Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Shipping Line Vow To Eliminate Marine Accidents And Unveil New Research Centre

MOL Begin Safety Campaign Whilst They Invest in Future Transport Technology
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Having announced in March that they were launching their "Challenge to Create New Growth" Mitsui OSK lines (MOL) have pronounced that this month sees the first of several strategies to reform the group into a safer environment for employees, wildlife and customers freight as the company sets out to achieve what the shipping group management term a “Four Zero” target.

This means MOL aim to achieve during April zero serious marine accidents, zero environmental pollution caused by oil spills, zero work-related fatalities, and zero serious cargo damage so that they may term themselves world leaders in maritime safety. This policy will apply fleet wide to include container vessels, bulk carriers, ferries and cruise ships.

Through onboard visits by top management, executives, and shore-based employees, the campaign will check the status of safety measures aboard the MOL Group fleet vessels and promote a frank exchange of opinions between seagoing personnel and land-based staff, with the objective of heightening the overall level of safety and becoming the benchmark in safety for the maritime industry.

The company also announced the completion of its new technology research centre in the Kurigi District of Kawasaki Micom City, an industrial development area promoted by the City. The centre has a range of environment-friendly, energy-saving features and technologies. It uses solar power energy, and adopts a natural lighting system, ice storage variant refrigerant volume (VRV) system which uses ice made during the day to cool the building at night thus saving energy, and a high-speed Variable Air Volume (VAV) system for a better working environment.

It also has a laboratory that can accommodate two 40-foot reefer containers and a test engine room with sound insulation and vibration-proof devices. The new MOL Technology Research Centre will serve as a hub of research and development on ways to improve safety, reduce costs, and adopt environment-friendly technologies.

Photo: MOL Ship at Berth