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MOL car carrier to feature wind-resisting rounded hull

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced that the hull design for its next-generation car carrier, the FLEXIE, will be built at Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co. and delivered in 2017.

The rounded bow shape will minimize wind resistance and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2 percent compared to today's car carriers. The new shape is the result of joint research by MOL, MOL Techno-Trade, and Akishima Laboratories.

Other MOL developments include the wind resistance-reducing car carrier Courageous Ace, a new energy-saving windshield for containerships to reduce wind resistance, and a new prototype sailing rig called the Power Assist Sail.

The shipping line is participating in the Wind

Challenger Project, promoting the research and development of methods to cut wind resistance and use wind to help propel the trade ships of the future. The innovative bow design being introduced is a result of those efforts, according to a company statement.

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