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MOL Adds New High-performance Ship-handling Simulator at Seafarer Training Centre in Philippines

05-25-2011 08:58 AM CET | Logistics & Transport

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced the installation of a new high-performance ship-handling simulator (*1) at its seafarer training centre in a suburb of Manila.

MOL has developed and provided ship-handling simulator training based on its unique operating scenarios. The system has now been enhanced by the addition of the new simulator, allowing for the introduction of MOL’s exclusive Very Large Iron Ore Carrier (VLOC) handling training program. MOL provides ongoing ship handling and BRM (*2) training programs adapted to a broad range of vessel types at the centre.

In its midterm management plan “GEAR UP! MOL,” the company set a goal of "four zeroes" ― never allow (1) marine incidents, (2) oil pollution, (3) fatal accidents, or (4) cargo damage ― as part of its drive to become the world leader in safe operation. To achieve that goal, MOL works constantly to establish and enhance safety standards and procedures to further improve the skills of its seafarers in terms of both hardware and software.

*1. TRANSAS full-mission ship-handling simulator: It uses a 235-degree large-screen display and allows for highly realistic ship-handling simulation.
*2. BRM stands for Bridge Resource Management. It is a simulation training program based on various situations that may occur during navigation. The goal is to promote teamwork and cooperation among bridge personnel including the captain and officers. Trainees enhance their skills in onboard organization and vessel operation by repeating processes aimed at helping them confirm situations, communicate information, recognize problems, and develop solutions.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

MOL is one of the world’s largest multi-modal transport companies, operating 861 vessels and employing a workforce in excess of 9,200 worldwide. MOL operates one of the largest and most diverse networks of liner and logistics services around the globe, including weekly Transpacific, Transatlantic, Americas and Asia-Europe services. Please visit the company’s website at www.MOLpower.com.

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Koichi Asada, Assistant General Manager
Marine Safety Division
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
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