order to make this vision a reality we need an unparalleled level of key
technologies. Listed below are the six core technologies of the National
Maritime Research Institute.
Technologies for the development of environmentally friendly, new concept vessels
Environmental impact assessment/load reduction technologies
3) Technologies for the analysis of maritime accidents/improvement of navigation
Technologies to improve structural safety while taking economic rationality
5) Risk assessment technologies covering wide-ranging complex conditions
Technologies for the development of marine resources/renewable energy
The National Maritime Research Institute is Japan’s only public research
body in the maritime and marine fields, a status in which our personnel
take great pride. Our aim is to accomplish the mission entrusted to us
by offering, based on our six core technologies, advanced technological
solutions to the various problems and issues presented to us by the government,
society and industry.
is the second year of our 3rd Mid-term Plan. We will continue with
the priority research that we have been engaged in since last year, but changes
in the social situation make it necessary for us to concentrate rigorously on a
number of problems and issues. In order to further enhance the relevant core
technologies, we have established the following special organizations.
EEDI Project Team: New CO2 regulations will apply to vessels built
from 2013 on. This project team will provide technical support for the
acquisition of EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) certification, thus realizing
(2) and (3) of our basic principles.
b) Marine Accident Analysis Center: In addition to carrying out analysis
using our Bridge Simulator for Navigational Risk Research, we also conduct
accident analysis that incorporates mechanical analysis based on experiments
in the Actual Sea Model Basin. Working together with research and development
in navigation and logistics, we are carrying out accident analysis on a
more coherent level. Safety and security is an issue that affects everyone
in the country. The Marine Accident Analysis Center realizes (1) of our
Renewable Energy Research and Development Support Project Team: The Great East
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami prompted a fresh realization of the importance of
research and development in marine renewable energy. The Marine Renewable
Energy Research and Development Support Project Team provides special support
for the accelerated promotion of R&D in connection mainly with the
development of renewable energy at sea.
Research Coordinator and Industry-Government-Academia Liaison Officer: This is a specialist position the aim of
which is to provide enhanced coordination of research under the direct control
of the chairman of the board of directors and greater cooperation with external
bodies, working towards the realization of our management vision by striving
for the smooth and effective promotion of the research projects of internal and
external bodies and researchers.
information on the activities of the National Maritime Research Institute is
posted on our website. Do watch the website, as we will continue to add to it.
In addition, news from the National Maritime Research Institute is published in
our quarterly journal, Fune to Umi no Saiensu
(The Science of Ships and the Sea), which is distributed to interested parties.
I hope you will read it.