Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has signed a contract with Japan-based Minaminippon Shipbuilding to build four next-generation car carriers.
Construction of these new car carriers will raise the number of decks from the current 12 to 14, as well as adding four liftable ones, allowing two adjustable levels to be placed between the fixed decks.
According to MOL, the new, liftable decks will provide greater flexibility in accommodating vehicles of different heights, improving loading efficiency and also meeting demand for more diversified vehicle transport.
The vessels are expected to be delivered in 2017 and 2018, and will operate on MOL’s worldwide car carrier services.
Named Flexie series, the new 199.95m-long and 32.2m-wide vessels will be equipped with an electronically controlled diesel engine with low-load optimisation (LLO) tuning by exhaust gas bypass (EGB) technology.
In addition, they will adopt a waste heat energy recovery system for generator engines and electric power consumption reduction technology.
With a lower susceptibility to wind force, the new vessels will offer greater fuel efficiency and a significantly reduced impact on the environment than existing vessels.
In March this year, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) signed a contract with Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for the construction of four 20,000TEU containerships.
Producing the 400m-long, 58.8m-wide containerships will cost around $619.6m, at $154.89m per vessel.
They are expected to be delivered in 2017 and will be operate on the Asia-Europe service route.