Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha: NYK to Establish Comprehensive Training Center for Offshore Wind Power Generation in Akita Prefecture
October 13, 2022
NYK, through a consortium with Nippon Marine Enterprises, Ltd. (Nippon Marine Enterprises), has been selected through a public tender for grant projects under the 2022 Offshore Wind Energy Human Resource Development Grant Project administered by the Natural Resources Agency and of Energy, which is part of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Around fiscal year 2024, NYK, in conjunction with Nippon Marine Enterprises, will establish a comprehensive offshore wind power generation training center in Akita Prefecture and begin training and human resource development related to offshore wind power generation. offshore wind energy. Towards the start of training and human resource development operations, the consortium will carry out studies in collaboration with partner company Tohoku Electric Power Renewable Energy Service Co., Ltd. (Tohoku Electric Power RENES) and partner local governments in Akita Prefecture and Oga City. . The target number of trainees to complete the training course each year is approximately 1,000.
Offshore wind power generation is one of the areas that is expected to grow in the future. In Akita Prefecture, developments in several sea areas are planned in accordance with the Japanese Law on Promoting the Utilization of Sea Areas in the Development of Power Generation Facilities Using Maritime Renewable Energy Resources.* The offshore wind power generation in the Akita and Noshiro port areas is expected to start commercial operation by 2022. The sea areas of Aomori, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures, which are adjacent to of Akita, have been selected as “promising sea areas”, and future expansion of offshore wind power generation is expected.
In order to develop specialized human resources related to the activity of offshore wind energy production, it is necessary to develop infrastructures such as training facilities for the training of personnel involved in the maintenance of offshore wind turbine installations. and operation of offshore wind power generation vessels. The NYK and Nippon Marine Enterprises training center will meet training needs and develop human resources in the wind power generation industry.
This training center will use the facilities of the Akita Prefecture Marine Secondary School,** in addition to nearby facilities, and will be linked to the onshore wind turbine maintenance training provided in Akita City by the company partner Tohoku Electric Power RENES. The consortium will provide training for skilled workers and workboat crews supporting offshore wind power generation. In addition, the consortium will also engage in offshore human resource development in collaboration with local governments and educational institutions to develop the offshore wind power generation business and develop human resources.
Project management, initiation of Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) training, etc.
Japan Shipping Companies
Launch of basic training for seafarers and training for maintenance operations of offshore wind turbines
In February 2022, NYK entered into a comprehensive partnership agreement with Akita Prefecture.*** Going forward, NYK will contribute to the stable and safe operation of the offshore wind power generation business by launching this center of training based in Akita Prefecture.
* A law that allows the government to designate an area for the promotion of offshore wind power generation projects and allows power generation companies selected by public tender to occupy the marine area for up to 30 year.
* Akita Oga Prefecture Marine High School Website
***NYK has entered into a comprehensive partnership agreement with Akita Prefecture for collaboration in Akita Prefecture in the seven areas below.
(1) Promotion of renewable energy trade
(2) Develop human resources for the renewable energy sector
(3) Develop ship-related human resources
(4) Use of Ports
(5) Promotion of tourism
(6) Environmental preservation
(7) Regional revitalization, etc.
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Japan Shipping Companies
Headquarters: Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture
President: Masakatsu Yamada
Website: https://www.nme.co.jp/ (Japanese)
Activity: operation and management of ocean investigation vessels and training ships, operation of manned submersible research vessels and unmanned probes, support for various ocean investigation research and meteorological observation
Tohoku Electric Power Renewable Energy Service Co., Inc.
Headquarters: Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
President: Yoshihiro Ogawa
Business: Maintenance of renewable energy power plants and associated equipment, operation, training and other services