NYK to Introduce Onboard Broadband Communication System on All Containerships to Reduce CO2 Emissions
March 9, 2012 - NYK has decided to introduce an onboard broadband communication system on all its containerships with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions during ship operations.
Onboard tests of the broadband communication system started in October 2010 on various types of vessels, and the results have been studied. When the system is introduced as part of the IBIS (innovative bunker and idle-time saving) project that NYK has implemented on its containerships to achieve optimal economic ship operation, real-time large-volume data communication between land and ships can be achieved. The results of the tests showed that the large volume of assorted data required for reducing CO2 emissions can be obtained in real time. The new system enables the acquisition of more specific weather and sea-current forecast information on board, improves the automatic transmission of ship operation data and ship operation monitoring on land, and speeds up information-sharing and communication between staff on land and on board vessels. In response to these test results, NYK has decided to move from a testing phase to actual, sequential installation of the system on all its containerships to promote the IBIS project, and is to introduce the system onto car carriers, bulkers, tankers, and LNG carriers.
This initiative is aimed at putting into practice methods that meet the challenges for safe operation and fuel reduction that were initiated under the medium-term management plan “More Than Shipping 2013” announced in March 2011. These challenges include sharing real-time information between land and ships, and pursuing optimal ship operation to reduce fuel consumption.
The introduction of an onboard broadband communication system will not only contribute to a reduction in CO2 emissions during ship operation but will also bring fringe benefits, such as enabling crew members to communicate with their families via the Internet.
Aiming at improving the fuel consumption rate by 10 percent by FY 2015 compared to the FY 2010 level, as proposed in “More Than Shipping 2013,” the NYK Group continues to strive for environment protection through the development of environment-friendly vessels and optimal ship operations.
NYK Receives ISO 14001 Certification in Australia
- NYK's Certification in All Six Global Regions Further Enforces Global Environmental Management -
March 8, 2012 - NYK’s Sydney and Melbourne offices received ISO14001 certification in February 2012 for NYK’s Global Multisite System, giving the NYK Group ISO14001 certification in all six of its global regions — North America, Central and South America, Europe, China, Asia, and Oceania — in addition to Japan.
In 2002, the NYK Group’s environmental activities on board all its ships in operation — not only on its own vessels but also on its chartered ones — received ISO14001 certification. In fact, this inclusion of chartered vessels was a world first. In 2003, the certified sites were expanded to include Europe, North America, and South Asia; in 2009, East Asia was added, followed by Central and South America in 2011 and Australia in 2012. As of today, about 110 key locations in Japan and the six global regions have been certified for the company’s environmental activities around the world.
Under its global standardized environmental management vision, environmental policy, and environmental management system, NYK has established a Safety and Environmental Management Committee in each of the six regions, where a chief of environmental management is assigned by a regional supervising company to promote the group’s environmental efforts. NYK is proud to have established the world’s largest network for environmental activities by a comprehensive logistics group.
By proactively developing and implementing this environmental management system at key global locations, the NYK Group will contribute to the betterment of the global environment and the achievement of a sustainable society.