In April 2011, Nissui Marine Industries Co., Ltd., a fully-owned subsidiary of Nissui, established the Nippon Survival Training Center (NSTC), the first private marine survival training complex in the country.
By providing marine survival training in accordance with global standards, the NSTC equips people that work on the seas with the knowledge, skills, and training to make rational decisions and take appropriate action in the event of an accident, thereby contributing to safety and the preservation of life.
As for the training facilities, the NSTC has a training wing in the Tobata district that houses a pool as well as a lifeboat staging area that serve as a marine survival training center, plus a firefighting training facility in the Wakamatsu district.
It is in this pool that trainees are put in realistic situations in which they learn underwater escape, how to properly fit on a life jacket, how to operate a life raft, the proper posture to prevent injury when jumping into the water while wearing a life jacket, and other tactics needed in the event that a helicopter lands in or goes down on water. At the life boat staging facility, trainees learn how to board and deboard life boats that are lowered to the water from the main vessel by wires using a davit system as well as life boats that are dropped freefall into the water.
Additionally, the training pool and equipment are offered to private-sector diving operators to be used in their training. Through these efforts, Nissui is contributing to the improvement of marine recreation safety as well as to the improvement of divers’ skills.
Since its founding, Nissui has always been involved in marine-related businesses. As such, ensuring the safety of marine workers in the event of accidents or natural disasters is just as important as job-training for marine personnel. With the aid of the NSTC, Nissui hopes to contribute further to the healthy development of marine industries.
Nippon Marine Enterprises, Ltd., a Nissui Group company, is commissioned by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JASMSTEC) to operate and manage a range of marine vessels and observation equipment that JASMSTEC owns. It has been meeting the needs for state-of-the-art marine observation, including the operation of “Kaimei” and other wide-area seabed research vessels, the operation and maintenance of the manned research submersible “Shinkai 6500” as well as unmanned exploration vessel vehicles, and the exploration of the ocean crust in areas prone to seismic activity mainly around Japan.
Recently, Nippon Marine Enterprises, Ltd., has been participating, as a member of Team KUROSHIO, a team representing Japan, in the international competition, Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, which aims to innovate sea floor exploration technology using unmanned exploration vehicles. In this competition, teams compete in sea floor mapping using technology that go beyond any existing technology. Nippon Marine Enterprises, Ltd., is offering AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) operating technology while at the same time playing a major role in processing seafloor topography data collected by the AUV.
Nippon Marine Enterprises, Ltd., has been leveraging the knowledge and technology of the sea, which it has cultivated since its founding, to contribute to the challenges of understanding the sea, earth and life in an integrated manner, as a group of engineers that supports state-of-the-art research activities.