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NYK Group to Participate in Survey for Developing Advanced Ship-Recycling System

February 17, 2010

An NYK Group company, Japan Marine Science, Inc. (head office: Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan; president: Yoshitaka Fukuo), will act as the administrator of a survey for developing an advanced ship-recycling system.

The survey, commissioned and led by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), is a pilot model project of collaboration among industry, government, and academia. As the administrator, Japan Marine Science will prepare the plans required by the ship recycling convention,* conduct experimental verification, and complete the final reports. Actual recycling of ships will be conducted by member companies of the Muroran Ship Recycle Study Group, centering on Teraoka Ltd. (head office: Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan).
In addition to the survey and experiments in compliance with the convention, the project will aim to build an advanced ship-recycling model through environment-conscious experiments in CO2-reduction methods, for example by cutting up a vessel's hull using water jetting** and electric saws. Additionally, the project will examine the sustainability of the recycling of large vessels in Japan, as well as the possibilities of promoting such Japanese technology overseas and developing related business in other countries.
The NYK Group will proactively promote the development of environmentally sound innovative technology.
*International convention adopted in May 2009. The full official name of the convention is the "Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009." All vessels having a gross tonnage of more than 500 tons (except for domestic vessels to be dismantled in Japan) are obliged to keep a list clarifying approximate amounts of hazardous materials and their locations on the vessel.
**Ultrahigh-pressure water jetting that enables the cutting of steel and other metals into any shape. Compared to laser processing, water jetting generates less heat upon cutting; therefore, there are no changes in the properties or color of the cut steel or other metals caused by heat. Moreover, no toxic gas or airborne debris is produced.
Outline of the Survey for Developing an Advanced Ship-Recycling System
1)      Specifics of experiments
Experiment dismantling one large oceangoing vessel (car carrier); assessment of environmental impact and business opportunities; survey study of new engineering methods (aiming for CO2 reduction by cutting the ship’s hull using water jetting or electric saws)
2)      Commencement of experiments
March 2010
3)      Segregation of duties
1.      Administrator (concluding the survey contract agreement)
      Japan Marine Science, Inc., will coordinate compliance with the ship recycling convention and manage the overall project.
2.      Dismantling experiments
Conducted by Teraoka Ltd., Sangyo Shinko Co., Ltd., Suzuki Shokai, Inc., and other member companies of the Muroran Ship Recycle Study Group
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