Mitsui Osk Lines News

04 Dec 2019

CMA CGM and Total to Develop LNG Ship Refueling in Marseille

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Container shipping firm CMA CGM will use the French Mediterranean port of Marseille for refueling some of its planned gas-powered vessels, backed by a supply partnership with energy group Total.Total will supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) and a refueling barge to enable CMA CGM to refuel LNG-powered vessels at the Marseille-Fos hub starting in 2021, the companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday.The initiative covers five vessels with a capacity of 15,000 twenty-foot equivalent…

21 Nov 2019

MOL Orders Japan's 1st LNG-Fueled Ferries

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Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and its subsidiary Ferry Sunflower Limited have unveiled plans to construct Japan’s first two LNG-fueled ferries.Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will receive the order for the newbuild ferries that are designated to serve the Japanese market.Ferry Sunflower will charter the ferries after delivery and launch them on its Osaka-Beppu route from the end of 2022 through the first half of 2023, as replacements for vessels currently in service.The…

08 Nov 2019

MOL Conducts LNG Bunkering at Nagoya Port

Bunkering LNG fuel, From the left: Toho Gas, Executive Vice President, Shinji Niwa, MOL, Executive Vice President, Takeshi Hashimoto. Photos: MOL

Japanese utility Toho Gas and shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) carried out a demonstration test to supply liquified natural gas (LNG)  to the to the tugboat Ishin at the Japanese port of  Nagoya.This marked the first LNG bunkering in the Port of Nagoya, and the test confirmed that LNG can be safely supplied to vessels at the port.LNG was transported via truck from the Toho Gas Chita-Midorihama LNG Terminal (Chita-shi, Aichi Prefecture), and supplied with a truck-to-ship system to Ishin…

13 Nov 2019

Japanese Firms in Brazilian FPSO Gig

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Japanese companies have decided to proceed with the deepwater floating production, storage, and offloading system (FPSO) charter project for the Petrobras-operated Búzios pre-salt oil field located offshore Brazil.MODEC, Mitsui & Co., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Marubeni Corporation have agreed that Mitsui, MOL, and Marubeni will invest in a long-term charter business currently promoted by MODEC for the purpose of providing  FPSO for use on the Búzios field off the coast of Brazil.Based on these agreements, Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni will invest in Buzios5 MV32 B.V.

14 Nov 2019

MOL Gets AiP for Containership Bow Wind-Shield

MOL General Manager Tetsuya Yamada, center. Image: MOL

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that, DNVGL issued an Approval In Principle (AIP) to MOL and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for Bow Wind-Shield designed for Ultra-Large Container Carrier on 30th October, 2019.This newly developed Bow Wind-Shield reduces the wind resistance on hull body of while ship is running, and it is expected CO2 reduction up to about 2–4% owing to optimal design for Ultra-Large Container Carrier. This is based on the technology…

05 Nov 2019

MOL Adds Southern Treasure to its Fleet

Southern Treasure at sea trial. Pic: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that the new scrubber-equipped wood chip carrier Southern Treasure has been delivered.The delivery ceremony for the 60,300 dwt vessel with with a cargo capacity of 4.3 million-cubic feet was held at Oshima Shipbuilding, Nagasaki Prefecture.MOL will operate the vessel, which transport wood chips for Hokuetsu Corporation, said a press release."The vessel is equipped with a SOx scrubber and Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) to comply with today's stricter environmental regulations…

27 Oct 2019

MOL Upgrades VR-based Safety Education Tool

VR image of the "virtual reality experience area". Pics: MOL

Japanese transport company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced the development of new content for its virtual reality (VR)-based marine safety education program, allowing trainees to virtually capture the sensations of "falling", "hand being caught between something", and experiencing "an incinerator explosion incident".The program uses VR goggles and VR technology created by Tsumiki Seisaku. With the VR tool, trainees can experience onboard operations, with computer graphic simulations of moving around on the ship…

