On December 25, NYK cooperated with a ship tour sponsored by Mazda Motor Corporation by escorting about 70 elementary and junior high school students and their parents on board an NYK-operated pure car and truck carrier (PCTC).

Since 1996, Mazda Motor Corporation has regularly held a tour of this kind as one of its social contribution activities to give children an understanding of the Japanese car industry, stimulate curiosity, and offer the children a memorable experience.

Participants first toured the Mazda Museum and then viewed cars produced at Mazda’s Ujina Plant in Hiroshima being loaded on the NYK-operated PCTC Hestia Leader. Afterward, the group toured the inside of the ship together with 15 NYK employees acting as escorts.

NYK will continue to work positively as a good corporate citizen on activities that contribute to our society.

-- About Hestia Leader

Length Overall: 199.9 meters
Breadth: 32.26 meters
Gross Tonnage: 62,400 tons
Flag of registry: Japan

As a part of the NYK Group’s medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” a new future concept ship has been designed by incorporating innovative technologies that will result in an emission-free vessel — the “NYK Super Eco Ship 2050.”

1. Background

The NYK Group’s mission of “Bringing value to life” and the company’s basic philosophy of “contributing to the betterment of societies” has inspired the group to positively address the tough issues that challenge our society.

In fact, NYK’s medium-term management plan includes the group’s intent to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives into management strategy by establishing new medium- to long-term environmental targets.* To achieve these goals, NYK has teamed up with MTI and Elomatic, an engineering and consulting company based in Finland, to review the technical advances conceived for NYK’s previous concept ship (i.e., NYK Super Eco Ship 2030, created in 2009) and design an updated version that makes use of advances in technology in the realm of green and digitalization initiatives that embody the group’s basic philosophy.

2. About NYK Super Eco Ship 2050

This concept ship has been crafted as a 2050-model pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). The power needed to operate the ship has been cut by 70 percent by remodeling the hull to decrease water friction, reducing the weight of the hull, introducing fuel cells for electric propulsion, and relying on other highly efficient propulsion devices. Instead of fossil fuels, power for the ship would come from solar energy and hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources, all of which would lead to a reduction of CO2 by 100 percent and thus result in a zero-emission vessel.

NYK Super Eco Ship 2050
- Main Features

a. Hull

The weight of the hull is reduced by optimization through a dynamic, mathematical design that uses lightweight materials for the superstructure. In addition, computer-controlled devices, such as gyro stabilizers, are installed to provide active stability for the lightweight vessel hull.

An air-lubrication system effectively reduces the frictional resistance between the vessel’s bottom and the seawater by means of bubbles generated by supplying air to the vessel’s bottom. And automatic hull cleaning during port stays prevents any negative impact on vessel efficiency.

Finally, propulsion efficiency is increased by replacing conventional propellers with flapping foils that mimic the movements of dolphins.

b. Energy

The ship is powered by hydrogen fuel cells produced from renewable energy sources. Waste heat recovered from the fuel cells is also used. On long voyages, solar power can be utilized.

c. Maintenance

Maintenance is managed through use of digital twins, a technology that realizes physical conditions digitally and enables real-time analyses from land offices, accident prevention, and optimal maintenance.

d. Port and Cargo Handling

Optimization of route planning is no longer a ship-level activity. It will be done at port and on a fleet level, which will enable just-in-time arrival throughout the supply chain. Automatic mooring and efficient ship-to-ship cargo handling will minimize port stays.

- Comparison of NYK Super Eco Ship 2050 with a Conventional PCTC


Conventional Vessel

NYK Super Eco Ship 2050

Length Overall

199.9 m

199.9 m


35.6 m

49.0 m


9.0 m

9.0 m

Air Draft

45.6 m

31.0 m

Main Power (Fuel)

Diesel Engine (C heavy oil)

Fuel Cells (Hydrogen)

Renewable Energy


Solar Power

- For more information about NYK Super Eco Ship 2050, please visit the link below.

NYK website: https://www.nyk.com/english/csr/envi/ecoship/
Elomatic’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/OKakRA2D7KU

3. Future

The NYK Group will promote decarbonization through technical development that contributes to energy savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. By applying this to actual vessels, through the concept of NYK Super Eco Ship 2050, the company will continue to contribute to the sustainable development of society and enrichment of the group’s corporate value.

* Medium- to long-term environmental targets
NYK’s reduction targets for GHG emissions are 30% per ton-kilometer by 2030 compared with a 2015 base year, and 50% per ton-kilometer by 2050 compared with the same base year. The NYK Group will make its best efforts to reduce GHG emissions by increasing the efficiency of fleet allocation, vessel operation, and cargo handling; striving to achieve zero downtime; and realizing visualization and optimization through hardware innovation and digitalization. These targets have been recognized as science-based by the international Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative.

- Related Press Releases

Announcement on June 13, 2018, “NYK Receives SBT Initiative Verification for Commitment to Greenhouse Gas Reduction,” http://www.nyk.com/english/news/2018/1190806_1687.html

Announcement on April 22, 2009, “NYK Releases Exploratory Design for NYK Super Eco Ship 2030,” https://www.nyk.com/english/release/31/NE_090422.html

- MTI Co. Ltd.

