MOL's Next-generation Car Carrier FLEXIE Series Wins Accolades
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)announced that the MOL-operated next-generation FLEXIE series car carrier received the Good Design Award 2018, from the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JDP).
This year, MOL's FLEXIE won the award for the first time in nine years as the only winner from the shipping industry. The Good Design Award is in a program to evaluate and encourage design representing Japan, which inherits the Good Design Product Selection System (G Mark System) founded in 1957.
Judges highly evaluated the design, saying: "It's great that the FLEXIE realized unconventional innovation as an outcome of re-defining the car carrier. It's notable that the space onboard the vessel was rearchitected using the design concept. Flexibly liftable decks allow loading of vehicles with different heights."
They added: "As a result, loading efficiency was improved by 6.25% from the conventional type of car carrier, and this enables the vessel to meet new transport needs. Another point-the FLEXIE realized accuracy and a high level of safety by adopting augmented reality (AR) and latest IoT technology in its operational system."
The FLEXIE series' hull design boldly presents the letter "A", representing the global brand of MOL Auto Carrier Express (MOL ACE), and a white line, which expresses the company's determination to connect its long history of customer service to the future in a seamless manner. As of October 3, 2018, two vessels in the series are in operation, and the number is to increase to four by March 2019.
MOL continually provides high-quality car carrier services with the aim of becoming the world leader in safe operation and protecting the environment, with MOL's state-of-the-art fleet, which adopts the new design to meet demands for transport of not only completed cars, but also diversified cargoes such as construction machinery and railway vehicles under its MOL ACE global brand of car carrier transport service.