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April 17, 2014

4 MOL-operated/managed Vessels Selected as 2013 "Best Quality Ships"
- MOL Initiatives on Safe Operation Are Highly Evaluated by Japan Federation of Pilots' Associations -

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that the following four MOL-operated and managed vessels were selected for FY2013 "Best Quality Ship Award" (seven vessels receive awards) by the Japan Federation of Pilots' Associations (JFPA)(*)

  • LNG carrier "Energy Frontier"
  • Containership "MOL Majesty"
  • VLCC "Gassan"
  • Car carrier "Swift Ace"

The award is aimed at heightening awareness of the need to protect harbors and the marine environment through safe operation of oceangoing vessels and was first awarded in 2003. The awards are commended to "vessels considered superior by pilots" by JFPA.

For FY2013 awards, seven vessels were selected from among ships that requested pilots at pilotage districts throughout Japan in September and October. Among the seven, four were operated and managed by MOL, as proof of appropriate cooperation with pilots by the captains and crew members of the vessels, and of their high level of onboard equipment and boarding/disembarking facilities.

As MOL forges ahead to become the world leader in safe operation, MOL continues striving to contribute to marine safety and conservation of the global environment, as a sustainably growing in harmony with society.

*JFPA, whose precursor was the Japan Pilots Association, was founded by 35 of Japan's pilot associations in 2007 when the piloting law was revised.


LNG carrier Energy Frontier

Length: 289.50m
Breath: 49.00m
Registry: Japan


Car carrier Swift Ace

Length: 199.95m
Breath: 32.20m
Registry: Bahama


Containership MOL Majesty

Length: 302.00m
Breath: 43.40m
Registry: Marshall Islands


VLCC Gassan

Length: 333.00m
Breath: 60.00m
Registry: Panama

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