First results presented about MOL COMFORT’s sea damageReasons for the severe sea damage of the container vessel MOL COMFORT still not finally cleared.Together with both the Japanese classification society ClassNK and Mitsubishi Shipyard the shipping company Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) currently investigates the disaster last summer where the 8.110 TEU-container carrier damaged in heavy sea and finally broke in two while underway from Singapore to Jeddah. The crew could escape in life rafts and were picked up by another vessel. Now preliminary results have been released.
Experts conclude, based on the very serious water ingress at the center part of the hull, that a crack in the ships bottom has been occurred. In the course of investigations on board the sister ships of the MOL COMFORT deformations of up to 20 mm have been detected. But there exist still not a clear statement if these deformations have been the reason for the water ingress. Because of this the shipping company, ship... [More]
The two year experiment on the solar-power assisted MS Auriga Leader Car & Truck Carrier of 60,213 GT., jointly developed by NYK and Nippon Oil Corporation has now elapsed and the findings have been released. Despite early optimistic results, the conclusion is disappointing. The tests have shown that providing a stable power supply from the photovoltaic panels is difficult because even a slight change in the weather has a significant influence on the amount of power generated. NYK has not however lost hope and is persevering together with Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK). They are initiating further tests starting June 2011, to verify the effects of a new jointly developed hybrid power supply system to control the fluctuating output of the solar panels and diesel generator to deliver a stabilized the supply to the vessel’s electrical power system. [More]