zoom Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced that its group company MOL Marine Consulting, Ltd. (MOLMC) has acquired certification for its Bridge Resource Management (BRM) training program from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK).MOLMC is the first company in Japan to upgrade its BRM training program to meet all the requirements of the model course 1.22 (5-day course) established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).The certification reflects MOLMC’s effort and dedication to developing a world-class BRM training program.MOLMC President Soichi Hiratsuka received the certificate from NK Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara on June 2 in a presentation ceremony at NK headquarters.Eight MOLMC members who have experience as captains of ocean-going vessels draw upon their knowledge to oversee the company’s BRM training program at training centers in six locations including the Philippines, India, and Europe.The program helps improve crew members’ expertise related to safe operation by providing consistent BRM training for all seafarers who serve aboard MOL Group-operated vessels.MOL aims to eradicate vessel incidents that result in collisions, stranding, or grounding as it forges ahead to become the world leader in safe operation, one of the major objectives of its midterm management plan STEER FOR 2020.The company believes this approach contributes to achievement of its goals, and strives to enhance its safe operation structure through ongoing improvements in training programs.June 4, 2014
Mr. Annan, in his latest report to the Security Council, also repeated calls for both sides to ensure the safety and security of staff belonging to the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), including by identifying and bringing to justice perpetrators of criminal acts, such as the shooting down of a UN helicopter in the Kodori Valley in October 2001.“I urge the sides to implement the understandings reached during the February 2006 Geneva meeting of the Group of Friends, in particular regarding a meeting of the Georgian and Abkhaz sides at the highest level without preconditions and the early finalization of the set of documents on the non-use of force and the return of internally displaced persons and refugees.”“At the same time, it is essential that both sides honour their previous commitments in an expeditious way – in particular, for the Georgian side to address the legitimate security concerns of the Abkhaz side, and for the Abkhaz side to allow the opening of a human rights sub-office in Gali and the teaching of local youth in the Georgian language, and to accept the deployment of UNOMIG police officers in the Gali district.”During this latest reporting period, covering the period from 17 March to 26 June, Mr. Annan said the security situation in the conflict zone had remained “generally calm,” although he highlighted two violations of the 1994 Moscow Agreement, including one incident last month involving the use of mortars.The UN chaired February’s talks on Georgia during which the so-called Group of Friends of the Secretary-General – Germany, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States – underlined that the basis of their efforts was the settlement of the conflict by peaceful means and in the framework of relevant Security Council resolutions.The conflict in Abkhazia, strategically located on the Black Sea, began with social unrest and the attempts by the local authorities to separate from the Republic. It escalated into a series of armed confrontations in the summer of 1992. A ceasefire agreement was concluded later that year but never fully implemented. Fighting which followed forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee.