Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd has announced that DNV GL has issued an Approval In Principle (AIP) to MOL and Samsung Heavy Industries for their Bow Wind Shield designed for ultra-large container carriers
This newly developed Bow Wind-Shield reduces the wind resistance on hull body of while the ship is running, and is expected to reduce CO2E by 2-4% in a ULCC application. It is based on technology from both MOL and SHI.
MOL developed and installed the bow wind shield on an existing middle-size containership in 2015 and confirmed a CO2E reduction of around 2% in real-running conditions two years later.
SHI also has developed a bow wind shield for a ULCC. Introducing both companies’ technology, MOL and SHI started a joint development project for the optimal Bow Wind-Shield design for ULCCs and the technology has now been certified as AIP from DNV GL.
MOL says it is continually driving ahead with its "ISHIN NEXT smart ship programme.