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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.  



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.

Two NYK-operated vessels — Garnet Leader, a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC), and NYK Remus, a containership — have been awarded the Panama Canal Authority’s Green Connection Award, a new initiative started on January 1 to recognize vessels who demonstrate excellent environmental stewardship.                         

The award is part of the authority’s Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program, and recipients are determined by evaluating eligible candidates based on the ship’s Environmental Ship Index (ESI) score. *

NYK considers environmental issues to be an opportunity for differentiation, and the company will thus continue to promote environment-minded activities.


* Environmental Ship Index (ESI) An index administered by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) to measure a ship’s emissions based on the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur oxide (SOx), particulate matter (PM), and greenhouse gas released.