July 16, 2009 - NYK conducted an accident-response drill on July 9 based on a scenario that had the NYK containership Kaga colliding with a leisure fishing boat. This drill was part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign, which has been conducted throughout July every year since July 1998 to remind NYK Group members of the importance of safe operations and to ensure that lessons remain learned from the oil spill occurred that year by VLCC Diamond Grace.
A summary of the exercise is provided below. Communications with organizations, such as the Japan Coast Guard, did not actually take place in this mock drill.
Kaga, an NYK-owned containership, collides with a leisure fishing boat seven kilometers southeast of the Uraga Strait. The fishing boat breaks in two and tips over. No oil leaks from the NYK vessel, but light oil leakage is seen from the fishing boat.
As a result of this accident, two Kaga crew members are injured. Ten of the 13 people from the leisure fishing boat are rescued. The other three remain missing.
1) NYK established a crisis management headquarters in response to Kaga’s collision with the leisure fishing boat Daisan Koujin Maru, a collision that took place seven kilometers southeast of the Uraga Strait.
2) NYK reported the incident to government authorities, including the Japan Coast Guard, and began collecting information.
3) NYK requested the Japan Coast Guard to conduct rescue operations. A patrol ship and Kaga assisted 10 people, who were sent to a nearby hospital by helicopter and patrol ship.
4) NYK held a mock press conference, where NYK president Yasumi Kudo and NYK corporate officer Koichi Akamine explained the accident to the press.
We reconfirmed the importance of an immediate response to accidents, an immediate collection of information and cooperation with related parties, such as ship management companies, and the importance of immediate and precise explanations of the accident to the public through news releases and press conferences.