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Monday, October 15, 2018

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NYK Auto Logistics Pact with Adani Logistics

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NYK Auto Logistics India (NALI), an NYK Group company, signed an agreement with Adani Logistics(ALL) to form a joint venture that specializes in the transportation of finished vehicles using automobile freight trains.The automotive production volume is expected to further increase in India, and there is increasing demand for transporting vehicles by rail, which places less of a load on the environment.NALI currently provides an integrated transport service for finished cars in India…

KNOT Concludes TC Contract for Two Shuttle Tankers

Image: Knutsen OAS shipping

Norway-headquartered Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers (KNOT) has concluded a time-charter contract for two shuttle tankers with Equinor ASA for a maximum 20-year period starting in the second quarter of 2020.KNOT is a NYK Group company, in which NYK has a 50 percent share.The contract aims to use two 152,000 DWT Suezmax tankers equipped with dynamic-positioning systems built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. to shuttle crude oil produced in waters off Brazil.Upon commencement of this contract…

NYK to Test Autonomous Boxship

Image: Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)

Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and NYK Group companies MTI Co. Ltd., Keihin Dock Co. Ltd., and Japan Marine Science Inc. (JMS) have been selected by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT) to participate in a demonstration project utilizing ship maneuvering support functions and remote control.By 2025, Japan is seeking to begin demonstrations for the practical implementation of autonomous ships.With the aim to pursue efficient, safe operations and reduce officer workload…

NYK Group Celebrates Successful O3 Challenge

Photo: NYK

Symphony Creative Solutions (SCS) an NYK Group company, held a thank you party with Ocean Network Express (ONE) at ONE’s head office to celebrate a successful Ocean of Opportunities Challenge (O3 Challenge), a contest for startups that was conducted from April to June 2018.Partners including NUS Enterprise and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) were in attendance, and the solutions of the three O3 Challenge winners were introduced.The O3 Challenge, a worldwide contest aimed at creating new value through open innovation in the maritime industry…

Shanghai NYK-ANJI Logistics Begins Operations

Photo: Yusen Logistics

Shanghai NYK-ANJI Logistics - a joint venture operated by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Yusen Logistics and ANJI Automotive Logistics (ANJI) - has begun service under a new name.NYK and Yusen Logistics will use this collaboration to begin efforts to expand their supply chain logistics, particularly in the areas of auto parts logistics and finished car logistics.Until recently, the company had been known as NYKANJI Car Transportation Co. Ltd., a joint venture founded in 2004 by ANJI (51%) and NYK (49%).Over the past decade, NYKANJI Car Transportation Co. Ltd.

Cenotaph Honoring Hirano Maru Sailors

Keiji Kubota, executive vice president and COO of NYK Group Europe laying a wreath at the cenotaph (right). Photo: NYK Line.

On October 4, an unveiling ceremony was held in Wales, U.K., for a cenotaph honoring the sailors of Hirano Maru, a cargo-passenger ship sunk by a German U-boat exactly 100 years ago on October 4, 1918, a month before the armistice.Keiji Kubota, executive vice president, chief operating officer of NYK Group Europe Ltd. attended the event and offered his deepest compassion for the repose of the souls of all those who perished, and his gratitude to a local maritime volunteer group…

Tanker Rescues 28 Fishermen off Colombia

(Photo: NYK Group)

A product tanker operated by the NYK Group rescued 28 fishermen from life rafts on last week off the coast of Colombia.The Challenge Pollux was sailing from the Panama Canal to Houston on September 14 when it received a call from a U.S.-based Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) requesting assistance with the rescue of 28 crew members who had evacuated from a sinking fishing boat.The rescued seafarers were given water, food, clothing and first-aid on board the Challenge Pollux before being transferred to a Colombian Coast Guard vessel.Challenge PolluxCaptain: Birender SinghFlag: Singapor

NYK Names New Ship 'Pirika Moshiri Maru'

Shin Sapporo Maru. Photo: NYK Line

A new ship that NYK will own and operate to transport coal for Hokkaido Electric Power Co. Inc. has been named "Pirika Moshiri Maru." Honoring the history and culture of Hokkaido’s indigenous Ainu inhabitants, the name of the new ship is derived from the Ainu words "pirika,” meaning beautiful, and "moshiri,” meaning earth.After construction at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. is completed in January 2019, the ship will be assigned to transport coal from Australia and other countries to the Tomato-Atsuma Coal Power Station…

