NYK Conducts Crisis-Response Drill

Jul 4, 2013

On July 4, NYK conducted a crisis-response drill based on the scenario of a serious  accident  occurring  on  an  LNG  vessel  operated by an NYK Group
company.

This  drill  was  part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign, which has been conducted over the months of July and August every year since July 1998  to  remind NYK Group members of the importance of safe operations and to  ensure  that lessons remain learned from the oil spill that occurred in July 1997 from VLCC Diamond Grace.

A summary of the drill is provided below.

A  blackout  had  occurred  on  an  LNG vessel while the vessel was sailing within Tokyo Bay, making it impossible for the vessel to continue under its own  power. After that, the vessel collided with a domestic product tanker, causing  a  fire  to break out on the tanker and crewmen to go missing. The collision  left  a  hole  in the fore starboard side of the LNG vessel, and seawater was flowing into the ballast tank.

1)      Based  on  the assumption that the LNG vessel was involved in a serious accident,  NYK  established  a  crisis-management  headquarters with the ship-management  company in response to an urgent report from the vessel to its management company.

2)      To control the fire on the tanker, NYK corresponded with related parties at its crisis management headquarters.

3)      NYK handled the accident so that power could be quickly restored to the LNG vessel.

4)      NYK  sent  out press releases as the situation progressed, responded to media  inquiries,  and  held a mock press conference at which NYK senior managing  corporate  officer  Hitoshi Nagasawa and NYK corporate officer Tsutomu Shoji explained the accident to the press.

We  reconfirmed  the  importance  of  an immediate response to accidents, a quick  collection  of  informations  and cooperation with related parties — including   in  this  case  NYK  LNG  Shipmanagement  Ltd.,  an  NYK  Group ship-management  company  —  and  the  importance  of immediate and precise explanations of accidents to the public.

NYK continues to conduct business by activity attaching weight to safe operations and environmental conservation.

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