MOL Group’s Weather Reporting Excellence: 9th Consecutive Year Recognition


  • Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) celebrates the ninth consecutive year of recognition from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) for the exemplary weather observation and reporting efforts of its managed vessels.
  • This emphasizes MOL’s commitment to maritime safety and environmental stewardship through accurate meteorological data collection.

In a testament to its dedication to maritime safety and environmental responsibility, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) proudly announces the receipt of the 2024 Director-General Award from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). This prestigious accolade recognizes the exceptional contributions of MOL Group-managed vessels in the realm of weather observation and reporting for the ninth consecutive year.

Recognition of Excellence

MOL LNG Transport Co., Ltd. and MOL Tankship Management Pte. Ltd., two subsidiaries of MOL, have been honored with the Director-General Award from the JMA for their vessels’ outstanding contributions to the development of meteorological services.

Importance of Meteorological Data at Sea

Given the challenges of collecting meteorological data at sea, the collaboration between maritime entities like MOL and meteorological agencies such as JMA is crucial. Meteorological data collected from vessels helps in generating weather maps and forecasts, which are instrumental in ensuring maritime and terrestrial safety.

Commitment to Safe Operations

The MOL Group-managed vessels, including LNG carrier Esshu Maru and VLCC Suzukasan, integrate weather observation and reporting into their daily operations. By providing accurate meteorological data, these vessels contribute significantly to the safety and efficiency of maritime activities.

Significance of Meteorological Memorial Day

Meteorological Memorial Day, observed on June 1st each year, commemorates the establishment of the Tokyo Meteorological Observatory, the precursor to JMA. This occasion honors individuals and organizations that have made noteworthy contributions to meteorological services.

Continuation of Sustainable Practices

MOL Group reaffirms its commitment to providing reliable meteorological data and prioritizing maritime safety and environmental conservation. Through sustained efforts, the company aims to foster synergistic growth with society while ensuring a sustainable future for all.

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Source: MOL