MOL Drybulk Strengthens its intra-ASEAN services with Multipurpose Tweendecker

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MOL Drybulk, a subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. (MOL), has been operating intra-ASEAN services since 2014 in order to respond to the increasing transportation needs of the growing economies in the region. However, it is estimated that since the introduction of the intra-ASEAN service, the demand for transportation has doubled. Furthermore, the majority of MOL Drybulk’s vessels have been sailing on semi-liner services between Japan and Asia.

So, to meet the rising demand from customers, as of March 2022, MOL Drybulk introduced a new service to strengthen its offerings in the ASEAN region with a 12,000 DWT Tweendecker that will act as a dedicated vessel for intra-ASEAN trade.

The move will provide customers in the ASEAN region with faster transportation times for various dry bulk cargoes such as wood chips, gyprock, generators, etc., as well as numerous types of project cargoes, as MOL Drybulk’s Tweendecker vessel will always remain within a short distance from all ASEAN ports. Moreover, the vessel’s size, as well as its legal status, allow it to sail to virtually any port in the region as it is not contracted to any particular terminal to berth.

Here is a rundown of the vital information about MOL Drybulk’s multipurpose Tweendecker vessel.

  • Dead Weight: 12,167.6 Ton
  • LOA: 116.99 m
  • Beam: 19.60 m
  • Depth: 14.00 m
  • Crane capacity: 30.7 Ton x 2 (combined 60 ton)

While MOL is a Japanese shipping line, another noteworthy aspect of the company for Thais is that it always maintains a legally registered ‘Thai Flag’ vessel. This grants the company certain concessions when moving cargo in and out of Thailand, as under Thai law, cargo bought or traded by the Thai government must be moved on a ‘Thai Ship’. MOL Drybulk will continue to provide services that respond in detail to customers’ diverse transportation needs and aim to add more intra-ASEAN services as transportation needs in the region continue to grow.


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