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NYK creates tsunami alert system

NYK Line's new tsunami alert system will provide tsunami warnings to vessels.

When the Japan Meteorological Agency or others issue official tsunami alerts, the new NYK "e-missions' system" will email warnings to ships, providing information about the positions of vessels in operation and weather and sea conditions for their intended routes.

When a tsunami warning is issued, an alert will be sent out to NYK vessel operators and approximately 800 vessels that use the NYK e-missions' system. After the alert, delivered in English, the captains and crew will have a limited period to correspond with those on shore and utilize NYK tsunami response guidelines to determine the best course of action.

Ships that could be affected by the possible tsunami are automatically displayed on the system, and vessel operators and NYK's Marine Group can immediately contact them, share information, and provide any needed support.

This system will provide tsunami warnings issued for the Japanese coast in addition to warnings released by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, covering the sailing area of vessels operated by NYK Group.

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