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

October 25, 2022 | Oil & Gas | Energy Facts Staff Writer | 2min

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)
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 on its first cargo.