MOL Restructure Targets Safety and Sustainability


Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced plans to restructure its organization, effective from April 1, 2019.

According to a statement, the position of Chief Safety Officer will be newly established to supervise the planning of strategies that will ensure the operations of MOL and its entire fleet are safe and of a sufficient quality.

In addition to this, part of the Chief Safety Officer’s role will be giving necessary advice to executive officers responsible for business divisions.

Yang Zhou and Xavier Bellsolà Olba discuss the importance of safety and nautical traffic in a recent Port Technology technical paper

MOL will also establish the new position of Executive Officer Responsible for Promotion of Sustainability, which is expected to help the company conduct and “aggressively promote” measures aimed at contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As well as focusing on promoting safety and sustainability, MOL plans to allocate executive officers individually responsible for Europe/Africa and the Americas, ensuring faster decision-making and maximizing profitability.



Another key area of interest for the company is speeding up the establishment of countermeasures and preventative measures for onboard problems, as well as enhancing ship maintenance for the long-term safety and profitability of its assets.

As a result, MOL will launch a new “Marine Technical Management Division” to manage its various fleets, with the goal of establishing MOL as the world leader in safe shipping operations.

This initiative will be supported by the roll-out of Inmarsat’s satellite-based Fleet Xpress Service across MOL’s shipping lines, offering the company’s vessels high-speed-connectivity.

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