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The NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which NYK operates in the Philippines, successfully conducted an international short-term student-exchange program with national maritime schools in Japan during the months of August through October 2017.

 - Short-term study abroad from Japan

From August 30 to September 9, 2017, 10 students from the Hiroshima and Yuge colleges of the National Institute of Technology travelled to the Philippines. During the visits, the students stayed at the NTMA dormitory and participated in study and activities at the school. They spent their weekends sightseeing and interacting with the NTMA students.

- Short-term study abroad from NTMA

From October 15 to 21, 2017, 10 students from NTMA travelled to Japan and visited the National Institute of Technology’s Yuge College in Ehime prefecture for classes and drills. The students also visited a container terminal in Tokyo, the NYK Maritime Museum, and NYK Hikawamaru.

Students from both countries attended classes and drills together, interacting with one another in English, and left with greater stimulation and motivation.

NYK will continue to stimulate an interest in the seafaring life by encourage young adults to gain a global perspective.


A start-up that has received support from NYK Group South Asia Pte. Ltd. (NGSA) and Symphony Creative Solutions Pte. Ltd. (SCS)*, both NYK Group companies, has won the top prize at Smart Port Challenge 2017** launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in June 2017.

NGSA and SCS issued the challenge of “using automation to help ships meet regulatory clearance” to the 81 start-ups participating in the event, and subsequently selected a start-up that had proposed the use of RPA*** technology to achieve the task. NGSA and SCS supported the start-up as a mentor to create innovative solutions that would to meet the challenge. At the end of September, the start-up was awarded the top prize out of 12 finalists by experts in the maritime and venture capital industries.

The NYK Group will continue to promote innovation and provide new value to the maritime and logistics industry by developing advanced, creative solutions.

 * Symphony Creative Solutions Pte. Ltd.

Jointly established in Singapore in March 2016 by the NYK Group, Weathernews Inc., and Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc. to develop and market next-generation solutions in the shipping and logistics fields.

 ** Smart Port Challenge 2017

An initiative by the MPA to encourage collaboration between organizations and start-ups to push digital transformation in the maritime industry to enhance safety, efficiency, and productivity. This program provides opportunities for maritime industry partners and start-ups to harness digital technologies in areas such as IoT and artificial intelligence for collaborations that will add value to the maritime logistics value chain.

 *** RPA

Robotic Process Automation

Automation and optimization of work by making use of artificial intelligence.

Gas4Sea partners - ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK - have been selected by Norwegian multinational energy group Statoil to be their LNG marine fuel supplier in the port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, for four crude shuttle tankers.

The four planned dual fuel vessels are to come into service in early 2020; they will be operated by Statoil in Northern European seas.

Gas4Sea will supply LNG using the ENGIE Zeebrugge which started operations earlier this year. She is currently performing regular ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services in the port of Zeebrugge, in Belgium. LNG Bunkering vessel (LBV) ENGIE Zeebrugge holds an LNG capacity of 5,000 m3 and is designed to serve a full range of shipping customers, in Zeebrugge as well as neighbouring ports.

Gas4Sea is a commercial brand jointly launched by ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK in 2016 to develop the use of LNG as a sustainable, reliable, safe and cost-effective alternative to conventional oil-based marine fuels. Its purpose and ambition is to accompany the shipping sector in the upcoming transition towards a greener maritime environment, in Europe and worldwide.