Responsibility towards the environment.

As a Company that transports goods by ocean, land and air NYK is working hard to reduce environmental load with earth friendly policies, efficient use of resources and in house standards to improve environmental performance and prevent pollution.

NYK RORO have developed a clear roadmap of technical innovation towards the development of a ‘zero emissions ship” by 2050 with the launch of the NYK Super Eco Ship.
Recent innovative progress towards these goals on RORO vessels includes:

  • Fueling Ships with LNG instead of heavy oil
  • Developing the use of ammonia fueled vessels from 2029 onwards
  • Solar power and storage batteries
  • Ballast water management to protect biodiversity
  • Low sulphur fuel oil to reduce particulate emissions
  • Energy saving fluorescent lighting system




On March 24 2022, NYK took delivery of Plumeria Leader, a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) capable of navigating oceans with only LNG as the ship’s main fuel.


The vessel was built at the Shin Kurushima Dockyard of Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. This is NYK’s second LNG-fuelled car carrier following the Sakura Leader.


By vessel modification and the switch to LNG, Plumeria Leader will make the ship up to approximately 40% more energy efficient (by reducing CO2 emissions per unit of transport) compared to ships using conventional heavy oil fired engines.


The vessel is also expected to reduce sulphur oxide (Sox) emissions by approximately 99% and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by approximately 86% compared to ships using conventional heavy oil fired engines.

ESG Management

NYK Group are committed to operating as a sustainable solution provider that remains essential to society and industry
In Feb 2022 NYK released the NYK Group ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) Story, which aims to further integrate ESG into the company’s management strategy and promotes activities that contribute to the achievement of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) through business activities.

The NYK Group ESG Story outlines the Group’s ESG management and provides concrete initiatives that the Group is pursuing to integrated ESG principles with management strategies, as specified in the Group’s medium-term management plan announced in March 2018.

The Sail GREEN Project

The Car Transportation Division focuses on providing transportation services with ever-lower environmental impact while remaining cost competitive. In 2021, we started the “Sail GREEN” project, which aims to provide globally connected greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction services for finished vehicle logistics. Through the project, we aim to reduce GHG emissions, not only in marine transport operations but also at finished vehicle logistics terminals around the world, as well as inland transport operations. The major objective of the project is to provide the emission reductions achieved to our customers’ supply chains. We are working on a range of innovations targeting both hardware measures such as the use of LNG-fuelled pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) that emit less CO2 than conventional heavy-oil based engines, and intangible measures, such as using precise calculations to improve the operating efficiency of vessels and trucks used in land transportation operations in order to minimise fuel consumption.


For example, in transport services from Japan to Europe, we can load vehicles to vessels at terminals that use 100% renewable electricity and carry them to Europe on LNG-fuelled PCTCs. Along the way, the cargo can be transhipped onto LNG-fuelled PCTCs sailing within the European region at terminals with wind power generators and recycled water facilities to carry the vehicles to their final destination. Using this approach, the project aims to encourage GHG reductions across every section of the value chain, from loading through to landing at the final destination, rather than confining reductions to a single section of the supply chain.