At the beginning of this year, MOL announced that it was building its first-two LNG-fueled ferries. These green ships would be able to reduce CO2 emissions by 35% compared to the company’s existing fleet.
In addition to being powered by an alternative fuel, these two new ferries will also benefit from wind power. MOL and its partners are working on an innovative hull design that “uses lift from diagonally opposite winds” while reducing wind pressure from the bow and the sides.
To perfect this new hull shape for wind-powered ships, MOL will be implementing the aerospace engineering innovations of Dr. Kota Fukuda, Associate Professor at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Tokai University.
Dr. Fukuda and his team have already applied this technology to a high-performance solar car (known as the Tokai University Solar Car) and a solar unmanned aircraft developed in collaboration with the King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. After solar cars and solar drones, these wind-powered ferries are the next to benefit from this aerospace technology.
This new study is also supported by The Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA) through its “new product development” program. The two innovative ferries are set to enter service by 2025.