Safety & EnvironmentSafety & Environment
Operational ReportStriving for zero marine accidents, the NS United Kaiun Group makes every effort to maintain safe navigation based on the following four principles both to ensure high-quality services for our customers and to promote environmental conservation activities on a global scale.
- Establishing a safe navigation control system
- Ship management for the entire Group is centralized in NS United Kaiun Kaisha, Ltd. to strengthen its management system for safe navigation and the relationship between its operations and engineering divisions.
- Instituting the Safety & Environmental Committee
- With the establishment of the Safety & Environmental Committee, we enacted our Environmental Policy and created an Environmental Management System. We are genuinely committed to conserving the environment as well as to ensuring safe navigation.
- Establishing a crisis management system
- We have adopted measures to prevent marine accidents, including management strategies and internal systems to handle accidents if and when they occur, focusing on such activities as periodic emergency response exercises and regular reviews of our risk management systems.
- Promoting training for seamen
- NS United Kaiun provides lectures and onboard training sessions, including lectures and on-the-job training. In addition to implementing our Early Promotion Plan for Junior Officers for Japanese seamen, we send our staff to the Philippines and Vietnam to continuously promote the employment and training of non-Japanese seamen, with a system that provides everyone from cadet to captain and chief engineer with ongoing support.
Environmental ReportThe NS United Kaiun Group has been performing the following measures to promote environmental protection.
- Prevention of Global Warming
- Global warming is said to be caused by greenhouse effect gases such as CO2. Vessels need to burn fossil fuel to run such as fuel oil, and these emit CO2-containing exhaust fumes. At present, the only effective way to reduce CO2 gas is to reduce fuel consumption. We take the following measures to reduce fuel consumption:
- Use of energy-saving equipment and devices.
- Improving propulsion performance by hull cleaning/polishing of propeller.
- Reducting speed and planning best-route in accordance with changing situations.
- Minimizing fuel consumption per transported unit with efficient shipping schedules and increased cargo loads.
- Prevention of Air Pollution
- Exhaust gases from ships contain nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur oxides (SOx), which cause air pollution and acid rain. Regarding NOx, the diesel engine with power output of more than 130 kW must comply with NOx emission limits set forth in the relevant regulation. Every our new vessels are equipped with a new-model engine with low NOx emissions. Also, for SOx emission control, the sulphur content of any fuel oil used on board ships must not exceed 0.5%. We comply with SOx emission regulations by two methods: Using low-sulfur fuel oil and Installing SOx scrubber (exhaust gas cleaning systems).
- Prevention of the Dioxins Generation
- To prevent generating dioxin, incinerators capable of rapidly cooling the exhaust gas temperature to 200°C are installed in our all newly built ships.
- Prevention of Ozone Depletion
- Chlorofluorocarbon and halon are regarded as causes of ozone depletion. For our new ships, we have adopted freezing and cooling machinery that use a Freon substitute. New installation of halon fire-extinguishing systems has been prohibited since July 1992, and most of our ships are now equipped with CO2 fire extinguishing systems or high-expansion-foam fire extinguishing systems.
- Proper Management of Ballast Water
- In order to prevent the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms or pathogens in the ballast water carried by ships, it is managed by using a ballast water treatment system or exchange the ballast water in the open sea.
- Proper Disposal of Onboard Waste
- Various kinds of waste are generated by the crew living on board. Such onboard waste is thoroughly separated and collected as is done on shore, and is either burned on board or duly disposed on shore. For details , please refer to our NS United Report.
NS United Kaiun Group Environment PolicyWe, as a corporate group that provides marine transportation services worldwide, will strive to protect the global environment, the common property of all humankind, and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society by reducing environmental impact by coping with climate change.
- We will establish an environmental management system and commit to continually improving it to enhance environmental performance and to prevent pollution.
- We will comply with the laws, regulations, and other environment-related requirements that are applicable to the navigation of our vessels and to our business activities in offices.
- Every department of our company will establish environmental objectives and targets that comply with our Environmental Policy and strive to attain these objectives and targets based on our environmental program. We will also review their performance on a regular basis to ensure these environmental objectives and targets are being achieved.
- We will strive to ensure, through environmental education and promotion activities, that all employees of the NS United Kaiun Group raise their awareness of environmental issues and act in accordance with this Environmental Policy.
- When acquiring vessels, instruments, other products, and materials required for providing our services, we will procure them by taking into consideration a reduction of the environmental impact and a life cycle perspective, and reduce and dispose waste appropriately.
- We, the NS United Kaiun Group as a whole, will strive to achieve Carbon neutrality
- We will disclose our Environmental Policy and environmental preservation activities when necessary.
Environmental Management Program
The NS United Kaiun Group formulates a plan to achieve our environmental targets at the beginning of every fiscal year in accordance with our Environmental Management System.
The NS United Kaiun Group have obtained a third-party verification for greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions calculated based on ISO 14064-1*, and have received a verification statement.