On 5th June, 2019, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the St Petersburg-based Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping.
This MOU reconfirms and further develops the co-operation between the two organisations related to the training of seafarers especially for Northern Sea Route (NSR) operations.
MOL is operating Arc7 LNGCs for the Yamal LNG project that use the NSR, and its crews have undergone specialist training, such as Polar water training courses for navigating officers and cold climate survival training course at the Makarov Training Centre, which is a part of Makarov University.
The centre is one of the world leading establishments in Polar waters and ice navigation simulator training and is approved by ClassNK and accredited by the Russian Federation.
MOL has also started recruiting cadets at Makarov University, who will be trained on board vessels operated by MOL, with the long-term plan to become future Masters or Chief Engineers on its vessels.
With the objective of being one of the leading shipping companies operating on the NSR, MOL identified the need to have seafarers especially well-trained for this operation.
Currently, new projects in the Arctic are being developed and MOL aims to meet the increasing needs for safe transportation through the development of a trained crew pool with support from the Makarov University, the company explained.