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NYK opens up in Hamburg's HafenCity

Hamburg: NYK Line (Deutschland) GmbH officially opened its new head office at Kaiserkai 1 in HafenCity on the Hamburg waterfront on September 18. Masamichi Morooka, President and CEO of NYK Group Europe in London, officiated at the ceremony which was attended by the Senator for economics and labour of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Axel Gedaschko, the Japanese Consul-General in Hamburg, Seisuke Narumiya, and around 100 customers and business partners from all over Germany.

Klaus-Peter Barth, Managing Director of NYK Line (Deutschland), explained the office move in his welcome speech: "With our German Head office, here in the HafenCity, we have returned to the water front, right in the middle of the shipping centre. Our new address is also a commitment to Hamburg and the port."

Masamichi Morooka stressed the importance of Germany as the core market for NYK in Europe: "The move to the HafenCity is a further milestone in the long and fruitful relationship between NYK and the port of Hamburg.  With this move we strengthen our presence in Germany, as well as reinforce our activities in the growing markets of Eastern Europe and in Russia."

NYK becomes the first Japanese company to be situated in the HafenCity.  The 132 employees of NYK are working on three floors of their new office at Kaiserkai 1.  Their responsibilities include container and RORO traffic, not only for Germany, but also for Russia and Eastern Europe as well as Austria.  In Germany, NYK has additional Liner offices in Bremerhaven, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt.  

Senator Gedaschko commented: "NYK can benefit in particular from the market growth in Eastern Europe and Russia and the city of Hamburg is proud to be the vital link between the fast growing regions in Asia and Eastern Europe."

Additionally, the Logistik-Initiative Hamburg, of which NYK has been a member since October 2007, considers the expansion of NYK activities as a positive signal for Hamburg as a logistics hub. Japanese companies in particular use Hamburg as their logistic centre for distributing goods in North and Central Europe.   [19/09/08]

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