Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited NYK Maritime Museum in Yokohama on July 17, 2017, a national holiday known as Marine Day.
Yasumi Kudo, NYK Chairman and Tadashi Abe, director of NYK Maritime Museum greeted the Imperial couple and Hakuei Wakiya, vice director of museum escorted them.
The Imperial couple keenly saw the exhibition of history until today; Yataro Iwasaki who established modern Japanese shipping industry, the Bombay route established jointly with Tata company, the many celebrities who traveled on luxury passenger liners in prewar, the devastation of war, and the achievement of recovery started with the only one large-scale survivor ship Hikawa Maru. The Imperial couple expressed their impressions that today the main transportation for passengers has changed to airplanes from ships, which was once the only transportation mode.
NYK continues to prevent dissipation of historical materials to promote preservation, and to convey how the Japanese marine industry has been involved historically with people's lifestyles through the maritime history, in order to enhance maritime spirit.
NYK Maritime Museum
It introduces history from the dawn of modern Japanese marine transport to date, through NYK's company history since its establishment in 1885.
The Imperial couple listen to an explanation of the War Memorial statue*
*War Memorial statue
On 70th anniversary of NYK’s establishment, NYK exhibited the statue to mourn its 5,312 employees who were lost during the Pacific War. This was made by Seibo Kitamura (1884-1987), the same sculptor as the Peace Statue in Nagasaki Peace Park.
On July 8, the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which is located in the suburbs of Manila and jointly run by NYK and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG),* held a ceremony to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its establishment.
The ceremony was attended by about 2,200 people including Rolando A. Guevara Alvarado, Panama’s ambassador to the Philippines; J. Roberto C. Delgado, TDG chairman; Koji Miyahara, former NYK chairman and president, and current board counselor; and students and graduates of the academy.
Mr. Delgado spoke about the history of NTMA and its long relationship with NYK, emphasizing the importance of an education that corresponds to changes in world affairs and the maritime industry. Miyahara expressed his gratitude for the firm support extended to NTMA by related parties over the past 10 years, and emphasized to the cadets that stewardship, community engagement, and the shared NYK Values of integrity, innovation, and intensity will continue to provide them with inner fortitude in the face challenges confronting the maritime industry.
On July 6, 2007, NYK became the first company in the Japanese maritime industry to establish a maritime academy in the Philippines. And since opening, NTMA has established a scholarship program for students who might find it financially challenging to pursue such a degree. The curriculum offered at NTMA produces high-quality seafarers by providing them with a unique core curriculum in addition to valuable training on board. The number of graduates has totaled about 700 to date, and the state examination pass rate for certification as a marine officer is 100 percent. And last year, an NTMA graduate was promoted to the position of first officer for the first time, so graduates are steadily taking on more leadership roles on the ships.
Drawing on NYK’s extensive experience cultivating the best seafarers from all over the world, NYK will continue its effort to improve both the quality and quantity of Filipino seafarers within the NYK Group.
Outline of NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA)
Established: June 3, 2007
Number of students: 180 per academic year in two academic disciplines, 90 in marine navigation and 90 in marine engineering
Instructors and staff: About 70
Location: Canlubang, Calamba City (a suburban city about a one-hour drive from Manila)
Curriculum: Four years (three years of academic study and one year of onboard training)
Mission: To foster global seafarers through higher education by focusing on building an individual’s sense of humanity and providing training in practical maritime technologies
*Transnational Diversified Group (TDG)
A business group established by Chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado. Business activities include vessel agent services, seafarer manning, training and cadet education, as well as other logistics businesses. TDG and NYK have maintained a cooperative relationship since the establishment of TDG.
Jeremy Nixon, an NYK corporate officer, has announced that he will resign from his position, effective July 10, 2017, to assume the new post of CEO of Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (ONE), the new operational headquarters arising from the integration of the container shipping businesses of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.
Updated positions, duties and responsibilities of NYK directors and corporate officers are provided in the attached file.
CEO, Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd.
* Resignation tendered on his own accord.