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On November 15 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 PCTC (pure car and truck carrier).

Cooperation from the Maritime Bureau within Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the 4th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of Japan, and related parties enabled this drill to be more realistic and practical than before. 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.

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A fire broke out in a cargo space on a PCTC while the vessel was sailing off the coast of Ise Bay. A crew member was injured while firefighting. In addition, a pipe on deck was damaged by the fire, and oil then leaked into the sea.

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1) NYK established a crisis-management headquarters in response to an urgent report from the PCTC’s ship-management company.

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

3) NYK directed the PCTC to rescue the injured, conduct firefighting, and remove the oil from the sea by coordinating with MLIT, the Japan Coast Guard, and related parties. 

4) NYK sent out press releases as the situation progressed and responded to media enquiries.

NYK will further advance its safety management systems, positioning navigational safety as its most important task, and will aim to be a leading company in the safety field based on the group’s medium-term management plan, “More Than Shipping 2018.”

* 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.

On November 14, Anne Berner, Finland’s minister of Transport and Communications; government officials; and representatives of 10 Finnish maritime companies — 23 guests in total — visited the NYK head office and met with NYK representative director and executive vice-president corporate officer Naoya Tazawa and senior managing corporate officer Yasuo Tanaka.

Earlier in the year on March 10, 2016, the leaders of Japan and Finland issued a joint statement on a strategic partnership between Japan and Finland as gateways in Asia and Europe. Minister Berner was visiting Japan to promote cooperation among companies of both countries in a wide range of areas. She was seeking cooperation particularly in the maritime industry for the technical development of automated vessel operation systems and the Arctic Ocean. NYK was the only company in the maritime industry to be visited.

During the meeting, Minister Berner spoke about the exceptional technology being developed by Finnish maritime companies. NYK and MTI, and NYK Group company, introduced their developments and how the NYK Group utilizes IoT and Big Data for vessels, etc. and an active exchange of opinions followed.

To encourage the development and use of creative solutions and thus create new value, the NYK Group will continue to pursue competitive advantages by building good relationships with the governments of various nations, and companies in the maritime industry.

On November 7, 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),* proudly graduated the 117 students comprising the academy’s Class of 2016.

NYK president Tadaaki Naito and TDG chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado, in addition to invited guests that included Ciriaco Lagunzad III, administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, participated in the graduation ceremony for the students, all of whom had enrolled in 2012. 

President Naito encouraged the students in his commencement address by saying, “Your time to make a difference has come. Under the severe business environment facing the shipping industry, ensuring a competitive advantage is important to continue developing. I hope that you take after your seniors and continue to improve your knowledge and skills. Always remember that success is the result of hard work.”

Since opening in 2007, 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, drawing on NYK’s extensive experience cultivating the best seafarers from all over the world. NTMA has been highly evaluated as a maritime school and was one of the first maritime academies to be recognized in 2011 by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism under a new certification program for graduates of overseas maritime academies.

After obtaining the seafarer certificate of competence, graduates of NTMA will begin a career as a third officer or third engineer on NYK-operated ships and aim to become a captain or chief engineer on NYK vessels, including the more technically challenging high-risk ships. A total of 671 students have graduated from NTMA since the academy opened, and most graduates are actively engaged as officers or engineers on NYK-operated ships.

NYK will continue its effort to improve both the quality and quantity of Filipino seafarers as executive candidates within the NYK Group.

 

Outline of NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA)

Established

June 3, 2007

Number of students

120 per academic year in two academic disciplines, 60 in marine navigation and 60 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.