National Maritime Research Institute

A Message from the President

The basic principles of the National Maritime Research Institute are (1) to contribute to the realization of a safe and secure society: (2) to contribute to the realization of a society that is in harmony with the environment: (3) to contribute to stronger competitiveness in the maritime industries: and (4) to contribute to the creation of future-oriented technologies, in the maritime and marine fields. On the basis of this we have declared our management vision for the NMRI to be a center for the creation of innovative technologies: a center for technologies that promote safety and protect the environment: and a center for strategic policy recommendations.


Kazuhiro Mori, President

In 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.
1) Technologies for the development of environmentally friendly, new concept vessels
2) Environmental impact assessment/load reduction technologies
3) Technologies for the analysis of maritime accidents/improvement of navigation safety
4) Technologies to improve structural safety while taking economic rationality into account
5) Risk assessment technologies covering wide-ranging complex conditions
6) 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.

2012 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.
a) 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 basic principles.
c) Marine 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.
d) 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.

Up-to-date 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.

Kazuhiro Mori; President
(IAI) National Maritime Research Institute

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