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NYK has provided free ocean transport of children’s sandals from Japan to Tonga using a vessel operated by NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd. (NBP), an NYK Group company.

5,000 pairs of new sandals, which were donated by a Japanese private donor from Niigata Prefecture to the government of the Kingdom of Tonga, were shipped from Yokohama on NBP-operated South Islander. The new footwear arrived at the Tongan port of Nuku'alofa last month, and a ceremony to present the sandals to the Tonga Red Cross Society was held at the Queen Salote Wharf. At the event, HRH Princess Marcella Kalaniuvalu Fotofili entrusted the gift to Mr. Sione Taumoefolau, the secretary general of the Tonga Red Cross Society, in the presence of H.E. Lady Fusitu’a, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Tonga to Japan.

Mr. Taumoefolau conveyed his gratitude for the sandals, which will be distributed by the Red Cross to children not only on the main island but also on the remote islands of Eua, Vava'u, Ha'apai, and Niuas, among others.

The NYK Group has established a good relationship with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Tonga in Japan and the government of Tonga, and previously offered free shipping for donated rugby balls. NYK will continue to use its logistics and transport services, facilities, and networks across oceans, land, and air to demonstrate the group's commitment to social contribution activities.

Today, the NYK Maritime Museum and NYK Hikawamaru were recognized by Japan’s prime minister for the public service to the nation by the museum and the museum ship and for the contributions made to generate awareness about Japan’s history as an oceanic state. Both were recognized under the “Education, dissemination, and increase of public interest” sector of the “Special Contribution to Marine-Based Development of Japan” category at the Tenth National Maritime Awards.

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Website: NYK Maritime Museum and NYK Hikawamaru,

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.