MOL Tests AI Watch Keeping System on Ferry in Seto Inland Sea

Japanese shipping group MOL has tested an artificial intelligence (A.I.) system aimed at improving safe watch keeping on board a ferry operating in one of Japan's busiest waterways. The test of the so-called Intelligence Awareness System was conducted in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Marine using the Sunflower car and passenger ferry. The ferry, which is operated by Ferry … [Read more...]

MOL Boss on 2020 Sulphur Cap: ‘We’re All Going Bust’

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - Less than 18 months before the IMO’s 0.5% sulphur cap regulations come into force for merchant shipping, container lines are worried that the estimated $50bn extra cost of the greener fuel could tip them into bankruptcy. “We’re all going to go bust,” MOL’s president and chief executive Junichiro Ikeda told the Financial Times. He expressed … [Read more...]

MOL: Containership ‘Windshield’ Achieves 2% Emissions Savings

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines says it has confirmed an average 2% reduction in overall carbon dioxide emissions in live tests of its containership "windshield" technology first unveiled by the company in 2015. The in-service demonstration of the windshield, which was co-developed by MOL, was carried out aboard the MOL-operated containership, MOL … [Read more...]

MOL to Build Japan’s First LNG-Powered Tug

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced it plans to build the first LNG-powered tugboat in Japan. The new tug will be built at Kanagawa Dockyard in Kobe with LNG dual fuel engines supplied by Yanmar Co. The company says the tugboat will be deployed in Osaka Bay beginning in April 2019, providing escort to large-scale freighters in Osaka Bay and the Sea … [Read more...]