Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

MOL, or Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., is an international shipping company based in Tokyo, Japan. Created after a 1964 merger, MOL owns a fleet of container ships, bulk carriers, tankers, LNG carriers and other vessels. MOL also offers logistics services and technology services and operates ferries and coastal liners.

MOL posted revenues of US$16.05 billion in 2013-- down 8.1 percent on a year-on-year basis. The company recorded a net loss of $1.9 billion, up 83.4 percent from the previous year’s net loss of $316.4 million.

MOL was the 14th-ranked container carrier in U.S containerized import trade in 2013, with volume of 662,069 TEUs, up 13.9 percent year-over-year, giving it market share of 3.7 percent. It was No. 15 in U.S. containerized export trade in 2013, with volume of 370,562 TEUs, up 5.3 percent year-over-year and market share of 2.9 percent. For more carrier rankings see the JOC’s Top 40 Container Carriers special topic.

Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Aug. 29
29 Aug 2014
Several container lines have planned general rate increases in trade lanes in the next two months, but any gains achieved could be fleeting as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
09 Jan 2014
The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has decided to impose fines on some shipping firms for allegedly violating the antitrust law in transporting automobiles.
09 Dec 2013
The G6 Alliance laid out an aggressive blueprint for expanding in the U.S. market, saying it could establish a joint operations center similar to the P3 alliance and could jointly negotiate for terminal space, shipbuilding, as well as barge, transshipment and other services.
Thumbnail for G6 v P3 infographic
05 Dec 2013
The G6 Alliance is taking steps to counter the planned P3 Network in a battle for east-west dominance.
Hapag-Lloyd vessel
03 Dec 2013
The G6 Alliance unveiled plans to expand into the trans-Atlantic and Asia-U.S. West Coast trade lanes in a widely expected response to the proposed P3 Network partnership between the world’s three largest carriers, Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM.
Empty containers
25 Nov 2013
The largest ocean carriers sharply increased their market share at the expense of their smaller rivals in the third quarter, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
09 Oct 2013
Members of the G6 Alliance have withdrawn eight Asia-to-Europe sailings, effective from late October 2013 to February 2014, in response to expected low demand during the winter season.