Japan Delivers First Megaship to MOL

Japanese liner Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of the first 20,000 TEU megaship to be delivered from a Japanese Shipyard for operation as part of THE Alliance.

Imabari Shipbuilding‘s Saijo Shipyard delivered MOL Truth on October 31, 2017.

MOL’s new vessel is the fifth in a series of six 20,000 TEU containerships for operation by MOL.

MOL in March, 2015 announced it was expanding its large-scale containership fleet by building and chartering six 20,000 TEU containerships to boost competitiveness.

It will ply the Asia-Northern Europe trade as part of THE Alliance.

The containership is 400 metres long, with a breadth of 58.5 metres and a loading capacity of 20,182 TEU.

MOL Truth uses various technologies to reduce CO2 emissions by 25-30% per container in comparison with MOL-operated 14,000 TEU-class vessels.

Fuel-saving optimizations include low-friction hull paint, a high-efficiency propeller, a high-efficiency engine plant and an optimized hull shape.

The ship's design also allows conversion to LNG fuel, in anticipation of stricter standards on vessel exhaust emissions in the future.

A sixth and final vessel in the series is under construction at Imabari Shipbuilding's Marugame Shipyard and is slated for delivery in January, 2018.

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