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Friday, November 24, 2017

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Post-quake Update on MOL-operated Vessels: Bulker C.S. Victory Safe after Grounding During Tsunami

ROTTERDAM, 18 March 2011 – Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) reported that all the crew have returned to the MOL-chartered bulker C.S. Victory, which was carried toward a breakwater by the tsunami and grounded in the shallow harbor at Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Friday, March 11. The Panamanian-flagged, 20,212gt vessel was able to leave the area under its own power and is now safely anchored nearby.   Source: MOL

MOL to Name New Chairman, President

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines J.Ikeda

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the appointment of a new chairman and president.   Current President and Representative Director Koichi Muto will assume the position of Representative Director and Chairman, and current Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Junichiro Ikeda will become president. The appointments are subject to approval by the Board of Directors meeting following the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, which will be held on June 23, 2015.  

MOL Hosts Party in Singapore

Attended by Some 350 Guests, Announces Commitment to Further Business Expansion. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) hosted a party in Singapore on November 7 for customers, business partners, government officials and others. MOL emphasized the strategic importance of Singapore, and introduced group companies that operate businesses in the island nation. The event, held at the Intercontinental Hotel Singapore, was attended by more than 350 guests including Singapore Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew and Japanese Ambassador to Singapore Haruhisa Takeuchi…

MOL Containership's Hull Cracks, Founders, in Indian Ocean

The Mitsui O.S.K. Lines' 2008-built Bahama-flagged 8,000 teu containership 'MOL Comfort' foundered Monday & all 26 crew were picked up from a lifeboat by 'MV Yantian Express'. According to GAC there is a considerable amount of oil in the water with containers scattered in the area 430 m southeast of Salahah, Oman. The weather at the time of the rescue was: Wind force 7, Swell 6 m. " The MOL-operated containership MOL Comfort, while under way from Singapore to Jeddah on the Indian Ocean (12'30"N 60'E) at about noon JST (07:00 local time) on June 17, 2013 during inclement weather, suffered a crack amidships and ingressing water in the hold. This made it impossible for the vessel to continue on under its own power.

MOL Containership to Transport Aid Supplies from Overseas

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) is determined to provide containerships to transport aid supplies from overseas. As the damages of the earthquake set in, MOL has received many calls from voices desired to transport aid supplies to Japan from overseas. “We express our heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost loved ones in the earthquake,” MOL President Koichi Muto said. Items covered: Grant aid supplies from public institutions such as governmental institutions and municipalities, or government-approved aid organizations to be shipped to disaster areas by the Tohoku district - off the Pacific Ocean earthquake. However, some of the items such as dangerous articles, animals, and other regulated items may not be accepted.

MOL Table Top Drill for Bulk Carrier Collision

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Koichi Muto) today announced the completion of a table top drill based on the scenario of the MOL-owned and operated bulk carrier Mona Linden being involved in a collision that resulted in flooding and oil spill off Takamatsu, Inland sea, Japan. The drill involved about 60 participants including executives from MOL and MOL Group companies. The three-hour drill, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, was aimed at strengthening MOL's…

International Marine Transport and MOL Agree on Merger

ROTTERDAM, 31 March 2011 – Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that two of its group companies—International Marine Transport Co., Ltd. and MOL Tankship Management Ltd. – have agreed to merge effective April 1, 2011, and continue and expand their business as MOL Ocean Expert Co., Ltd. The merger plan was approved by the shareholders’ meetings of both companies. Name: MOL Ocean Expert Co., Ltd. No. The merger will integrate marine officers for dry bulkships…

MOL Transports Clothing Donations for Tanzania Children

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) announced that the company is joining the “With All Our Hearts*1” international contribution project, to recycle children’s clothing, and will assist with transportation of the clothing. The project is sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Justice. This project aims to donate second-hand children’s clothing collected at 150 Miki House Co., Ltd. stores throughout Japan. The items will be washed, sorted, repaired, and packaged by female inmates at the Mine Rehabilitation Program Center and distributed to children in Tanzania, where the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) supports health- and hygiene-related initiatives.

