MOL Ferry Co., Ltd. and Ferry Sunflower Limited merged and started operations as MOL Sunflower Ltd on 1 October 2023. MOL Sunflower operates 10 ferries and 5 roll-on/roll-off (RORO) vessels on 6 routes, employing more than 500 people on land and at sea. Overall, the MOL Sunflower Group employs approximately 1,000 people. With a roughly 30% share of Japan's domestic marine transportation market and the largest route network and number of vessels in operation in Japan, the company provides stable services in both logistics and passenger travel.
On this merger and formation of a new company, we have interviewed the new president and MOL Group executive officer, Hirotoshi Ushioku, about the vision and aims of MOL Sunflower Ltd.
---Please tell us about the purpose of this business integration.
---Please tell us about your management policy (desired state)
---What new initiatives would you like to start immediately?
---Please provide examples of how ICT is currently being utilized.
---The efforts toward a decarbonized society are also attracting attention.
Under the integrated slogan "Protected by the Sun, as One," MOL sunflower will continue to contribute to people's well-being through comfortable and pleasant voyages that provide a sense of "bond”, "peace of mind, and trust, supporting Japan’s logistics." We look forward to your support and custom of 'Sunflower' in the future".
MOL Sunflower Ltd.
Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Hirotoshi Ushioku joined Mitsui O.S.K Lines Ltd. in 1986. First, he worked in the accounting division. He moved to MITSUI O.S.K LINES (AMERICA) INC., he was also transferred to MITSUI O.S.K BULK SHIPPING (EUROPE) LTD. and served as the leader in the Car Carrier business. He became the head of the Car Carrier Department in 2015, executive officer in 2018, a managing executive officer in 2021, as a senior managing executive officer in 2022, Director General, Headquarters of Product Transport & Real Property Business, Responsible for; The Americas Area, Car Carrier Division, and an advisor in 2023. In October of the same year, Mr. Ushioku has been assigned as President and Chief Executive Officer of MOL Sunflower Ltd.