The Great East Japan Earthquake Relief Efforts:Use of Our Resources

Activities by Ocean

NYK Provides Free Transport for Moai Statue

A moai in Minami-Sanriku

In November 2012, NYK provided free transport of a Moai statue from Chile to Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi, as part of the company's support of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Minami-Sanriku was devastated by the deadly tsunami that struck northeastern Japan in March 2011, in addition to a tsunami that resulted from the 1960 Great Chilean Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded. As a symbol of friendship and recovery, a Moai statue crafted from Chilean mainland stone was delivered in 1990 and placed in a city park in Minami-Sanriku. Upon visiting the city after the 2011 tsunami and hearing that the statue had been destroyed, the Chilean president promised to donate a new statue, one produced from stone quarried on Easter Island, where these statues originated. The completed Moai — standing about 3 meters tall and weighing around 2 tons — was loaded onto the NYK containership NYK Aquarius at the port of Valparaiso with the support of the people of Chile. After arriving in Japan, this symbol of friendship was displayed in Tokyo and Osaka, and then transported to Minami-Sanriku.

NYK Returns Boat Swept Away by Tsunami

After the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake swept a high school's training boat into the ocean, the vessel drifted across the Pacific Ocean and eventually beached on the shore of Crescent City, California. The boat was the property of to the Marine Systems Department at Takata Prefectural High School in Rikuzentakata city in Iwate prefecture. The NYK Group offered to assist in transporting the craft back to Rikuzentakata, where NYK Group staff members have participated in voluntary relief activities since October 2011. NYK then shipped the boat from the port of Oakland in California to Sendai port in Japan. Yusen Logistics handled customs clearance operations and land transport for the project, and the boat was shipped over the Pacific via the NYK containership Spring R, which arrived in Sendai on October 13, 2013.

The boat arrived in Japan and students from Takata Prefectural High School

NYK Hosts Cruise to Aid Reconstruction of Earthquake-Damaged Area

Asuka II arrived at the port of Senda

In November 2012, NYK hosted a an extremely unique cruise experience on Asuka II to support the reconstruction of an area damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Those on board partook of meals and drinks made using local ingredients, were given the opportunity to make local Tohoku handcrafts, screened a movie filmed in the area, and were even treated to a live concert by actor-singer Masatoshi Nakamura, a Tohoku native. A portion of each passenger’s fare was donated to the Japan Philanthropic Association and then contributed to Earthwatch Japan’s Post Tsunami Monitoring Project, which conducted scientific research in Tohoku to foster the recovery of the area’s ecosystem. A donation box was also placed on the ship during this cruise to encourage additional contributions.

NYK Resources Used to Transport Supplies to Those in Need

Relief goods loaded on YAMATAI

In March 2011, the module carrier Yamatai, which is operated by NYK's wholly owned subsidiary company NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd. (known as NYK-Hinode Line Ltd. In 2011), was used to provide free ocean transport of relief supplies to the area devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami. In cooperation with 32 companies invited by NYK to assist, including the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations, local governments, the All Japan Seamen’s Union, and NPOs, the relief supplies were collected through the "First Relief Supplies Hotline." The supplies included drinking water, food, sanitary goods, and living ware, all of which was loaded into 14 20-foot and five 40-foot containers, equivalent to about 16 10-ton trucks.

Refrigerated Containers Help Rebuild Devastated Fishing Industry

A ceremony at Ishinomaki

From June 2011, a total of 100 refrigerated containers were provided to fish markets in towns devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami. These containers had originally been utilized for NYK's ocean transport of frozen goods, and prior to being provided had been remodeled so that the fishermen could use them to quickly freeze their catch.

NYK Cruises Co. Ltd.: Asuka II Cruise Ship Brings Support and Goodwill to Earthquake- and Tsunami-damaged Area

A candle ceremony

On July 27 and 28, 2011, Asuka II, an ultra-luxury cruise ship operated by NYK Cruises Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary company of NYK, made a call at the port of Ofunato in northeast Japan to assist in the reconstruction of the earthquake- and tsunami-damaged area. Six hundred of the areas residents toured the ship, and one crew member visited two local elementary schools to introduce the children to the seafaring life.
In the evening, a candle ceremony produced by Candle June, a Japanese candle artist, was held, honoring those lost earlier in the year and bringing hope and support to those rebuilding.

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Asahi Unyu Kaisha Provides Support to the Recovering City of Miyako

Donated straddle carrier

After the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami devastated the northeast region of Japan, the Japan Harbor Transportation Association called on all members of the Association of Ports and Harbors to contribute cargo-handling machinery to help support the port transport business operators in the area. In response to this request, NYK subsidiary company Asahi Unyu Kaisha has provided the city of Miyako free use of its straddle carrier since June 2011. A straddle carrier is a vehicle used in port terminals and intermodal yards for stacking and moving standard containers.

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Kinkai Yusen Logistics Gives Its Support

Relief goods loaded on Marimo

Kinkai Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd. cooperates in the transport of tankers, construction machinery, and the like on its Ro-Ro ship Marimo.

Activities by Land

NYK and Nippon Container Yuso Provide Free Land Transport of Relief Supplies

Relief goods loaded on container trailer

From April 11 to 25, NYK and Nippon Container Yuso provided free land transport of relief supplies from Yokohama to areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami for 13 20-fot containers. Essential items were requested by the Iwate and Miyagi prefectural governments and included clothing and daily commodities provided through the third "Relief Supplies Hotline," a third round of transportation of relief supplies in cooperation with the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations.

Uni-K's "Container Sandbox" Gives Children a Place to Play

Playing inside of the container sandbox

Have you ever heard of a "container sandbox"? Uni-K (currently UNI-X ENGINEERING Co., Ltd.), a subsidiary company of NYK, responded to a request from the Association of Children's Environment to help support the reconstruction of the area devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami by creating a waterproof "Container Sandbox" and donating it to a kindergarten affiliated with Fukushima College. One of Uni-K's 40-foot refrigerated containers was used to create an indoor sandbox, where children living in the vicinity of the quake could play. The sandbox has energy-saving fluorescent lighting, is adorn with photos, and has became rather popular among the area's children.

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Nippon Yuka Kogyo Makes Special Delivery of Its Air Freshener to Quake-Hit Area

Nippon Yuka Kogyo, a NYK Group company, made a sizeable donation of its air freshener to the city of Higashi-Matsushima in Miyagi prefecture.
The idea was first proposed by a company factory worker in Yokohama. After confirming with the Miyagi Disaster Volunteer Center for the need for the air freshener, staff began manufacturing it in the early morning hours. The air freshener was then driven seven hours in a company car from Yokohama to Higashi-Matsushima, where the goods were safely delivered.

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Activities by Air

Yusen Logistics Participates in the Transport of Emergency Relief Supplies

In April 2011 shortly following the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami, Yusen Logistics arranged for the export of emergency relief supplies from the United States to Japan through the International Association of Emergency Managers, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters. The organization sent a gel forming agent used for decontaminating buildings and fixtures contaminated with radioactive materials, and this gel was expected to be used at hospitals and other facilities.

Yusen Logistics also arranged for the export of emergency relief supplies from the Netherlands to Japan. The aid was gathered by Japanese residents and the people of the Netherlands, booked by Yusen Logistics (Europe) B.V., shipped by Yusen Logistics (Benelux), processed for import clearance and then transported to the affected area by Yusen Logistics, and finally handed over to nursing schools, infant homes, and NPOs.

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Nippon Cargo Airlines Transports Relief Supplies

Nippon Cargo Airlines Co. Ltd. (NCA) transports relief supplies to earthquake victims in Japan.