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Monday, June 15, 2020 

NYK and its Group companies Japan Marine Science (JMS) and MTI are participating in the 'Designing the Future of Full Autonomous Ship' Project (the DFFAS Project), which comprises 22 Japanese companies and will be sponsored by the Joint Technological Development Programme for the Demonstration of Unmanned Ships under the administration of the Nippon Foundation.

The DFFAS Project will aim to conduct the world's first successful crewless maritime autonomous surface ship demonstration trial in order to advance the practical use of crewless maritime autonomous surface ships by 2025. It aims to realise a domestic coastal shipping business supported by crewless maritime autonomous surface ships. NYK Group will make full use of the technology and experience so far cultivated in the technological development of maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) into this project. The DFFAS project will work towards standardisation of technology and establishment of systems and infrastructure. The project plans to carry out a long-distance demonstration trial in 2021 in congested waters using a domestic coastal containership.

Companies participating in DFFAS include Japan Marine Science (project leader); MTI; IKOUS Corporation; Bemac Corporation; Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation; Tokyo Keiki Inc; Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation; NTT Docomo, Japan Radio Co; NYK; Furuno Electric Co; Weathernews Inc.; Eizo Corporation; NTT Communications Corporation; Japan Hamworthy Co; Japan Marine United Corporation; Nabtesco Corporation; Nippon Shipping Co; pluszero Inc.; Honda Heavy Industries Co; Yokogawa Denshikiki Co and Mitsubishi Research Institute.

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