On 30th Oct. 2018, The Ocean Explorer "Koojiro Shiraishi" officially announced that his plan has been fixed to join the Vendee Globe 2020-2021. New Sponsor "DMG MORI" President Masahiko Mori and Kojiro Shiraishi announced the New Team "DMG MORI Sailing Team and introduced Managing Director Tony O'Connor and Kojiro's offshore team members.
Total budget will be two billion yen for 3 years and the New Boat is IMOCA60 designed by VPLP and built at CDK Dock yard as same as Jeremie Beyou's Charal. Kojiro Shiraishi's boat has been named as "DMG MORI Global One". Kojiro Shiraishi said raising Flag of Germany and Japan both in the race.
From Kojiro Shiraishi