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Wärtsilä care for MOL LNG carriers
Wärtsilä has signed a ten-year maintenance agreement for two LNG carriers with MOL LNG Transport Europe Ltd, a strategic move to increase the reliability of the vessels' operations and reduce operational costs. 03 Jan 2017
New bulker uses impact-absorbing steel
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) says that a newly-launched bulk carrier which it operates is the first ship to use a new type of highly ductile steel plate. 14 Aug 2014
New chairman and president for MOL
Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd (MOL) is pleased to announce the promotions of president Akimitsu Ashida to chairman of the board and senior managing executive officer Koichi Muto to president. 26 Mar 2010
MOL achieves CO2 reduction across all load ranges
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has verified continuous operation of the main engine in all load ranges by increasing the output of the engine’s auxiliary blower motor. 13 Oct 2010
Exercise replicates ferry collision
Mitsui OSK Lines and MOL Ferry recently put their emergency response procedures to the test in a table top drill that simulated a ferry collision in Japanese waters. 25 Oct 2010
Low-friction coating on new MOL PCTC
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) recently adopted the low-friction ship bottom paint named ‘LF-Sea’ developed by Nippon Paint Marine Coatings on a new building PCTC (Pure Car and Truck Carrier). 09 Nov 2010
MOL introduces SEEMP for tanker fleet
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has established a ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP) and started its use with the MOL tanker fleet. 13 Jan 2011
China wins first export order for LNG carriers
Exxon Mobil Corporation and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) recently selected Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, to build four LNG carriers in China. 17 Jan 2011
First ship to employ silicon anti-fouling
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has announced that its 38,000-class bulk carrier now under construction at the Minaminippon Shipbuilding will be the first ship to use International’s new silicon-based anti-fouling paint. 02 Mar 2011
MOL expands large containership fleet
Mitsui OSK Lines has announced its decision to order two newbuild containerships and will be chartering five more which NOL has on order. 28 Jun 2011
Japan certifies MOL’s ballast water treatment system
Mitsui OSK Lines says that FineBallast OZ, an ozone-based ballast water treatment system co-developed by MOL, MOL Marine Consulting, and others has received a certificate of compliance from the Japanese government. 30 Jun 2011
MOL chooses low-drag hull coating
Mitsui OSK Lines is to adopt the low-friction Seaflo Neo hull paint developed by Chugoku Marine Paint for its environmentally-friendly shipbuilding programme. It is initially being used on two car carrier newbuildings. 25 Jul 2011
2,000 orders for energy-saving boss fins
Mitsui OSK Lines and MOL Techno-Trade say that the propeller boss cap fins (PBCF), developed by MOL, West Japan Fluid Engineering Laboratory and Mikado Japan, and sold by MOL Tech, has received 2,000 worldwide orders. 12 Aug 2011
Two new LNG carriers for Osaka Gas and Mitsui OSK Lines
Osaka Gas has entered into an agreement with Mitsui OSK Lines for joint ownership of two new LNG carriers and a placement of ship-building orders to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. 31 Oct 2011
MOL places order for ISHIN-III bulker
Mitsui OSK Lines has contracted a new Capesize bulker from Universal Shipbuilding Corp, that will adopt element technologies of the company’s next-generation vessel programme ISHIN-III to achieve high fuel efficiency. 05 Jan 2012
Portable tank gauge cuts bunker problems
Mitsui OSK Lines, working in conjunction with Musashino, has developed a portable liquid-level gauge for vessel fuel tanks, claimed to be the first such instrument on the market. 20 Jan 2012
Putting solar technology into the hybrid mix
Wendy Laursen reminds us that there are solar-collecting sails on the horizon but it may be some time before they make their way into the emissions reduction plans of most shipowners. 01 Apr 2012
MOL boxship rescues ferry survivors
Mitsui OSK Lines says that the MOL-operated containership ‘MOL Summer’ has rescued 116 survivors from the ferry ‘Rabaul Queen’, which sank about 17 km east of Papua New Guinea on 2 February. 06 Feb 2012
Shipping company launches PM filter
A Japanese ship operator has begun a demonstration test of a self-cleaning diesel particulate filter (DPF) system on an auxiliary engine of one of its ocean-going vessels, said to be the first such trial of a DPF. 07 Feb 2012
Hudong building MOL LNG quartet
Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) has been selected to build China’s first LNG carrier export order for a Japanese owner for delivery in the 2015 to 2016 period. 16 Jan 2011
MOL to demonstrate gas injection
Mitsui OSK Lines has said that it is jointly, with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, to conduct a demonstration run of an electrically-controlled low speed diesel engine modified to incorporate a gas injection system. 06 Mar 2012
MOL publishes its KPIs
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is nailing its colours to the mast and started to regularly publish the results of several key performance indicators for its containership service, plus a number of targets. 07 Mar 2012
'Green' PCTC claims zero emissions at berth
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has announced the launch of its hybrid car carrier ‘Emerald Ace’ at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe shipyard. The ship has been designed to generate zero emissions while berthed. 13 Mar 2012
Ore carrier completed in Japan for MOL
