NYK eyes crew transfer vessel sector

Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), one of Japan’s largest shipowners, has indicated its keenest to get into the crew transfer vessel (CTV) segment in the booming offshore wind sector.

NYK and Akita Eisen Kisen Kaisha, the only towing company in Akita prefecture, have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a crew transfer vessel (CTV) mainly in the waters off Akita prefecture, a northern district on Japan’s main island of Honshu. This is a stepping stone for NYK to get more involved in the sector.

“In the future, the NYK Group will consider the commercialization of CTV ownership and ship management by utilizing the knowledge of CTVs gained through the group’s collaboration with the Northern Offshore Group in Sweden, in addition to the knowledge and network of Akita Eisen,” NYK said in a release today.

The Japanese government has set a goal of installing offshore wind farms capable of producing 30m to 45m KW by 2040.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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