Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK; head office: Tokyo; president: Tadaaki Naito) and Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd. (YLK; head office: Tokyo; president: Kenji Mizushima) jointly conducted their 2017 Global NYK/YLK Week from October 16 to 20 in Japan. Twenty-two staff members from around the world were nominated from the Group’s global business bases to attend the program, along with a handful of employees based in Japan.
This training program has been jointly held by NYK and YLK since 2012 to deepen interaction among the participants across national, division, and company boundaries and further strengthen links and networks.
This year's theme was “Stay Half a Step Ahead.” The participants were given lectures about the NYK Group Values* and NYK’s initiatives to differentiate itself from its competitors. The participants were then divided into four groups, and after using various analytical methods to determined worldwide events that could be realized in five years, the group engaged in active discussions on issues the NYK Group should address. Each group then made a presentation on its theme to board members, including the presidents of NYK and YLK, thus allowing the groups to have an impact on the Group’s business management.
At the end of the week, the participants traveled to Kyoto for a day of Japanese culture and learned about traditional methods to relax mind and body through Zen meditation.
It is expected that all participants will take their experiences from the five-day program back to their offices to share with their colleagues, and that they will use what they learned in this program in their everyday work.
The NYK Group respects the diversity of its employees and the spirit of challenge, and is dedicated to the development of its human resources so that the Group can be a place where all employees can work with pride and realize their dreams.
* NYK Group Values
Integrity, innovation, and intensity — the 3 I’s — are considered to represent the essential character of NYK, formed over the course of the company’s 130-year history. Since 1997, the assimilation of these values has facilitated the achievement of the NYK Group mission statement. http://www.nyk.com/english/profile/mission/values/
The NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which NYK operates in the Philippines, successfully conducted an international short-term student-exchange program with national maritime schools in Japan during the months of August through October 2017.
- Short-term study abroad from Japan
From August 30 to September 9, 2017, 10 students from the Hiroshima and Yuge colleges of the National Institute of Technology travelled to the Philippines. During the visits, the students stayed at the NTMA dormitory and participated in study and activities at the school. They spent their weekends sightseeing and interacting with the NTMA students.
- Short-term study abroad from NTMA
From October 15 to 21, 2017, 10 students from NTMA travelled to Japan and visited the National Institute of Technology’s Yuge College in Ehime prefecture for classes and drills. The students also visited a container terminal in Tokyo, the NYK Maritime Museum, and NYK Hikawamaru.
Students from both countries attended classes and drills together, interacting with one another in English, and left with greater stimulation and motivation.
NYK will continue to stimulate an interest in the seafaring life by encourage young adults to gain a global perspective.
A start-up that has received support from NYK Group South Asia Pte. Ltd. (NGSA) and Symphony Creative Solutions Pte. Ltd. (SCS)*, both NYK Group companies, has won the top prize at Smart Port Challenge 2017** launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in June 2017.
NGSA and SCS issued the challenge of “using automation to help ships meet regulatory clearance” to the 81 start-ups participating in the event, and subsequently selected a start-up that had proposed the use of RPA*** technology to achieve the task. NGSA and SCS supported the start-up as a mentor to create innovative solutions that would to meet the challenge. At the end of September, the start-up was awarded the top prize out of 12 finalists by experts in the maritime and venture capital industries.
The NYK Group will continue to promote innovation and provide new value to the maritime and logistics industry by developing advanced, creative solutions.
* Symphony Creative Solutions Pte. Ltd.
Jointly established in Singapore in March 2016 by the NYK Group, Weathernews Inc., and Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc. to develop and market next-generation solutions in the shipping and logistics fields.
** Smart Port Challenge 2017
An initiative by the MPA to encourage collaboration between organizations and start-ups to push digital transformation in the maritime industry to enhance safety, efficiency, and productivity. This program provides opportunities for maritime industry partners and start-ups to harness digital technologies in areas such as IoT and artificial intelligence for collaborations that will add value to the maritime logistics value chain.
Robotic Process Automation
Automation and optimization of work by making use of artificial intelligence.