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December 01, 2011

MOL Group Manning Company in Philippines Earns ClassNK Certification

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that its group manning company in the Philippines, Magsaysay MOL Marine, Inc.*1 (Magsaysay-MOL) has acquired certification from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) for compliance with the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC, 2006) (*2), which ensures that seafarers have access to an efficient and well-regulated seafarer recruitment and placement system. This is the first certification by ClassNK in conformity with the MLC requirements.

On Wednesday, November 23, Magsaysay-MOL President Captain Francisco Menor received the certificate from the ClassNK Certification Service Department General Manager Takao Kuboki at the Magsaysay-MOL headquarters in Manila.

Recruiting and retaining highly skilled seafarers is key to MOL's goal of "becoming the world leader in safe operation." This certification recognizes Magsaysay-MOL's compliance with MLC, 2006, and ensures continually improving quality of its seafarer manning service in the Philippines. The MOL Group takes a proactive stance in compliance to regulations safe operation.

(*1) Magsaysay MOL Marine, Inc.
An MOL Group manning company in the Philippines. It was established as a joint company of MOL and its partner in the Philippines, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, in March 1997.

(*2) 2006 Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006)
An international convention adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2006. MLC, 2006 will improve working and living conditions aboard all ships and create fair and equitable competitive conditions in the ocean shipping market by establishing seafarer employment terms and labor environments. All conditions for seafarer recruitment and placement institutions to meet are covered in Regulation 1.4 with the purpose "To ensure that seafarers have access to an efficient and well-regulated seafarer recruitment and placement system." In addition, shipowners using a seafarer recruitment and job placement service institution in a nation that is not party to the convention are required to ensure that the institution satisfies the requirements set out by ILO and to continually monitor the institution in compliance with the requirements.

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