NYK Conducts Crisis-response Drill on LNG Carrier

August 2, 2018

On August 1 as part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign, NYK conducted a crisis-response drill based on the scenario of a serious accident occurring on an NYK-owned LNG (liquefied natural gas) carrier. Cooperation from the Maritime Bureau within Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of Japan, the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center (MDPC), and related parties enabled this drill to be realistic and practical as the participants reviewed their possible response to a significant accident involving an LNG carrier and examined measures with one another.

- About the Campaign
The Remember Naka-no-Se safety campaign is conducted for two months from July 1 every year, and draws on the lessons learnt from the crude oil tanker Diamond Grace oil spill to encourage all NYK Group members to bear in mind the importance of safe operations.

- Drill summary
Rudder failure occurred while the LNG carrier was sailing to the north of Tokyo Bay, and the ship collided with a containership that was sailing to the south. The LNG carrier lost control as it took in water from the damaged area.

1) NYK set up a crisis-management headquarters upon receiving an urgent report from the LNG carrier’s ship-management company about the accident.
2) NYK reported information about the accident to MLIT’s Maritime Bureau, the Japan Coast Guard, and related parties.
3) NYK considered how to control the inflammable gas and rescue the injured by coordinating with MLIT, the Japan Coast Guard, the MDPC, and related parties.
4) NYK made press releases as the situation progressed and held a mock press conference where Hitoshi Nagasawa, NYK representative director and executive vice-president corporate officer, and Tomoyuki Koyama, NYK managing corporate officer, explained the accident to the press.

Crisis-response drill
At the mock press conference

- Remember Naka-no-Se Safety Campaign Schedule
July 2: Safety awareness symposium to ensure understanding of past lessons
July 3: Safety awareness competition for shipowners and ship-management companies
July 4 and 9: Safety promotion conferences for shipowners and ship-management companies
August 1: Crisis-response drill
August 23: Safety promotion conferences attended by NYK president, captains, and chief engineers

- Related Links
Video Gallery Link: “The NYK Group — Enhancing Its Safety Culture,” 8 min. 43 sec, Produced in February 2018 for stakeholders, https://www.nykwebcasting.com/profile/video/09_eng.htm

Safety Initiatives of the NYK Group, https://www.nyk.com/english/esg/social/index.html

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