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MOL Ace is part of the MOL Group with an extensive global network of offices and agents and operates one of the world's largest Car Carrier fleet, carrying finished cars, vans, buses, trucks as well as trailers and machinery 


in 1965 MOL introduced the worlds first dedicated car carrier vessel and since then continue our innovation. Recent years have seen the introduction of solar assisted generators; LED lighting; low -friction hull paint; redesigned hulls and bows to reduce resistance; propeller propulsion efficiency systems; augmented reality technology.

 2017 saw the culmination of this approach with the launch of our new "Flexie" generation of vessels, incorporating the latest technologies and including a flexible deck approach allowing the maximisation of vessel payload.

 

News and updates


30 Nov
Zero-Emission Project with Wind Propulsion and Hydrogen

"Wind Hunter Project" Starts
-Zero-Emission Project with Wind Propulsion and Hydrogen-

 

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that it has joined a wide-ranging corporate-academic partnership in a zero-emission initiative called the "Wind Hunter Project," seeking new applications for hydrogen fuel and wind power. In addition to MOL, the participants include Ouchi Ocean Consultant, Inc., the National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI) of National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (MPAT), Smart Design Co., Ltd., Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of The University of Tokyo, West Japan Fluid Engineering Laboratory Co., Ltd., Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), and Miraihene Planning LLC. The group held its first meeting this month.

The Wind Hunter Project is the ultimate zero emission driving project, which combines wind propulsion sailing technology and wind energy converted to generate a stable supply of hydrogen. The project team aims to give a new and first step to realize a decarbonized and hydrogen society.

MOL is currently working on the "Wind Challenger Project (Note 1)" to develop sailing technology. The Wind Hunter Project applies this sail technology and combines hydrogen carriers and fuel cells with hydrogen generated by electrolyzer which the power is generated by power generation turbine. This combination of sail and hydrogen technology will enable vessels to sail on schedule even in the periods of low wind and the project team plans to study about the application of supplying hydrogen generated at sea for onshore use. Both of these applications are aimed at creating a zero-emission business free of any greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

As a first step, the project team will demonstrate feasibility study of such concept using a sailing yacht and verify the function and performance of a series of cycle operations, i.e., turbine power generation, hydrogen generation/storage and fuel cell related propulsion (refer to the conceptual diagram). The next step will be a demonstration using a larger vessel.

One of the measures in the MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.0 is "Deploy commercial ‘Net GHG Zero Emissions' deep-sea vessels by 2030," aiming to reduce GHGs in international shipping value chains.

"Wind Challenger" Design Acquires Preliminary Approval - Realizing Japan's 1st Large Cargo Ship with 'Sail', Aiming at Reduction of GHGs -



Strong wind periods: wind energy propulsion and hydrogen storage 



Low wind periods: hydrogen consumption and propulsion by propeller


(Note)
Power generation turbine: During periods of strong wind, it will produce power by rotating turbines in water, using some of the vessel's propulsion to generate electric power.
Electrolyzer: Using electric power from power generation turbine, it breaks water into hydrogen and oxygen to obtain hydrogen.
Hydrogen storage alloy: Absorbs hydrogen during periods of strong wind for onboard storage. During periods of low wind, it releases hydrogen to the fuel cells.
Propeller: During periods of low wind, they provide propulsion, using electric power from the fuel cells.




09 Apr
COVID-19

Due to the Global Emergency Covid-19 situation, there are many changeable and unpredictable aspects in the Shipping Industry. Whilst we will make every effort to continue business as usual  please note that it may become necessary that… 


 

1. Shipments could be cancelled even after booking confirmation.

2. After departure of loading port, ETA could be significantly delayed and/or may be shipped through a different route than originally planned.

3. In worst case, if cargo cannot be discharged due to POD yard constraints or any other reason related with COVID-19, we may need to temporarily discharge at another port. In case additional cost is incurred we may need to consult with each customer.

MOL will keep our utmost efforts, but the situation in each port may change suddenly even after vessel departure from loading port. We appreciate your kind understanding.





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