Always a Pioneer in Automobile Transport
In 1965, MOL launched the first car carrier to meet the needs of Japan's burgeoning automobile export trade. Since then, as a pioneer in automobile transport, we have offered continual improvements in the safety and reliability of our car carrier service with a group fleet of 100 vessels, in step with the market's globalization.
The capacity of the first PCCs was about 1,200 automobiles. Today's pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) accommodate all types of vehicles, from passenger cars to construction machinery. PCTCs can transport 6,800 standard passenger cars at once. In addition, MOL takes a proactive stance in reducing the environmental impact of its vessels, adopting designs that limit the effects of wind resistance and introducing solar power generation systems.
MOL-operated car carriers are known by their flagship name "ACE," which instantly identifies these ships as MOL carriers and links them to our proud history of technological innovation and environmental friendliness. The unified brand MOL Auto Carrier Express (MOL ACE) now sets the stage to build on this tradition as we strive to expand in global markets under this brand.
|1965||The Oppama Maru is launched as Japan's first RoRo-style vessel equipped with cargo handling equipment specially designed for automobiles.|
|1971||The Canada Maru, MOL's first pure car carrier (PCC) is launched.|
|2003||The Courageous Ace is launched. Featuring a wind-resistance-reducing design, it receives the Ship of the Year award.|
|2012||The Emerald Ace is launched as the world's first hybrid car carrier, equipped with a solar power generation system and rechargeable batteries.|
|2018||The first vessel of the next-generation FLEXIE series, the Beluga Ace is launched, and earns the Good Design Award 2018 and the Ship of the Year award.|
Watch the Beluga Ace in service and check out some of its features at the "MOL Official Channel" on YouTube.
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