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NYK group was invited to the “National Maritime Summit” held in Haugesund, Norway this February, and Hideyuki Ando, senior general manager of the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI), a consolidated subsidiary company of NYK, delivered a presentation about NYK Group’s initiatives of using IT in vessel operations.

In his presentation titled “Digitalization in Shipping – the future as seen by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)”, Ando introduced the future prospects of using Digital Twin* in vessels, and NYK’s achievements of using Big Data for optimization of route plans, vessel allocation plans, and hull modifications. He also introduced other R&D projects conducted by NYK group companies, which were selected as supporting projects by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) such as; the study on collision risk assessment and autonomous operation of vessels, condition monitoring of vessel engine plant, and measurement techniques for hull structure strength. Ando referred to possibilities of further collaborations between NYK group companies and the maritime industry in Norway where R&D are proactively promoted.

This National Maritime Summit is annually held in Haugesund where the Norwegian Maritime Authority is based. Monica Mæland, a Minister of Trade and Industry, and Ketil Solvik-Olsen, a Minister of Transport and Communications of Norway attended and gave a speech in this 24th year.

To enhance the safety and operational efficiency of NYK fleet, and to strengthen global competitiveness, NYK Group will continue to proactively promote R&D, in cooperation with its global partners.


*Digital Twin

To realize the physical conditions of individual plants and products in operations, through use of Big Data enabled by IoT and engineering simulation technologies.

Two NYK-operated vessels — Garnet Leader, a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC), and NYK Remus, a containership — have been awarded the Panama Canal Authority’s Green Connection Award, a new initiative started on January 1 to recognize vessels who demonstrate excellent environmental stewardship.                         

The award is part of the authority’s Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program, and recipients are determined by evaluating eligible candidates based on the ship’s Environmental Ship Index (ESI) score. *

NYK considers environmental issues to be an opportunity for differentiation, and the company will thus continue to promote environment-minded activities.


* Environmental Ship Index (ESI) An index administered by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) to measure a ship’s emissions based on the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur oxide (SOx), particulate matter (PM), and greenhouse gas released.

NYK was certified as the “White 500,” a group of large companies showing outstanding health and productivity management. This recognition is selected by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Nippon Kenko Kaigi*, and acknowledges excellent large companies that strategically carry out efforts in cooperation with an insurer to manage employee health. NYK is the only one company in the maritime industry to be included for 2017 year. This is the first year of “White 500,” and in all 235 companies were elected.


NYK has started a health-promotion project in collaboration with the NYK Health Insurance Society. Under this project, NYK offers enhanced regular health checkups, a clinic to help employees give up smoking, coaching events led by trainers of leading athletes, and seminars featuring medical specialists.


NYK strongly believes that promoting employee health and preventing disease helps to build a strong foundation for business activities. Considering health to be one of the highest priorities, NYK will continue to examine effective methods to improve employee well-being.


* Nippon Kenko Kaigi

In Japan, which is battling a declining birth rate and an aging population, this organization was formed under the full support of administration to help commercial businesses offer effective activities for life extension and proper medical care. The aim is to realize concrete measures in the workplace and society through cooperation among organizations in the economic, medical, and insurance fields. The organization’s “Declaration for a Healthy Town/Workplace 2020” aims to recognize 500 companies engaged in managing employee health in cooperation with insurers.