MOL to install wind propulsion systems on seven more vessels, aiming for 80 by 2035


Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and its group company MOL Drybulk Ltd. have announced their intent to install wind propulsion systems – including the proprietary ‘Wind Challenger’ – on a total of seven newbuilding bulk carriers and multi-purpose vessels, which will be operated by MOL Drybulk.

MOL has measured the performance of the Wind Challenger on vessel Shofu Maru (pictured) continuously on actual voyages and confirmed fuel savings of up to 17%.

Under the latest decision MOL Group will have a total of nine Wind Challenger-equipped vessels, bringing the total number of vessels equipped with wind propulsion systems to 11
The group says it plans to launch 25 vessels equipped with the Wind Challenger by 2030, increasing to 80 by 2035, thereby assisting decarbonisation goals of the group and of society as a whole.