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Promoting Environmental and Emission Free Businesses 


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The MOL Group will develop and drive the new "Environment and Emission Free Businesses" with the aim of making them core operations in the next generation. These include "Renewable Energy Business," "Alternative Fuel Business," "CO2 Emissions Reduction Business," and "Environmental Value Creation Business," which we see as business opportunities. CO2 emissions from ocean-going vessels account for 2% of the worldwide total, in fact, negatively impacting the environment. Therefore, we will steadily promote those businesses as part of our social responsibility as an ocean shipping company.

Investing in Wind Turbine Installation Vessel Business

One of the world's largest WTIVs, the Seajacks Scylla, owned and operated by Seajacks

MOL invested in Seajacks International Limited (Seajacks) Group, which owns and operates five Wind Turbine Installation vessels (WTIV)(*).

This is a new offshore business for MOL, and also the first step into the renewable energy business field through involvement in installation of offshore wind power generation systems, which is expanding in Europe and other areas around the world.

MOL continually contributes to environmental protection in areas and ports worldwide, and takes a proactive stance in promoting thoroughly safe operation and ocean and global environmental protection in compliance with our corporate principles.

(*) WTIV: The platform is equipped with legs that rest on the seabed and move up and down. The vessel installs offshore wind power generation systems by moving the platform up to the sea surface with a crane. By raising and maintaining a level higher than the waves, the generators can operate even in rough seas. It can be used not only to install offshore wind power generation systems, but also to help maintain offshore oil and gas rigs.

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Wind Challenger

MOL participates in the "Wind Challenger Project" (launched in 2009), a joint industry-academia research project led by the University of Tokyo. The project focuses on using advanced sails to provide propulsion for merchant vessels. It aims to reduce vessels' fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by maximizing the use of wind power. In January 2018, MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. took over the university-led project and launched an initiative aimed at equipping a vessel with sails. MOL will select a vessel for the project within fiscal 2018, with the launch of operations slated for 2020.

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MOL Sets its Sights on Construction of LNG-fueled Tugboat

1st LNG-fueled Tugboat in Osaka Bay, Promoting 'ISHIN NEXT'

LNG-fueled tugboat
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LNG fuel results in virtually zero SOx emissions, significantly reduces NOx emissions, and can also reduce CO2 emissions by around 20% in comparison with conventional heavy fuel oil. It is an effective means of significantly reducing the environmental impact of ocean transport.

MOL decided to build an LNG-fueled tugboat "ISHIN" which will be the first LNG-fueled tugboat in Japan conforming to the IGF code(*1), and it will be delivered April, 2019.

MOL will own the tugboat, slated for construction at Kanagawa Dockyard Co., Ltd. Yanmar Co., Ltd. will supply LNG-fueled engines. Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. will supply LNG fuel to the tugboat. Nihon Tug-Boat Co., Ltd. will operate the tugboat.

The new tugboat will be deployed in Osaka Bay, it will be equipped with high-performance dual fuel engines(*2) that allow high-speed operation and superior environmental performance, and will be the first LNG-fueled tugboat to escort large-scale freighters in Osaka Bay and the Seto Inland Sea. The development of this tugboat will also spur the initial development of an LNG fuel supply system for vessels in Osaka Bay.

(*1) IGF Code: The International Code Of Safety For Ships Using Gases Or Other LowFlash Point Fuels. The code stipulates safety requirements for vessels using gas and other low-ignition fuels, and was issued on January 1, 2017.

(*2) Dual Fuel Engine: Dual-fueled engines, which run on either A heavy oil or LNG

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Total and MOL Sign Long-term Charter Contract for LNG Bunker Vessel

In February 2018, Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) and MOL signed a long-term charter contract for a large LNG bunker vessel (18,600m³ capacity) to be delivered in 2020. Operating in Northern Europe, it will be the first such vessel capable of supplying large quantities of LNG in a single bunkering operation.
In December 2017, TMFGS and CMA CGM signed a 10-year contract to supply 300kt of LNG fuel per year. With this vessel, TMFGS intends to serve the emerging marine LNG market for the containerships segment, including those sailing on the Europe-Asia trades.
This bunker vessel will be built by China's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding and fitted with the Mark III membrane containment system provided by the French company GTT. Designed for high maneuverability, with a length of about 135 meters, it will be able to supply fuel safely. What's more, it will meet the strictest environmental standards through the use of LNG as fuel and a complete reliquefaction of the boil-off gas. The newbuilding vessel will be managed by MOL (Europe Africa) Ltd, a U.K. subsidiary of MOL.

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Upgraded PBCF

Upgraded PBCF

In May 2017, MOL Group company MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. started selling an upgraded version of its energy-saving Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF). MOL Techno-Trade has sold more than 3,200 PBCFs to ship owners all over the world. The new version was jointly developed by MOL, Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen) Inc., and MOL Techno-Trade. The new design enhances propeller thrust and reduces torque thanks to refinements in fin shape and height. Tests of the new PBCF on vessels in service confirmed an energy savings of around 5% compared to sister vessels not equipped with the PBCF. The new PBCF is also proven to reduce cavitation (formation of vapor cavities in a liquid) of the propeller. The PBCF was selected as an effective technology in reducing the impact of merchant vessel operation on marine life, including whales, in the Eco Action Program implemented by the Port of Vancouver, Canada.
MOL Techno-Trade also sells other environment friendly products such as IZ energy-saving lighting, Adgreencoat and ZEFFLE infrared reflective coating that controls temperature increases in cabins, "SANWA Aerators," which efficiently dispose of waste water, and "BY/FAR Z," a more environmentally friendly detergent to disperse oil.

PBCF rectifies the hub vortex from the blade trailing edge of the boss, eliminates the low-pressure area and reduces the resistance from the Boss Cap fin.

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