MOL’s electric ro-ro vessel enters service

15 November 2011 (Last Updated November 15th, 2011 18:30)

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has introduced into service an all-electric ro-ro, which was built by Japanese shipbuilder Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has introduced into service an all-electric ro-ro, which was built by Japanese shipbuilder Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding.

The 4,000-unit pure car truck carrier (PCTC) features an electrically driven MacGregor stern quarter ramp / door, side ramps and two moveable ramps delivered by Cargotec.

All equipment in the ship is being operated by electric winches and actuators, eliminating the use of hydraulic oil in the operating system.

Cargotec ro-ro ship director of sales Magnus Sjöberg said that when hydraulically powered deck machinery is replaced with electric versions, one of the greatest environmental benefits is the elimination of potential hydraulic oil leaks.

"These cause pollution and can also damage cargo. It was the high incidence of cargo damage that was a primary concern for car manufacturers, who ultimately put pressure on shipowners to come up with a solution to the problem," Sjöberg said.

MOL also ordered a pair of 6,400-unit pure car carrier (PCC) at Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding.

Last year Cargotec and the Shin-Kurushima Dockyard group signed an agreement for four PCCs to be fitted with fully electricallydriven ro-ro access equipment.