Cruise Ship Fuji Maru Assists in Iwate Prefecture

TOKYO — Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today reports that its ocean cruise ship Fuji Maru has provided free day-use services such as meals, baths, and rest for victims of the Tohoku–Pacific Ocean Earthquake at ports in Iwate Prefecture. About 1,000 people in Ofunato and Rikuzen-takata cities took advantage of the service at Ofunato port on April 11 and 12, and about 300 people at Kamaishi port on April 13. On the evening of April 11, the Fuji Maru received an expression of thanks from the city of Ofunato, delivered by Mayor Komei Toda.

MOL Bulker Rescues Two from Disabled Yacht

MOL-operated Bulk Carrier Rescues 2 from Yacht adrift off Australia.   Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that the MOL-operated bulk carrier Yahagi Maru rescued two sailors from the yacht Mehitable, which was adrift at sea approximately 350km off Brisbane, Australia.On the morning of June 5 (local time), the Yagagi Maru, which was under way from Japan toward Newcastle, New South Wales, received an SOS from the Mehitable which was in distress about 40 miles away, they also received a request from the Australian coast guard at the same time. The Yahagi Maru immediately rushed to the site. At 14:40, the vessel rescued two people, and transferred them to the coast guard at 8:10 on Wednesday, June 6, off Brisbane.  

MOL Pledges Support for Typhoon Relief

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL)’s president, Koichi Muto, announced plans to make a donation of $30,000 to aid afflicted people of Typhoon Haiyen, which devastated the central Philippines. The main portion of MOL’s donation will go to afflicted people on the island of Leyte, through its group company Magsaysay MOL Marine, Inc. The company is planning other relief efforts as the situation unfolds. MOL has built a deep relationship with the nation as many Filipino seafarers serve aboard MOL Group vessels, and established a maritime training center there. To assist afflicted people of Typhoon Fengshen in June 2008, which caused severe damage to the nation…

MOL Issues Environmental and Social Report 2014

Environmental and Social Report 2014

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced the publication of the English version of its Environmental and Social Report 2014, which introduces the MOL Group's perspectives and latest initiatives regarding corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the environment. The report provides a broad range of information based on the viewpoints of the environment, society, and governance (ESG), which support MOL's sustainability, and focuses especially on issues the MOL Group should emphasize to ensure continued growth while meeting the needs of its various stakeholders.

Iron Ore Carrier Ore Salvador Completed

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Ore Salvador will Sail under long-term transport contract with Vale International S.A. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced completion of the 297,000-ton iron ore carrier Ore Salvador at Japan Marine United Corporation’s Ariake Shipyard. MOL will operate the ship under a long-term contract, transporting ore from Vale S.A. of Brazil. Among those on hand for the naming and delivery ceremonies were Vale International Director Gurinder Singh, who named the vessel, Japan Marine United Corporation President Shinjiro Mishima and MOL President Koichi Muto.

MOL Raises Money for Victims of Japan Earthquake

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) reported that it has donated a total of about $.68m to the Japan Red Cross Society and Central Community Chest for the Great East Japan Earthquake relief efforts. MOL raised the donation among MOL Group executives and employees through a massive, group-wide effort to support victim relief and reconstruction of quake-stricken areas, in which many of them participated. The company launched the fundraising drive within the group. The donation initiative started in Japan, but soon MOL Group subsidiaries and affiliates, ship management companies, business partners, and others around the world threw their support behind the effort, and eventually a total of 88 companies took part, including MOL, and the donation came to about $.68m.

Drifting Fishermen Rescued by MOL LNG Carrier

Senshu Maru, Photo courtesy of MOL

Three Castaways Rescued Safely off Indonesia. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) has announced that on October 6, 2014, the MOL-operated/managed LNG carrier Senshu Maru founded drifting castaways in the Celebes Sea off Indonesia, and was able to safely rescue three Indonesian fishermen. At 14:15 (all times were in Japan time) on October 6, 2014, the Senshu Maru, sailing from the port of Bontang, Indonesia, to the port of Sakai-Senboku in Osaka, Japan, found drifting fishermen – their fishing boat was hit by the wave and sunk, and immediately began the rescue operations.

MOL Enhances Seafarer Education in Philippines

(Photo_Front line) Third right: Ms. Nona S. Ricafort PhD. Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education. Second right: Mr. Masaaki Nemoto Executive Officer, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. Third left: Mr. Eduardo U. Manese Chairman of the Board, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced an agreement to introduce the Third Year Program with seven merchant marine schools in the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS*1) in Philippines. The move is aimed at cultivating seafarers who support high level of safety standards in vessel operations. MIS selected new Filipino seafarers from among third-year students at merchant marine schools, and gave them one year of training on MOL’s training ship and other MOL-operated vessels. The new program will bring forward selection of new seafarers by one year.

