NYK has extended measures to work from home to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and ensure the safety of company employees.

- Outline of Extended Remote Work Plan
Eligible Employees: Head office and branch office employees
Workstyle: The company has ordered all staff to work from home during this period. Only essential or critical staff, as approved by NYK, may work at the office so far as sufficient infection-prevention measures are taken.

The NYK Group considers prevention of the spread of Covid-19 and the health and safety of the company’s employees to be of utmost importance and will continue to operate vessels safely to ensure stable transportation of energy, resources, and materials that support people's lives.

The company deeply appreciates the understanding and cooperation of customers and other concerned parties

NYK is delighted to announce the commencement of a new direct RORO service from Europe to South America West Coast.

This new service will start in April 2020 and have a monthly frequency, with ports of call being Vigo, Southampton, Bremerhaven and Zeebrugge in Europe and Callao, Iquique & San Antonio in South America.

The service will be covered by a 6,000 car capacity tonnage with a ramp capacity of 150 tons, so will be able to accept both a wide mix of self-driveable and static cargo.

Phil O’Reilly, Marketing Director of RORO at NYK commented: “’The current transit time being offered to South America on this service is the quickest in the market, with Iquique being reached in around 23 days. We look forward to receiving all cargo enquiries on this new trade lane.’’


NYK, together with Bolloré Africa Logistics (Bolloré) and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Toyota Tsusho), has signed an agreement with the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone to set up and operate a dedicated automotive terminal at East Port Said in Egypt.

The automotive market in Egypt is expected to expand along with population growth and economic development, and the Alexandria port, which currently handles almost all of Egypt’s vehicle imports, is a multipurpose port that sees a variety of cargo and lacks storage space. Therefore, the new dedicated automotive terminal to be developed and operated by the consortium will be favorably received.

The new terminal will be Egypt’s first exclusive RORO terminal, and it will have a wharf area that allows two large Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC) to berth simultaneously. The terminal will additionally offer sufficient vehicle storage space to address increasing future demand.

The knowledge and experience that Bolloré has accumulated through its port operations in Africa will be utilized together with the achievements and know-how that Toyota Tsusho has acquired in a wide range of businesses inside Egypt and the skill and expertise that NYK has gained in its automotive transportation and terminal operations throughout the world, resulting in a rather valuable service from the three companies.

In accordance with its medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” NYK is making efforts to optimize its supply chain and create new value through digitalization and green initiatives. The group will continue its efforts to provide high quality, competitive auto-logistics services, making use of its considerable expertise and global network.

■ Overview of Port Operation Business

Location East Port Said, Arab Republic of Egypt
Wharf Approx. 600 meters
Site area Approx. 21.2 hectares (Parking Slots: about 10,000 units)
Commencement of commercial operations End of 2021 (planned)

■ Location of East Port Said

Signing ceremony held on December 19, 2019, in Cairo, Egypt

NYK has concluded a contract with Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd. to build a second LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). With this new vessel, NYK will be able to provide more customers with a low-carbon transportation mode, and the company will continue its efforts to reduce its environmental load and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.

1. Background

NYK aims to integrate ESG principles into management strategies by making efforts to reduce CO2 emissions per voyage through full use of the company’s technological capabilities, such as the development of energy-saving technologies and the optimization of operations through the use of digitalization and big data (e.g., autonomous navigation technologies).

NYK has also positioned LNG fuel as one of the bridging technologies to realize future zero-emission ships. The company aims to have a clean transportation mode that will reduce the environmental burden of the entire PCTC fleet.

2. Signing Ceremony

The shipbuilding contract was signed at NYK’s head office on January 31.

NYK has concluded a contract with Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd. to build a second LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). With this new vessel, NYK will be able to provide more customers with a low-carbon transportation mode, and the company will continue its efforts to reduce its environmental load and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.

Front row, from left; Yoji Morimoto, president of Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.; Hitoshi Nagasawa, NYK president; Tetsushi Soga, president of Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd.

3. LNG-fueled PCTCs

The vessel is scheduled to be delivered in 2022 and will become NYK’s second LNG-fueled PCTC.

The first vessel NYK announced on September 24, 2019, was selected as a model project by Japan’s Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and will receive support from the ministries for technical verification of CO2 emission reductions during actual voyages.

Vessel Particulars
Length overall: about 199.95 meters
Breadth: about 38.00 meters
Total car capacity: 7,000 units
Gross tonnage: 73,500 tons
Flag: Japan

NYK’s Shift to LNG-fueled vessels

The company is making a proactive effort to shift to LNG-fueled vessels as one solution to environmental concerns. In addition to these LNG-fueled PCTCs, an LNG-fueled coal carrier will be delivered in 2023.

Additionally, in 2015 Japan’s first LNG-fueled ship, the tugboat Sakigake, was delivered, and in 2017 the world's first purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel entered operation.

Further, NYK is making use of the expertise and know-how the company has obtained through LNG transportation over the years to expand its range of businesses to include LNG-fuel supply and sale.


- The NYK Group is dedicated to achieving the SDGs through the group’s business activities and its medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” and this low carbonization of marine fuel is one of the group’s initiatives.



As reported earlier European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to construct three new generation PCTC with China Ship Building Trading Co., Ltd and Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co. Ltd.

Representatives from UECC, NYK, Japan Marine Science, MUFG Bank, DNV-GL, SDARI, CSSC and CSTC gathered at the Jiangnan Shipyard in in Shanghai on the 8th of January 2020 to witness and celebrate the steel cutting ceremony for UECC’s first Battery Hybrid LNG Powered PCTC.

“This steel cutting ceremony marks a very special moment of pride, joy and emotion for all personnel at UECC, both on land as well at sea. I have no doubt that this day will be seen as a significant milestone in our UECC’s history by the generation of people which follow. I therefore, feel specially privileged, to be present here at Jiangnan today to witness the historic inauguration of the work on our first of the three LNG fuelled /Battery Hybrid Solution vessels, by various distinguished personalities” stated UECC’s CEO, Glenn Edvardsen.

Mr. Edvardsen added “LNG /Battery/Hybrid installation will be a pioneering design. Needless to say this requires a highly dedicated group of Engineers along with great teamwork and cooperation by all. And I am pleased to say that I am very impressed with the teamwork that has been shown by all parties so far and which is crucial in the time to come, in order to be able to efficiently solve issues together as a team. As active members of society, we all have a shared obligation to do our part to create a greener, more sustainable world and hope you all really appreciate the exciting step UECC is taking towards greener and more environmentally friendly shipping.
Mr. Huang, President of the Jiangnan Shipyard Group, concluded “As the first dual-fuel + battery-powered hybrid ship in the world, the newly started 3600 CEU PCTC can meet the requirements of the full range while truly achieving ultra-low emissions and it is so advanced that its speed, oil consummation and environment protection level has walked at the forefront of the world. With the smooth steel-cutting today, Jiangnan Shipyard will also promote its brand power and influence in the PCTC construction market, and UECC will consolidate its leading position in global automobile transportation field”.