Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd. announced that two MOL-operated companies – LNG carrier Energy Advance and crude oil tanker Kashimasan – have received the Japan Meteorological Agency’s General Director Award for their ongoing efforts to monitor and report marine weather data on the company’s release.
Since it is difficult to collect meteorological data in the world’s vast oceans, which cover 70% of the earth, merchant ships play a key role in observing and reporting data while in motion. Based on data from ships, the Japan Meteorological Agency and other meteorological institutes around the world generate materials such as weather maps and send them back to ships to ensure their safe operation. In addition, maritime meteorological data, which has critical effects on terrestrial weather, is also used to monitor and research global warming and climate change.
The Japan Meteorological Agency recognizes the parties who contribute to reporting on maritime meteorology or marine observation on June 1st each year. Meteorological Day, The Energy Advance and the Kashimasan were selected this year for their reliable reports on maritime meteorological observations over many years and contributed to the development of the agency’s operations and received letters of appreciation.