News Release

Friday, 20 February 2015

MOL Establishes Recycling Scheme for Special Lashing Belts Used in Car Carriers

- A world-first in ocean shipping, project to recycle resources and support the disabled begun -


Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced a program of recycling "lashing belts," which are used to hold vehicles in place aboard car carriers. Under this world-first scheme in the ocean shipping industry, not only will resources be recycled and reused, but jobs will be created and filled by the disabled.

Heretofore, when lashing belts reached the end of their useful lives, they were treated as industrial waste. As there are enough belts being thrown away to merit recycling, MOL decided to deliver them to a recycling company in Oita Prefecture, where they will all be recycled (*).

Further, MOL is entrusting the work of readying the belts for recycling in the hands of an NPO that supports jobs for the disabled, and these people will be given jobs in the operation. This is part of its efforts to contribute to the society through employment support for the disabled.

MOL continues social contribution activities to realize the sustainable growth of the company and society.

*The recycling system - The lashing belts are separated into plastic and metal parts. The plastics will be turned into secondary fuel, and the metal turned into scrap that can be reused.