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NYK Sponsors Parent-Child Workshop on the Seafaring Life

June 1, 2018

 
On board the navigation simulator
As a part of the NYK Mirai Project,* NYK and Mainichi Media Café recently sponsored an opportunity for parents and children to learn about the seafaring life together. On May 12 at Japan Marine Science Inc., an NYK subsidiary company in Kanagawa, Japan, 22 parent-child pairs selected by lot participated in a variety of programs related to vessel operation and chart navigation.

In a ship-handling program, children were able to navigate a large car carrier through Tokyo Bay, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, using a 360-degree high-quality large-screen virtual-reality simulator that is used for the actual training of captains and officers. In the chart-navigation program, the children charted safe courses while checking the meanings of symbols for possible obstructions, such as electrical cables and rocks on the seafloor, and ocean traffic rules, which are not written on land maps.

 
An NYK officer talking to children
and parents about the seafaring life
Various questions were posed by the children, including "What is fun and difficult on board?” “Is the ship insured?” and “What kinds of alarms do you have on board?" Young officers participating in the event explained that sailing to many countries can be fun, and a common hardship is being away from family for a long time. The participants also learned that insurance covers not only the ships but also the luggage. And various onboard alarms will sound to inform of danger, but ships also have alarms in elevators and refrigerators to sound if someone accidentally becomes confined.

After the workshop, one participating officer commented, "I am pleased if this experience is beneficial to the children in five or 10 years when they begin to think about their potential careers.”

NYK looks forward to continuing the NYK Mirai Project to encourage interest in seafaring among children.

* NYK Mirai Project
This project consists of a series of activities that nurture a greater awareness of maritime affairs and the seafaring life among Japan’s youth so that they can develop interest in the maritime industry and consider careers at shipping companies. The project was launched at the end of 2014.
 

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