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NYK LNG Vessel and Shipmanagement Company Accredited by Green Award Foundation

December 19, 2011

From left:
NYK representaive in Doha Mr. Hashimoto,
Qatargas COO Alaa Abu Jbara,
Green Award Foundation Managing Director Jan Fransen,
NYK LNGSM president Hiroshi Yonezawa

NYK LNG carrier Broog and NYK LNG Shipmanagement Ltd. (NYK LNGSM; headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), the carrier’s ship-management company, have been accredited by the Green Award Foundation (headquarters: Rotterdam, Netherlands),* which recognized the carrier and ship-management company for their attention to quality, safety, and the environment.

The decision to bring LNG carriers into the Green Award program came from an initiative of and was strongly supported by the charterer Qatargas Operating Company Limited (headquarters: Doha, Qatar). NYK LNGSM is the first LNG ship-management company in Japan to obtain the Green Award’s certification.
Vessels with a Green Award certificate are afforded preferential treatment, including a reduction of dues at ports mainly in North America and Europe, and as ports and harbors around the world take more interest in environmental concerns, the Green Award Foundation’s influence is expected to grow.  
An award ceremony was held on December 13 at the headquarters of Qatargas and attended by NYK LNGSM president Hiroshi Yonezawa.
The NYK Group continues to provide services that meet the expanding demand in Japan and overseas for safe, stable, and high-quality transport of LNG.
*Green Award Foundation
A neutral, independent foundation established in 1994 on the initiative of the Rotterdam Municipal Port Management and the Dutch Ministry of Transport. The award encourages a market preference for quality tonnage resulting in less incidents and accidents that can jeopardize the marine environment.
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