NYK's Bulk Transport Business Starts Campaign for Tightened Security
November 9, 2006
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha's (NYK; Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Koji Miyahara) bulk transport sector recently began a campaign to tighten security measures.
This campaign began in November 2006, prior to the start of a company-wide campaign in December, and through January 2007, employees will focus on accidents particular to the transport of products in bulk. The following four company groups will oversee the three-month campaign: Capesize Bulker Group, Steaming Coal Group, Forest Products Group, and Tramp Co-ordination Group.
The primary campaign activities are as follows:
- Reaffirmation of Safety Operation Systems/Standards
To examine and analyze the circumstances of past maritime accidents in port and sea areas and share risk information with other vessels and operators. In addition to existing standard typhoon warnings, operators will provide service vessels with confirmation and reminders about current weather situations even when weather conditions have yet to intensify to a typhoon level. NYK will also promote conventional safety operation standards including reconfirming wind-velocity limitations before anchoring and prior to entering and leaving ports.
- Enhancement of Ship Maintenance System
To ensure thorough maintenance in the bulk fleet by reviewing the maintenance execution standards for holds, hatch covers, mooring equipment, and the like. This will help improve transport quality and prevent cargo damage and delays.
- Enhancement of Ship Visitation Activities
To ensure regular visits by maritime technology and engineering personnel, in addition to business development/operation personnel. During visits, personnel will inspect work environments using a checklist of priorities created for each ship type, interview crew members to ensure the full execution of activities 1 and 2, and confirm operational efficiency.
Through similar campaigns, the NYK bulk transport business aims to ensure safe operations by continuing to review and revise the current operating systems and standards.