Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has started up a new project to encourage greater maritime awareness among students.
The NYK Mirai Project has been set up to work with students at elementary, junior high, and maritime schools in Japan to learn more about a career in the shipping industry.
Over the years, the demand for seafarers has been increasing globally. In Japan seafarers are well-regarded, and yet according to NYK it is often not considered as a career option by many.
The project will help students become more familiar with life aboard ships and also vessel operations. Some of the activities NYK Mirai will include are visits by maritime school students to shipyards to witness the building of NYK vessels, lectures at elementary and junior high schools, and offering vessel boarding opportunities to elementary and junior high school students as well as maritime school teachers and general citizens.
On December 13th the NYK Mirai staff took students from the Hiroshima National College of Maritime Technology on a visit to the Ohnishi Shipyard. Students were able to tour the construction of a vessel being constructed for the company.