December 19, 2011 - On December 15, a new drillship owned by Etesco Drilling Services LLC., a company established by a consortium comprising NYK, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Japan Drilling Co. Ltd., Etesco Construções e Comércio Ltda. (Etesco), and Mike Mullen Energy Equipment Resources Inc. (MMEER) was delivered at Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.’s Geoje Shipyard in Korea. At the naming ceremony held on the day before the delivery, the drillship was named Etesco Takatsugu J. NYK director and managing corporate officer Hitoshi Nagasawa participated in the ceremony.

The vessel is now heading for the pre-salt fields off Brazil, where it will be chartered for a maximum of 20 years from February 2012 by Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. for ultra-deepwater exploration of the fields at water depths down to 10,000 feet (about 3,000 meters). This vessel, which has been equipped with an advanced drilling capability, is one of only 46 drillships in this high-end class (as of December 19).
Since 2006, an NYK Group company has been entrusted by JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) to operate its scientific drilling vessel Chikyu, and through this experience NYK has been able to accumulate advanced know-how on the operations of drillships. In fact, this drillship business falls within one of the strategic pillars provided in the NYK Group’s recently released medium-term management plan “More Than Shipping 2013” — i.e., to secure highly advanced energy-transportation business by taking advantage of the group’s technical capabilities.
NYK will continue its efforts in this regard by making use of the technical advances that the group continues to cultivate.
-- Particulars of Etesco Takatsugu J
- Length overall: 218 meters
- Breadth: 42 meters
- Displacement tonnage: 90,600tons
- Rated water depth: 10,000 feet (3,000 meters)
- Drilling depth: 40,000 feet (12,000 meters)
- Builder: Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.
- Delivery: December 2011
Etesco Drilling Services, LLC.
A consortium established in 2009 by NYK, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Japan Drilling Co. Ltd., Etesco, and MMEER. NYK holds 37.78% of the consortium’s shares.

NYK LNG Vessel and Shipmanagement Company Accredited by Green Award Foundation

December 19, 2011 - NYK LNG carrier Broog and NYK LNG Shipmanagement Ltd. (NYK LNGSM; headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), the carrier’s ship-management company, have been accredited by the Green Award Foundation (headquarters: Rotterdam, Netherlands),* which recognized the carrier and ship-management company for their attention to quality, safety, and the environment.

The decision to bring LNG carriers into the Green Award program came from an initiative of and was strongly supported by the charterer Qatargas Operating Company Limited (headquarters: Doha, Qatar). NYK LNGSM is the first LNG ship-management company in Japan to obtain the Green Award’s certification.
Vessels with a Green Award certificate are afforded preferential treatment, including a reduction of dues at ports mainly in North America and Europe, and as ports and harbors around the world take more interest in environmental concerns, the Green Award Foundation’s influence is expected to grow. 
An award ceremony was held on December 13 at the headquarters of Qatargas and attended by NYK LNGSM president Hiroshi Yonezawa.
The NYK Group continues to provide services that meet the expanding demand in Japan and overseas for safe, stable, and high-quality transport of LNG.
*Green Award Foundation
A neutral, independent foundation established in 1994 on the initiative of the Rotterdam Municipal Port Management and the Dutch Ministry of Transport. The award encourages a market preference for quality tonnage resulting in less incidents and accidents that can jeopardize the marine environment.


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