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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) of Japan has announced a vessel design known as EeneX, a 90-type (90,000 dwt) next-generation coal carrier, developed in cooperation with Japanese shipyards.

The ship is of about 325m length overall, with beam about 38m and draught about 20.05m. Capacity is about 89,900dwt. The vessel's design draws on the shipyard's extensive knowledge of coal carriers as well as MOL's know-how in ship operation, with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and economically efficient transport of coal, an important energy resource for Japan. MOL says EeneX  expresses MOL's intention to promoting the spread of global energy by continually playing a part in coal-fired thermal power generation. The brand name is derived from ENErgy, efficent, ease, ecological, economical, evolve, plus 'X' denoting synergy. It reflects the company's vision of providing optimal, stress-free transport services for customers and the environment.

The EeneX concept features a double-hull structure, which allows cargo holds with completely flat sides and eliminates the work of scraping out coal, boosting the efficiency of discharging operations and speeding up cargo handling. The semi-box shape of the hold prevents cargo from accumulating inside, for further improvement in discharging and cargo handling. The ballast hold is eliminated, so all spaces are devoted to cargo. Unlike conventional coal carriers, on which the cargo holds are sometimes filled with ballast water to maintain the ship's stability during ballast voyages, the EeneX carrier has only dedicated cargo holds with safe stability. This saves the effort of preparation time for ballasting into cargo hold and reduces the risk of salt and rust contamination due to rust in the cargo hold.

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