Japan’s first Containership recognized for its Historical Contribution to Maritime Transportation Efficiency

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Hakone Maru

Hakone Maru, a container carrier formerly owned and operated by NYK, has been recognized by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE) as “Japan’s first new container carrier that realized efficient maritime transportation.”

This honour is given to vessels with historical, academic, and technical value, promote public understanding, and are seen as symbols of cultural heritage for future generations. Another NYK vessel, Hikawa Maru, a historic ocean liner permanently berthed as a museum ship in Yokohama, was certified in 2018.

Hakone Maru, Japan’s first containership, was completed at the Kobe shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in August 1968. Through advancements in the ship’s hull form, main engine, and propeller, the vessel realised a significant improvement in the efficiency of maritime transportation. In fact, the ship’s enhanced speed shortened the trans-Pacific route round trip from 80 days to about 30 days.

On February 3, NYK released the NYK Group ESG Story, which aims to integrate ESG into the company’s management strategy further. In addition, the company will continue its efforts to preserve historical materials and contribute to the availability of maritime history to future generations through the NYK Maritime Museum, a related facility.

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