulker that will adopt element technologies of the next-generation ISHIN-III vessel program to achieve high fuel efficiency. Universal Shipbuilding Corporation (President: Shinjiro Mishima) will construct the new ship, slated for completion in late 2014.

MOL has repeatedly studied various technologies to realize the concept for the ISHIN-III series of next-generation vessels (large-scale iron ore carriers) announced in April 2010.

The newbuilding vessel will adopt the following element technologies which are at the core of the ISHIN-III concept. New technologies will boost fuel efficiency of the new ship by more than 20% compared to conventional cape-size vessels, with a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions. Advanced features include:

   A steam turbine that generates electric power using exhaust heat from the engine.
   A hybrid power generation system to convert rotational force from the supercharger into electric power.
   In addition, the electric power gained through the steam turbine and hybrid systems will assist vessel propulsion.

MOL continues to take a proactive stance in technological development with the aim of reducing the environmental burden of its ships.

Length: 300.0m
Breath: 50.0m
Depth: 25.0m
Draft: 18.4m
Capacity: About 209,000 tons
Gross tonnage: About 107,000 tons


MOL is one of the world’s largest multi-modal transport companies, operating 861 vessels and employing a workforce in excess of 9,200 worldwide. MOL operates one of the largest and most diverse networks of liner and logistics services around the globe, including weekly Transpacific, Transatlantic, Americas and Asia-Europe services.  Please visit the company’s website at www.MOLpower.com.

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