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On September 1st, NYK held its annual Dry Bulk Safety Conference at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo to review safety awareness and share updated guidelines for safe cargo operations. A total of 90 participants from 50 Japanese shipowners and ship-management companies attended.

This conference has been held every year since 2010 to promote safety by exchanging ideas about safety policy and sharing information about recent incidents with shipowners and ship-management company representatives.

This year, NYK released its recently updated "Essential-15" safe cargo operation guidelines and emphasized how the guidelines can result in the higher quality transport of dry bulk cargo.

The NYK Group will continue its efforts to maintain safe operations in cooperation with NYK affiliates, shipowners, and ship-management companies.

On August 24, 16 NYK executive officers and a group of six vessel captains and chief engineers held a meeting at NYK headquarters in Tokyo to openly exchange opinions about the safe operation of vessels that NYK Group is managing and operating.

This meeting is part of NYK’s two-month Remember Naka-no-Se safety campaign,* and is chaired by NYK president Tadaaki Naito, who oversees NYK’s Safety and Environmental Management Committee** so that top management can exchange direct opinions with captains and chief engineers to develop further practical measures with respect to safe operation of our vessels.

At the meeting, president Naito commented, “I would like you to make use of the voice of the Gemba to strengthen safety management which result in the company’s competitiveness”.

In addition, as part of the safety campaign, president Naito visited Zeus Leader, a pure car and truck carrier at Daikoku terminal on August 29. During the two-month campaign, over 400 NYK Group executives and employees also visited about 200 vessels to exchange opinions and strengthen safety awareness between onboard crew and offshore staff.

NYK will further advance its safety management systems, positioning navigational safety as one of its most important tasks, and will aim to strengthen the company’s competitiveness. 

* Remember Naka-no-Se Safety Campaign

 To ensure that the lessons learned from the Diamond Grace oil spill in July 1997 remain fresh, NYK conducts a two-month safety campaign every year from July 1. During this period, top management at NYK reconfirms the importance of safe operations with all NYK employees.

 ** Safety and Environmental Management Committee

 NYK’s highest decision-making body related to safety measures and environmental issues. The committee was established in April 2004 and is chaired by the president.

NYK has provided free ocean transport of children’s sandals from Japan to Tonga using a vessel operated by NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd. (NBP), an NYK Group company.

5,000 pairs of new sandals, which were donated by a Japanese private donor from Niigata Prefecture to the government of the Kingdom of Tonga, were shipped from Yokohama on NBP-operated South Islander. The new footwear arrived at the Tongan port of Nuku'alofa last month, and a ceremony to present the sandals to the Tonga Red Cross Society was held at the Queen Salote Wharf. At the event, HRH Princess Marcella Kalaniuvalu Fotofili entrusted the gift to Mr. Sione Taumoefolau, the secretary general of the Tonga Red Cross Society, in the presence of H.E. Lady Fusitu’a, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Tonga to Japan.

Mr. Taumoefolau conveyed his gratitude for the sandals, which will be distributed by the Red Cross to children not only on the main island but also on the remote islands of Eua, Vava'u, Ha'apai, and Niuas, among others.

The NYK Group has established a good relationship with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Tonga in Japan and the government of Tonga, and previously offered free shipping for donated rugby balls. NYK will continue to use its logistics and transport services, facilities, and networks across oceans, land, and air to demonstrate the group's commitment to social contribution activities.