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Three NYK Group Tankers Recognized in Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's Green Ship Program

December 9, 2011

Three Singapore-flag tankers owned by NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd. (NBAsia; headquarters: Singapore), an NYK Group company, have been recognized in the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) Green Ship Programme for the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI)1 certification received by these vessels. NBAsia is the first Asian shipping company to receive this recognition.

The three ships — Challenge Premier, Challenge Paragon, and Challenge Polaris — were all built by Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd. and received EEDI certification from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK). 
In July, an amendment to MARPOL Annex VI2 was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO)3 mandating an EEDI for ships for which (1) the building contract is placed on or after 1 January 2013, or (2) in the absence of a building contract, the keel is laid or the ship is at a similar stage of construction on or after 1 July 2013; or (3) delivery is on or after 1 July 2015. Different standards apply to different classes of ships, and the standards will be gradually strengthened. The MPA’s Green Ship Program affords preferential treatment, including a reduction of registration fees, to Singapore-flag vessels that achieve the IMO’s EEDI standard earlier than required.
The NYK Group will continue it efforts to contribute to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.
1 A formula for measuring a ship’s CO2 emissions. The EEDI is calculated using characteristics of the ship at build, incorporating parameters that include ship capacity, engine power, and fuel consumption.
2 The IMO-adopted MARPOL Convention is the main international convention covering the prevention of the pollution of the marine environment by shipping, and MARPOL Annex VI includes regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships.
3?International Maritime Organization: A United Nations’ specialized agency responsible for encouraging the cooperation between governments and formulating standards about technical issues and legal issues related to shipping and shipbuilding
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