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NYK to Introduce Onboard Broadband Communication System On All Containerships

Aiming to Reduce CO2 Emissions during ship operations NYK has decided to introduce an onboard broadband communication system on all its containerships with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions during ship operations.Onboard tests of the broadband communication system started in October 2010 on various types of vessels, and the results have been studied. When the system is introduced as part of the IBIS (innovative bunker and idle-time saving) project that NYK has implemented on its containerships to achieve optimal economic ship operation, real-time large-volume data communication between land and ships can be achieved. The results of the tests showed that the large volume of assorted data required for reducing CO2 emissions can be obtained in real time.The new system enables the acquisition of more specific weather and sea-current forecast information on board, improves the automatic transmission of ship operation data and ship operation monitoring on land, and speeds up information-sharing and communication between staff on land and on board vessels. In response to these test results, NYK has decided to move from a testing phase to actual, sequential installation of the system on all its containerships to promote the IBIS project, and is to introduce the system onto car carriers, ...

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Cruise demo for new BWM system

Asuka II to receive the Ecomarine system Japanese companies Sumitomo Electric Industries and NYK Cruises have agreed to install a Sumitomo 'Ecomarine' ultraviolet ballast water management (BWM) system on one of NYK's cruise ships.Asuka II will receive the Ecomarine system in January 2012, and it will undertake demonstration testing of the system, which is under development by Sumitomo Electric. The two companies will cooperate in onboard testing specified by the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments.Ecomarine incorporates filter units originally developed by Sumitomo Electric to separate large plankton and other aquatic organisms. The ballast water management system then eliminates any remaining small organisms with a medium-pressure ultraviolet system. The system has been designed to save power, while providing reliable removal of organisms. It is claimed to offer environmental benefits in comparison to other chemical-free ultraviolet BWM systems. The simple combination of filter units and compact, high-powered,medium-pressure UV system is said to offer ease of use and low maintenance.Sumitomo says that when tested on land using a setup comparable to actual use conditions (water treatment at 200 m3/h), Ecomarine demonstrated power consumption reduction and high organism removal capacity, as intended. The company has applied ...

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NYK Introduces New Approaches to Reduce Environmental Impact at Eco-Products 2011

Achieving environmental friendly transport NYK made a booth presentation at Eco-Products 2011, one of the largest environmental exhibitions in Japan, which was held from December 15 to 17 at Tokyo Big Sight (Koto-ku, Tokyo). The company exhibited under the theme "Achieving environmental friendly monohakobi (transport)." A total of 181,500 visitors attended the exhibition, with many of them visiting the NYK booth.The display presentation at the booth include vessels equipped with new technologies such as Auriga Leader, NYK's environmental flag ship equipped with solar panels and rechargeable batteries; and a module carrier equipped with an air-lubrication system that reduces the frictional resistance between a vessel's bottom and the seawater by means of bubble power. Moreover, as a company that aims at accomplishing a zero-emission ship by 2050, NYK displayed NYK Super Eco Ship 2030, a conceptual, future containership for 2030, which marks the halfway point for 2050.For visitors, the presentation was made in a way to familiarize them with the ocean and environment, while explaining the structure of vessel and the international rules involved in the maritime industry by showing models and panels. Moreover, visitors from children to adults enjoyed experiencing an operational simulator located in the booth.In addition, a mini-seminar ...

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Major Japanese container lines could merge

Major lines losing too much money in their container divisions The head of Japan's largest shipping line - Mitsui OSK - has said that a merger of the three major Japanese container lines into one entity "could be an option" to their financial problems.Koichi Muto, President of MOL, made the remark amid broad criticism of the way the bigger container lines on the Asia-Europe trades had demonstrated a "lack of self control" that was detrimental to themselves and the industry.Muto said the idea of a merger "could be an option, of course. At the moment there is no such discussion, but we should be flexible in every way". He added: "We roughly studied such a possibility, of course."He mentioned that all the major lines were losing too much money in their container divisions to be sustainable over the long term. MOL itself is set to lose ?4 billion (US$51 million) this year.K Line has the greatest exposure and has not joined the trend to charter ultra-large container ships through alliances. K Line is set to lose ?30 billion ($384m) this year.One obstacle to such a merger is existing service alliances between NYK and MOL."Now we are all alliance with partners, ...

