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NYK has released a digital version of its “Essential-15” safe cargo operation guidelines for the high quality transport of dry bulk cargo. The new, multilingual version includes digital animations and replaces the previous version, which was a paper document. NYK has distributed the updated guidelines to about 180 NYK-operated bulk carriers through shipowners and ship-management companies.

In 2015, NYK created the “Essential-15" guidelines by selecting 15 items considered to be indispensable for safe cargo operations. Officers and operators of capsize and panamax bulk carriers, among other bulkers, make use of the guidelines to prevent serious accidents during cargo handling.

New digital animations make the guidelines easier to understand, helping to make them a valuable tool for captains, officers, and operators to improve their knowledge and skills regardless of mother tongue or previous level of knowledge or experience.

In order to create an electronic version of the guidelines, a project team was formed by NYK’s Dry Bulk Marine Team, and young and mid-career operators dedicated nearly a year to the task.

The NYK Group will continue its efforts to raise the standard of its safe cargo operations and transport quality.

  • Features of Updated "Essential-15"
  1. Attractive Design and Composition

Includes lots of illustrations, photos, and animations, making the material much more learner-friendly.

       2. Multilingual

Available in four languages, ​​including English, Japanese, Chinese, and Tagalog, so that more seafarers can review the material in their mother tongue.

       3. Offline Study

Distributed by DVD, so study can be done without a network connection.


NYK Cruises Co. Ltd. (head office: Yokohama; president: Hiroshi Hattori), an NYK Group company, welcomed aboard children with rare, serious diseases and their family members — 87 in total — for a tour of Asuka II while the ship was calling Yokohama on August 11.

NYK Cruises has actively supported the mission of Hope&Wish (head office: Tokyo; representative director: Riki Osumi; website: (in Japanese), a public interest incorporated association, by providing children afflicted with rare, serious diseases with the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of a luxury cruise ship in port, an outing that would normally be terribly challenging for these children and their family members.

This was the second time for NYK Cruises and Hope&Wish to coordinate this event. The children and their family members, escorted by Hope&Wish staff members and 38 NYK Group volunteers, including members of NYK Cruises, toured the ship and enjoyed entertainment that included a magic show, flamenco dance lesson, quiz game, and an original Asuka production.

The NYK Group remains committed to being a good corporate citizen contributing to the well-being of the community.

NYK has issued the English version of the company’s 2017 NYK Report, which includes information that would traditionally be found in an annual report and a CSR report.

The 2017 report emphasizes “creating value” and examines value-creation for stakeholders within a challenging operating environment from three perspectives: enhancing our ability to create value, initiatives for creating value, and foundations for creating value.

In the report’s “Message from the President,” NYK president Tadaaki Naito positions fiscal 2017 as a year for making a fresh start for achieving new growth, and emphasizes strategic management and concerted efforts to enhance the NYK Group’s ability to create value and improve the company’s performance and results.

The report also features a special discussion on today’s technical challenges associated with IoT. In this segment, Masaru Kitsuregawa, director general of Japan’s National Institute of Informatics, which is recognized as a leader in the field of information and communication technology, assesses NYK’s big data applications and the company’s future outlook.

A later section features a discussion between NYK outside directors Yoshihiro Katayama and Yukio Okamoto about various issues and their assessments of NYK’s businesses and management.

NYK’s initiatives to address issues in cooperation with partners that challenge our society, including SDGs,* can also be found in the report.

The full report can be accessed through the link below:

If you would like a physical copy of the report, please use the following link to request a copy:

* SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

The “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was adopted at the U.N. Summit in September 2015 and established SDGs to realize a global society by 2030. In Japan, a department to promote SDGs was launched in May 2016 and comprises the prime minister (as general manager) and all Cabinet ministers.