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NYK Places First Order with Japanese Shipyard for Offshore Wind Industry Crew Transfer Vessel

Contributing to the Spread of Sustainable Energy and the Revitalization of the Shipbuilding Industry

In January, NYK placed an order with Kosaba Shipbuilding Corporation for a crew transfer vessel (CTV; "the vessel"), the first CTV for NYK to order from a Japanese shipyard. After delivery in late 2025 or 2026, the vessel will be used to transport technicians to construct and maintain offshore wind power generation facilities off Japan. By expanding its fleet of CTVs, NYK aims to play an active role in promoting sustainable energy. NYK also aims to contribute to revitalizing the Japanese shipbuilding industry and marine industries, as well as have a positive impact on regional industry development and job creation.

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The vessel will be the third CTV owned by NYK. In Japan, the vessel will be the second NYK-owned CTV, following Rera As, which was delivered in April 2023 and is engaged in the Ishikari Bay New Port offshore wind farm off Hokkaido, Japan.*

A CTV engaged in maintaining offshore wind power facilities in Japan for an extended period requires a high transfer capacity. In constructing the vessel, NYK will domestically produce the hull form based on a design from Northern Offshore Service (Sweden), aiming to make it the core hull form of NYK. Northern Offshore Service (Sweden) is one of the largest CTV operators in Europe and a subsidiary of Northern Offshore Group AB, which operates in the European region and with which NYK formed a partnership in 2020.

In Japan, the construction of offshore wind power facilities is expected to begin in earnest around 2026, and demand for CTVs is expected to grow. As stated in the NYK medium-term management plan announced in March 2023, the company plans to invest 43 billion yen in the offshore wind power value chain by fiscal 2026, and the construction of this vessel is part of that plan. NYK will continue to seek to place CTV orders with shipyards in Japan.

Planned Outline of CTV

Overall length: approx. 28 m
Mold width: approx. 9 m
Gross tonnage: approx. 145 tons
Passenger capacity: 12 persons
Shipyard: Kosaba Shipbuilding Corporation (Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture)
Website: https://kosabasenpaku.co.jp/ (Japanese)

The NYK Group has launched its new "NYK GREEN EARTH" brand to emphasize the Group’s ESG efforts to create new value initiatives for low carbon and decarbonization through green businesses, such as those related to offshore wind power generation.

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On March 10, 2023, the NYK Group released its medium-term management plan “Sail Green, Drive Transformations 2026 — A Passion for Planetary Wellbeing. ” The NYK Group is promoting growth strategies with ESG at the core, based on the Group’s mission statement of “Bringing value to life” and a new corporate vision for 2030, which reads, “we go beyond the scope of a comprehensive global logistics enterprise to co-create value required for the future by advancing our core business and growing new ones.”

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