Utopia Ace: latest addition to MOL car carreir fleet

Nov 12, 2004

Mitsui O.S.K. to add more car carriers

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. is to build 10 large car carriers that will be delivered from 2007 to 2009.

The new construction plan follows a series of six carriers delivered in 2003 and 12 carriers being delivered between 2004 and 2006. In all, MOL will have a series of 28 of the same class of carriers.

Like the 12 carriers now being delivered or under construction, the 10 newest vessels will offer the most advanced features to improve environmental friendliness, loading/discharging efficiency, and safety. For example ;

  • An established wind resistance-reducing design patented by MOL and Universal Shipbuilding Corporation, will save energy and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxides by about 6%.
  • A new cylinder injection system for main engine lubricating oil will reduce cylinder oil consumption and cut particulate matter emissions by about 30 percent
  • The double-hulled fuel tank significantly reduces the risk of fuel oil spills.

Candidate Shipyards for the 10 new vessels are Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd.

The vessels will have a capacity 6,400 units (standard passenger cars) and a speed of 20 knots.
They will have 12 car decks decks, all able to accommodate tall vehicles such as SUV's.

The fleet of MOL-operated or -owned car carriers will increase from the current 74 to over 90 in 2009. At the same time, the company will dispose of older vessels or redeliver them to their owners,

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