MOL targets cable-laying

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with compatriot Kokusai Cable Ship (KCS) to work together on the installation of power cables, a key element of supply chains in the globally expanding offshore wind farm business.

KCS was established in 1966 and the following year launched the KDD Maru, Japan’s first submarine cable-laying ship. Over the ensuing half century, the company has been involved in the construction of some 70,000 km of undersea cables, mainly in the Asia- Pacific region.

MOL has managed and operated a total of four KCS-owned cable-laying ships over the past 50 years.

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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