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New challenge on development of Northern Sea Route Transportation

June 07, 2019

MOL Sign a MOU with Makarov University on cooperation in Northern Sea Route operations and cadetship programme

On 5th June, 2019, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL: President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping ("Makarov University") during a meeting held in St.Petersburg, the Russian Federation.
The MOU reconfirms and further develops the cooperation between the two organizations related to the training of seafarers especially in the field of Northern Sea Route operations.
MOL has been operating icebreaking LNG carriers for the Yamal LNG project(*1) that navigate in the Northern Sea Route, and MOL crews have had special training such as polar water training courses for navigation officers and cold climate survival training course at the Makarov Training Centre, which is a part of Makarov University.
Makarov training centre is one of the world leading training establishments in polar waters and ice navigation simulator training approved by Class NK and accredited by the Russian Federation.
MOL has also started recruiting cadets (students) of Makarov University, who are trained on board vessels operated by MOL, with the long-term plan that they will undertake the role of master or chief engineer on MOL fleet vessels in the future.
With the objective of being one of the leading shipping companies in the Northern Sea Route operation, MOL identifies one key for its success as having seafarers especially well-trained for the Northern Sea Route operation. Currently, new projects in the Arctic are being developed and MOL is aiming to meet the increasing needs for safe transportation through the development of a specially trained crew pool with support from Makarov University. In the meantime, MOL continues to contribute to the development of the Russian maritime industry by recruiting promising seafarers from the younger generation.

Mr. Kenta Matsuzaka, Managing Executive Officer of MOL(left), and Mr. Sergey O. Baryshnikov, Rector of Makarov University(right)

At the ceremony

[ Outline of Makarov University ]

Name Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping
Established 1809 (the oldest and largest centre for shipping industry personnel education and training in the Russian Federation)
Rector Sergey O. Baryshnikov
Location St. Petersburg (seven campuses and ten branches in various regions)
Student over 13,000

Participation in the1st Council of Northern Sea Route

On 6th June 2019, MOL participated in the 1st counsel of the Northern Sea Route organized by Directorate of the Northern Sea Route of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM. The counsel was held inside the atomic icebreaker "Arktika", which is currently under construction at the Baltic Shipyard in St.Petersburg. The participation of corporations included were the Russian State Corporation ATOMFLOT, which operates atomic icebreakers, the Russian State shipping company SOVCOMFLOT, as well as PAO Novatek, which is the main shareholder of the Yamal LNG project. The main theme of the counsel was the possibilities and approaches towards further development of the ocean transport through the Northern Sea Route, where demand is expected to grow in the future.
As a leader in ice-breaking vessels and operation in the Northern Sea route, MOL continues to positively exercise its expertise to contribute to energy resource and product transportation through the Arctic.

At the Counsel of Northern Sea Route

(*1) For details, please refer to following press release.
the 9 July,2014:
MOL signs Ship Building Contracts with DSME for ice class carriers
the 29 March, 2018:
Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier "Vladimir Rusanov" for Yamal LNG Project Started the First Loading Operation in the Yamal LNG Plant at Sabetta Port
the 6 July,2018:
Yamal LNG Project Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier "Vladimir Rusanov" Completes First Eastern Transit via the Northern Sea Route, heading to East Asia