MOL completes takeover of Dutch crewing firm

MOL completes takeover of Dutch crewing firm

Japan’s largest shipping line, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), has taken full control of European manning company Azalea Maritime. The Dutch headquartered company, which has subsidiaries in Montenegro, is now rebranded MOL Maritime (Europe).

“MOL will enhance providing top-quality seafarers for MOL-operated LNG carriers and tankers and continue to aim to become a world leader in safe operation,” MOL said in a release today, adding:  “MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V. as a manning company, will continue to support MOL safe operation, while inheriting Azalea Maritime’s accumulated experience with European seafarers and know-how of the manning business.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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