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NYK Line agrees 100-ship mini-VSAT deal

More than 100 vessels will be equipped with the broadband service Tokyo-based Nippon Yusen Kaisha, more commonly known as NYK Line, has agreed a deal to install TracPhone V7 mini-VSAT systems from KVH aboard its containerships.The service, which operates over 60cm antennas, will be provided by KVH's partner in Japan, SKY Perfect JSAT, under the OceanBB brand name.This is a second major recent contract win for KVH with a major Japanese carrier, with MOL LNG Transport Co, a subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, confirming a deal to implement mini-VSAT on three of its LNG tankers in late 2011, following the completion of a trial.NYK's fleet includes containerships, Pure Car Truck Carriers (PCTCs), dry bulk carriers, crude oil tankers and LNG tankers, more than 100 of which will be equipped with the broadband service to support NYK's IBIS (Innovative Bunker and Idle-time Saving) project with real-time communications between ships and staff on shore."NYK is an industry leader that is constantly innovating and improving its shipping and logistics operations with the aim of optimising safety, economy, and protection of the environment," said Brent Bruun, KVH's senior vice president of global sales and business development."Their industry-leading IBIS project, which helps improve the operation ...

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NYK Provides Free Ocean Transport of Monument for Japanese Victims of 2011 Earthquake

NYK has provided free ocean transport for a monument recognizing the Japanese who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand, on February 22, 2011. Ocean transport was provided by NYK Line, and overland services in New Zealand and Japan were handled by NYK Group company Yusen Logistics.Of the two monuments that were produced, one was installed at a church in Christchurch, and the other was shipped by NYK at the request of the New Zealand Embassy to Toyama College of Foreign Languages, which lost 12 students in the disaster. The monument, funded by donations collected in Japan and New Zealand, stands on a wooden base made from one of New Zealand's kahikatea trees, which are characterized by their complicated structure of multiple tree roots and branches tangled on a single trunk, symbolizing the importance of human bonds and mutual support to overcome the sadness of this tragedy.The monument given to Toyama College of Foreign LanguagesThe monument arrived at the port of Toyama on June 8, and a dedication ceremony was held at the college on June 25. New Zealand foreign minister Murray McCully, New Zealand ambassador Ian Kennedy, and NYK corporate officer Yoko Wasaki joined ...

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NYK Jointly Participates in Wheatstone LNG Project

NYK together with MC and TEPCO Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), together with the Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and the Tokyo Electric Power Company Incorporated (TEPCO), announced their participation in the Wheatstone LNG project, which is being promoted by the U.S.-based Chevron Corporation and other companies in Australia.The consortium of NYK, MC, and TEPCO has obtained equity interests in the project (gas fields: 10%, LNG plant: 8%) through a newly established special-purpose company called PE Wheatstone Pty. Ltd. (PEW), which is headquartered in Perth, Western Australia. PEW will lift a certain volume of LNG in the project in proportion to its equity interest.The project is led and operated by Chevron, and construction work is in progress with the aim of starting LNG production from the end of 2016. The project will produce 8.9 million tons per annum (mtpa) of LNG. TEPCO executed two Heads of Agreements with Chevron in December 2009 to acquire an equity interest in and purchase approximately 3.1 mtpa of LNG from the project.However, after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, TEPCO faced difficulties participating in the project on its own, and given the importance of securing stable energy resources for Japan, TEPCO made a proposal ...

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NYK Develops Tsunami-Response Guidelines for Ships in Port

How a vessel in port should react to an incoming tsunami NYK has drawn upon the lessons learned from the tremendous tsunami damage sustained by vessels after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March of last year to create tsunami-response guidelines for ships in port. The guidelines, the first to be developed for Japan, were presented on May 23 at a meeting hosted by the Japan Institute of Navigation.The guidelines detail how a vessel in port should react to information about an incoming tsunami, particularly by giving top priority to preserving life and then minimizing damage to the vessel hull and port facilities. The guidelines will be provided as a reference material to assist ship masters in their decision-making process during their review of the circumstances at the time and the changes likely to be caused by the incoming tsunami.For the development of the guidelines, vessel-mooring simulations were carried out to better understand the mooring limits of vessels in port during the onslaught of a tsunami. Limits were established based on the simulation results and information maps for tsunami disaster prevention and mitigation published by the Japan Coast Guard in August 2011. Also, on the premise that it would be ...

