March 02, 2023
TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced that on March 1, on the coast of Bali, Indonesia, it unveiled a marine debris collection ship and conducted demonstration of a coastal debris collection device, which it purchased through PT MOL Blue Ocean Indonesia (President Director: Hiraku Sato; Head Office: Jakarta, Indonesia), a wholly owned subsidiary of the MOL Group. At the same time, it held a commemorative ceremony with many guests including Chief of Environmental Division, Bali and the Consul General of Japan in Denpasar.
The marine debris collection ship and coastal debris collection device both feature conveyor belts that collect debris from the water and along the shore.
While Bali, Indonesia, has a diverse and rich natural environment, the problem of marine debris is becoming more serious in addition to the increase in litter caused by rapid urbanization and population growth.
Starting with a demonstration of marine debris collection in Bali, Indonesia-an island nation like Japan-MOL aims to commercialize the technology and started a feasibility study of the business model for actual introduction of a marine debris collection ship in Vietnam (Note 1). The company will continue working to promote the conservation of the world’s marine environment by using its group networks.
MOL Group has positioned marine environmental conservation as a key issue in the "MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1," and is also involved in marine conservation activities through coastal cleanups (Note 2), in addition to a mangrove restoration and conservation project in Indonesia (Note 3) and the development of a marine microplastic collection device (Note 4). The group will face the challenge of solving environmental issues with a concerted effort of the Group, and contribute to the sustainable development of people, society, and the Earth, and open a prosperous future from the blue oceans.
(Note 1) Please refer to April 13, 2022 press release:
MOL Survey on Establishment of a Marine Debris Collection System by Marine Debris Collection Ships Selected for JICA Assistance Program - Contributing to a Preservation of Marine Environment -
(Note 2) Please refer to October 12, 2022 press release:
Clean up at Kashimanada Beach -110 volunteers from our group participated in an effort to contribute to local society-
(Note 3) Please refer to January 6, 2022 press release:
MOL to Join Mangrove Restoration/Conservation Project in Indonesia - Aiming to Become a Nature-positive Company for Protecting Marine Biodiversity -
(Note 4) Please refer to July 5, 2022 press release:
Test Installation of New Microplastic Collection Device That Can Collect Microplastics Continuously While a Vessel is Underway -Protecting the Marine Environment in a Broad Range of Sea Areas by Collecting Microplastics -
[MOL Group 5 Sustainability Issues]
MOL Group will contribute to realizing a sustainable society by promoting responses to sustainability issues, which are identified as social issues that must be addressed as priorities through its business.
We anticipate this initiative to contribute especially to the realization of "Environment -Conservation for Marine and global environment-".