Japan’s shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has ordered a total of eight 7,000-unit capacity LNG-fueled car carriers. MOL will take delivery of these vessels between 2024 and 2025.
In May 2022 MOL has sealed an agreement with Nihon Shipyard and Shin Kurushima Dockyard, to build four 7,000-unit capacity car carriers that will use environment-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their main fuel.
The company will also adopt the new series name and the new hull color design for its LNG-fueled car carriers, as it is furthermore mentioned by MOL.
The firm said today in a statement, that the new “BLUE” series name, embodies the MOL Group Corporate Mission “from the blue oceans, we sustain people’s lives and ensure a prosperous future”, and simply conveys the group’s wish for the vessels to “pass on to the future the beauty of the various blues of the earth, sky, sea, and trees.”
Furthermore, the new hull color design boldly expresses the evolution of MOL’s unified global brand for its car carrier services, MOL ACE by designing a new shape for the letter “A”, the motif of MOL ACE.
“The bow is turquoise blue, creating a fusion of green, which has a strong environmental image, and blue, which is MOL’s brand color, and expresses the MOL Group’s ongoing commitment to address environmental issues. The blue color from the stern to the bow is the same used in the previous “FLEXIE” series to represent the inheritance of good old traditions”, according to MOL.