News Release

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.

(*1) See press release on April 23, 2015:

MOL Signs Deal to Build 4 Next-generation "FLEXIE" Car Carriers

(*2) See press release on September 26, 2006:

MOL Patents Wind Resistance-Reducing Car Carrier Design

(*3) See press release on September 3, 2015:

New Energy-saving Windshield Installed on Containership MOL MARVEL for Demonstration Test

(*4) See press release on July 3, 2013:

MOL Starts New Sailing Rig Onshore Demonstration Test

(*5) "Wind 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. uses cookies to improve the performance of this site and to provide better service to our customers.By visiting this site you agree to the use of cookies as stated in our  Cookie Policy.