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NYK begins cadet training aboard LNG vessel

Tokyo: NYK has accepted delivery of a new LNG vessel, Grace Cosmos, which has special onboard training facilities for cadets, the first vessel in Japan to be so equipped. The first group of cadets had been students in the NYK Class at Shanghai Maritime University and boarded Grace Cosmos earlier this month.

Aboard the vessel, exclusive instructors, who used to be captains or chief engineers on NYK vessels, use the latest texts and materials to help the cadets to develop a high level of environmental consciousness and master the know-how of vessel operations and safe navigation. This vessel has a lecture room and other special accommodations for cadets and instructors.

The training schedule is set up so that all cadets, a maximum of 20 people per vessel, are trained on a vessel for the first three months, after which they board a standard NYK vessel, in groups of two or three people per vessel, for nine more months.

NYK currently operates a fleet of around 777 vessels but plans to increase this number to about 1,200 by 2013. It therefore has scheduled to introduce training facilities aboard six vessels in total - another LNG carrier (in 2012), a VLCC (2010) and three containerships (this year).  [27/05/08] 

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