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MOL joins Blue Visby consortium to reduce ship emissions with digital technology

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Japanese shipping giant Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has become a member of the Blue Visby Consortium which aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships by developing a platform based on digital technology.

Led by Finnish maritime software company NAPA and UK law firm Stephenson Harwood, the consortium includes more than 15 organizations from industry, government, academia and NGOs, NPOs.

The consortium is developing a solution, Blue Visby, which aims to optimize and distribute the arrival times of groups of ships heading for the same port of destination.

The optimal target time of arrival is provided for each vessel while maintaining the expected order of arrival, analyzing each vessel’s performance, conditions such as destination congestion and weather conditions. The consortium also aims to reduce CO2 emissions by recommending the optimum sailing speed for each vessel for maximum efficiency.

After verification, applied as part of the Prove of Concept process, the consortium expects an average reduction in GHG emissions of 15%.

Therefore, such an innovative approach would have “great potential” to contribute to MOL’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions and increase operational efficiency.

The MOL Group sets medium and long-term targets to reduce the intensity of GHG emissions in maritime transport by around 45% by 2035 (i.e. compared to 2019) and achieve zero emissions emissions by 2050 through five initiatives, including improving operational efficiency. Through its participation in the consortium, MOL said it will support the demonstration and practical implementation of the solution and contribute to the realization of a low and decarbonized society.