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To achieve safe operation, we must have highly qualified crewmembers, which means recruiting and developing the very best people we can find. MOL employs the best personnel, regardless of nationality, and gives them the high level of education and training required to cultivate high morale, technical skills, and knowledge. The MOL Training Center provides not only the basic skills necessary for vessel operation, but also operational techniques specific to ship types. Thus, the center holds a wide variety of training programs from theoretical studies in the classroom to practical training that uses actual equipment and various types of simulators.

In addition, MOL has introduced its unique systems such as "Cadet Actual Development for Education with Tutorial (CADET Training)," a practical training program aboard its operated vessels, and the "OJT Instructor System," in which experienced captains and chief engineers go aboard a vessel and provide direct advice and instruction. These are just a few of our initiatives to hone the seamanship skills of mariners throughout the MOL Group.

Training Highly Competent Crewmembers on a Global Scale (MOL Training Centers)

MOL has training centers in eight locations in six countries. These centers provide a variety of training, ranging from classroom lectures on theory to practice using real engines and various simulators.

Crewmembers Receiving Instruction at MOL Training Centers (unit:persons)

  FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
The Philippines 8,511 6,114 5,417
India 2,067 1,405 1,650
Europe 1,046 1,035 1,067

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Practical Training on Vessels (New Cadet Training Program)

In March 2013, we launched "Cadet Actual Deployment for Education with Tutorial ("CADET" Training)," a new training program that takes over the spirit and know-how developed on the Spirit of MOL, the company's training ship for educating new cadets on the basics of safe operation. Under this new program, dedicated instructors provide guidance to cadets aboard vessels that are actually in service. As the number of cadets is small, they receive detailed guidance from the instructors. The aim of the program is to pass on the practical navigation and marine engineering skills required by MOL as well as the spirit of dedication toward safety. By interacting with the crew, cadets can form an image of themselves performing the job in the future, and at the same time crew members can mentor cadets with whom they will share responsibility for safe operation in the future.

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On-the-job Training (OJT) Instructor System


Employees are instructed
on handling mooring ropes

OJT Instructors Board Vessels From Singapore. The system involves experienced captains and chief engineers who understand MOL standards of safe operations travelling onboard ships to identify unsafe practices and latent risks only discoverable on the ships in service and order immediate improvements. Information on near misses, best practices and the like is also disseminated on each ship to help raise safety awareness and prevent human error.

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Institution of a Unique Seafarer Education and Training Program

- MOL Rank Skill Training & Evaluation Program -

MOL has established the "MOL RankSkill Training & Evaluation Program (MOL Rank STEP)," a training and education program that sets skill and knowledge requirements for every seafarer at the front-line according to his/her position. Every seafarer of the MOL Group must work through this program as a requirement for promotion. In 2012, the efficacy of this proprietary program was recognized, with both the tanker and LNG carrier divisions receiving certification from Norway's Det Norske Veritas AS (DNV) as conforming to the standards of its Competence Management System (CMS).

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Enhancing Countermeasures Against Piracy and Terrorism

The best solution is avoiding navigating in dangerous waters to the fullest extent possible. In pirate-infested waters, we increase the number of watchkeepers for 24-hour visual monitoring and strengthen radar-based monitoring activities.

In the internationally recommended transit corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden, ships susceptible to pirate attacks travel in convoys escorted by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force or naval ships from other countries. The pirates are extending the range of their activities, so via industry associations and other bodies we are requesting the Japanese government to widen the escort area and institute legal measures that allow armed security guards to travel aboard Japanese-flagged vessels.

To ward off pirate attacks, the ship we are following is equipped with water cannons and razor wire and crew members wear bulletproof vests and helmets. There is also an evacuation compartment onboard called a citadel where the crew can take refuge if the pirates board the vessel, which prevents a hijacking. The citadel is built for stength, equipped with several days' supply of water and food, and wired for communication with the outside. It allows crew members to evacuate to safety until a naval ship or other form of help arrives.

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Hazard Experience Training Sessions

Hazard experience training session involving something caught in a rotor (the Philippines)
Hazard experience training session involving something caught in a rotor (the Philippines)

These sessions simulate dangerous events inherent in work aboard vessels, and are designed to eradicate industrial accidents, a key theme in the context of safe operation. Effective in enhancing people's ability to spot danger, the sessions were introduced in fiscal 2012 for executives and onshore employees and new hires, as well as seafarers.

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BRM (Bridge Resource Management) Training

This high-performance bridge simulator is capable of 360-degree views.
This high-performance bridge simulator is capable of 360-degree views.

Training is conducted using a bridge simulator that can create conditions equivalent to an actual ship's bridge, including recreations of sample incidents. The captain and officers work together as a team and effectively utilize information provided by each team member. The ultimate purpose is to prevent errors and achieve safe operations. In June 2012, we became Japan's first private- sector company to install a high-performance bridge simulator capable of 360-degree horizontal views and vertical views. MOL also regularly conducts this training at training centers in six countries around the world for seafarers on leave.

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