MOL and Oshima granted AiP for hard sail system

MOL and Oshima granted AiP for hard sail system
Image of Wind Challenger, single sail type

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has announced that MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding have jointly obtained Approval in Principle (AIP) from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) for the design of a hard sail system.

The system converts wind energy to propulsive force with telescopic hard sail and is a fundamental technology of the “Wind Challenger Project” that MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding are spearheading.

Certificate presentation ceremony, From left to right: ClassNK senior executive vice president Toshiyuki Shigemi, MOL senior managing executive officer Yoshikazu Kawagoe, Oshima Shipbuilding president Eiichi Hiraga

Along with other participating organisations, MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding have played a central role in research and development on the Wind Challenger Project, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using wind energy. Obtaining the AIP marks the completion of the initial design related to the sail structure and controls.

MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding will continue to move toward a detailed design and implementation for the Wind Challenger Project, with the aim to launch of a newbuilding vessel equipped with a hard sail. The design would reduce the vessel’s GHG emissions by about 5 per cent on a Japan-Australia voyage, and about 8 per cent on Japan-North America West Coast voyage. The long-term goal is to develop a widely accepted solution to achieve the IMO target in combination with other measures to reduce GHGs by equipping vessels with multiple sails.

Through this project, MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding will establish one of the technological choices for GHG reduction, with the objective of contributing to environmental conservation.