As a part of the NYK Mirai Project,* NYK sponsored a booth at the “Manabi no Fes 2017” (Festival of Learning) in March at the Japan Science Foundation’s museum in central Tokyo.
This event was organized by the Mainichi Shimbun, one of Japan’s major newspapers, to provide children with the opportunity to learn about jobs at companies that might not be familiar to the children. Thirty-five companies and organizations exhibited at the event, which was attended by about 2,000 children and parents chosen by lot.
NYK is the first company from the transportation industry to ever participate in this event, and the company’s booth featured a ship-handling simulator, a studio area where children could be photographed wearing a captain’s uniform, and a quiz game about ships.
The ship-handling simulator allowed the children to try their hand at navigating a ship, even though it’s much more challenging than navigating a car, and in the studio area children were able to interact with the J-Crew Project mascot from the All Japan Seamen's Union. Parents also asked many questions about the process of becoming a seafarer.
The company looks forward to continuing the NYK Mirai Project to encourage interest in seafaring among children.
* NYK Mirai Project
This project consists of a series of activities that nurture greater awareness of maritime affairs and the seafaring life among Japan’s youth so that they can develop interest in the maritime industry and consider careers at shipping companies. The project was launched at the end of 2014.
On April 14, a new coal carrier, Isuzu Maru, was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture). The new vessel will be operated by NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd., an NYK group company located in Singapore, for the transport of coal for JERA Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd. (JERA Trading Singapore). * A delivery and naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on the same day. The ceremony was attended by Tomohiko Ono, Director of Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Chubu Electric Power), and Kazuo Ogasawara, NYK Managing Corporate Officer, among others.
Isuzu Maru will be the first coal carrier for an NYK Group’s overseas subsidiary to operate for a Japanese electric power company. The vessel will transport coal mainly from Australia and Indonesia to Chubu Electric Power’s Hekinan thermal power station, which is located in Hekinan city, Aichi prefecture, in Japan. Compared to the standard 70,000-ton (DWT) Panamax bulk carrier, the new Isuzu Maru has a wider beam and a shallower draft to improve transportation efficiency.
The NYK Group will continue its efforts to make use of creative solutions to provide stable and economical transportation of resources.
*JERA Trading Singapore
A coal trading corporation in Singapore owned by JERA Co., Inc. (67%) and EDF Trading Limited (33%). JERA Co., Inc. is a joint venture owned equally by Chubu Electric Power and TEPCO Fuel & Power, Incorporated.
About Isuzu Maru
Length Overall: 249.98 meters
Breadth: 43.00 meters
Gross Tonnage: 56,825 tons
Deadweight Tonnage: 100,165 metric tons
Builder: Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Country: Marshall Islands
Key Opus, a bulk carrier operated by NYK, rescued a yachtsman in distress in the South Pacific on April 15.
While Key Opus was sailing from Brisbane, Australia, to Mejillones, Chile, the vessel received a request from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center of New Zealand to assist a yachtsman who had become stranded due to bad weather. The rescued Polish yachtsman is in good health and will be delivered from Key Opus to Polish consulate when the vessel arrives in Chile.
- About Key Opus
Captain: Valle Allan Amagsila
Flag: Panama Crew: 19 seafarers, including the captain
Gross Tonnage: 42,999 tons
Type of Vessel: bulk carrier
Shipowner: Yamamaru Kisen Co., Ltd.