Asuka II, the largest cruise ship carrying the Japanese flag, will receive new features during a 45-days makeover at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore.

During this period, a SOx scrubber will be installed to address tightening global environmental regulations.

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The NYK Group will now resume efforts to further enhance the Asuka Cruise brand and achieve growth by offering environment-friendly cruise experiences.

Earlier during 2018, NYK Line had announced that it has secured a 9 billion yen (USD 80.65 million) syndicated loan agreement with MUFG Bank Ltd., with the aim to install scrubbers. According to the company, the proceeds will be used 'solely for the purpose of funding environment-friendly projects'.

This forms part of NYK’s medium-term management plan, which includes the group’s intent to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives into management strategy by establishing new medium- to long-term environmental targets.