Press Release


Press Release

March 18, 2016

MOL Group Company Earns World’s 1st SIGTTO Certification of Seafarer Training for Very Large Ethane Carriers
- Training High-caliber Seafarers to Ensure the Safe Transport of More Diverse Gas Cargoes -

MOLMC President Soichi Hiratsuka (left) receives the certification from DNV GL Principal Surveyor Taku Shimizu (right).

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that its wholly owned group company MOL Marine Co., Ltd. (MOLMC; President: Soichi Hiratsuka; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo) (*1), which provides practical operation training for MOL Group seafarers, has received the certification of an LEG (Liquefied Ethane Gas) / LPG Training Course for very large ethane carriers (VLECs; with cargo capacity of more than 80,000 m3) that meets the proficiency standards set by the Society of International Gas Tanker & Terminal Operators Ltd. (SIGTTO). MOLMC received the certification from DNV GL, an international third-party certification body and classification society jointly established by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL).

MOL has long been provided LNG carrier seafarer education program, the SIGTTO-compliant "LNG Carrier Standard Training Course."(*2) In addition to that program, a new "LEG / LPG Training Course" makes MOL to be the world's first shipping company allowed to offer all liquefied gas transport standard training courses meeting SIGTTO standards at its training centers.

Along with India's Reliance Industries, MOL is participating in a liquefied ethane ocean transport project that loads cargo in the U.S. and discharges it in India.(*3) Seafarers who complete the certified LEG / LPG Training Course will board six VLECs that will be delivered one after another starting at the end of this year.

MOL Group works diligently to develop more effective training programs for the seafarers who support its drive to be "the world leader in safe operation," while gearing up to meet an anticipated increase in demand for ocean transport of energy resources.

(*1)MOLMC is a wholly owned group company of MOL that provides marine consulting, maritime training, allocating supervisors, operating vessels and ship management.

(*2)See press release on March 14, 2007:
MOL's LNG Carrier Crew Training Earns SIGTTO Certification

(*3)See press release on December 25, 2014:
MOL Seals Long Term Shipping Deal with Reliance

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