The ocean carrier NYK Group said it has recently launched a tsunami alert system that will provide tsunami warnings to vessels.
Tsunami warnings issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency and other weather service providers will be sent by e-mail to vessels through the company’s NYK e-missions' system, an existing system that provides information about the positions of vessels in operation, and weather and sea conditions for the intended routes of vessels.
The warnings should allow affected vessels to determine the best course of action through correspondence with those on shore and use of the tsunami response guidelines NYK developed last year.
When a tsunami warning is issued, an alert will be sent to NYK vessel operators and about 800 vessels that use the NYK e-missions system. The alert will be in English.
The vessels that could be affected by the possible tsunami are automatically displayed on NYK e-missions, and vessel operators and NYK's Marine Group can immediately contact the affected vessels, share information with the ships, and provide any needed support. - Eric Johnson