MOL tests energy-saving windshield

Containership 'MOL Marvel' with energy-saving windshield fitted for demonstration tests (image provided by Mitsui OSK Lines) Containership 'MOL Marvel' with energy-saving windshield fitted for demonstration tests (image provided by Mitsui OSK Lines)

Mitsui OSK Lines has started demonstration tests on a new windshield for containerships that could reduce wind resistance, cutting fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The new windshield, installed on the MOL MARVEL for testing, was designed to address wind resistance caused by the increasing height of container loads. The horseshoe shaped design on the bow encloses the front row of containers, cutting resistance while minimising weight. Oblique stacking of containers behind the windshield also streamline the sides of the vessel, MOL noted.

The company expects an annual average reduction of 2% in CO2 emissions for a 6,700 teu containership - plying the North Pacific Ocean route at speed of 17 knots – fitted with the device. The windshield is also expected to protect ships from green water on the bow deck in bad weather.

MOL jointly developed the device with MOL Techno-Trade, Ouchi Ocean Consultant, Akishima Laboratory and the University of Tokyo. The project was backed by ClassNK’s Joint R&D for Industry programme.

The initiative is part of MOL’s Senpaku Ishin project to develop next-generation vessel concepts that reduce environmental impact, in line with its goal of ‘solid growth through innovative changes’ stated in its ‘Steer for 2020’ mid-term management plan.

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