Company > MOL History
  • 1884    Osaka Shosen Kaisha (OSK Lines) is founded.
  • 1942    Mitsui % Co. spins off its shipping department to create Mitsui Steamship Co. Ltd.
  • 1964    Japan’s shipping industry undergoes a major consolidation, with mergers creating six companies -
               Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) by a merger of OSK Lines and Mitsui Steamship, Japan Line Ltd (JL) by
               a merger of Nitto Shosen and Daido Kaiun, and Yamashita-Shinnihon Steamship Co Ltd. (YSL) by
               a merger of Yamashita Kisen and Shinnihon Kisen.
  • 1965    Japan’s first specialized car carrier, the OPPAMA MARU, is launched.
  • 1993    Crew training school is established in Manila.
  • 1994    MOL Safety management System is certified under ISM Code and ISO9002.
  • 2000    MOL Environmental Policy Statements are issued.
  • 2001    MOL Group Corporate Principles are established.
  • 2003    All departments at the Head Office and MOL-Operated vessels aquire ISO14001.
  • 2005    MOL participates in the UN-backed Global Compact.
  • 2007    Safety Operation Supporting Centre is established in the Head Office.
               MOL Group logo mark is introduced.
               Training vessel SPIRIT OF MOL is launched.
  • 2009    Next-generation vessel concept Senpaku ISHIN project announced
  • 2010    New MOL Technology Research Centre opens.
  • 2012    The Emerald Ace is launched.
  • 2013    Subsidiary established in Myanmar.
               Training ship Spirit of MOL is retired and succeeded by new Cadet Actual Deployment for
               Education with Tutorial (CADET) training program.
  • 2014    MOL celebrated its 130th anniversary.
  • 2015    MOL Car Carrier rebranded globally as MOL ACE (Auto Carrier Express).
MOL History