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MOL introduces cutting-edge stowage planning for car carriers

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 03:02

JAPANESE shipping giant Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has introduced an upgraded stowage planning system for car carriers called "MOL-CAPS", the company announced.

MOL-CAPS generates a voyage-by-voyage stowage plan that determines where to stow specific vehicles by considering different factors, such as the onboard structure, the type of vehicles and ports of call.

The company introduced MOL-CAPS in 1999, and will adopt this version for the next-generation car carriers, the FLEXIE series, which will be delivered starting in March 2018.

The new version allows optimal stowage, with the optimum use of the FLEXIE series, its new deck structure, which offers a greater range of liftable deck heights, providing more flexibility compared to car carriers now in service.

The new version has a high-speed processing planning function based on know-how of car carrier stowage, which MOL has accumulated over 50 years.