Mitsui OSK Lines has taken delivery of a 297,000dwt iron ore carrier, Ore Sao Luis, which will transport iron ore from Brazil to mainly China, under a long-term contract with Vale. 23 Mar 2012
Scrap or cold lay-up planned for 10-20 MOL bulkers
Japanese operator Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has announced plans for scrapping or cold lay-up of 10 to 20 Capesize bulkers, of 15 years or older, in consideration of this fiscal year’s worsening market trends. 14 Jun 2012
Japanese launch ‘BWTS in a box’
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) have jointly developed technology which they say will allow a ballast water treatment system (BWTS) to be contained in a standard-size freight container, saving on retrofit time and cost. 23 Jan 2013
MOL completes iron ore carrier
Japanese ocean transport company, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), has announced that the 297,076 tonne iron ore carrier, ‘Ore Salvador’, has been completed. 01 Mar 2013
First MOL CADET container vessel calls at Tokyo
Japan’s Mitsui OSK Liens (Mol) has introduced its new Cadet Actual Deployment for Education with Tutorial (CADET) training programme as the first container CADET training vessel calls at Tokyo. 10 Apr 2013
MOL completes BWTS installation
Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has completed the installation of a ballast water treatment system (BWTS) on its very large crude oil carrier (VLCC), ‘Libra Trader', at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. 17 Apr 2013
MES demos new slow speed engine
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd (MES) has carried out a full scale demonstration of an electronically controlled slow speed engine. 17 Apr 2013
ADSS agreement
ClassNK has reached a preliminary agreement with two major shipping lines over the use of its As-built Drawings Storage Service (ADSS). 13 Jun 2013
MOL containership incident
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) 8,000 teu containership, the 'MOL Comfort', has split in two off the coast of Mumbai after suffering a crack amidships whilst travelling fully laden from Singapore to Jeddah. 18 Jun 2013
MOL looks in to containership safety
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is looking to improve its safety standards following the ‘MOL Comfort’ incident, which occurred on 17 June 2013 in the Indian Ocean. 13 Aug 2013
MOL Comfort preliminary findings
The ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team has released preliminary findings and safety measures following the loss of the container vessel MOL Comfort. 05 Nov 2013
‘MOL Comfort’ investigation
ClassNK has set up a special Casualty Investigation Team in order to look in to and determine the cause of casualties, following the loss of the container vessels, ‘MOL Comfort’. 23 Dec 2013
DSME ends year on a high
Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) is to build what is thought will be the world’s largest LNG floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) for Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL). 30 Dec 2013
Four methanol carriers ordered
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) of Japan says that it has contracted with Methanol Holdings Trinidad (MHTL) to build and charter four methanol carriers. 18 Feb 2014
MOL enters into LNG newbuild and charter contract
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has ordered a new 165,000m3 LNG carrier which will be built by Japan Marine United of Tokyo. 28 Feb 2014
DNV GL completes Japanese risk assessment
DNV GL has completed a risk assessment ‘hazard identification study’ (HAZID) on a series of three methanol-fuelled tankers for Japanese owners Mitsui OSK Lines and Minami Nippon Shipbuilding. 16 May 2014
MHI system for industry ‘first’
A Mitsubishi Energy Recovery System (MERS) supplied by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been installed on a Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) for the first time. 22 May 2014
MOL venture signs LNG carrier contract
A joint venture between Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and China Shipping Group has signed a contract for three ice class LNG carriers. 11 Jul 2014
MOL plans for the future with merger
MOL Marine Consulting Ltd (MOLMC) and MOL Cable Ship Ltd have merged to enable the development of business operations that will contribute to the MOL Group as it looks to become a world leader in safe operation. 02 Oct 2014
MOL recognised as climate change leader
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has been recognised as a leader for climate change transparency by international, not-for-profit organisation, CDP. 20 Oct 2014
LNG carrier delivered to Papua New Guinea
Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd (MOL) has taken delivery of the first in a series of four LNG carriers that will be used to transport LNG from the Papua New Guinea and Gorgon Jansz LNG project in Australia. 02 Feb 2015
MOL orders six LNG-ready containerships
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is expanding its fleet with six LNG-ready 20,000 teu containerships. 04 Mar 2015
MOL tests low-speed methanol engine
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has reported that the first low-speed engine running on methanol, built by MAN Diesel & Turbo licensee Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co, has met expectations during testing at Mitsui’s factory in Tamano. 01 Jul 2015
MOL tests energy-saving windshield
Mitsui OSK Lines has started demonstration tests on a new windshield for containerships that could reduce wind resistance, cutting fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. 03 Sep 2015
MOL develops marine diesel particulate filter
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced the joint development with Akasaka Diesels, a marine diesel engine manufacturer in Japan, of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) for vessels using heavy fuel oil. 23 Mar 2010