Two of NYK’s environment-friendly ships, Auriga Leader and NYK Super Eco Ship 2030, received awards at the 2009 Good Design Awards* organized by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.

Auriga Leader, the first ship to use solar power for propulsion—an achievement that is a major step forward toward a next-generation eco ship making greater use of a renewable energy source—is the first cargo ship to be recognized with a Good Design Award. This ship’s application was jointly submitted by NYK and Nippon Oil Corporation (headquarters: Tokyo; president: Shinji Nishio).

(See press release for more information about Auriga Leader:
NYK Super Eco Ship 2030, a concept ship that aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 69 percent through use of technologies available in 2030, was given the newly established Good Design Frontier Design Award.
These are the first Good Design Awards for NYK since the former NYK Museum (currently BankART Studio NYK) received such recognition in 1994.

Good Design Frontier Design Award was created this year to evaluate and advocate products and conceptual embodiments yet to be implemented, those that suggest near-future lifestyles from the perspectives of enabling a sustainable society and providing an opportunity for us to contemplate the future. (See press release for more information about NYK Super Eco Ship 2030: (
A model of NYK Super Eco Ship 2030 and a video about it will be displayed at the Good Design Exhibition 2009 to be held at Design Hub in Tokyo Midtown (fifth floor; from October 1 to November 8. The model ship will be on display from October 15.
*Good Design Awards
The Good Design Awards, organized by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO), is a comprehensive program for the evaluation and encouragement of design. The JIDPO was established in 1957 by the then Ministry of International Trade and Industry (the current Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry). Since then, the Good Design Award has been given for outstanding designs for more than 50 years in the pursuit of prosperous lives and industrial development. Approximately 35,000 Good Design Awards have been given in continuing these efforts. Website:

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