Fifth from left:
Mr. Takao Kuboki
of Certification Service General Manager from ClassNK,
Sixth from left: NYK-Fil president Josephine J. Francisco,
Far right: Mr. Kazuyuki Akimoto
of Manila Office General Manager from ClassNK
NYK-Fil Ship Management Inc. (NYK-Fil; head office: Manila, Philippines),1 an NYK Group company, has obtained certification from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) as an institution that meets the requirements of regulation 1.4 (recruitment and placement) of the International Labor Organization’s Maritime Labor Convention 2006 (MLC 2006).2 Regulation 1.4 of MLC 2006 mandates that each member that operates a public seafarer recruitment and placement service shall ensure that the service is operated in an orderly manner that protects and promotes seafarers’ employment rights as provided in the convention. ClassNK’s certification officially recognizes that the services offered by NYK-Fil fulfill this obligation. This is the first certification that ClassNK has issued in the manning-business sector.3
A certification ceremony was held at the head office of NYK-Fil on November 24, and attended by Mr. Takao Kuboki of Certification Service General Manager, Mr. Kazuyuki Akimoto of Manila Office General Manager from ClassNK, NYK-Fil president Josephine J. Francisco, and related parties from NYK.
NYK-Fil strives to continually improve service standards through the receipt of objective evaluations from third-party institutions for the company’s business operations. The NYK Group will continue to work to further enhance its operations so that it can continue to provide safe, high-quality transport services to customers.
1 NYK-Fil Management, Inc.
A joint venture founded between NYK and its business partner Transnational Diversified Group (TDG)4 in 1989 and engaged in the recruitment, selection, education, training, deployment, and management of highly skilled and competent Filipino crew members for vessels in operation for NYK. NYK-Fil has established a system for training and educating crew members applicable to the circumstances in the Philippines, and consistently provides a reliable manning service for NYK.
2 The International Labor Organization’s Maritime Labor Convention 2006
International maritime regulations adopted by the International Labor Organization with the aim of improving the environment for ships' crews and securing fair and proper competitive conditions in the maritime market. These regulations are expected to come into force by the end of 2012. In the event that a vessel holder utilizes an institution for recruiting and placing crew members for locations in nations where the said convention has not been ratified, such vessel holder is required to ensure that the relevant recruiting and manning company satisfies the requirements of regulation 1.4, and continually supervise compliance with such requirements.
3?Services for recruiting and providing crew members
4?Transnational Diversified Group (TDG)
A business group established by Chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado in 1976. Business activities include vessel agent services, seafarer manning, cadet education, and aviation and logistics businesses. TDG and NYK have maintained a cooperative relationship since the establishment of TDG in 1976.
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