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MOL Announces Delivery of Bulk Carrier Green Winds, Equipped with Innovative Wind Challenger System

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has just announced a significant advancement in maritime technology. On July 10, the 63,896 DWT Ultramax bulk carrier, Green Winds, was completed at Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., marking a milestone in the maritime industry. This vessel is the second in MOL’s fleet to be outfitted with the Wind Challenger, a hard sail wind power propulsion system, and it’s a notable achievement considering its potential to transform energy use in shipping.

The Green Winds is operated by MOL Drybulk Ltd., a subsidiary of MOL Group, and it represents a key part of the company’s broader environmental strategy. The Wind Challenger, developed in collaboration between MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding, harnesses wind energy using telescoping hard sails. This innovative technology is anticipated to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 7% to 16%, depending on various factors such as ship route and conditions.

What makes this development particularly noteworthy is its alignment with MOL’s ambitious environmental goals. The company has set its sights on achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2050, as outlined in their “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.2.” Part of this strategy involves the widespread adoption of energy-saving technologies, and MOL is planning to launch 25 vessels equipped with the Wind Challenger by 2030 and 80 vessels by 2035. This proactive expansion underscores MOL’s commitment to a greener future, leveraging wind propulsion across diverse ship types to significantly lower emissions.

MOL’s dedication to sustainable shipping extends beyond just technology. Through meticulous management and efficient operations, the company aims not only to reduce its own GHG emissions but also to contribute to the decarbonization of the maritime industry as a whole. The Green Winds serves as a testament to MOL’s forward-thinking approach, blending innovative engineering with environmental stewardship.

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This announcement from MOL highlights the growing trend of integrating renewable energy sources into maritime logistics. As the second vessel equipped with the Wind Challenger, the Green Winds sets a precedent for future ships in MOL’s fleet and beyond. With the global push towards sustainability, such advancements are crucial in meeting environmental targets and promoting greener practices in the shipping industry.

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