NYK RORO are currently building four next generation car carriers which are due for completion in 2014 & 2015. These new Vessels will have a capacity for 7,000 vehicles (previously 6,500 maximum) and NYK will be the first Japanese Shipping Line to operate such large post Panamax Car Carriers.

These new RORO Vessels will also showcase the latest energy saving technologies, lowering the fuel cost per finished vehicle transported by roughly one third compared to present.

 Energy Saving Technologies:

  • Enlarging vessel design - 3 to 4m has been added to the traditional 32m width of the vessel
  • Air lubrication system - reducing friction between the hull and seawater by generating air bubbles at the bottom of the vessel.
  • Low friction hull coating
  • Hybrid turbocharger - new on-board electric supply system
  • Inverter control of cooling water pump
  • Water emulsion compatible boiler - water emulsion fuel is potentially high efficiency, saving on fuel consumption and C02 emissions.
  • Performance monitoring system


NYK RORO and PT Puninar Jaya have launched a joint venture company to offer total logistics solutions for their customers in Indonesia. This newly formed Company, called NYK Puninar Auto Logistics Indonesia (NPALI) will be able to offer domestic logistics services within the islands of Indonesia aswel as international services beyond.

NYK will be looking to combine their global RORO Shipping network with Puninar Jaya's 44 years experience in the logistics market to create a total door to door logistics service for their customers.


As of 15th January 2014 NYK Holding Europe BV, an NYK Group Company, has acquired 100% ownership of Tranco Terminal, the largest car terminal operating in Kazakhstan.

NYK's expertise will contribute to further improve local Terminal operations in order to meet specific customer requirements in a market which is rapidly expanding. It is also envisaged that NYK will be able to offer more efficient inland logistics solutions in order to ensure on-time delivery for their customers .

In addition, NYK will further develop the inland logistics infrastructure between Kazakhstan and the neighbouring Countries of China and Russia in line with their customer's needs.

On August 26, a consignment of 1,380 new Figo Aspire vehicles produced at a brand new plant of Ford India in Sanand, Gujarat, were loaded onto NYK’s Grand Dahlia at the newly constructed NYK RORO terminal facility at the port of Pipavav.

Construction of this RORO terminal began in July 2014 by NYK Auto Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd* and the facility became operational in August 2015. It has an annual throughput capacity of 250,000 vehicles and is equipped with a state-of-the-art PDI** centre for processing vehicles.

NYK Auto Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd operates the Pipavav terminal facility jointly with Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd,*** a subsidiary of APM terminals. Pipvav port is located in northwestern India in the state of Gujarat. Automobile companies such as Ford are planning to expand their exports from the west coast of India in the future, and Pipavav is expected to become a hub port for these exports.
With the launch of the Pipavav RORO terminal, the NYK Group is set to provide complete outbound logistics for finished cars from automobile clusters in northern and western India.

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.

* NYK Auto Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd: A subsidiary in India that provides finished-car logistics services for the NYK Group, including value-added services such as sales, shipping agency services, PDI operations, and inland transport by car trailers.

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

*** Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd: Part of the international network of APM Terminals, a terminal operator at 71 ports and terminals across 67 countries.