MOL wins AiP for fuel saving box ship windshield

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 18 November 2019


Japan-based ship operator Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has announced that DNV-GL has issued an Approval In Principle (AIP) to MOL and South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for a Bow Wind-Shield designed for Ultra-Large Container Carriers.

The newly developed Bow Wind-Shield reduces the wind resistance on hull body of while ship is running, and it is expected CO2 reduction up to about 2–4% owing to optimal design for Ultra-Large Container Carrier. The design is based on the technology of both MOL and SHI.

Previously, MOL developed and installed a bow wind shield on an existing middle-size containership the 6,700teu MOL Marvel in 2015 and subsequently confirmed a CO2 reduction of about 2% in real-running condition in 2017.

SHI has separately also developed a bow wind shield for Ultra-large Container Carrier.

Introducing both companies' technology, MOL and SHI have started a joint-development project for the optimal Bow Wind-Shield design for Ultra-Large Container Ship and have achieved a significant level of effect and established a practical structure of Bow Wind-Shield which has now been issued with an AIP from DNV GL.

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