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Bilateral Talks On Shipping Sector

Three Joint Venture Companies for construction and operation of LNG The Shipping Corporation of India Limited (SCI) along with 3 Japanese Shipping lines Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Limited (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Limited (K-Line) formed a consortium for establishing three Joint Venture Companies at Malta for the construction, ownership and operation of Liquefied Natural Gas tankers each.For operating container services in the East Coast sector, SCI has necessary tie-up with various reputed foreign shipping lines including K-line of Japan.The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Government of Japan during his visit to New Delhi, met the Minister of Shipping on 12 January, 2012 and held preliminary discussions on infrastructure development, i.e., construction of new berths, terminals and creation of other facilities in Chennai and Ennore Ports.The above information was given by the Union Minister of Shipping, Shri G.K. Vasan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha todaySource: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

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NYK to Display NYK Super Eco Ship 2030

Future concept ship Amodel of NYK Super Eco Ship 2030,1 NYK's future concept ship, will be displayed at Expo 2012,2 an international exposition to be held in Yeosu, Korea,from May12 to August 21.The theme of the expo will be "The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities," and the event will feature displays illustrating the progress and future prospects of maritime technology, a new growth driver for the advancement of humanity.The Japan pavilion is being set up under the theme of "Our future is a tapestry of forest, village, and sea," and will emphasize the link that Japan has maintained among the country's lush forests, vibrant villages, and the bounty of the ocean. In addition, actual events of last year's Great East Japan Earthquake will be depicted in a fictional theatrical presentation featuring an animated boy and his community overcoming a natural disaster...The Japan pavilion will also feature a model of NYK Super Eco Ship 2030, a concept ship that aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 69 percent through use of technologies available in 2030, and a video about the ship will be shown to highlight this eco-friendly cargo vessel for the next generation.The NYK Group will ...

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NYK Installs Next-generation Energy-Saving Fluorescent Lighting System On Car Carrier

ECOOL system In April 2012, 50 units of ECOOL, a next-generation energy-saving fluorescent lighting system produced by Optrom, Inc., were installed on a trial basis on the NYK-operated car carrierPyxis Leader. After having tested performances of brightness and durability as well as the attachment mechanics during a one-month voyage, all lighting onPyxis Leader will be changed over to the ECOOL system while the vessel is in dock this summer.ECOOL has superior features both in terms of energy-saving capabilities and economic efficiency, such as smaller power consumption, longer operating life, greater brightness, and gentler lighting on the eyes that is free of flickering, which is achieved by using a cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL), the same that has been used for years in LCD monitors.Because cars are driven on and off car carriers by drivers, bright lighting is desired for the entire cargo hold area - comprising up to 12 decks - to prevent accidents. Accordingly, more than 2,000 lighting units are installed on areas of a vessel - including the engine room and crew accommodations.It is estimated that ECOOL can result in a power savings of around 40 percent over conventional fluorescent lighting systems. When all lighting systems are replaced ...

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NYK to Launch New Thailand-Vietnam-Canton Service

TVC service will be operated using three 1,000 TEU vessels Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Regional Container Lines (RCL) will launch a new joint service, the Thailand-Vietnam-Canton (TVC) service, from the middle of May. the Company's current joint service with Vinalines Container Shipping Company, the Thailand-Vietnam-Singapore (TVS) service, will be terminated at the same time.The TVC service will be operated using three 1,000 TEU vessels. NYK will deploy one vessel, and RCL will deploy two vessels for this new joint service. The first vessel will be MV Chana Bhum V.010N calling Bangkok on May 13.Ports of call for the 21-day rotation will be as follows: Bangkok (Sun/Mon), Laem Chabang (Mon/Tue), Haiphong (Sat/Sun), Shekou (Tue/Tue), Hong Kong (Tue/Thu), Haiphong (Fri/Sat), Hong Kong (Mon/Tue), Shekou (Tue/Wed), and Bangkok.TVC will not only improve the transit time from Thailand to North Vietnam to four days, the fastest in the market, but also strengthen the service network from South PRC to Vietnam and Thailand.Source: NYK

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ClassNK issues SEEMP certificates

Approval of NYK Line and Semih Sohtorik ClassNK is part of a voluntary SEEMP certification programme Japanese classification society ClassNK has issued its first certification for Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP). They are for Japanese shipowner NYK Line and Turkish ship management company Semih Sohtorik Management & Agency Inc (SSMA).ClassNK notes that new amendments to Annex VI of the Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) related to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from ships were adopted at the 62nd session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in July 2011. The amendments require both new and existing ships with a gross tonnage of 400 tons or greater engaged on international voyages to retain a SEEMP onboard on or after 1 January 2013.In order to assist shipowners and managers comply with the new requirements, ClassNK has begun offering a voluntary SEEMP certification programme, and the certification of NYK Line and SSMA is part of that.ClassNK says in statement that, as part of the certification process, it carried out a thorough examination of both company's SEEMPs and verified that the contents and procedures for improving the energy efficiency of their ships included in their plans were in accordance ...

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