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MOL to Install Ballast Water Treatment System on VLCC

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TOKYO—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL;  President: Koichi Muto) today announced plans to install a ballast water  treatment system on a very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) currently in service.  This will be the first such onboard system installed by any Japanese shipowner  on an existing VLCC. The company chose the JFE Ballast Ace developed by JFE  Engineering Corporation. The installation will take  place while the vessel is docked from March through April.

Ballast water  discharged while loading/discharging cargo carries marine organisms around the  world and can have a negative impact on marine ecosystems and biodiversity. This  has become a subject of global concern since the late 1980s. Accordingly, the  International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted the Ballast Water Management  Convention in February 2004, and its ratification is under  way.

The project to  install the system on the VLCC is part of MOL’s approach to “contribution to  conservation of biodiversity, ” which is one of the company’s environmental  strategic targets in the midterm management plan GEAR UP! MOL. MOL continually  forges ahead to offer transport solutions that put less of a burden on the  global and marine environments. MOL is also preparing to ensure compliance with  to the Ballast Water Management Convention by accumulating experience in system  installation and operation.

[Outline of  Vessel] -Type of vessel:  Very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) – Ship  registry/class: Marshall Islands/Nippon Kaiji Kyokai  (ClassNK)- Deadweight tons  (capacity): About 300, 000 tons – Length:  333m – Breadth:  60m

[Outline of  ballast water treatment system] – Treatment  capacity: 3, 500m3/h x 2 units (explosion-proof), 350m3 x 1  unit (non-explosion-proof)- Treatment method:  Filters and chemical injection

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