MHI bulk carrier delivered

29 Oct 2014
MHI said this first vessel achieves a 27% reduction in CO2 emissions because it’s equipped with the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS)

MHI said this first vessel achieves a 27% reduction in CO2 emissions because it’s equipped with the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS)

The first of three Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) designed bulk carriers has been delivered to US based Archer Daniels Midlands Company (ADM), following completion at Oshima Shipbuilding in Nagasaki.

It’s the first of three vessels which MHI said achieves a 27% reduction in CO2 emissions because they are equipped with its Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS) which uses air bubbles to create an “air carpet” that works to reduce frictional resistance between the vessel hull and seawater.

The vessel also has a shallow draught of 12.5m which facilitates the energy saving and CO2 emission reduction created by MALS.

It is the first of three grain carriers ordered by ADM in 2011. Although the vessel was built by Oshima, MHI provided all conceptual design and green technologies to be used on board the new vessels.

In addition to its green technologies, the new vessel features a clever new bow shape designed to reduce wave-making resistance making the vessel even more efficient. When it comes to propulsion, main engine power is converted to propulsion power by positioning fins forward of the propellers and placing special grooves in the propeller base cap.

Measuring in at 237m in length and 40m wide, the vessels have a dwt of around 95,000 tonnes. Delivery of the next two vessels is expected to take place by mid-2015.

MHI’s MALS technology has already built up a solid track record in in the industry and has been used in module carriers, ferries and other ships built by MHI.

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