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On August 4 as part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign,* NYK conducted a crisis-response drill based on the scenario of a serious accident occurring on an NYK-owned and operated LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) carrier.

NYK, with the cooperation from the Maritime Bureau within Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of Japan, the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center (MDPC), and related parties made this drill more realistic and practical than before. NYK chose oil spill as the drill scenario to prevent the lessons of the Diamond Grace accident from fading away 20 years after its occurrence. During the drill, NYK’s crisis-management headquarters simulated timely press releases and reconfirmed the importance of immediate and correct information disclosure to the public.

A summary of the drill is provided below.


A blackout had occurred on an LPG carrier while the vessel was sailing within Tokyo Bay, making it unable to sail under its own power. After that, the vessel collided with a domestic container vessel operated by Kinkai Yusen Kaisha Ltd., an NYK group company, then followed by a fuel oil spill from the LPG carrier.

 Flow of drill

 1) NYK set up a crisis-management headquarters upon receiving an urgent report from the LPG carrier’s ship-management company about the accident.

 2) NYK reported information about the accident to MLIT’s Maritime Bureau, the Japan Coast Guard, and related parties.

 3) NYK directed the LPG carrier to stop the oil leakage, rescue the injured by coordinating with MLIT, the Japan Coast Guard, the MDPC, and related parties.

 4) NYK made press releases as the situation progressed and held a mock press conference where NYK managing corporate officer Akira Kono and NYK managing corporate officer Tomoyuki Koyama explained the accident to the press.

NYK will further advance its safety management systems, positioning navigational safety as one of its most important tasks, and will aim to be a leading company in the safety field.

* Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign

This campaign has been conducted every year to remind NYK Group members of the importance of safe operations and to ensure that lessons remain learnt from the oil spill that occurred in July 1997 from VLCC Diamond Grace.


As a part of the NYK Mirai Project,* NYK sponsored a booth at the summer 2017 “Manabi no Fes” (Festival of Learning) on August 2 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-seven companies and organizations exhibited at the event, which was attended by about 1,800 children and parents chosen by lot.

This was the second “Manabi no Fes” for NYK, and this time the company conducted classes about oceangoing ships and seafarers’ onboard duties, administered quizzes about the ships, and gave the children the opportunity to navigate a car carrier via a ship-handling simulator.

Many children enjoyed the simulator challenge of piloting a ship through Tokyo Bay and the Singapore Strait, both of which are known to be areas of heavy vessel traffic. And parents asked many questions about the process of becoming a seafarer.

A photo area was set up and cosponsored by the All Japan Seamen's Union and the International Mariners Management Association of Japan, and many children enjoyed interacting with the J-Crew Project’s mascots and being photographed wearing a captain’s uniform.

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.

The four companies listed below, headquartered in Yokohama and Tokyo, are pleased to announce the creation of the “Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (AHEAD)” *1 and the launch of the world’s first Global Hydrogen Supply Chain Demonstration Project.

Chiyoda Corporation President: Mr. Masaji Santo

Mitsubishi Corporation  President: Mr. Takehiko Kakiuchi

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.  President: Mr. Tatsuo Yasunaga

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha  President: Mr. Tadaaki Naito

The project, a subsidized “Technology Development Project to establish Hydrogen Society/Technology Development for the Utilization of Large Scale Hydrogen Energy”, is funded by the National Research and Development Agency, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and demonstrates “The Hydrogen Supply Chain utilizing the Organic Chemical Hydride Method”.

Project Outline

1. Project Description

The construction of a Global Hydrogen Supply Chain Demonstration Plant comprising a Hydrogenation Plant in Negara Brunei Darussalam and a Dehydrogenation Plant in Kawasaki’s coastal region of Japan using Chiyoda’s SPERA Hydrogen® Technology*2.  Hydrogen will be procured in Brunei and transported by ship to Kawasaki, Japan in liquid form at ambient temperature and pressure.  Hydrogen gas will then be extracted from the liquid in Kawasaki and supplied to consumers.

2. Project Scale

Supply of 210 tons (max) of Hydrogen in 2020, equivalent to filling 40,000 Fuel Cell Vehicles.

3. Hydrogen Supply

Hydrogen will be produced by Steam Reforming from the processed gas derived from the Natural Gas Liquefaction Plant of Brunei LNG Sdn. Bhd. (Headquarters: Lumut, MD: Mr. Thomas Jenke)

4. Hydrogen Demand

Fuel for the Keihin Refinery Thermal Power Plant, an affiliate of TOA OIL Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Kawasaki, President: Mr. Hiroto Tamai).   TOA OIL Co., Ltd. is owned by SHOWA SHELL SEKIYU K. K. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President and Group CEO: Mr. Tsuyoshi Kameoka).

5. Project Duration

Construction  :    August 2017 – December 2019

Operation      :    January 2020 – December 2020

Project Positioning

 The project will be constructed considering the Phase II of the “Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells”, issued by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 2014 and revised in 2016, and aims to realize Global Hydrogen Transport and Supply Technology for full-scale Hydrogen Power Generation around 2030. This Hydrogen Demo project is a stepping stone for commercialization of projects post 2020.

The technology utilizes Hydrogen for CO2 free power generation, which can contribute to fulfill the December 2015 COP21 Paris Agreement requiring greenhouse gas reductions to combat global warming.

*1 Overview of “AHEAD”


Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development


4-6-2, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan


Mr. Hideki Endo

(General Manager, Hydrogen Supply Chain Development Unit

Chiyoda Corporation)

Association Member:

Chiyoda Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

Establishment Date:

3 July 2017

Research Partner:


Development Bank of Japan Inc.

*2 Chiyoda’s SPERA Hydrogen® Technology

Chiyoda’s SPERA Hydrogen® Technology utilizes the Organic Chemical Hydride Method. In the supply country, Hydrogen, chemically fixed to Toluene, is converted into Methylcyclohexane (MCH), a liquid at ambient temperature and pressure, by hydrogenation reaction for storage and transport.

In the consumer country, Hydrogen is extracted from MCH by dehydrogenation reaction and supplied as hydrogen gas.




Brunei Hydrogen Production & Hydrogenation Plant

Kawasaki Dehydrogenation Plant