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Original safety standards NAV9000

Safety Is Our Most Important Mission—Ongoing Safety Initiatives

Our mission is to transport customers' cargo on time reliably. Reflecting its belief that safety underpins trust and that trust underpins business, the NYK Group devotes time and effort unstintingly to ensuring the safety of its vessel operations.

NAV9000 at a glance


We introduced NAV9000, a rigorous self-imposed safe ship management system, in order to better discharge its responsibilities to achieve safety and protect the environment.
These comprehensive safety standards include matters required under international treaties, measures to prevent the recurrence of major accidents that occurred in the past, and measures to satisfy the requirements of our customers.

Ensuring All of Our Operating Vessels Transport
Customers' Cargo Reliably

NAV9000 Concept

Viewing safety as our most important mission, personnel onshore and on board vessels make continuous, concerted efforts to advance initiatives.
If a marine accident occurred that led to delays in customers' supply chains, the effect on the economic activities of customers and supply chains' stakeholders could be immeasurable. Moreover, the time and effort to rectify the impact could be immense and require much more time than thorough safety management.
Aiming to support the economic activities of customers by rigorously removing the ‘seeds’ of potential problems that could impede safe, efficient vessel operations, the NYK Group began operating its original safety promotion activity, NAV9000, in 1998. The NYK Group requires all vessels that transport its customers' cargo, regardless of whether they are owned or chartered vessels, as well as shipowners and ship-management companies to comply with the Group's unified safety standards for safe vessel operations. These painstaking activities ensure that we work in unison with ship-management companies, shipowners, and crew members to achieve safe vessel operations.

Asking the General Manager of the Marine Group about Safe Vessel Operations

Q. What is required to realise safe, reliable transport?

The NYK Group operates more than 800 vessels. While vessel types and engines of vessels and the cargoes they transport diversify, safety requirements and environmental regulations for vessel operations are becoming more stringent. In these conditions, systems that enable coordination among sales departments, the Marine Group, and crew members on board vessels are indispensable for providing customers with safe, efficient transport. Onshore personnel, navigation officers, and engineers share detailed data about vessels in a timely manner. This showing allows onshore personnel to mitigate crew members' workload by giving support and advice on route selection or the speed at which to proceed to the next port—decisions that crew members previously had to take alone. Everyone involved in these operations wants to be of service to customers by providing them with safe, reliable transport. Also, personnel in sales departments, navigation officers, and engineers are eager to use their respective fields of expertise in cooperative initiatives aimed at creating new business opportunities.

Q. How is the NYK Group using its technological capabilities to enhance safety?

We are advancing the development of systems and hardware. For example, we are developing systems that collect and visualise data from vessel operations as well as devices that provide detailed photographs of the insides of engine combustion chambers. Because we are able to store and analyse detailed data from vessels, it is becoming possible to check when and why breakdowns occur. The next time collected data shows similar precursors, we can flag the abnormality, respond appropriately, and prevent problems in advance. We are confident that we can optimally combine expertise accumulated over many years with this newly available data to advance our analytical capabilities even further.

Results of NAV9000

2014 2015 2016
Number of vessels audited 303 300 303
Number of companies audited 31 30 32
Number of deficiencies identified 4,014 4,181 3,902
Number of corrections requested 1,059 1,366 1,222

Dialogue is essence of NAV9000

NAV9000 is using the word “audit” but it is a communication tool of onshore personal, navigation officers, and engineers, which is an activity to improve the dialogue of each other.


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