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1878 The iron-hulled steamer HIDEYOSHI MARU begins ocean transport of Miike coal from Kuchinotsu (Japan) to Shanghai.
1884 Osaka Shosen Kaisha (OSK Lines) is founded.
1930 The high-speed cargo ship KINAI MARU is launched, and covers the Yokohama-New York route in 25 days and 17.5 hours, well below the industry average of 35 days.
1939 The ARGENTINA MARU and BRASIL MARU are built and launched as cargo/passenger liners on the South America route. These vessels represent the state-of-the-art in Japanese shipbuilding at the time.
1942 Mitsui & Co. spins off its shipping department to create Mitsui Steamship Co., Ltd.
1961 World's first automated ship, the KINKASAN MARU, with an engine room operated entirely from the bridge, is launched. Automation reduces the number of seafarers from 52 to 38.
1964 Japan's shipping industry undergoes a major consolidation, with mergers creating six companies -- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) by a merger of OSK Lines and Mitsui Steamship, Japan Line, Ltd. (JL) by a merger of Nitto Shosen and Daido Kaiun, and Yamashita-Shinnihon Steamship Co., Ltd. (YSL) by a merger of Yamashita Kisen and Shinnihon Kisen.
1965 Japan's first specialized car carrier, the OPPAMA MARU, is launched.
1968 MOL, JL, and YSL launch the full containerships AMERICA MARU, JAPAN ACE, and KASHU MARU, respectively, on the Japan-California route.
1984 LNG carrier SENSHU MARU is launched.
1989  Japan's first full-fledged cruise ship, the FUJI MARU, is launched, ushering in the era of leisure cruises in Japan.
Navix Line is established by the merger of JL and YSL.
1990 The Fuji Maru's sister ship, the NIPPON MARU, joins the fleet.
1993 Crew training school is established in Manila.
1995  Container route service through a strategic international tie-up called The Global Alliance (TGA), begins.
The first double hull very large crude carrier (VLCC) the ATLANTIC LIBERTY, is launched.
1998  The New World Alliance (TNWA) is inaugurated.
1999  New Mitsui O.S.K. Lines is established by the merger of MOL and Navix Line.
MOL Japan is established.
2000 MOL Environmental Policy Statements are issued.
2001 MOL Group Corporate Principles are established.
2003 All departments at the Head Office and MOL-operated vessels acquire ISO14001.
2005 MOL participates in the UN-backed Global Compact.
2007 Safety Operation Supporting Center is established in the Head Office.
MOL Group logo mark is introduced.
Training vessel SPIRIT OF MOL is launched.
The World's largest iron ore carrier, BRASIL MARU, is launched.
2009 Next-generation vessel concept Senpaku ISHIN project announced.
2010 New MOL Technology Reserch Center opens.
2012 The Emerald Ace is launched.
G6 Alliance formed.
2013 Subsidiary established in Myanmar.
Training ship Spirit of MOL is retired and succeeded by new Cadet Actual Deployment for Education with Tutorial (CADET) training program.
Business and vessel operations of about 130 dry bulkers are transferred to Singapore.

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