MOL Announces Sales of More than 3000 of it’s PBCF

Friday / May 22, 2015

150520cTokyo-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that 3000 of its Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) have now been ordered worldwide. The PBCF is an energy-saving device attached to the propeller of a vessel. It breaks up the hub vortex generated behind the rotating propeller, resulting in a decrease of more than 9,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year because of a 3-5% reduction in fuel consumption, when installed on a large-scale containership.

The technology was invented by MOL, West Japan Fluid Engineering Laboratory Co., Ltd., and Nakashima-Mitsuwa Propeller Co. in 1986 and sales began the following year. Since then an increasing number of shipowners, mainly in Japan, began to adopt the system.

By 2006, the 19th year since the start of sales, the PBCF had been ordered for 1,000 vessels. Backed by concerns over rising fuel prices and growing awareness of the need to reduce CO2emissions, it has gained worldwide recognition and the owners and operators who believed in PBCF’s high-quality and performance have repeatedly ordered the product. The number of ships adopting it has doubled in just five years, reaching the 2,000 vessel milestone in 2011, and now exceeding the 3,000.

The PBCF is easy to install, and is mounted only with bolts like a normal boss cap. It is also maintenance free after installation because it has no moving parts. These features have made it a popular energy-saving device and a brisk seller even nearly 30 years after its introduction.

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