Original Safety Standard: NAV9000

Safety is Our Most Important Mission: Ongoing Safety Initiatives

Reflecting the Group's belief that safety underpins trust and that trust underpins business, the Group devotes time and effort unstintingly to ensuring the safety of its vessel operations.

Since 1998, the Group has been conducting safety promotion activities based on NAV9000. NAV9000 is an original safety standard of NYK. We introduced NAV9000, a rigorous self-imposed safe ship management system, in order to better discharge our responsibilities to achieve safety and protect the environment. The standard covers approximately 1,500 items, including international treaties, international quality standards, measures to prevent accidents from recurring, and requirements from customers. The standards have been applied to all of the approximately 750 vessels in operation. Audits based on these standards are conducted on over 250 vessels and more than 30 shipowners and shipmanagement companies per year.

  1. *1From April 2020, ship audits were postponed due to COVID-19.
    From 1 August 2020, ship audits (i.e., the NAV9000 e-Audit) were restarted remotely.
  2. *2From 2020, the calendar year (CY) is used instead of the company’s fiscal year (FY). Thus, January-March 2020 data contained in FY2019 is also included in CY2020.

Dialogue is the Essence of NAV9000

NAV9000 audits

NAV9000's audit activities place emphasis on dialogue in order to help seafarers and shipmanagement companies responsible for operations understand the importance of "safety awareness."
A high-quality safety management system has resulted from on-site confirmation by Filipino, Indian, and Japanese auditors of compliance with requirements, and by maintaining stronger partnerships with everyone involved.

On the in-house monthly newsletter "Calm Sea", we recognize top-performing vessels every month.