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Mitsui OSK Line’s partly wind-powered bulk provider makes ‘historical past’, sails into Newcastle


{A partially} wind-powered coal-fired ship utilizing a inflexible sail made its maiden voyage from Japan to Newcastle, docking this morning.

The Shofu Maru can carry 80,000 tons of coal and boasts new know-how within the type of a telescopic fiberglass sail that may prolong as much as 55 meters.

That is the world’s first voyage by delivery firm Mitsui OSK Strains, with sails serving to to cut back greenhouse fuel emissions.

The corporate says, based mostly on preliminary exams, it expects to make use of 5% much less gasoline between Australia and Japan.

The discount equates to 25,000 liters of gasoline, with ships usually utilizing 500,000L for such a protracted voyage.

The sail is anticipated to chop emissions by 8% on a mean journey between Japan and america, on account of stronger winds within the Northern Hemisphere.

Shofu Maru
Shofu Maru has a singular inflexible sail made out of fiberglass.(ABC Newcastle: Blake Doyle)

A delegation greeted the majority provider this morning, together with the Japanese consulate basic in Australia and port authorities.

Captain Vikas Bangia, who ran the Port of Newcastle, guided it into the Port of Newcastle.

“I’m delighted to be part of historical past, to host and convey this ship… to the wind-powered technology,” he stated.

Captain Bangia stated the ship’s inflexible sail is hydraulically operated.

“It may be as much as 55 meters lengthy and offers us one other problem with the excessive wind space within the ahead a part of the ship,” he stated.

Observe makes good

A number of preparations had been made to soundly obtain the distinctive ship as a result of diminished bow visibility and the affect of the wind.

“The pilot group and I went to Japan to follow simulations for entry into Newcastle,” stated Captain Bangia.

“So our group was actually trying ahead to doing this, we did in Japan final month.”

It’s going to take 20 hours to load the ship earlier than it departs from Newcastle tomorrow.

It comes after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida over the weekend in Perth.

The 2 international locations signed a joint safety settlement to work extra intently, and each leaders expressed assist for the 2050 net-free targets.


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