Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) today announced that on August 10, the wood chip carrier VANGUARDIA with a cargo capacity of 4.3 million-cubic feet, was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. MOL will operate the vessel, which will transport wood chips for Daio Paper Corporation.
The vessel is equipped with a SOx scrubber and Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) and in pre-compliance with the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) phase 3 to be in conformity with stricter environmental regulations. It also has environmentally friendly specifications in line with "MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1" such as Seaworthy Bow (a bow shape that reduces the decline in vessel speed during adverse weather) and Advanced Flipper Fins (energy-saving equipment to improve propulsion efficiency)which are Oshima Shipbuilding's technologies, Advanced Control for Ecology (ACE) (Note 3), a cutting-edge hull shape with an improved stern shape, and Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) in addition to adopting an electronically controlled engine and low-friction ship bottom paint.
MOL continually strives to offer safe and stable wood chip transport service for customers including paper manufacturers around the world while caring for the environment, and contribute to a stable supply of resources.