TOKYO—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that on February 20, it welcomed career-minded students from Komaba Toho Junior High School (President: Isao Hirano; Location: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo) for a lecture on the ocean shipping business and merchant vessels, as well as MOL’s approach to the business.
Every year, the school holds various career study programs to help students broaden their career horizons and select and prepare for satisfying and prosperous jobs. The ninth-grade students focus on front-line and academic projects related to research, and the job description and social role of research and professional organizations. MOL extended a warm welcome to the young people visiting its workplace.
Twelve students visited the office, starting off by listening to explanations of ocean shipping’s role in daily life, types of vessels, and employees’ jobs. Next, they visited MOL’s unique Safety Operation Supporting Center (SOSC), which supports ship operation on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by linking vessels and personnel on shore. They also attended a lecture from MOL’s Technical Division about the company’s initiatives such as the Wind Challenger Project and other technology developments aimed at reducing the industry’s environmental impact, as well as general knowledge of shipbuilding. Students learned about jobs in ocean shipping companies and the latest vessel technology, and showing the attractiveness of the ocean shipping business through a half-day exchange with MOL employees.
MOL takes a proactive stance in educational support activities to help students familiarize themselves with jobs in the ocean-going shipping business and its vital role in society, and continues to provide opportunities for more young people to learn about the importance of the shipping business.