Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines to launch 2 new cruise ships

   November 28, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL/containership company) announced it is looking to diversify into the cruising business.

The company's Board of Directors has decided to build 2 new cruise ships. The construction of the vessels is expected to cost US$719 million. The first newbuild is due to be delivered ~2027.

The cruise ships will be 35,000 GT and carry a Japanese flag.

Many details such as the shipyard at which they will be built and whether they would use alternative fuels are still undecided.

The approval for the construction of the two comes shortly after the government of Japan opened up the country to international tourism.

The company revealed they had plans to build additional 2 ships should the first two emerge successful.

Mitsui OSK Lines, along with other shipping companies raked in record profits during the COVID crisis. Since the shipping business is influenced by market conditions, the company is diversifying into sectors that promise stable returns like wind power generation and cruise tourism.

Although Mitsui OSK Lines is popular for its commercial operations, there is just one cruise ship in its fleet.

With a volume of 22742 GT tons, MOL's Nippon Maru is one of three Japan-flagged large cruisers, and enjoys considerable popularity on the domestic market. Nippon Maru is now scheduled to sail a 48-day international voyage on December 15th.