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MOL Auto Carrier Express (MOL ACE) - Redefining vehicle transport...

A long history in pioneering technological advances, increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

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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.


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13 Mar

LNG-fueled Car Carrier CERULEAN ACE Delivered

TOKYO—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced that on March 13, the LNG-fueled car carrier CERULEAN ACE (Note 1), was delivered at the Onishi Shipyard of Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd. (President: Katsushi Mori; Head Office: Imabari-shi, Ehime Prefecture). The vessel will transport cars, including those produced by Mazda Motor Corporation (President and CEO: Katsuhiro Kago; Head Office: Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture).


MOL has decided to operate 14 new LNG-fueled car carriers(Note 2) and the CERULEAN ACE is the first of 11 to be built in Japan under the “BLUE” series. The use of LNG fuel reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by about 25-30%, sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions by about 98%, and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by about 85% compared to comparable vessels using conventional fuel oil.

Since the first car carrier was delivered in Japan in 1965, MOL has been expanding its services with the aim of further developing its car carrier business in the global market. It will continue to offer high-quality service to customers through environmentally friendly, safe, and efficient operations.


[CERULEAN ACE Specifications]

Ship type: 7,050RT type LNGDF car carrier (high-pressure main engine)

Shipyard: Shin Kurushima Dockyard, Onishi Shipyard

LOA: 199.95m Breadth: 38.00m Capacity: 7,050 units

 (Note 1) Inspired by "BLUE," the name of the vessel included "CERULEAN" which means “blue sky” or “sky blue” in Spanish.

(Note 2) MOL Group has established the "MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.2," and set the target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. To achieve this target, it plans to deliver 90 LNG/methanol-fueled vessels by 2030 as “a feasible initiative for reducing GHG emissions at present.” At present, it has decided to deploy 33 LNG-fueled ocean-going vessels, including the CERULEAN ACE.

MOL Group 5 Sustainability Issues

MOL Group identifies "Sustainability Issues" (Materiality) as our key issues for sustainable growth with society through realization of the Group Vision.

We anticipate this initiative to contribute especially to the realization of “Safety & Value -Provide added value through safe transportation and our social infrastructure business-,“ "Environment -Conservation for Marine and global environment-,” ”Human & Community -Contributing to the growth and development of people and

communities-“ and “Innovation -Innovation for development in marine technology-.”