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New Training Course offered by MOL Group Essential for Offshore Wind Power Projects receives ClassNKs Basic Approval

DP simulator (240°view)

Expanded Training Course for Marine Development-related Specialty Vessels Using Dynamic Positioning Simulato

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, announced that Nippon Kaiji Kyokai  has granted basic approval to two new training courses related to offshore wind power generation, using Dynamic Positioning  simulator , which is owned by MOL and MOLMEC, for power cable laying and anchor handling training . They are currently being prepared for launch and will be the first such courses offered in Japan.

Submarine cable laying ship
(Courtesy: Kokusai Cable Ship Co., Ltd.)

The courses are slated to begin by June 2023 as a project selected in a public offering for subsidized projects in the FY2022 Offshore Wind Power Human Resource Development Project administered by the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, part of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and its training content is essential for offshore wind power projects.

Anchor handling tug supply vessel

MOL and MOLMEC installed the DP simulator on the lobby floor of MOL’s Head Office in June 2022, and have already offered five other training courses using the simulator (see Table 1 below). Two more courses enabling candidates to acquire practical ship-handling skills for self-elevating platform  vessels and service operation vessels are also being prepared.

Through these training programs, MOL group will help ensure safe navigation and construction work by personnel operating vessels that are critical to offshore wind power generation and offshore development, which are expected to increase both within and outside MOL group. The courses will also create a workforce of highly skilled DP ship operators, regardless of whether they have seafarer qualifications.

Capt. Naoki Saito, General Manager of Maritime Education and Training Certification Department(left) presenting the basic approval certificate and Takashi Nakashima, President of MOLMEC (right) receiving the certificate.

This training center using the DP simulator is the first training center in Japan to be accredited by The Nautical Institute  and can issue training completion certificates required for DP operator qualification for the five courses currently available.

MOL group will be widely involved in many phases of the value chain for the offshore wind power business, which is regarded as a key to renewable energy, and contribute to the decarbonization of not only the group but also society.

(Table 1) MOLMEC training courses using DP simulators

Name Start Notes
  • DP Induction Course
  • DP Simulator Course
  • DP Sea Time Reduction Course
  • DP Revalidation Course
  • DP Vessel Maintenance Course
June 2022
(course already started)
Courses certified by NI
  • Power Cable Laying DP Training Course
  • Anchor Handling Training Course
June 2023
Courses that have now received basic approval by ClassNK
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