Head office: Tokyo
President: Yasuo Tanaka
Shareholder: NYK 100%
Website: https://www.monohakobi.com/en/

- Elomatic
Provides consulting, engineering, product development, and project management, as well as products and turnkey solutions, to industrial and public sector companies. The company has 950 employees and 48 years of experience in investment projects across various industrial sectors.
CEO: Patrik Rautaheimo
Tel: +358 2 412 411
Website: https://www.elomatic.com/en/

At a ceremony held in Istanbul on April 5, NYK signed an agreement to jointly build and operate a finished-car logistics terminal in Yarimca port near Istanbul, Turkey. The new joint venture will be owned and operated together with OYAK Denizcilik ve Liman İşletmeleri A.Ş. (OYAK PORT), a port-management subsidiary company that is part of OYAK, a leading Turkish conglomerate. Süleyman Savaş Erdem, General Manager of OYAK, and Koichi Chikaraishi, NYK Representative Director and Senior Managing Corporate Officer, were on hand for the signing.

NYK will participate in the port's construction, and the new terminal will be the first large terminal that is located in the suburbs of Istanbul and dedicated to finished cars. Operations are scheduled to commence in the middle of 2019, and high quality services such as PDI* will be offered. Making use of OYAK PORT’s business base and NYK’s expertise in automobile transportation and terminal management, the new joint venture will be positioned to respond to demand in an area where finished-car imports and exports are expected to rise.

In accordance with its new medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” the NYK Group seeks to secure stable freight rates by strengthening the company’s auto-logistics businesses and continuing its efforts to provide high quality, competitive services.

 Technical Specifications:

Location: Yarımca, Kocaeli

Service: Finished-car logistics

Pier Length: 539 meters

Sea Depth: 12–14 meters

Total Yard Area: about 180,000 m2

Parking Slots: about 8,000 units

 * PDI (pre-delivery inspection): Services for finished vehicles – such as final inspections, repairs, and parts application – before delivery to car dealers.


Image of Terminal at Completion


Signing Ceremony

From left,

Süleyman Savaş Erdem, General Manager of OYAK

Koichi Chikaraishi, NYK Representative Director and Senior Managing Corporate Officer


Location of Yarımca Port



On July 13, NYK Auto Logistics India Pvt. Ltd. (NALI), an NYK Group company, signed an agreement with Adani Logistics Ltd. (ALL) to form a joint venture that specializes in the transportation of finished vehicles using automobile freight trains.

The automotive production volume is expected to further increase in India, and there is increasing demand for transporting vehicles by rail, which places less of a load on the environment.

NALI currently provides an integrated transport service for finished cars in India, including inland-transport services by trailers, PDI (pre-delivery inspection), and representation for car carriers — thus offering end-to-end services (from manufactures’ plants to ports and retail stores).

ALL, a subsidiary of one of India’s financial conglomerate Adani Group, covers a wide range of business mainly related to the port operation in India and foreign countries, including the operation of automobile freight trains.

By the collaboration with ALL, the new company will cater to the increasing demand of domestic distribution of vehicles through rail mode, and increase customer choices of inland transportation to meet the customers’ diverse needs.

Based on the company’s " Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green " new medium-term management plan, the NYK Group will leverage on segments classified in “promote growth business”, and utilize its accumulated expertise of high-quality transportation services around the world to provide a sophisticated, high-quality finished-car logistics.

A wholly owned NYK subsidiary company, International Car Operators N.V. (ICO), will install up to 11 wind turbines on the grounds of a finished-car logistics terminal that ICO owns and operates in Zeebrugge, Belgium. The installation will be done together with the Port of Zeebrugge and Engie Electrabel, a local electricity and gas supplier, and the turbines are planned to begin operation in mid-2019.

The generators will be placed in an area suitable for wind power generation, and produce power efficiently without disturbing terminal operations. This installation is also in line with the energy policy of Belgium, which proactively encourages the use of renewable energy.


The NYK Group has already implemented environmentally friendly initiatives at a number of finished-car logistics terminals. Solar panels have been installed, LED port lights have been introduced, and water used to wash cars is being recycled. By implementing wind power generation, we get one step closer to our goal of operating "green” terminals.

To reduce negative impacts of the supply chain on the environment, the NYK Group will continue to proactively promote its Green Terminal policy globally.

-- Reference Information
International Car Operators N.V. (ICO)
ICO, a wholly owned NYK subsidiary company in Belgium, operates terminals for finished-cars in the ports of Zeebrugge and Antwerp, two important hubs for importing and exporting finished cars in Europe. In addition to its cargo handling service, ICO also provides value-added services such as inspection before car delivery and installation of accessories.

Head Office: Zeebrugge, Belgium
Website: http://www.icoterminals.com/en

Port of Zeebrugge
Head Office: Zeebrugge, Belgium
Website: https://www.portofzeebrugge.be/en

Engie Electrabel
Head Office: Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://corporate.engie-electrabel.be/