MOL Orders High-efficiency Cape-size Bulker
Based on Advanced ISHIN-III Technologies.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that it has ordered a new cape-size bulker that will adopt element technologies of the next-generation ISHIN-III vessel program to achieve high fuel efficiency. Universal Shipbuilding Corporation (President: Shinjiro Mishima) will construct the new ship, slated for completion in late 2014. MOL has repeatedly studied various technologies to realize the concept for the ISHIN-III series of next-generation vessels (large-scale iron ore carriers) announced in April 2010.
The newbuilding vessel will adopt the following element technologies which are at the core of the ISHIN-III concept. New technologies will boost fuel efficiency of the new ship by more than 20% compared to conventional cape-size vessels, with a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions. Advanced features include:
- A steam turbine that generates electric power using exhaust heat from the engine.
- A hybrid power generation system to convert rotational force from the supercharger into electric power.
- In addition, the electric power gained through the steam turbine and hybrid systems will assist vessel propulsion.
MOL continues to take a proactive stance in technological development with the aim of reducing the environmental burden of its ships. Specifications of the Bulker:
- Length: 300.0m
- Breath: 50.0m
- Depth: 25.0m
- Draft: 18.4m
- Capacity: About 209,000 tons
- Gross tonnage: About 107,000 tons