24 May – Kurotakisan Maru III

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), a Japanese shipping company, has announced plans to equip the coal carrier Kurotakisan Maru III with the Wind Challenger, a wind propulsion system, marking the first installation on an operational vessel worldwide. This initiative is part of a collaboration with J-Power, for whom the vessel transports steaming coal to power stations. The Kurotakisan Maru III, which spans 235 meters in length and has a deadweight of 90,000 tons, was built by Oshima Shipbuilding and delivered in December 2021. The installation, set for the second half of 2025, aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 5% on Japan-Australia routes and 8% on journeys to the North America West Coast. The Wind Challenger uses telescopic hard sails to harness wind energy for propulsion, complementing MOL’s commitment to achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. The company plans to introduce this technology on 25 ships by 2030, expanding to 80 by 2035.

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