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NYK carries out accident response training exercise

Tokyo: NYK Cruises, a wholly owned subsidiary of NYK (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha) Line, and Japan Coast Guard have jointly carried out a severe accident response training exercise aboard the 50,142gt cruiseship Asuka II.

The January 25 training exercise was based on a scenario in which a fire in the passenger cabin had to be extinguished and injured passengers and crew members assisted while the ship was cruising in Sagami Bay.

The company reports that with the first report of a fire, NYK Cruises and NYK Line established a task force to immediately take measures to ensure the safety of those on board and to preserve the surrounding environment. Rescue measures for the injured, including a request for the Japan Coast Guard to dispatch rescue helicopters and ships, proceeded swiftly.

Immediately after the accident, Makoto Matsudaira, president of NYK Cruises, and Yasuhiro Hatano, senior md of NYK Cruises, held a press conference (pictured) to discuss the exercise.

The NYK Group says that it "intends to continue to proactively conduct accident-response training exercises as we continue to make efforts to ensure safe operations on our vessels."  [30/01/07]

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