Coal Carrier SHOFU MARU Equipped with 'Wind Challenger' Hard Sail Marks Maiden Call in Australia


October 25, 2022

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced that it held a ceremony on October 24 for the maiden port of call in Newcastle, Australia of the SHOFU MARU (Note 1), the world’s first coal carrier equipped with the Wind Challenger (a hard sail wind power propulsion system), which was delivered on October 7.

SHOFU MARU entering Newcastle

The Australian government has set a decarbonization policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and local port officials in Newcastle have high expectations and interest in the SHOFU MARU, which contributes to decarbonization while transporting energy resources that support people's lives. The ship received a warm welcome to the port from concerned parties representing both Australia and Japan (Note 2) to take

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MSC-Macron's chief of staff charged with conflict of interest


Alexis Kohler is under investigation for professional and family links to Italian-Swiss shipping company MSC.


Le Monde with AFP


Published on October 3, 2022 at 17h37

The top official in French President Emmanuel Macron's office has been charged with a conflict of interest while in office, the chief financial crimes prosecutor said Monday, October 3.

Alexis Kohler, who holds one of France's most powerful jobs as Elysee secretary-general, is accused over his professional and family links with Italian-Swiss shipping company MSC which is run by his mother's cousins.


On Monday, he "categorically denied any wrongdoing", his lawyer said in a statement, while an official in Mr. Macron's office said Mr. Kohler remained in his post.

In 2018, Anticor, an anti-corruption NGO,

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Three Additional LNG Cruise Ships Mark Key Milestones





Carnival Celebration began sea trials on September 5 ahead of its November maiden voyage (Carnival Cruise Line)


The cruise industry is preparing for the launch of three large cruise ships before the end of the year each fueled with liquified natural gas. It is part of the industry’s push to improve its environmental performance with cruising being among the shipping sectors that are rapidly adopting LNG.

Cruising launched its first ships able to operate entirely on LNG at the end of 2018 and has moved to a total of seven large cruise ships already in service using LNG with three more scheduled to enter service in November and December this year. Currently, there

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Hundreds of seafarers still stuck in Ukraine


By The Editorial Team

September 16, 2022

in Seafarers


Around 82 ships with 418 seafarers remain stuck around Ukrainian ports despite the opening of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.


As Reuters reports, according to analysis by the ICS six ships, which had been stuck since February, had been able to leave Ukraine before the corridor was announced in July.

The agreement was reached in July, creating a protected sea transit corridor, in order to alleviate global food shortages. However, the initiative only involved dry bulk ships around three Ukrainian ports with dozens of other vessels including oil tankers not able to access the corridor.


These vessels now await for approval to leave while waterways remain controlled by Russia and other ports are blocked

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MOL to equip second bulker with ‘Wind Challenger’ system






MOL announced its intent to equip a second bulk carrier with the “Wind Challenger” hard sail system, which harnesses the power of wind to propel the vessel.

MOL Drybulk will operate the vessel, which will transport wood pellets for Enviva, and has signed a construction contract for the new ship with Oshima Shipbuilding.

The vessel, slated for delivery in 2024, will be the second Wind Challenger-equipped vessel in the MOL Group fleet, following one scheduled to enter services in October of this year.

MOL group is also examining the feasibility of adopting “Rotor Sails” an auxiliary wind propulsion system developed by Anemoi Marine Technologies Ltd, of the U.K. Combined use of both the Wind

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