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Members of Finnish Parliament Visit NYK

NYK Introduces Fully Autonomous Ships Among Other Group Initiatives

On April 26, the NYK Group welcomed Jouni Ovaska, chair of Finland’s Transport and Communications Committee, and nine members of the Finnish parliament to the NYK head office in Tokyo. NYK was represented by Nobuhiro Kashima, senior managing executive officer; Tomoyuki Koyama, president and representative director of Group company Japan Marine Science Inc.; and Hideki Suzuki, president and representative director of Group company MTI Co., Ltd.

NYK introduced its initiatives in digital technology and ammonia fuel–related businesses in the shipping industry, focusing on fully autonomous ships, which greatly interested the parliamentary delegation. The delegation members explained Finland’s initiatives for the maritime industry, which led to a lively exchange of views and opinions.

Front row
Fourth from left, Jouni Ovaska, Chair of Finland’s Transport and Communications Committee

Second row
Second from left, Tomoyuki Koyama, President and representative director of Japan Marine Science Inc.
Fifth from left, Nobuhiro Kashima, Senior managing executive officer of NYK
Seventh from left, Hideki Suzuki, President and representative director of MTI Co., Ltd.

Summary of NYK Group Presentations

Fully Autonomous Ships

Introduced the efforts of the Designing the Future of Fully Autonomous Ships Plus (DFFAS+) consortium, in which four NYK Group companies are participating, as part of MEGURI2040, an autonomous ship project promoted by the Nippon Foundation.

Three NYK Group Companies to Participate in Second Stage of the Nippon Foundation’s MEGURI2040 Fully Autonomous Ship Project | NYK Line
NYK Group Companies Participate in Trial to Simulate the Actual Operation of Fully Autonomous Ship | NYK Line

Digital Technology in the Shipping Industry

Explained the NYK Group’s digital technology initiatives, including the use of big data and IoT in the shipping industry. Introduced the technical innovation achieved since 2018, when Finnish government officials and representatives from seven Finnish companies in the maritime industry visited the NYK head office.

Finland's Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment Visits NYK | NYK Line

Ammonia Fuel–Related Business

Introduced the below initiatives to utilize ammonia as fuel amid the accelerating trend toward decarbonization.

-Construction of ammonia-fueled tugboat
-Construction of ammonia-fueled ammonia carrier

NYK Concludes Contract for Modification of LNG-Fueled Tugboat to Ammonia-Fuel Specifications | NYK Line
Contracts Signed for Construction of Ammonia-Fueled Ammonia Gas Carrier | NYK Line

Welcome Speech by Nobuhiro Kashima, Senior managing executive officer, NYK

In March 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 basic philosophy 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.”

Related Sustainable Domestic Goals (SDGs)

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