Initiatives at Asahi Shipping

As a member of the NYK Group, Asahi Shipping will integrate ESG (environment, social, corporate governance) into corporate management and strive to use the ESG yardstick along with the economic yardstick to contribute to solving the environmental and social issues. At the same time, we will work to achieve sustainable growth from our own unique perspective.

Social and Local Community Contribution Activities


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Ocean Class

With the aim of providing children an opportunity to “think about the ocean”, we have been hosting an “Ocean Class” every year at the Kakogawa Maritime Culture Center located in Kakogawa City in Hyogo Prefecture, where one of our main main customers, Kobe Steel, Ltd., is located. We help local children, their parents, and local elementary school students make their own moving boats with readily available materials around us. The event was held for the fifth time in September 2023.

Going forward, we will continue to conduct activities aimed at creating a good relationship with the local community.

Ocean Class

In August 2020, November 2021 and September 2022, with the aim of providing children an opportunity to “think about the ocean”, we hosted an “ocean class” at the Kakogawa Maritime Culture Center located in Kakogawa City in Hyogo Prefecture, home of a steel mill belonging to our primary customer Kobe Steel. Together with the attending parents, we helped the children make boats that actually move using readily available items. In October 2020, we held another “ocean class” at the center targeting 5th grade students from the Hamanomiya Elementary School in Kakogawa City. Going forward, we will continue to conduct activities aimed at creating a good relationship with the local community.

Also, as part of the “Walking for Health” program, we have collected donations from employees based on the number of steps walked and plan to use these donations to assist street children in the Philippines, a country with which we have deep ties.

September 2023

September 2022

November 2021

October 2020

Cleaning Activity

In June 2022 and June 2023, we participated in volunteer cleaning activities held at Befu Port and Onoe Fishing Port in Kakogawa City, where one of our main customers, Kobe Steel, Ltd., is located.

We emphasize the necessity for dealing with marine pollution in our ESG Story. We will continue to actively participate in such activities to maintain a clean sea.

June 2023

June 2022


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Mangrove Planting Activity in Cebu, Philippines

September 2023

On September 3rd, we held our third volunteer tree-planting activity aimed at regenerating mangrove forests in the Tabuelan area of Cebu Island in the Philippines. This is part of the recovery effort from the severe environmental damage caused by past typhoons, and the area covered was approximately 10,000 square meters, and approximately 1,000 trees were planted. Through our activities so far, we have planted approximately 3,500 seedlings over an area of approximately 30,000 square meters. The growth rate of mangroves is generally not high due to the influence of weather and sea conditions, but through our monitoring, 90% of them are growing normally. We will continue to monitor the growth of the seedlings and prepare for tree-planting activities from next year onwards.

The Philippines is a country with which we have particularly strong ties through recruitment of crew members and seafarers, and dispatch of young employees to study abroad.  We will continue to carry out various social contribution activities.

April, May 2023

Over the two days of April 23rd and May 14th, 2023, we conducted volunteer tree planting activities aimed at regenerating mangrove forests in the Tabuelan area of Cebu Island in the Philippines. This is part of the restoration of the severe environmental damage caused by past typhoons, and the target area this time is about 20,000 square meters, and about 2,500 trees have been planted. A total of about 250 people participated in the tree planting, and during the second tree planting, in addition to our employees living locally, executives and employees from Japan participated, and a commemorative ceremony was held in the presence of executives from local governments and organizations.

From now on, we will monitor the growth status of the mangroves we planted and prepare for planting activities from next year onwards.


Beach Cleaning in Cebu, Philippines

September 2023

On September 16, 2023, we supported a beach cleaning event on Cebu Island in the Philippines sponsored by the International Coastal Cleanup Campaign (ICC) Philippines as well as last year, in which 24 people from our local staff and their families and friends participated.

The Philippines is a country with which we have particularly strong ties through recruitment of crew members and seafarers, and dispatch of young employees to study abroad. We will continue to carry out various social contribution activities.

September 2022

On September 17, 2022, we supported a beach cleaning event on Cebu Island in the Philippines sponsored by the International Coastal Cleanup Campaign (ICC) Philippines, in which approximately 40 people from our local staff and their families and friends participated.

 

 

Preventing Hull Fouling

Hull fouling can be reduced through the use of coatings. However, such coatings are ineffective against fouling when the vessel is not sailing, moving, and this is becoming a more prominent issue from the perspective of environmental preservation. We have recruited Mr. Hitoshi Kaneko (former professor at Tokai University) as an advisor, and based on the jointly obtained patents for hull fouling systems, we are conducting demonstration tests aboard our Asahi Maru with the aim of developing an anti-fouling device.

Use of the Multi-function Anti-bacterial Coating Technology “KENIFINE™” on Vessels

We have adopted products using KENIFINE™, a multi-function anti-bacterial coating technology patented by our primary customer Kobe Steel, for the vessels we operate to keep them hygienic. KENIFINE™ has also been found to be effective against COVID-19, and we are working to provide our seafarers with a safe and secure working environment. Going forward, we will work to confirm the practical benefits of KENIFINE™ and expand the use to other marine equipment.