MOL Launches Trial Use of Cooling-Work Suits Onboard to Prevent Heatstroke and Reduce Workload Onboard

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A crewmember wearing one of the newly introduced cooling-work suit. The uniform design reduces bulging, as built-in fans on the right and left sides take in air from the outside.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the trial introduction of specialised cooling-work suits for crewmembers, developed by Teijin Limited, in cooperation with MOL, on a vessel operated and managed by Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai, Ltd.

The goal of the trial is to prevent crewmembers from heatstroke and reduce their workload. The work uniforms are equipped with rechargeable cooling fans for those working under intense heat on an Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai’s cargo vessel in service between Japan and the Middle East.

The fans draw in outside air and circulate it between the two layers of the uniform, which covers both the front and back of the body. The air flows evenly throughout the uniform, providing a significant cooling effect that enhances the crewmembers’ comfort and increases their work efficiency.

Sea News, April 9