Mitsui O.S.K Lines has signed a contract with Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co to build four next generation car carriers.
The car carriers, which will be called the FLEXIE, will feature a new deck construction, allowing for the number of decks to be changed from 12 to 14.
Each vessel will be installed with electronically-controlled diesel engines with Low Load Optimisation (LLO) and tuning by Exhaust Gas Bypass (EGB) technology. The carriers will also adopt a waste heat energy recovery system for generator engines and electric power consumption reduction technology.
The company says that the ships' hull form design will be improved, especially for low-speed range, based on ship performance analysis of existing carriers. The design will also feature a new wind-pressure reducing design, one of the basic technologies in the Senpaku ISHIN project, which MOL has been developing since 2009. A reduced susceptibility to wind resistance is expected to improve fuel efficiency in comparison with existing vessels and significantly reduce their impact on the environment.
The vessels will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 and serve on MOL’s worldwide car carrier services.