MT-FAST Fuel-saving Device Installed on 500 Vessels

Image: NYK Line

MT-FAST, a fuel-saving device jointly developed by NYK Group company MTI Co. Ltd. and Tsuneishi Holdings Corporation, has now been installed on over 500 vessels. Operational data has proven the device to be effective in saving fuel.MT-FAST is a multi-blade device that can be attached to a ship’s hull to improve the propeller's propulsion efficiency.A ship moves forward when the engine rotates the propeller, which sucks in the water in front of it and propels that water backwards, creating the force that pushes the vessel forward.

NYK Line, Asahi Shipping Sign Contract with Kobe Steel

Chofu Works. Photo: Kobe Steel

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line)  together with Asahi Shipping, has concluded a long-term contract with Kobe Steel for the transport of coal for up to 20 years aboard a newly built ship. After delivery of the new vessel from Oshima Shipbuilding in 2021, the ship will transport coal from locations outside Japan to mainly the city of Kobe. This ship will be equipped with a diesel engine compliant with a more stringent environmental regulation limiting nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions — i.e.…

ABB Ability Lands Deal for Nine Heavy Lift Vessels

Photo courtesy of ABB

ABB Ability Marine Advisory System – OCTOPUS marine software will map the safest and most efficient routes for a fleet of heavy lift vessels servicing the expansion of a giant oil field in Kazakhstan.ABB has secured a series of contracts for nine heavy lift vessels transporting modules for the Tengiz oil field expansion by Tengizchevroil (TCO). OCTOPUS will enhance the safety and efficiency of the heavy-lift vessels carrying out the transportation work by indicating the optimal route based on weather and forecasted vessel motions.TCO has contracted China’s biggest shipping company…

NYK Study on Avoiding Collisions

Accumulating data during a simulation led by an experienced captain. Photo: NYK Group

NYK and NYK Group companies MTI Co. and Japan Marine Science released partial findings of a study on collision risk judgement and the autonomous operation of vessels. Representatives from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), and three partner manufacturers (Tokyo Keiki, Japan Radio, and Furuno Electric) were in attendance when the findings were released. This entire study includes development of (a) functions to facilitate judgement related to avoiding risk of collision with other vessels…

NYK Line Focuses on Green and Digitalization

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NYK president Tadaaki Naito called for promoting environmental issues and the utilization of IoT. "I hope to advance the group’s activities with a focus particularly on the keywords 'green' and 'digitalization' this year," he said. "We are already making progress in both fields, and pressing forward to promote their use in practical operations that will allow us to realize a wide range of ideas and further differentiate ourselves," Tadaaki added. ONE, the joint venture company for liner integration…

NYK Signs Charter with EDF LNG Shipping

Photo:  NYK Europe

Japanese shipping company NYK Line announced that it signed a contract with EDF LNG Shipping, a subsidiary of Electricité de France (EDF), to charter a newly built LNG carrier for a total of seven years, with optional extension periods for up to 13 more years. The vessel will be built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Korea and is due to be delivered on April 30, 2020. The vessel will be fitted to EDF’s specific requirements and will have a 174,000-cubic meter capacity membrane…

Four Methanol-fueled Vessels Ordered in Korea

(Photo: Methanex Corporation)

Four new vessels powered by methanol fuel will be built in Korea following investment from maritime industry stakeholders Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. (WFS), Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest), IINO Kaiun Kaisha, Ltd. (IINO), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) and the NYK Group (NYK). The four 49,000 dead weight tonne newbuilds will be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for delivery in 2019. They will be powered by MAN B&W ME-LGI two-stroke dual-fuel engines that can run on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil or gas oil.

