Japan: NYK President Holds Safe Ship Operations Meeting with Captains and Chief Engineers

On August 24, NYK president Yasumi Kudo held a meeting with six captains and chief engineers at the NYK headquarters in Tokyo. During the meeting, President Kudo and the ship officers exchanged opinions about the safe operation of the NYK fleet, and President Kudo then issued instructions to further promote activities in an effort to prevent serious accidents.

President Kudo chairs NYK’s Safety and Environmental Management Committee,1 which oversees the safe operation of the company’s ships. He held the meeting to hear directly from captains and chief engineers working on the frontline of operations and to make use of their opinions in improving the safety of ship operations.

During the meeting, proposals for safe operations and responses to potential natural disasters were offered by the ship’s officers working on-site. In addition, issues facing seafarers training and initiatives to mitigate environmental loads were discussed in depth.

Every July, NYK conducts the Remember Naka-no-Se Safety Campaign.2 As a part of the campaign, the executive officers and other company staff in relevant sections visit ships. NYK continues to make efforts to further deepen the mutual understanding between onshore and ship staff, and promote the establishment of safer ship-operation systems within the group.

Safety and Environmental Management Committee

Monitors activities on safety measures and environmental issues, and develops more specific and detailed approaches. The committee was established in April 2001 as a cross-sectional organization chaired by the president.

Remember Naka-no-Se Safety Campaign

A campaign started in an effort to learn from the mistakes that led to an oil spill from an NYK VLCC when the vessel touched bottom at Naka-no-Se in Tokyo Bay in 1997. Every July, the month the incident occurred, top management and other staff visit NYK-operated ships to ensure the implementation of safe ship operations.

Source: NYK, August 29, 2011.

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