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Evergreen, NYK and Hanjin Launch a Weekly India-China Service

India China Service - in response to the growing demand in this trade Evergreen Line, NYK Line and Hanjin Shipping have just commenced a new service linking East Asia and India, to be called "India China Service" or ICS. All three carriers said the new string is launched in response to the growing demand in this trade.ICS inaugurated service on October 29 from Pusan. The weekly loop then calls Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Singapore, Nhava Sheva, Pipavav, Colombo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Pusan.The joint service employs five ships of approximately 2,500 TEU - 2,800 TEU. NYK Line deploys three vessels while Evergreen Line and Hanjin Shipping contribute one vessel each.Source: Evergreen Line

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NYK Enhances Measures to Proactively Employ Filipino Seafarers

NYK expands education and training for Filipino senior officers On September 16, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the presence of NYK president Yasumi Kudo and Transnational Diversified Group (TDG)1 founder and chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado to pray for the safe realization of the expansion of the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy's (NTMA) facilities and the construction of crew training facilities adjacent to the academy. The construction will be completed in 2013, allowing NYK to further expand and develop education and training for Filipino senior officers.NYK and TDG opened NTMA in 2007, prior to the establishment of any similar facility by any other shipping company, for the purpose of education for high-quality seafarers. In fact, NYK's medium-term management plan, "More Than Shipping 2013: Grow with Asia, Expand across the Globe," released on March 31, emphasizes cultivating high-quality seafarers to ensure safe operations - seafarers who can eventually differentiate NYK's service from others with their superior skills - and NTMA plays a key role in the education.Source: Nippon Yusen

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NYK Group conducts joint Anti-piracy exercise in Australia and Anti-terrorism exercise in Hong Kong

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. NYK Venus1. 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. ACX Diamond2. 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 ...

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NYK President holds meeting about Safe Ship Operations with Captains and Chief Engineers

To promote activities in an effort to prevent serious accidents On August 24, NYK president Yasumi Kudo held a meeting with six captains and chief engineers at the NYK headquarters in Tokyo. During the meeting, President Kudo and the ship officers exchanged opinions about the safe operation of the NYK fleet, and President Kudo then issued instructions to further promote activities in an effort to prevent serious accidents.President Kudo chairs NYK's Safety and Environmental Management Committee,1 which oversees the safe operation of the company's ships. He held the meeting to hear directly from captains and chief engineers working on the frontline of operations and to make use of their opinions in improving the safety of ship operations.During the meeting, proposals for safe operations and responses to potential natural disasters were offered by the ship's officers working on-site. In addition, issues facing seafarers training and initiatives to mitigate environmental loads were discussed in depth.Every July, NYK conducts the Remember Naka-no-Se Safety Campaign.2 As a part of the campaign, the executive officers and other company staff in relevant sections visit ships. NYK continues to make efforts to further deepen the mutual understanding between onshore and ship staff, and promote the establishment of ...

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Naming ceremony held for two vessels set to ship LNG from Angola

LNG vessels being built for NYK On August 17, a naming ceremony was held at the Geoje Island shipyard of Samsung Heavy Industries , Ltd.(Samsung) in Korea for two LNG vessels being built for joint owners NYK LNG (Atlantic) Ltd. (headquarters: London, UK), a wholly owned subsidiary of NYK; Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo); and Teekay Corporation (headquarters: Vancouver, Canada) to ship LNG. The vessels are chartered by Angola LNG Supply Services (ALSS; headquarters: Houston, U.S) and will ship the LNG produced by Angola LNG Ltd.H.E José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, petroleum minister of the Republic of Angola; Ichizo Kobayashi, managing officer and COO of the Marine & Aerospace Business Unit at Mitsui; David Glendinning, president of Teekay Gas Services; In-Sik Roh, president and CEO of Samsung; and NYK representative director and senior managing corporate officer Masahiro Kato were in attendance. Mr. Kobayashi's wife named one vessel Soyo, and the other vessel was named Malanje by Mr. Glendinning's wife before the ceremonial rope holding the vessels in place was cut by the two women and Mr. Kato's wife.Soyo and Malanje are jointly owned by NYK LNG (Atlantic) (33%), Mitsui (34%), and Teekay (33%). Soyo will be completed by ...

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