MOL, EnviroNor collaborate on floating desalination vessel 

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and EnviroNor have signed a memorandum of understanding to discuss collaboration on a Floating Desalination Vessel (FDV) and have begun collaboration toward commercialization.

The FDV is a floating infrastructure vessel equipped with seawater desalination equipment using reverse osmosis (RO) membranes, which removes impurities other than water, to produce fresh water (drinking water) and supply it to shore. Compared to a seawater desalination plant on land, FDVs do not require the acquisition of land and is built by converting a used ship, so it offers advantages such as the ability to start water supply in a short time.


By combining MOL’s extensive experience in building, owning and operating ships over many years with EnviroNor’s expertise within shipping and desalination, the aim is to build FDVs and capture business opportunities as a means of providing new fast-track solutions all over the world where water shortages are a current and rapid growing challenge.

Commercialization of Floating Desalination Vessel was suggested through the MOL Group Employee Proposal System “MOL Incubation Bridge”, and resulted in a memorandum of understanding with EnviroNor.

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