News Release

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

MOL Confirms 2% in Average CO2 Reduction with Windshield Installed on Bow of Containership

- Verifies Reduction of Wind Resistance on Vessel in Service -

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that the company has completed an in-service demonstration test of a wind resistance-reducing windshield (*1) for containerships, and determined that the device reduces emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by an average of 2%. The windshield, co-developed by MOL, was installed on the bow of its operated containership, MOL Marvel, for the demonstration test. (*2)

Test Results:
Confirmed about 2% average CO2 reduction after installing the windshield on the bow and sailing at 17 knots per hour, compared to operating an identical vessel at the same speed without the device installed.

Test Objectives:

  • Accumulate Big Data on operational status during service on Asia-North America East Coast routes, and compare two sister ships with and without the windshield installed on the bow.
  • Establish a method to eliminate the data on the effects of ocean waves, and extract only the change in performance due to reduced wind resistance.

MOL continually pushes ahead with its "ISHIN NEXT - MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT -" to develop and introduce new technologies that will reduce vessels' environmental impact and ensure safe operation, while delivering safe, reliable transport services.

(*1) Please refer to the press release on September 3, 2015: 
"New Energy-saving Windshield Installed on Containership MOL MARVEL for Demonstration Test"

(*2) The project is backed by the "Joint R&D for Industry Program," in which Nippon Kaiji Kyokai promotes wide-ranging R&D activities in cooperation with industry, government and academia, and is conducted under the collaborative research of MOL, MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd., Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen) Inc., Ouchi Ocean Consultant, Inc., and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai