The MOL table drill prepares for a serious maritime accident

Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President and CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced that it conducted a table-top exercise, based on a simulation of a severe marine accident involving a MOL-owned woodchip carrier operated by MOL Drybulk ltd. (Chairman and Representative Director: Kazuhiko Kikuchi; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo). These periodic exercises aim to confirm the emergency response system of the MOL group in preparation for serious maritime accidents.

The exercise, held Oct. 12, was designed to demonstrate that the company can respond quickly and appropriately in the event of a serious maritime accident and maintain the timely flow of accurate information, while strengthening the group-wide security awareness. The Department of Labor also strives to refine its group-wide emergency response preparedness through these regular drills.

Tabletop exercise at emergency control headquarters, Credits: MOL

As part of the exercise scenario, a fire broke out in the engine room of a fully loaded woodchip carrier owned by MOL and operated by MOL Drybulk, while underway in the Inland Sea of Seto. The vessel was anchored immediately after the incident began, but caused damage to nearby fish farms. The fire continued to burn and one crew member had to be medically evacuated.

After receiving a report of the accident, the Ministry of Labor organized an emergency control headquarters at the head office. To reconfirm processes such as reporting and communication that are essential in an emergency, the exercise period spanned from the occurrence of the accident to a simulated press conference, and tested the ability to the company to ensure smooth cooperation and information gathering between the parties involved. . In addition, based on the information collected, the headquarters discussed the responses to be made as a shipowner and operator, reviewed the emergency response system, and then practiced responding to media requests during a mock press conference.

Press conference simulation
Press conference simulation, Credits: MOL

MOL’s bench drills aim to ensure that every employee is more aware of safety and to help the company move forward to “become a world leader in safe operation”, while developing and improving a strong emergency response structure.

Reference: MOL

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