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December 28, 2011

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

TOKYO-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.

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

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