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NYK Group's Air-Lubrication System Recognized at 2013 Eco-Products Awards

December 13, 2013
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
Monohakobi Technology Institute

From left, Makoto Igarashi; Yasuo Tanaka;
Manabu Sakai, the parliamentary secretary for the Ministry
of Land, Infrastructure and Transport; and Tatsurou Iwashita

On December 12, Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award, one of the highest awards in the eco-services category, was presented jointly to Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK; head office: Tokyo; president: Yasumi Kudo), the Monohakobi Technology Institute (an NYK Group company; head office: Tokyo), and Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (head office: Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture) in recognition of the NYK Group’s use of an energy-saving air-lubrication system on its vessels.
The awards ceremony was held in Tokyo at Eco-Products 2013, the largest environmental exhibition in Japan, and attended by NYK managing corporate officer Yasuo Tanaka; Tatsurou Iwashita, director and general manager of the Design Dept. at Oshima Shipbuilding; and Makoto Igarashi, president of MTI.
The awarded air-lubrication system effectively reduces CO2 emissions by use of bubbles generated by air released from the bottom of the vessel to lessen the frictional resistance between a vessel's bottom and the seawater. Moreover, in 2010 a new air-lubrication system that features a blower that provides air to the vessel bottom, thus reducing friction between the vessel bottom and the sea, was installed on two NYK Group module carriers. A system using the vessel's scavenging air was additionally developed and installed on a new coal carrier in 2012, thus demonstrating the viability of a system for large vessels having deep drafts. The NYK Group is also currently looking to equip newly built car carriers with this eco-friendly system.
Based on its environmental management vision — i.e., "to contribute to the global environment and the creation of sustainable societies by managing environmental risks and arriving at an optimal balance between environment and economy" — the NYK Group has become a tireless promoter of the development of innovative technologies and devices to improve vessel operation and thus reduce negative environmental impacts. Equipping vessels with air-lubrication systems has been highly commended both in Japan and abroad as an approach leading to the prevention of global warming.
-       Recognitions Received for NYK’s Air-lubrication System (by fiscal year)
Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation Award at the 2013 Eco-Products Awards
Highest award at the 2013 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Awards
2012 Ship of the Year Award by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers
Finalist at the 2013 Lloyd’s List Awards
Finalist for the Clean Shipping Award at the 2013 Seatrade Awards
Award for excellence at the 40th Environmental Awards sponsored by the Hitachi Environment Foundation and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd.
Japan’s 2012 Minister of the Environment Award in the technical development and commercialization categories for the promotion of measures to address climate change
Special award at the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers’ Ship of the Year Awards
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Award at the 20th Global Environment Awards
The NYK Group will continue its efforts to develop and make use of new environmental approaches.
Reference: Announcement on November 28, 2013, "NYK's Air-Lubrication System Recognized at 2013 Eco-Products Awards,"
Inquiries can be directed as follows:
NYK Line, Corporate Communication and CSR Group, tel. +81-3-3284-5197
Monohakobi Technology Institute, tel. +81-3-5222-7727
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