Green Award for MOL-managed LNG Ship

LNG Carrier Al Zubarah and Its Ship Management Company Earn Green Award Certificate. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that the MOL-managed LNG carrier Al Zubarah and its ship management company MOL LNG Transport Co., Ltd. (President: Reizo Funakoshi), received a Green Award Certificate from the independent non-profit Green Award Foundation based in Rotterdam on December 13. The certificate, based on stringent audits, is given to vessels and ship management companies for excellence in safety and environmental protection. The Al Zubarah follows the LNG carrier Dukhan, managed by an MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd. inLondon, which received the same certification in October.

MOL Commended with Quality Ship Awards

Captain Gaku Hinata (left) receives the certificate of commendation from MOL Managing Executive Officer Takaaki Inoue.

MOL Commended for ‘FY2013 Best Quality Ship Award’; MOL president Koichi Muto meets with captain and chief engineer, exchanging views and working to establish a more solid safe operation system. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that four MOL-operated and managed ships were selected for the FY2013 Best Quality Ship Awards by Japan Federation of Pilots’ Associations. MOL Senior Managing Executive Officer Masaaki Nemoto was on hand for the awards ceremony on June 24. On July 17…

Graduation Ceremony of MOL Filipino Seafarers

MOL President Koichi Muto delivers his address at the graduation ceremony

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the graduation of 105 students in the fourth class of the "3rd Year Program," which MOL introduced with the goal of developing crewmembers who will uphold strict safety standards in vessel operation. The 3rd Year Program targets new seafarers from among third-year students at partner maritime schools in the Philippines. MOL provides education and training at the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping(MIS)(*1), its training center in the Philippines. On hand for the graduation ceremony were Administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)Dr. Maximo Q.

MOL Supports Typhoon Relief Efforts in the Philippines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that the company has contributed US$30,000 to typhoon Washi relief efforts on Mindanao Island through its group company Magsaysay MOL Marine, Inc.*1 (Magsaysay-MOL). It is also reviewing other relief options as the situation unfolds. “We wish to convey our deepest sympathies to all those affected by the typhoon,” President Muto said. “We received monetary donations from many people in the Philippines including our seafarers and their families after the Great East   Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March. We sincerely hope for a swift recovery to the area and a quick return to normal life.” MOL and the Philippines have a deep relationship…

MOL President Muto Visits Myanmar

MOL President Koichi Muto making a speech

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) president Koichi Muto hosted an appreciation cocktail party for government leaders, customers, partners and MOL employees on March 5 at Park Royal Hotel, Yangon. It was well attended by 110 guests including Ichiro Maruyama, Minister-Counsellor/Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan, reaffirming MOL’s expansion plan in the containership business in Myanmar and its commitment in furthering the country’s economic development. "It is my honor to visit Myanmar and I am deeply grateful to the Myanmar government…

MOL Supports Quake Victims of the Tohoku District

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. MOL has decided to donate ¥50 million to help support and rescue victims of the quake. MOL executives and employees have organized a charity donation program within the MOL Group of companies, the proceeds of which will be donated to organizations that are working to support victims and rebuild their cities. At the request of the government, MOL Ferry Co., Ltd. of our group company determined to cooperate for transporting members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) who were assigned to rescue operations in northeast Japan. This afternoon, four ferries – Sunflower Sapporo, Sunflower Furano, Sunflower Shiretoko…

MOL: Supporting Typhoon Relief Efforts in Philippines

MOL Training Ship Spirit of MOL Transports Aid Supplies; Volunteer Work on Site. MOL President Koichi Muto announced that its training ship, the Spirit of MOL (*1) has delivered aid supplies to Misamis Oriental Province on Mindanao Island, the Philippines, which suffered severe damage from typhoon Sendong (International name: Washi) in mid-December. The ship carried supplies provided by MOL, its group company Magsaysay MOL Marine, Inc. (*2) and the Philippine government. MOL received a request for transport of emergency aid supplies from the Philippines Social Welfare Development…

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