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Coal Carrier SHOFU MARU Equipped with 'Wind Challenger' Hard Sail Marks Maiden Call in Australia

October 25, 2022

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced that it held a ceremony on October 24 for the maiden port of call in Newcastle, Australia of the SHOFU MARU (Note 1), the world’s first coal carrier equipped with the Wind Challenger (a hard sail wind power propulsion system), which was delivered on October 7.

SHOFU MARU entering Newcastle

The Australian government has set a decarbonization policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and local port officials in Newcastle have high expectations and interest in the SHOFU MARU, which contributes to decarbonization while transporting energy resources that support people's lives. The ship received a warm welcome to the port from concerned parties representing both Australia and Japan (Note 2) to take on its first cargo.

SHOFU MARU received a warm welcome from concerned parties

MOL works closely with the Australian energy industry and port authorities to achieve both stable fuel transport and a reduction in environmental impact.

(Note 1) For the delivery and outline of the vessel, please refer to October 7, 2022, press release:
Delivery of SHOFU MARU, World's First Cargo Vessel equipped with 'Wind Challenger' Hard Sail

(Note 2) Port of Newcastle, which owns the Port of Newcastle port facilities; New South Wales Port Authority, which oversees vessel operations at the port; Port Waratah Coal Services, which operates coal export terminals; Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group; and other coal suppliers.

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