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June 03, 2014

MOL Marine Consulting Acquires Certification of Maritime Education & Training from NK
- 1st Company in Japan to achieve full conformity with IMO Model Course of BRM training -


Photo: NK Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara (left), and MOLMC President Soichi Hiratsuka (right) at the ceremony

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Kochi Muto; Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo) today announced that its group company MOL Marine Consulting, Ltd. (MOLMC; President: Soichi Hiratsuka; Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo)(*1) has acquired certification for its Bridge Resource Management (BRM)(*2) training program from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK; Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda; Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), effective May 30.

MOLMC is the first company in Japan to upgrade its BRM training program to meet all the requirements of the model course 1.22 (5-day course) established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The certification reflects MOLMC's effort and dedication to developing a world-class BRM training program.

MOLMC President Soichi Hiratsuka received the certificate from NK Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara on June 2 in a presentation ceremony at NK headquarters.

Eight MOLMC members who have experience as captains of ocean-going vessels draw upon their knowledge to oversee the company's BRM training program at training centers in six locations including the Philippines, India, and Europe. The program helps improve crewmembers' expertise related to safe operation by providing consistent BRM training for all seafarers who serve aboard MOL Group-operated vessels.

MOL aims to eradicate vessel incidents that result in collisions, stranding, or grounding as it forges ahead to become the world leader in safe operation, one of the major objectives of its midterm management plan STEER FOR 2020. The company believes this approach contributes to achievement of its goals, and strives to enhance its safe operation structure through ongoing improvements in training programs.

*1: MOL Marine Consulting Co., Ltd.
Address: Pier City Shibaura Bldg., 3-18-1 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel : +81-3-5443-1029 URL : http://www.momc.co.jp/en/
*2: Bridge Resource Management (BRM) training
The objective of this training program is for vessel captains and officers to manage safe operation by effectively using various resources available on the bridge. It enhances organizational operation technologies on the bridge by repeating the processes-checking situations, conveying information, recognizing problems, and then planning and executing solutions while drawing fully upon the strength of the team.

BRM training in progress

Debriefing session

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