Watch: Japanese consortium to develop first fully electric tanker

A Japanese consortium is to provide new infrastructure services with a focus on electric vessels. Their newly established company, called e5 Lab., will work to develop and promote the greater use of these clean modes of marine transport by building the world’s first zero-emission tanker by mid 2021. 

MOL signs MoU with COSCO expanding relations on LNG projects

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with COSCO SHIPPING Energy Transportation Co., Ltd., that boosts they’re already existing cooperation for future LNG carrier projects and Ethane carrier projects.

MOL joins study group on zero emission alternative fuel

MOL announced that it joined the Carbon Capture & Reuse (CCR) Study Group, and launched the ‘Cross-industrial Working Group Related to Zero Emission Alternative Ship Fuels.’ The company’s decision on joining the Group comes because of the approaching IMO 2020 sulphur cap. 

MOL partners with JAMSTEC on marine plastic survey

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) announced its participation in a survey concerning marine plastic pollution, hosted by the Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). JAMSTEC will analyse the results of the survey and continue to scientific achievements. 

ABS, MOL cooperate to build up to 14 next-gen gas carriers

ABS and MOL informed that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on up to 14 new gas carriers. The agreement regards seven new-build Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC) and up to seven new-build Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGC) designed to carry gas from the US to China and other global markets.

Partners conduct auto berthing and un-berthing test

Today, partners announced the completion of a demonstration test, using  the TUMST training ship Shioji Maru for their proposed joint demonstration project related to the safety of vessels’ auto berthing and un-berthing. The project was selected for Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT)’s FY2018 autonomous vessel demonstration project.

MOL launches ‘One MOL Safety Campaign’ for 2019

Japanese shipping company MOL announced that its annual safety campaign will begin on 15 July, targeting all MOL Group-operated and owned vessels. This is aligned with the company’s commitment to become world leader in safe operations.

MOL the first company in Japan to issue sustainability bonds

MOL announced a plan to issue ‘Sustainability Bonds’ through a public offering in Japan’s domestic market in July this year. It also announced the acquisition of a preliminary evaluation from a third-party institute. Sustainability bonds are used to finance and refinance green projects, which protect and improve the environment, and social projects.

MOL reveals plans for next-gen coal carrier

MOL announced a vessel design it calls ‘EeneX’, for a 90-type (90,000 DWT) next-generation coal carrier, developed in cooperation with Japanese shipyards. The vessel’s design aims to achieve safe, reliable and economically efficient transport of coal. MOL suggests the ‘EeneX’ brand under its concept of providing optimal, ‘stress-free’ transport service for customers and the environment.

MOL signs MoU on NSR cadetship program

MOL signed a MoU with the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping ‘Makarov University’, that boosts its aim to be one of the leading shipping companies in the NSR operation, as the company understands that one key for its success is having seafarers especially well-trained for the NSR.


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