On November 15 as part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign,* NYK conducted a crisis-response drill based on the scenario of a serious accident occurring on an NYK-owned and operated PCTC (pure car and truck carrier).
Cooperation from the Maritime Bureau within Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the 4th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of Japan, and related parties enabled this drill to be more realistic and practical than before. During the drill, NYK’s crisis-management headquarters simulated timely press releases and reconfirmed the importance of immediate and correct information disclosure to the public.
A summary of the drill is provided below.
Major oil spill in Tokyo Bay after the grounding of supertanker Diamond Grace July 02, 1997
A fire broke out in a cargo space on a PCTC while the vessel was sailing off the coast of Ise Bay. A crew member was injured while firefighting. In addition, a pipe on deck was damaged by the fire, and oil then leaked into the sea.
1) NYK established a crisis-management headquarters in response to an urgent report from the PCTC’s ship-management company.
2) NYK reported information about the accident to MLIT’s Maritime Bureau, the Japan Coast Guard, and related parties.
3) NYK directed the PCTC to rescue the injured, conduct firefighting, and remove the oil
from the sea by coordinating with MLIT, the Japan Coast Guard, and related parties.
4) NYK sent out press releases as the situation progressed and responded to media inquiries.
NYK will further advance its safety management systems, positioning navigational safety as its most important task, and will aim to be a leading company in the safety field based on the group’s medium-term management plan, “More Than Shipping 2018.”
* Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign
This campaign has been conducted every year to remind NYK Group members of the importance of safe operations and to ensure that lessons remain learnt from the oil spill that occurred in July 1997 from VLCC Diamond Grace