Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) is looking at using laser technology to reduce corrosion on its ships. NYK has signed a memorandum of understanding with compatriot firm Toyokoh to examine a joint business development utilising Toyokoh’s CoolLaser technology in the maritime field.
“NYK aims to reduce the maintenance workload of crew on deck, in addition to dry-dock costs for repairs, and will discuss development of a business to provide a more efficient and environment-friendly maintenance method using Toyokoh’s epoch-making laser technology,” the shipping line stated in a release.
CoolLaser uses laser technology to remove rust from steel structures. It can remove rust quickly, eliminate any salinity, and reduce dust and waste.
A trial is scheduled to be done on a NYK ship while the vessel is in drydock.