MOL’s LNG Venus Receives 2023 Director-General Award From Japan Meteorological Agency

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced that the LNG Venus, an LNG carrier managed by its group company MOL LNG Transport Co., Ltd. (MOLLNG; President: Toshihiko Ota; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo), received the Director-General Award from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) for the vessel’s significant contribution to the development of meteorological service by observation and reporting of weather and sea conditions.

The JMA presents the Minister Award from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Commendation and the Director-General Award from JMA to maritime weather reporters on June 1 of every year, which is Japan’s Meteorological Day (Note 1), and MOL Group-managed vessels have received these awards on this anniversary for eight consecutive years since 2016.

LNG Venus
The LNG Venus, winner of the Director-General Award from JMA, Credits: MOL

Since it is difficult to collect meteorological observation data at sea, JMA and other meteorological institutes all over the world generate meteorological data such as weather maps based on data from vessels underway. This meteorological data not only helps provide daily weather forecasts and marine weather forecasts, but is also used to monitor and research global warming and climate change.

MOL Managing Executive Officer Mitsuhisa Tanimoto receives a letter of appreciation on behalf of the MOL group
MOL Managing Executive Officer Mitsuhisa Tanimoto receives a letter of appreciation on behalf of the MOL group, Credits: MOL

MOL will continue to provide observation data of weather and sea conditions and contribute to maritime safety and global environmental conservation as a company that grows synergistically and sustainably with society.

(Note 1) Meteorological Memorial Day:

Established in 1942 to commemorate the start of operations at the Tokyo Meteorological Observatory, the predecessor of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), on June 1, 1875, this year marks the 148th anniversary of the observance. A commemorative ceremony is held every year to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to meteorological services.

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