Thursday, 07 April 2016
Next-generation Car Carriers "FLEXIE" to Feature Energy-saving Rounded Bow
- Hull Design Aims to Reduce Wind Resistance, Cut CO2 Emissions
by 2% -
TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO:
Junichiro Ikeda) today announced the hull design for the "FLEXIE"
(*1), its next-generation car carrier, which will be built at Minaminippon
Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (President: Ryutaro Ikebe; Headquarters: Usuki-City,
Oita Prefecture) and delivered in 2017.
The rounded bow shape will minimize wind resistance and
is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2% compared to today's
car carriers. The new shape is the result of joint research by MOL, MOL
Techno-Trade, Ltd. (President: Shugo Aoto; Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo), and
Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen) Inc. (President: Katsuyoshi Nishimura;
Headquarters: Akishima-City, Tokyo).
MOL has already developed the wind resistance-reducing
car carrier Courageous Ace (*2), which received the Ship of the Year
2003, the new energy-saving windshield for containerships to reduce wind
resistance (*3), and a new prototype sailing rig called the "Power Assist
Sail." (*4) The company is participating in the "Wind Challenger
Project," (*5) promoting research and development on ways to cut wind
resistance and utilize wind to help propel the merchant ships of the future.
The innovative bow design introduced today is a result of those efforts.
The MOL Group has launched the "Senpaku ISHIN"
project to develop innovative new vessels that will reduce the environmental
impact of vessel operations. It continues R&D on a range of environmental
technologies, and works to protect the environment by reducing the volume of CO2
emissions generated by vessels.
See press release on April 23, 2015:
MOL Signs Deal
to Build 4 Next-generation "FLEXIE" Car Carriers
See press release on September 26, 2006:
MOL Patents Wind
Resistance-Reducing Car Carrier Design
See press release on September 3, 2015:
Energy-saving Windshield Installed on Containership MOL MARVEL for
See press release on July 3, 2013:
MOL Starts New
Sailing Rig Onshore Demonstration Test
Challenger Project" is a development project, led by the University of
Tokyo, of ships that are assisted by propellers mainly based on sailing rig
utilized a power of wind. Other than MOL, shipping company, ship's class and
shipbuilding company and others are attended.