NIPPON Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has placed an order with Kosaba Shipbuilding Corporation for a crew transfer vessel (CTV). 

It’s the first CTV for NYK to order from a Japanese shipyard.  

After delivery in late 2025 or 2026, the vessel will be used to transport technicians to construct and maintain offshore wind power generation facilities off Japan.  

By expanding its fleet of CTVs, NYK is aiming to play an active role in promoting sustainable energy.  

NYK also wants to contribute to revitalizing the Japanese shipbuilding industry and marine industries, as well as have a positive impact on regional industry development and job creation. 

The vessel will be the third CTV owned by NYK.  

A CTV engaged in maintaining offshore wind power facilities in Japan for an extended period requires a high transfer capacity.  

In constructing the vessel, NYK will domestically produce the hull form based on a design from Northern Offshore Service (Sweden), aiming to make it the core hull form of NYK.  

Northern Offshore Service (Sweden) is one of the largest CTV operators in Europe. 
In Japan, the construction of offshore wind power facilities is expected to begin in 2026, and demand for CTVs is expected to grow.  

NYK medium-term management plan in March 2023, explained the company’s plans to invest 43 billion yen in the offshore wind power value chain by 2026, and the construction of the CTV was part of the plan.