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MOL deputy chairman expresses regret for dead seafarers

Shenzhen: The deputy chairman of Mitsui OSK Lines, Tokinao Hojo, told a packed conference hall at the World Shipping Summit of his regret for those who have perished in MOL's latest shipping casualty. The 197,000 dwt capesize, Giant Step, split apart as it foundered in dangerous waters off Kashima, southern Japan last month, claiming the lives of 10 Indian seafarers. "Due to unforeseen, extraordinary rough weather," Hojo said the ship grounded. "I would like to offer my condolences to the families concerned and we pray to God to give the families the courage to cope with their losses." For MOL the Giant Step represented the fourth casualty this year as well as two further disasters for capesizes owned by an affiliate, Daichi Chuo leading to MOL to call for the services of classification society, Det Norske Veritas to comprehensively review and overhaul the group's safety procedures.  [02/11/06]

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