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To the future, with our 'Ocean Planet.' BLUE ACTION MOL
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To the future,
with our
'Ocean Planet.'

BLUE ACTION 001 WIND CHALLENGER Forward to the future, the wind at our backs.

Oct 18, 2022

The wind is always changing. That’s why sailing ships must constantly adjust their sails in response to shifts in its direction and strength. Due to the complexities of maneuvering them and uncertainties with their schedules, sailing ships, once the mainstream of shipping, were replaced by engine-powered vessels that run on petroleum. But as the world has begun moving toward carbon neutrality, sailing ships have once again been attracting attention.

That where "Wind Challenger," an MOL Group project, comes in. By focusing on wind, the ultimate source of clean energy, we aim to modernize the sailing ship using the latest technologies. We've used glass fiber reinforced plastic in the sail to make it lightweight. Sensors in the sail detect the strength and direction of the wind, causing the sail to rotate, expand, and contract automatically in response and enabling the vessel to fully utilize the wind’s power. By adding wind as a propulsion force, fuel consumption can be reduced without changing speed. Estimates indicate a 5% reduction* on the Japan-Australia route and an 8% reduction* on the Japan-North America West Coast route can be achieved.

Construction of the Shofu Maru, the first cargo ship equipped with Wind Challenger technology, was completed in October 2022. She has begun her journey toward Australia. We're ready to prove that when you change your way of thinking, even a headwind can be a tailwind. MOL's spirit of challenge will change the world from its oceans.

* When one sail is mounted on a 100,000-ton bulk carrier

The wind is always changing. That’s why sailing ships must constantly adjust their sails in response to shifts in its direction and strength. Due to the complexities of maneuvering them and uncertainties with their schedules, sailing ships, once the mainstream of shipping, were replaced by engine-powered vessels that run on petroleum. But as the world has begun moving toward carbon neutrality, sailing ships have once again been attracting attention.

That where "Wind Challenger," an MOL Group project, comes in. By focusing on wind, the ultimate source of clean energy, we aim to modernize the sailing ship using the latest technologies. We've used glass fiber reinforced plastic in the sail to make it lightweight. Sensors in the sail detect the strength and direction of the wind, causing the sail to rotate, expand, and contract automatically in response and enabling the vessel to fully utilize the wind’s power. By adding wind as a propulsion force, fuel consumption can be reduced without changing speed. Estimates indicate a 5% reduction* on the Japan-Australia route and an 8% reduction* on the Japan-North America West Coast route can be achieved.

Construction of the Shofu Maru, the first cargo ship equipped with Wind Challenger technology, was completed in October 2022. She has begun her journey toward Australia. We're ready to prove that when you change your way of thinking, even a headwind can be a tailwind. MOL's spirit of challenge will change the world from its oceans.

* When one sail is mounted on a 100,000-ton bulk carrier


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The sea occupies 71.1% of the earth's surface.
It connects countries around the globe and has given rise
to economic activities that have become
the foundation of humankind's development.
The earth's very potential lies in its oceans.
Our home is indeed an "ocean planet."
If you look at the world from an ocean perspective,
you can see a completely different future.
As a company that has always moved forward with the sea,
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) believe its potential more than anyone.
As a Group, our mission is to draw forth this immense value
shared by humankind and create sustainable growth for societies.
Now is the time for us to think and act outside the box.
MOL will utilize the knowledge we have gained through shipping
to expand the field to social infrastructure companies that originate from the oceans.
When opportunity presents itself, we should take full advantage of it.
Let's build new hope for tomorrow, together.


* Please Note: 'The sea occupies 71.1% of the earth's surface'- is sourced on data from the Chronological Scientific Tables 2022, compiled by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.