NYK held its annual Dry Bulk Safety Conference at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo last month to review safety awareness and share updated guidelines for safe cargo operations. A total of 70 participants from 50 Japanese shipowners and ship-management companies attended.
This conference has been held every year since 2010 to promote safety through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information about recent incidents with shipowners and ship-management company personnel in charge of vessel management.
The Dry Bulk Division’s goal is to become the world’s leading dry bulk fleet, and to achieve this aim, participants shared new technology being used for safe and efficient operation and actively exchanged opinions with one another. This year’s topics included the benefit of using the application “LiVE for Shipmanager,” which was developed by the Dry Bulk Division for ship-management companies. This application makes use of data collected from the ship information management system (SIMS), which was developed by the NYK Group (NYK and MTI) to enable the gathering, monitoring, and sharing of detailed data between ship and shore for safe, efficient operations. Nippon Yuka Kogyo Co. Ltd.’s sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships and fuel additive "Wax Breaker" were also introduced, both of which are expected to improve safety and help the NYK Group comply with environmental regulations.
In its medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green” released in March, NYK announced a strategy to achieve sustainable growth. The NYK Group will endeavor to create new value, through the development of data utilization technology with various partners.