MOL Develops CO2 Reducing Additive

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

December 22, 2009

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced development of a carbon-dioxide-reducing, efficiency-boosting fuel additive for merchant ships, in conjunction with Taihokohzai Co., Ltd., Japan’s largest fuel additive manufacturer. MOL will use the new additive, called Taicrush HD, on its operated vessels to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.

Taicrush HD improves the ignition performance and sludge (carbon and sediment) dispersion in heavy fuel oils. It reduces ignition delay and afterburning time by more than 30%. Compared to conventional fuel oil additives for large-scale vessels, Taicrush HD promotes improved combustion and reduced fuel consumption.

This new product was used on 106 voyages of a large-scale Japanese coastal ferry which has a constant sailing schedule and is rarely affected by disturbance effects such as severe marine weather. MOL and Taihokohzai collected and analyzed data, conducted engine tests on shore and at sea, and verified fuel efficiency improvements ranging from 1.12% to 1.46%.

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