The Japanese shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) delivered Friday, October 7 a cargo ship equipped with a wind propulsion system.
The vessel, Shofu Maru, is the first of its kind to be equipped with a Wind Challenger, a hard-sailing wind-powered propulsion system.
It is developed by MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding and uses a telescopic rigid sail that harnesses wind energy to propel the ship. By installing the system, it is possible to reduce the amount of fuel used for operation, which should reduce environmental impact and improve economic efficiency.
After the ship was delivered, a christening and handover ceremony was held at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.
It will transport coal mainly from Australia, Indonesia and North America as a dedicated vessel for Tohoku Electric Power Co.
The introduction of the Wind Challenger is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 5% on a Japan-Australia voyage and by approximately 8% on a Japan-North America voyage on the west coast, compared to a conventional vessel of the same type, and contribute to reducing GHG emissions during the transport of fuel.
MOL and Tohoku Electric Power Co. continue to work for both the stable transportation of energy resources and the reduction of their impact on the environment.