TOKYO- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced that on February 8, the wood chip carrier STELLAR SYMPHONY with a cargo capacity of 3.6 million-cubic feet, was delivered at Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Imabari Shipbuilding; President: Yukito Higaki; Headquarters: Imabari-shi, Ehime Prefecture). MOL
will operate the vessel and transport wood chips for Marusumi Paper Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Tomoyuki Hoshikawa; Headquarters: Shikokuchuo-shi, Ehime Prefecture).
The vessel is equipped with a SOx scrubber and Ballast Water Management System to be in conformity with stricter environmental regulations, and is also equipped with a microplastic
recovery system (Note 1). It also has environmentally friendly specifications in line with “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1” (Note 2) such as Hybrid Fin (energy-saving equipment to improve propulsion efficiency) which are Imabari Shipbuilding’s technologies, Advanced Control for Ecology (ACE) (Note 3), and Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) (Note
4) 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.
“STELLAR SYMPHONY” at sea trial
[ Outline of the vessel ]
Cargo hold capacity 3,623,708cubic feet
Microplastic recovery system use a filter with a backwash function, which is part of the Ballast Water Management System, to efficiently collect microplastics that have been repaired in the filter before they are discharged overboard. The system was jointly developed with Miura Industries, Ltd. (President: Daisuke Miyauchi; Head Office: Matsuyama-shi, Ehime Prefecture).
Past press release related to Microplastic recovery system: Microplastic Collection Device to be Installed on Marusumi Paper’s Newbuilding Wood Chip Carrier – Accelerating Ocean/Global Environmental Conservation Using Merchant Vessels – | Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1 | Environment | Sustainability | Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
MOL Group will continue to promote initiatives related to Climate Change Countermeasures and Preservation of marine environments, including the installation of microplastic recovery
system and PBCF, and will make progress toward the achievement of “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1”.
Advanced Control for Ecology (ACE) estimates disturbance effects such as wind and tide by setting the vessel’s course direction, and optimally controls the helm to minimize route
deviation and reduce the number of course changes required during a voyage, achieving reductions in fuel consumption.
Past press release related to ACE: MOL tests onboard the new “ACE” autopilot route control function; Results show about 1.5% energy savings | Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) is an energy-saving system to improve propeller efficiency and reduce vessel fuel consumption, and was developed by a group of companies including