The Japanese shipowner MOL again in Koper after six years


In July, the Port of Koper will welcome another Japanese shipowner; i.e. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), at first through a slot charter on a regular container line by Greenline and further on possibly also with its own fleet. The first MOL capacities will be available on the vessel Ever Unific expected in Koper on 13/14 July 2013 and afterwards every week within the existing container line.

More information and booking: 
MOL Vienna, Amalienstrasse 68/TOP3, A 1130 Vienna, Austria 
Contact persons: Claudia Dittrich, Branch Manager CEE (, 
Judit Bodnar, Sales CEE (
Burcu Grubhofer, Sales CEE (
T: +43 1 877 6971, F: +43 1 876 4725 

Agent in Koper: 
VV-LOG, špedicija in transport,Ankaranska cesta 7B, SI 6000 Koper, Slovenia
Contact person: Uroš Ugrin in Dejan Gorela,  
T: 059 020 253, M: 051 648 600, F:059 020 254

For years, Luka Koper has been striving to increase the amount of Japanese cargo transported to Europe and destined to the countries of the Central and Southern part of the continent via the Port of Koper. Hence last May the company presented the Japanese businessmen the advantages of the Port of Koper and attracted a lot of interest at Days of Luka Koper organised in Tokyo and Osaka which recorded excellent visit. Due to a huge response and numerous new contacts, the company accepted the invitation to present in September 2012 its operations and plans in Düsseldorf, Germany, where most Japanese companies trading with Europe are located. In should also be mentioned that the promotion of the Port of Koper is somewhat facilitated by the fact that large multinational companies from the “Land of the Rising Sun”, i.e. Mitsubishi, Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Subaru, Nissan and Sony, have been our regular partners for years. Great names of the Japanese industry are evidently happy with Luka Koper services which makes it an excellent reference for new potential deals.

Indeed, the cargo throughput on relation Japan-Koper-Japan is on a constant increase. In 2012, Luka Koper handled 164,390 tonnes of different cargo and – which is rather interesting – the volume of cargo in export to Japan (in particular timber and food products) exceeded the cargo imported from Japan (Japanese cars, electronics and liquid cargos). Containers are a huge potential for the increase of Japanese freight; as a matter of fact, most shipowners still prefer the traditional – though in terms of time and energy less effective – waterway via the North-European ports.