NYK has decided to implement a new employment scheme in which Japanese seafarers will be engaged to work only on vessels and not within NYK’s offices.

Japanese seafarers have traditionally been well regarded the world over for their teamwork and skills, generally developed through state-of-the-art education and training programs provided at renown maritime education institutions. And seafarers having specialized knowledge and skills are becoming more needed as NYK becomes more active in its LNG (liquefied natural gas) and offshore businesses.

NYK is thus making this move to fill positions that will require seafarers with particular technical expertise. This new work-style will also allow Japanese seafarers to settle in areas of their choosing and contribute to local communities. The employment of several officers and engineers is currently scheduled to take place from April or October 2016.

NYK will continue to secure and train technically advanced non-Japanese seafarers, who professionally man the bulk of NYK’s fleet and will continue its efforts to enhance its employment methods to ensure stable transport services.