Anti-terrorism and anti-piracy training exercises
The NYK Group conducts accident-response training exercises regularly and, to prepare for unforeseeable circumstances, the group cooperates with anti-terrorism and anti-piracy training exercises conducted in various countries to enhance the crisis-response capability of group employees.
1. Anti-terrorism training exercise with the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF)
On July 26, NYK conducted a joint anti-terrorism exercise with the HKPF based on a scenario in which an NYK-owned containership, NYK Venus, is taken over by a terrorist group. From 2005, a similar joint-exercise has been conducted regularly for years by NYK and the HKPF.
The exercise scenario called for the Special Duties Unit of the HKPF to dispatch high-speed boats and helicopters to the vessel, and to search for, find, and subdue the terrorists. Through the exercise, employees at NYK's head office in Tokyo, NYK Line (Hong Kong) Ltd., and NYK Shipmanagement Pte. Ltd. were able to reconfirm their roles for rapid response in dealing with acts of terrorism, including information exchanges with the HKPF and other related organizations.
2. Anti-piracy training exercise with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
On August 15, an NYK-owned containership, ACX Diamond, participated in an escort training exercise with a RAN frigate while sailing along the east coast of Australia. This is the fifth joint exercise that the NYK Group has conducted with RAN since 2007.
RAN frigate which had the training exercise
During the exercise, the RAN frigate provided an escort for the containership, and the two vessels worked on VHF communication. The escort ship will soon begin assisting the U.S.-led Combined Task Force 151 in security patrols for pirates off Somalia.
NYK will continue to participate in joint exercises with the competent authorities of various countries in order to prepare for and prevent against conceivable emergencies.