Press Release


Press Release

May 13, 2016

MOL Hosts Receptions for Customers in Vietnam
- About 350 guests are on hand in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi; MOL looks ahead to further business development -

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that it invited customers and others related to the shipping industry to receptions in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam, on May 9 and 10, respectively. Also in attendance in Ho Chi Minh City were Mr. Tran Khanh Hoang, Executive Vice President of Saigon Newport Corporation(*1) and in Hanoi, His Excellency Hiroshi Fukada, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam and Mr. Bui Thien Thu, Deputy Administrator of Vietnam Maritime Administration. About 350 guests, mainly representing MOL business partners in Vietnam, turned out for the events.

In his opening address at the receptions, MOL President & CEO Ikeda said MOL Group has high expectations for Vietnam's future growth and that the group will continue to focus on improving its recognition and brand power as a world leading multimodal corporate group in Vietnam. He also expressed the group's determination to work beyond divisional boundaries to meet customers' needs under the motto "One MOL".

The relationship between MOL and Vietnam date back to 1896, when the ARIAKE MARU, operated by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Shipping Department, one of MOL's predecessors, transported rice from Saigon to Kobe. In the ensuing 120 years, the company has continued to develop its business in Vietnam, centering on containership operations in recent years. In 2006, MOL became the only Japanese shipping company authorized by the government to establish a wholly owned subsidiary - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (Vietnam) Ltd., (*2) which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. In the terminal business, MOL invested in Cai Mep Port, which opened in 2001, and Lach Huyen Port, which is slated to open in 2018. It its bulkship business, the company take a proactive stance in transporting wood chips, coal, and steel from Vietnam. Other MOL Group companies play vital roles in Vietnam's economy and generate synergies within the group, including MOL Logistics (Vietnam) Inc., which was established in 2005 and provides nationwide logistics services; Daibiru Corporation, which provides office rental services at buildings in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi; and Tan Cang-Cai Mep Towage Services Co., Ltd., which operates tugboats in the Cai Mep area.

MOL, as a multimodal corporate group, works continually to meet various customer needs and takes a proactive stance in promoting economic development in Vietnam and around the world.

(*1) The largest state-owned enterprise for operating container terminal in Vietnam

(*2) For the details, please refer to the press release on July 20, 2006:
MOL to Establish Wholly Owned Subsidiary in Vietnam

MOL President & CEO Junichiro Ikeda (1st from the left) addressing the audience with MOL executives (from the 2nd left, Executive Officer; Yutaka Hinooka,Executive Officer; Mitsujiro Akasaka, Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer; Takeshi Hashimoto, Executive Officer; Masato Koike)

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