17 Oct 2019

MOL Intros AR Navigation System

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Japanese transportation major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that, along with Furuno Electric, it made a joint presentation of their advanced augmented reality (AR)-based Navigation System.The presentation introduced the background behind the technology and development of the system, as well as MOL’s efforts to "forge ahead to become the world leader in safe operation."The AR Navigation System provides visual support to crew-members during their watch-keeping and ship operations by using AR technology to superimpose real-time video imagery and voyage information.Large tankers…

07 Oct 2019

Transborders Signs up MOL on FLNG Solution

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Perth-based company Transborders Energy has entered a Joint Study Agreement (JSA) to work with Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) to together continue the development of its Floating LNG (FLNG) Solution and to pursue its deployment on a range of stranded offshore gas resource opportunities.Transborders’ FLNG Solution provides a pre-determined 1.3 MTPA FLNG development concept with a package of streamlined commercial & regulatory approval framework (including LNG buyers) to gas resource owners.

13 Oct 2019

MOL Trials 360 Birds-Eye-View Tugboat

Bird's-eye view of the Asaka Maru using "FlyingView". Image: MOL

Japanese shipping line Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) collaborated with Oki Electric Industry (OKI), to launch a joint study on the use of OKI's bird's-eye view monitoring system to monitor a 360° field of view around a tugboat.The system was installed on the tugboat Asaka Maru and a preliminary experiment was conducted, said a press release.As a tugboat approaches a large vessel for assistance, only a small part of the vessel's hull can be seen from tug's bridge, and therefore, the tugboat…

15 Oct 2019

MOL, Tohoku Trial Hard Sail on a Coal Carrier

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Tohoku Electric Power have announced that they intend to move ahead with a joint study to install the Wind Challenger telescopic hard sail system on a coal carrier.MOL said that the two companies have been studying the feasibility of using the Wind Challenger on ships carrying coal to Tohoku Electric’s thermal power plants and it was recently confirmed that a Wind Challenger-equipped vessel would be 'acceptable' in the port facilities serving the plants.Wind Challenger is a telescoping hard sail to convert wind energy to propulsive force…

15 Oct 2019

MOL Tabletop Drill on Containership Safety

Scenes of Emergency Control Headquarters during the drill. Photos: MOL

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that it conducted a tabletop drill based on an incident simulation involving an MOL-owned containership.MOL holds these drills periodically to confirm its emergency response system in preparation for serious marine incidents, said a press release.The drill was held on Thursday, October 10, with the goal of raising company-wide safety awareness through the simulation of a serious marine incident. The drill was designed…

18 Oct 2019

Total’s First LNG Bunker Vessel Launched

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Total said its first large liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel has been launched, following the signature of a long-term charter contract between Total and Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) in February 2018.After delivery in 2020, the bunker vessel will operate in Northern Europe, where it will supply LNG to commercial vessels, including 300,000 tons per year for CMA CGM’s nine ultra-large newbuild containerships in Europe-Asia trade, for a period of at least 10 years.The LNG bunker…

25 Oct 2019

Gas Entec Wins Asia's Largest LNG Bunkering Vessel Gig

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Gas Entec, a unit of Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Company (AG&P), has secured a contract from Sembcorp Marine Integrated Yard (Sembcorp Marine).Under the contract, Gas Entec will provide the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the cargo handling system for a 12,000 cubic meter LNG bunker vessel owned by Indah Singa Maritime, a subsidiary of Mitsui OSK Lines, operating out of Singapore.Gas Entec claimed that it is the world-standard in engineering for small- and mid-scale LNG infrastructure and other applications with specific expertise in cargo containment…

12 Sep 2019

LNGC Containment Market to Reach $16Bln By 2025

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The global liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier containment market was USD 11.21 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach around USD15.56 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 4.9% between 2019 and 2025.The LNG carrier containment market is majorly driven by the rising demand for natural gas from various industries and LNG’s growing number of residential and commercial applications, said a report by Zion Market Research.Furthermore, LNG has witnessed an exponential increase in its demand as an automobile fuel in recent past…

