MOL 'Tabletop Drill' Prepares for Serious Marine Incident

By Curious

Scenario has VLCC collided and oil spilled in West Seto Inland Sea

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) on Tuesday (May 24) announced that the company conducted a tabletop drill, based on a scenario in which a VLCC managed by its group ship management company collided with another vessel in Suonada, West Seto Inland Sea, and oil spill occurred.

The drill was held on Monday, May 23, with the goal of strengthening the company's emergency response structure, which is based on the MOL Group Corporate Principles - protecting the environment by maintaining strict, safe operation and navigation standards. The exercise was also designed to ensure swift reporting to concerned parties both inside and outside the company, setting up a response team, and ensuring the smooth, precise communications that are so critical in such a serious incident – in this case involving an MOL-operated vessel managed by its overseas ship management company.

The main participants included MOL executives and relevant MOL divisions, which teamed up to organize an Emergency Control Headquarters, and the ship management company, MOL TANKSHIP MANAGEMENT (ASIA) Pte. Ltd.

Under the drill scenario, a VLCC collided with an ocean-going container ship while heading north off East Himeshima, Oita Prefecture. The collision generated caused damage to the hull, cargo flew overboard into the sea, and after the collision the vessel had possibilities of contacting with fish boat around there.

The first report of the incident went immediately and MOL then organized an Emergency Control Headquarters within the company and began first-response measures and procedures that included information gathering, communications among the concerned parties, and directions and instructions to the vessel, followed held a joint media response drill.

The company continues to sharpen its group-wide emergency response readiness by sharing know-how accumulated in these emergency tabletop drills throughout the MOL Group and its fleet.

Scene of Emergency Control
Headquarters during the drill


Responding to media inquiries at the mock press conference
From left;Masato Koike, Executive Officer
Right: Makoto Miyasaka, General Manager, Tanker Safety
Management Office

Source: MOL