NYK looks at lasers to cut corrosion on ships

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.

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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