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NEW JAPANESE COAL CARRIER TO FEATURE HARD SAIL SYSTEM

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has agreed a coal transport deal with Tohoku Electric Power Company (TEPCO) using a coal carrier equipped with a ‘Wind Challenger’ hard sail wind power propulsion system.

Construction of the vessel will start at Oshima Shipbuilding in Nagasaki, aiming to start operation in 2022. The introduction of the Wind Challenger is expected to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) by about 5% on the Japan-Australia route or about 8% on the Japan-North America West Coast route, in comparison with a conventional vessel of the same class.

The Wind Challenger is a telescoping hard sail that converts wind energy to propulsive force.

MOL and TEPCO will conduct more verification tests on the system’s GHG reduction effects leading up to the 2022 target date for the new carrier to begin operation.

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