Turkish Steel Giant in Logistics Pact with MOL

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 2, 2019

From left: TOSYALI Chairman Fuat Tosyali, Turkish Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan, MOL President & CEO, Junichiro Ikeda. Photo: 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, building a port in southeastern Turkey and further cooperation on new Tosyalı business ventures.

Tosyalı is a major Turkish steel company, with 2018 output of over 10 million tons, and is developing the business on a broad scale both in Turkey and around the world. Last year, the company started operation of world's largest direct reduced iron (DRI) plant in Algeria. (DRI is an iron produced by reducing iron ore directly, by using natural gas as the main energy source.)

The agreement embodies "comprehensive strengths that enable the provision of one-stop solutions to the various transportation needs of customers," as stated in the "Rolling Plan 2019" management plan, and looks forward to contributing to the expansion of Tosyalı's businesses.

MOL, as a result of this cooperation will strengthen its business structure targeting Turkey and Africa, and continue working to realize stress-free services from customers' perspective.

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