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MOL launches training vessel and opens new office

MOL launches training vessel and opens new office

Tokyo: Mitsui OSK Lines has launched its first training vessel, the 4,878dwt Spirit of MOL, at the Fukuyama-based Tsuneishi Shipbuilding. The Panama flagged ship has a unique training bridge on floor above the actual bridge and will boast 10 full-time instructors. The company will start practical training for up to 180 trainees from different countries per session aboard the vessel from July 16. The first onboard training will last four to six months, and is mainly for the cadets who do not have practical vessel experience.

In a statement, MOL said, "A global shortage of skilled mariners is forecasted for the coming years, and at the same time, the company is implementing a major fleet expansion. To address this issue, and ensure safe, top-quality vessel operation, MOL is expanding training operations around the world to provide classroom and practical training for future seafarers.

The Spirit of MOL will give cadets onboard experience, which is essential for getting international mariner certification, as well as having passed the necessary curriculum in a designated educational institute. Graduates from this new training system will soon contribute to safe operations throughout the MOL Group fleet."

The group has also announced that its wholly owned Chinese subsidiary, MOL (China) has opened an office in Zhengzhou, on Sunday, July 1. Initial activities at the office include sales promotion, information gathering, and other various liaison duties related to MOL services. This new office brings the total number of MOL offices in China to 27.  [02/07/07]