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MOL debuts Lighthouse to shine a light on its dry bulk shipments

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has decided to shed some light on the normally opaque world of dry bulk shipments. Japan’s largest shipowner has developed Lighthouse, an information panel for dry bulk customers, which allow real time access to vessel schedules, weather, ocean conditions, as well as data related to cargoes and contracts, on a customised basis for each customer.

“By establishing this system, MOL aims to help its customers enhance their supply chain management through measures such as optimization of ship allocation and more effective management of inventory, including offshore inventory,” MOL stated in a release.

The company chose the name Lighthouse to reflect the idea of focusing a spotlight on ocean transport, which many customers find to be difficult and complex, and make it easier for them to visualize information about the various aspects of shipping.

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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