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.

23 May 2016
Though a recently formed container line alliance appeared to be hastily thrown together, it is planning an extensive and trouble-free integration of its fleet.
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.
20 Oct 2015
The G6 Alliance plans to omit sailings from Asia to the Mediterranean and North Europe in November and December in response to expected low demand.
09 Oct 2015
Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines may incur a group net loss in the first half of fiscal 2015, which started in April, due to an extraordinary charge resulting from the collapse of Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha, a mid-size domestic peer and equity-method affiliate.
04 Sep 2015
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines is testing a container ship windshield that the Japanese carrier hopes will reduce wind resistance, save fuel, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 2 percent.
18 Aug 2015
Several Asia-Europe container lines have announced Sept. 1 general rate increases of up to $1,000 per 20-foot-equivalent unit despite a persistently weak market that has undercut monthly GRIs all year.
31 Jul 2015
Japan’s three largest container lines saw their net profits surge in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, buoyed by brisk container traffic volume from Asia to the United States as well as a weaker yen and lower fuel prices.
30 Jul 2015
Mitsui OSK Lines this week said it is launching a barge terminal operation company in Bangkok aimed at moving goods more speedily and efficiently from Thailand's gateway port of Laem Chabang to the capital of Bangkok.