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NYK Rumina, a container ship of NYK and Asuka II, a cruise ship owned and operated by NYK Cruises Co. Ltd. (head office: Yokohama; president: Hiroshi Hattori), have been recognized with the Best Quality Ship Award for 2016 by the Japan Federation of Pilots??? Associations (JFPA).* Today, an awards ceremony was held at the Todofuken Kaikan in Tokyo.

The Best Quality Ship Award was founded in fiscal 2003 with the aim of enhancing awareness of not only safe vessel operations but also the need for environmental conservation within our ports and oceans.

Comprehensive evaluations by pilots were done for vessels that requested pilot operations at pilotage districts throughout Japan during the months of September and October 2016, and in total seven vessels were recognized for their excellent operations.

The ships were evaluated for their sure implementation of safety measures, sufficient training of bridge crew in Bridge Resource Management,** directive and command systems on board the vessel, crew awareness for safe operations, and systems in place for easing cooperation with pilots.

NYK Group will continue its efforts to secure safety operations for on board and land-based parties, ensuring safety as our most important task.