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.

29 Nov 2016
US Federal Maritime Commission member William Doyle said the FMC should be “very cautious” about allowing container lines to use their alliances’ antitrust immunity to deal collectively with US service providers.
31 Mar 2016
Container lines in the G6 Alliance have canceled additional sailings on Asia-Europe routes where demand has been slack and rates have plunged to rock-bottom levels.
16 Feb 2016
CMA CGM and Cosco are leading efforts to create a new vessel-sharing alliance that could include Evergreen Line and OOCL and would shake up three of the four major east-west carrier groupings, the Alphaliner newsletter reported.
16 Feb 2016
Fifteen leading ocean container carriers, including Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM, have offered to change their practices for setting freight rates to settle an antitrust probe, the European Commission said Tuesday
04 Feb 2016
Two of Japan’s big three shipping lines sailed into the crosshairs of Moody’s ratings agency, with the outlook of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines being reviewed to negative and K Line heading for a downgrade as weaker than expected profitability clouded their 2016 prospects.
29 Jan 2016
Japan’s three largest container lines significantly downgraded their earnings forecasts for the current fiscal year ending on March 31, with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines now expecting a sizable net loss of 175 billion yen ($1.45 billion).
18 Jan 2016
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Wan Hai Lines, Interasia Lines and Pacific International Lines are expanding their current cooperation in trades to and from India by introducing a new intra-Asia loop, dubbed the China-West Coast India, or CIS, starting at the end of February.
13 Jan 2016
A class-action complaint filed with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission seeks damages for alleged shipping act violations by 10 roll-on, roll-off carriers already entangled in criminal and civil price-fixing investigations.
04 Jan 2016
There will be no sustained recovery in the dry bulk or container shipping sectors this year amid overcapacity in the industry and slowing demand for raw materials from China, said "K" Line president and CEO Eizo Murakami.
16 Dec 2015
Five Asia-based container lines will expand a service in mid-February that connects to Australia, while another China-based line will also beef up its service to and from Oceania.
26 Nov 2015
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, one of Japan’s three largest shipping firms, is thinking of withdrawing from the Asia to east coast of South America trade.
09 Nov 2015
In the latest sign of its recovery from 2011’s earthquake and tsunami, the Port of Sendai-Shiogama in northeast Japan has begun a new regular container service to the Port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East.