Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), a Japan-based logistics company, has trialed specialized cooling-work suits for crewmembers to prevent crewmembers from heatstroke and reduce their workload.
A partnership between MOL and Teijin, a Japanese chemical, pharmaceutical and information technology firm, led to the suit being developed and trialed on a vessel operated and managed by multi-modal transport group Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai.
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In a statement, MOL said the work uniforms were equipped with rechargeable cooling fans to counteract the “intense heat” on Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai's cargo vessel, which is in service between Japan and the Middle East.
By drawing in outside air and circulate it between the two layers of the uniform, the fans cover both the front and back of the body with air that flows evenly throughout the uniform, providing a significant cooling effect.