Today, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that four vessels, managed and operated by the company, were awarded FY2013 “Best Quality Ship Award”. The award is given by the Japan Federation of Pilots’ Associations (JFPA) and the winners for 2013 were 7 vessels.
The award was first given in 2003. It is aimed at heightening awareness of the need to protect the marine environment and the harbours by safe operation of vessels it is awarded to ships which are considered as superior by JFPA pilots.
The seven honored vessels were chosen from all ships that requested pilots at pilotage districts in the period September-October 2013 in Japan. They were praised for their appropriate cooperation captains/crew members – pilots and their extreme level of on board equipment, including facilities for boarding and disembarking.
Japan Federation of Pilots’ Associations (JFPA) was founded in 2007 (when the piloting law was revised) by 35 Japanese pilots. Precursor of JFPA was the Japan Pilots Association.
The winning MOL vessels are Energy Frontier, MOL Majesty, Gassan and Swift Ace.