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July 31, 2009

MOL Holds Table Top Drill to Test Response to
Car Carrier Fire, Grounding Incidents

TOKYO - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Akimitsu Ashida) today announced the completion of a table top drill based on the scenario of a car carrier fire and grounding accident just off the Japanese coast on July 30. Following is an outline of the drill, which involved about 80 participants from the Tokyo Head Office and group ship management company.

  • Schedule:
    13-16:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2009
  • Objectives:
    Strengthen the foundation of social responsibility laid out in the MOL Group Corporate Principles - Protecting the environment by maintaining strict, safe operation and navigation standards.
    Confirm the precise, smooth communication and response needed when a fire or grounding accident occurs on an MOL-operated vessel.
  • Main participants:
    • Tokyo Head Office: Masakazu Yakushiji (Executive Vice President) and 8 board members concerned.
      Corporate Planning Division, General Affairs Division, Public Relations Office, Marine Safety Division, Technical Division, Car Carrier Division
    • Ship management company: New Asian Shipping Co., Ltd. (Hong Kong)
    • Core ship management company: MOL Ship Management Co., Ltd.
  • Drill details:
    The training was based on the scenario that a fire broke out in the cargo hold of a fully loaded MOL-operated car carrier that was under way just off the Japanese coast. Upon receiving an initial incident report from the car carrier MOL organized an Emergency Control Headquarters, handled first response tasks such as information gathering and communication, confirmed fire-fighting procedures, and held a media response drill.
  • Future programs
    MOL holds biannual table top drills based on various scenarios around the world. The company continues to further sharpen its group-wide emergency response readiness procedures by sharing know-how accumulated in these training sessions throughout the MOL Group fleet.

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