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NYK Receives the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Award

February 25, 2011

NYK was the proud recipient of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Award at the 20th Global Environment Awards ceremony sponsored by the Fujisankei Communications Group. 

The Global Environment Awards are given to corporations, local governments, universities, colleges, and citizens’ groups that make significant contributions to environmental conservation activities. This is the forth time for NYK to be recognized at the Global Environment Awards. The company won the Nippon Keidanren Chairman Award in 2005, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Award in 2007, and the Excellent Company Selected by Earth Environment Conference Award in 2009.
The Global Environment Conference highly evaluated the below proactive measures taken by NYK, which recognizes environmental issues as one of the company’s most significant management tasks.
1)      The innovative air-lubrication system installed on module carriers Yamatai and Yamato
An air-lubrication system,* jointly developed by NYK and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to reduce CO2 emissions during marine transport by effectively reducing the frictional resistance between the vessel’s bottom and the seawater by supplying air to the vessel’s bottom and thus generating bubbles, was installed on module carriers Yamatai and Yamato, both of which are operated by NYK-Hinode Line Ltd., an NYK Group company. The world's first permanent installation of the system using an air-blower is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 10 percent and thus gain greater attention from around the world.
2) NYK e-missions’, a seamless integrated operation management system?
NYK and Weathernews Inc. have implemented a seamless integrated operation management system called “NYK e-missions’,” which can provide information about the positions of vessels in operation and weather and sea conditions for the intended routes of vessels. The system is being used on around 800 of the vessels in operation for the NYK Group. Relevant parties both at sea and on land, including vessels and vessel operators, monitor and share risk information. Thus, prompt measures can be immediately taken against potential accidents, effectively preventing accidents before they occur.
The NYK Group continues its efforts with environmental technologies to contribute to society as well as taking part in various activities related to environmental protection by utilizing its international network as a global logistics company.
*The air-lubrication system is subsidized through Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's “Support for Technology Development from Marine Vessels for Curtailing CO2” project, and is also supported by ClassNK and the Nippon Foundation.
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