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NYK is pleased to announce that Mr. Hideki Suzuki, currently Managing Director of NYK Group Europe Ltd, will succeed Mr. Svein Steimler as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NYK Group Europe Ltd.

Mr. Suzuki will take up his new position with effect from April 2017 and will be based in NYK’s regional headquarters in London.

Mr. Suzuki joined NYK in 1987. Over the years he has had a range of duties and positions in NYK, as well as a secondment to the cabinet office of the Japanese Government.

With over 30 years’ experience in the shipping industry, Mr. Suzuki brings a vast knowledge and experience of both the car carrier and liner shipping markets to this strategic role.

NYK Group is pleased to announce that Mr. Svein Steimler has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of NYK Group Europe Ltd, effective April 1, 2017, succeeding Mr. Takuji Nakai.

He is the first non-Japanese to hold such positions in NYK’s 131 year history.

Mr. Steimler will als5o be appointed board member of the International Chamber of Shipping, representing the Japanese Shipowners’ Association.

Having joined NYK in 1998, to assist in ensuring the group’s growth in the car and bulk trades in Europe, Mr. Steimler was appointed Corporate Officer of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) in 2013.

With some 40 years' experience, Mr. Steimler is a well-known and respected figure within the industry, receiving a doctorate in Maritime Operations from Solent University, Southampton in 2012.  

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NYK group was invited to the “National Maritime Summit” held in Haugesund, Norway this February, and Hideyuki Ando, senior general manager of the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI), a consolidated subsidiary company of NYK, delivered a presentation about NYK Group’s initiatives of using IT in vessel operations.

In his presentation titled “Digitalization in Shipping – the future as seen by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)”, Ando introduced the future prospects of using Digital Twin* in vessels, and NYK’s achievements of using Big Data for optimization of route plans, vessel allocation plans, and hull modifications. He also introduced other R&D projects conducted by NYK group companies, which were selected as supporting projects by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) such as; the study on collision risk assessment and autonomous operation of vessels, condition monitoring of vessel engine plant, and measurement techniques for hull structure strength. Ando referred to possibilities of further collaborations between NYK group companies and the maritime industry in Norway where R&D are proactively promoted.

This National Maritime Summit is annually held in Haugesund where the Norwegian Maritime Authority is based. Monica Mæland, a Minister of Trade and Industry, and Ketil Solvik-Olsen, a Minister of Transport and Communications of Norway attended and gave a speech in this 24th year.

To enhance the safety and operational efficiency of NYK fleet, and to strengthen global competitiveness, NYK Group will continue to proactively promote R&D, in cooperation with its global partners.

 

*Digital Twin

To realize the physical conditions of individual plants and products in operations, through use of Big Data enabled by IoT and engineering simulation technologies.