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NYK Vessel Rescues Fishermen off the Philippine Coast

On July 7, Crimson Polaris, a wood-chip carrier operated by NYK Line, rescued nine fishermen in distress off the coast of the Philippines.

While Crimson Polaris was sailing from Australia to China through a navigational lane in the South China Sea on July 7, the ship’s crew members spotted the fishermen, pulled them to safety, and began administering first aid.

The fishing boat had departed from Bolinao in the Philippines on July 3 and had overturned and sunk in bad weather two days later. The fishermen were rescued on July 7, and handed over to the coast guard the next day and returned home.

NYK and MTI Develop Electronic UMS Check System

 

NYK and the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI; head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; president: Makoto Igarashi) have jointly developed a Unmanned Machinery Space (UMS)  check system, the first time a Japanese shipping company has developed such a system.

 

Before an engine plant and equipment are operated unattended (e.g., at night), measurements need to be made, and taking such measurements is called a “UMS check.” In a conventional UMS check, the person in charge monitors equipment by conducting a large number of checks, manually recording the collected data on paper.

 

This new electronic UMS check has been specialized for mobile devices, and NYK aims to introduce it aboard its owned vessels by the end of this year. System features are as below.

 

  • Features of the Electronic UMS Check System

 

 

Functions

Advantages

(1)

Paperless

No   need for recording on paper

(2)

Numeric keypad exclusive to UMS check

Significantly reduces data-entry time compared to entry with a   conventional keypad

(3)

Warning alarm when   abnormal figures entered

Notifies operator if   abnormal figures are entered, allowing the operator to quickly respond.

Helps crew to quickly   become aware of abnormalities, and is thus a useful training tool too.

(4)

Data trends graphically displayed

Data   trends displayed as graphs, allowing chronological changes to be confirmed

(5)

Photos and video stored

Allows   storage of photos or video of irregular equipment condition

(6)

Broadband   transmission

Transmits data   directly from the mobile terminal to onshore servers, allowing onshore staff   to browse data in a timely manner

 

In accordance with its “More Than Shipping 2018” medium-term management plan, the NYK Group will continue its efforts to improve operational efficiency and safety management.

G6 Alliance Announces Asia – North America Service Changes

In response to market demand, members of the G6 Alliance today announced the below enhancement to improve the Asia – North America (East Coast) trade.

 

NYK will continue to make every effort to improve its quality and reliability to respond to the diversifying needs of customers.

 

Additional Halifax Call

The AZX (Asia Suez Express) service will be upgraded to include an additional Halifax call. This move is expected to improve transit times from Canada to Asian and Mediterranean ports as well as from Asian and Mediterranean ports to New York. The new port rotation will be as follows:

Laem Chabang – Singapore – Colombo – Damietta – Cagliari – Halifax – New York – Savannah – Norfolk – Halifax (new) – Cagliari – Damietta – Jebel Ali – Singapore – Laem Chabang

Effective from the following voyage: Budapest Express BUX 029E, ETA Laem Chabang July 6, 2015, ETA Halifax (new) Aug 4, 2015.

 

The G6 Alliance offers a variety of services between Asia and Europe, between Asia and North America, and across the Atlantic covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings.

 

The G6 Alliance members include APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, and Orient Overseas Container Line.