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Fostering a Culture of Safety

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Discussion of Serious Marine Incidents in 2006

Discussion of Serious Marine Incidents in 2006Discussion of Serious Marine Incidents in 2006 Last year was a milestone, 10 years after 2006, when four serious marine incidents occurred, shaking the foundation of our safe operation. MOL held a discussion of serious marine incidents in 2006 to make sure the lessons of those incidents do not fade from memory and to foster a culture of safety. Employees who were in charge of responding to the incidents talked about the terror they experienced and the severity of the response, which cannot be fully communicated through DVDs or written reports.

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Safety Campaign

MOL launches a biannual Safety Campaign with a different theme each time, during which executives and employees conduct an extensive series of visits to MOL-operated vessels and exchange information and opinions about ways to prevent incidents. Proposals and ideas gained through this campaign are shared throughout the MOL Group and among group-operated vessels to further enhance the group's safe-operation structure. Since FY2014, the theme of the Safety Campaign is "Behavior Based Safety (BBS)(*)." And in FY2015, we began providing background information on recent incidents and near-miss cases, and holding discussions about measures to eradicate incidents caused by overconfidence that stems from complacency and carelessness. Land-based executives and employees also think about what goes into each onboard task and the role and importance of safe operation. In these ways, we strive to build company-wide safety awareness and create a sense of unity among all executives and employees, whether they work on shore or at sea.

Total Safety Campaign Attendance (unit: persons)

FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
464 780 805

(*) Behavior Based Safety (BBS) is the concept that increases "safe behavior" and ensures the safety of the vessel by thinking of background factors when people select "safe behavior" or "unsafe behavior" and working on the factors behind the selection process.

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Safety Conference

As a part of our measures to ensure safe operation, we have held Safety Conferences every year since 2007. In February and March 2017, Safety Conferences were held in Tokyo, the Philippines, Croatia, and India, and attended by 663 crewmembers who were on leave. They actively exchanged opinions about causes and prevention of marine incidents, as well as industrial accidents.

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Beach Cleanup at Kashima-nada Beach

Beach Cleanup at Kashima-nada BeachSince the grounding of the MOL-operated Giant Step in 2006, MOL Group executives and employees meet every year at Kashima-nada Beach for a cleanup project. In October 2016, 144 members, including President & CEO Ikeda, cleaned up the Kashima-nada Beach Hikawahama swimming area. This activity aims to prevent the lessons of this incident from fading, foster safety consciousness, raise awareness of marine environmental preservation, and contribute to the community.

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Operational Safety Workshops

These workshops are held periodically. They introduce MOL's organizations for supporting safe operation and their roles, as well as recent examples of incidents, the causes and countermeasures. We endeavor to foster a safety culture, and the workshops are therefore designed to make our safe operation processes more visible, and to further raise the safety awareness of each employee.

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Company Intranet Utilization

We post safe operation-related information on our intranet. The website in particular carries indicators showing the safe operation achievement status and is designed to remind executives and employees about safe operation every day. Intranet information

  • Continuous number of days of maintaining "Four Zeros" status
  • Number of operational stoppage accidents
  • Operational stoppage accident rate, etc.

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