NYK has signed a joint-venture agreement with Intermodal S.A.* to establish NYK Auto Logistics Colombia S.A.S (NYKCOL), a logistics company for finished cars. On September 14, a signing ceremony was held at the NYK head office in Tokyo and attended by Intermodal CEO Bernd Haubold and NYK senior managing corporate officer Koichi Chikaraishi.

Finished car imports to Colombia from Mexico – a country which is growing as a production base for finished cars - is expected to increase. NYKCOL has teamed with terminal operator Puerto Bahia** to operate a finished-car logistics terminal that includes PDI*** at the port of Cartagena, which is located in the northern part of Colombia. This agreement with Intermodal S.A. will lead to NYKCOL expanding its services to include inland transport, storage, and PDI in response to expanding demand.

The NYK Group will continue to provide total logistics services that include inland logistics and sea transport by taking advantage of the creative solutions initiated in the company’s "More Than Shipping 2018" medium-term management plan to provide advanced automotive logistics services in Colombia where car sales growth is expected under stable economic growth.

* Intermodal S.A.: A member of the Navemar Group, NYK’s agency in Colombia, and provider of inland transportation and storage of containers.

** Puerto Bahia: A terminal operator — headquartered in Cartagena, Colombia — for finished cars at Cartagena port.

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

NYK have signed a joint-venture agreement with Saudi Arabia's Ports Development Company (PDC) to establish their first RORO terminal operating company at King Abdullah Port on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia.

The terminal, named KAP RORO Terminal, is planned to commence operating by the third quarter of 2016. The joint venture will be the first automotive logistics base for NYK in the Middle East Region and when complete will have the capacity for handling 600,000 cars a year.

King Abdullah port is a private port which is owned and developed by PDC, a joint venture company between the Saudi Arabian conglomerate Huta Marine Works Limited and Emaar, the Economic City in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.






On July 14th, Hermes Leader, a car carrier vessel operated by NYK Line, rescued 336 people in the Mediterranean Sea after receiving an emergency call for help. The vessel was originally sailing to the port of Gioia Tauro, Italy when the call was received and immediately adjusted course to rescue those stranded. All those rescued were then taken to the port of Augusta in Sicily and handed over to the coast guard.

About Hermes Leader:

Captain: Ivan Ivanov

Flag: Bahamas

Crew: 33 seafarers (Belgian, Filipino, Dutch and Greek)

Gross Tonnage: 71,177 tons

Type of Vessel: Car Carrier

Ship Management: Stamco Ship Management


In 2011, NYK Auto Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd.(NALI)* was awarded a contract by Ford India for RORO terminal services of finished cars at Chennai and Ennore Port. Based on the service quality, in 2015, NALI and Ford India extended the scope of services to cover Chennai plant stockyard management and inland transportation from plant to Chennai and Ennore ports. With this new scope of business, NALI can provid complete outbound logistics of finished vehicles for the Ford plant in Chennai. A part of exports from the Ford Chennai plant is also loaded on NYK vessels at Chennai port, extending the supply chain further to overseas dealers.

The partnership with Ford India strengthened further when the scope of services for NALI was expanded to the new Ford plant in Sanand Gujarat. NALI was awarded a contract to provide plant stockyard management services, transportation from Sanand Plant to domestic dealers, and RORO Terminal Services at the NYK Pipavav RORO terminal. NALI is also working with Ford on a proposal to induce a dedicated car carrier trailer fleet to transport cars from Sanand Plant to Pipavav RORO terminal.  The terminal at Pipavav is equipped with state -of – the - art PDI facilities where vehicles shall be processed to export readiness condition and loaded on board the RORO vessel by NYK - trained stevedores.

The first NYK vessel, Grand Dahlia, called at Pipavav RORO terminal on August 26 to load a consignment of 1,380 Ford Figo Aspire vehicles and extended the outbound supply chain from Sanand plant to overseas dealers. On arrival at the overseas destination, the NYK Group shall also provide import logistics including RORO terminal services and inland transportation to the dealers.

With the award of the business at Sanand, NALI now provides complete outbound logistics of finished vehicles for both Ford plants in India and NYK Group provides Ford with global supply chain logistics from the plant in India to overseas dealers.

The NYK Group will continue to take advantage of the creative solutions initiated in the company’s "More Than Shipping 2018" medium-term management plan to provide advanced, professional finished-car services in order to respond to growing demand for finished-car logistics around the world.

* NYK Auto Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd: An Indian subsidiary that provides finished-car outbound logistics services for the NYK Group. The services include commercial RORO shipping agency, Plant Stockyard Management, Inland transportation by car carrier trailers, RORO terminal services, PDI and other value added services.

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

“NYK Auto Logistics India to Operate Finished-car Logistics Terminal In West Coast of India,” December 26, 2014, http://www.nyk.com/english/release/3132/003732.html

“NYK Exports First Ford Figo Aspire Cars from the Indian Port of Pipavav,” August 27, 2015, http://www.nyk.com/english/release/3710/004041.html


From 18th-21st May, NYK RORO together with NYK Bulk and Project, joined the Breakbulk Europe fair in Antwerp for the first time as exhibitors. Break Bulk Europe celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and is becoming the biggest fair for non-container shipping business in the world. Over 7200 participants visited the event, which was a new record and over 350 international exhibitors and sponsors attended the event.

As well as a great way for NYK to meet prospective clients, the event hosted industry relevant workshops, presentations and talks.

With the local NYK Belgium team, colleagues from Japan, US, UK, Italy and Germany joined forces at the NYK booth to welcome visitors and promote the NYK colours for the Break Bulk Industrial project and heavy lift markets.



For further details about Breakbulk Europe please click here.