13 Sep 2019

MOL Tests FOCUS EYE Project

Sample display image from the vessel recognition/recording system. Photo: MOL

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced the joint development, along with SenseTime Japan, of a new vessel image recognition and recording system, and the system’s installation for demonstration testing aboard the cruise ship "Nippon Maru" operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line.The system’s graphic recognition engine was developed by incorporating MOL’s knowledge and applying artificial intelligence (AI) deep learning technology, allowing it to recognize surrounding…

18 Sep 2019

MOL Trials LNG-Fuelled Tugboat at Kobe

LNG fuel bunkering. Pic: MOL

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has taken part in the first bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into a tugboat at the Port of Kobe, Japan.At the Port of Kobe, the tugboat “Ishin” was bunkered with LNG. It is the first LNG-fuelled tugboat in Japan and it is operated by a MOL group subsidiary, Nihon Tug-Boat.LNG fuel for the trial was hauled by a tanker truck from the Himeji LNG Plant of Osaka Gas, and, via a truck-to-ship system, was used to supply Ishin, berthed at Kobe Port’s Shinko Pier No.4. MOL Marine Co.

04 Oct 2019

MOL Gets AIP for Wind Challenger Design

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Japan’s shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Oshima Shipbuilding have jointly obtained Approval in Principle (AIP) from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai  (ClassNK) for the design of a hard sail system.The system converts wind energy to propulsive force with telescopic hard sail, and is a fundamental technology of the "Wind Challenger Project"  that MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding are spearheading.Along with other participating organizations, MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding have played a central role in research and development on the Wind Challenger Project…

26 Sep 2019

MOL Names LNG Carrier for Yamal Project

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Japan’s shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) held a naming ceremony for a conventional LNG carrier, jointly ordered by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation, was held at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.Featuring a capacity of 174,000 m3, the newly built vessel was named LNG Dubhe after a star in the constellation Ursa Major. The vessel is the first of four newbuilding conventional LNG carriers for the Yamal LNG project.The LNG DUBHE is scheduled to go into LNG transportation…

04 Sep 2019

NYK Celebrates O3 Challenge

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The “Ocean of Opportunities Challenge”  (O3 Challenge), a worldwide contest aimed at creating new value through open innovation in the maritime industry, has been successfully celebrated by NYK Group.This was the second consecutive year for the challenge, which is planned and conducted by NYK Group companies Symphony Creative Solutions Pte. Ltd. (SCS) and Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (ONE), together with NUS Enterprise.The contest began in February with ONE issuing six challenges related to its work processes.

02 Sep 2019

Marine Diesel Engine Market to Grow 3.9%

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The global marine diesel engine market is estimated to grow at CAGR above 3.9% over the forecast time frame and reach the market value around US$ 8.1 billion by 2026.The worldwide market for marine diesel engines has expanded mainly as shipping industry needs to decrease carbon emissions, said Acumen Research and Consulting.The shipping industry focuses on developing higher-efficient diesel engines that use less diesel while offering more ship propulsion. However, the latest shipping and shipbuilding downturn has impaired the market.Shipbuilding orders decreased with lower shipping prices.

02 Sep 2019

Turkish Steel Giant in Logistics Pact with MOL

From left: TOSYALI Chairman Fuat Tosyali, Turkish Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan, MOL President & CEO, Junichiro Ikeda. Photo: MOL

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed a memorandum of agreement with Turkish steel producer Tosyali Holding A.S.A joint press release said that the agreement is to begin the research toward a strategic partnership, and in this respect signed a memorandum of agreement in the presence of Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan, Turkish Ambassador to Japan, at the Turkish Embassy in Tokyo on August 30.The companies will study the possibility of a partnership in the transport of raw materials and steel products in Tosyalı's production networks in Turkey and overseas…

27 Sep 2019

Japanese Backers for Novatek's LNG Complexes

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Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer and LNG project operator Novatek has formed ties with Japan's shipper Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to collaborate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.The three companies will implement projects for construction of a marine LNG transshipment complexes in Kamchatka Territory and Murmansk Region, including possible acquisition of participation interest in projects and potential financing of projects.“We have already started successful cooperation with Japanese companies in large LNG projects…

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