NYK, NTT, MTI Conclude Joint Test of Next Generation Onboard IoT Platform

Image: NYK Line

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), MTI, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), and NTT DATA Corporation have successfully conducted a proof-of-concept experiment for a next-generation onboard IoT platform. The test was held aboard Hidaka, a domestic coastal vessel owned and operated by Kinkai Yusen Kaisha of NYK Group. The NYK Group (NYK and MTI) previously developed a ship information management system (SIMS) that enables the gathering, monitoring, and sharing of detailed data between ship and shore, with the aim to promote safe, efficient operations.

NYK's Diagnostic Tool to Prevent Machinery Failure

Home courtesy: NYK

NYK and MTI Co. Ltd. have jointly developed a diagnostic tool that records, visualizes, and analyzes the operational sounds of a vessel’s engine plant. The tool is one of the group’s big data initiatives to encourage greater safety and has been given the name "Kirari MUSE." Onboard trials will begin shortly. Kirari MUSE comprises equipment for recording and visualizing sounds around the vessel engine plant and software that analyzes the sounds and detects anomalies. More specifically…

NYK Conducts STS Connection Test of Navigation Support Tool

A ship navigation support tool jointly developed by NYK, MTI Co. Ltd., and Japan Radio Co. Ltd. The tool allows users to easily plan routes using the handwriting function of electronic navigational chart. image-NYK

NYK and MTI Co. Ltd. yesterday conducted a ship-to-shore connection test for the ship navigation support tool J-Marine NeCST and together with Japan Radio Co. Ltd. verified the effectiveness of the tool’s functions. For the test, a fire was presumed to have occurred on the cruise ship Asuka II, which is operated by NYK Cruises Co. Ltd. The two J-Marine NeCST tools — one aboard Asuka II and the other at NYK’s Crisis Management Center within the NYK head office in Tokyo — were then connected via the internet.

NYK: Staying Ahead with Digitalization, Green

Courtesy NYK

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha ( NYK ) announced that NYK has formulated the new medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green”. The new medium-term management plan states NYK’s corporate vision and management approach over the next five years from April 2018, which are designed to achieve sustainable growth by expeditiously adapting to thealtering business environment. The business environment surrounding NYK group is increasing its uncertainty as a consequence of today’s volatile shipping market condition…

NYK to Stay Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green

Photo: NYK Line India

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) announced that NYK formulates the new medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green”. The new mediumterm management plan states NYK’s corporate vision and management approach over the next five years from April 2018, which are designed to achieve sustainable growth by expeditiously adapting to the altering business environment. The business environment surrounding NYK group is increasing its uncertainty as a consequence of today’s volatile shipping market condition, rising geopolitical risk and rapid technological evolution.

Mitsui LNG Carrier Named Marvel Falcon

Marvel Falcon Photo courtesy Mitsui

On March 29, a naming ceremony was held at Geoje Shipyard of Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. in Korea, for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier that NYK has concluded a long time-charter contract with Mitsui & Co. Ltd. At the ceremony, the ship was named “Marvel Falcon” by Mr. Tatsuo Yasunaga, president and chief executive officer of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and the ceremonial rope holding the vessel in place was cut by Mr. Yasunaga’s wife. From NYK, Hitoshi Nagasawa, Representative Director, Senior Managing Corporate Officer attended.

NYK, Oyak to Build Car Terminal in Turkey

Image of Terminal at Completion by NYK Line

Turkey’s Oyak Group - owner of the country’s biggest steel producer, Erdemir Group - is to invest in a car logistics terminal in Yarimca port near Istanbul  in partnership with Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line). According to a Reuters report, the investment will be $110 million. According to NYK press release, Süleyman SavaĹź Erdem, general manager of OYAK, and Koichi Chikaraishi, NYK representative director and senior managing corporate officer, were on hand for the signing ceremony held in Istanbul on April 5.

New Japanese-built LNG Carrier Named

Diamond Gas Orchid was built at the Nagasaki Shipyard in Japan (Photo: NYK)

A naming ceremony was held for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, Diamond Gas Orchid, at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Nagasaki Shipyard.The newbuild, owned by Diamond LNG Shipping 1 Pte. Ltd., a 50/50 joint venture company between NYK and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), will sail under a long-term time-charter contract with MC’s wholly owned subsidiary in Singapore, Diamond Gas International Pte. Ltd.After delivery on June 29, 2018, the ship will transport LNG from Louisiana in the U.S.

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