NYK, Japan's largest shipping company and among the ten leading companies in the world, was founded in 1885. It operates world-wide with a very extensive fleet of containers and conventional vessels, cruise ships, ferries, car carriers and feeder vessels.
With the development of trade between Israel and Japan, NYK decided in 1991 to open two service lines :
- A regular service from Japan, Korea and the Far East to Israel (Eilat) for the transportation of cars and vehicles
- A weekly container service between Israel and the Far East, with transhipment via Egypt.
NYK runs a liner fleet of about 100 vessels, including more than 70 container ships: it operates and owns terminals in Japan and in the USA, Taiwan and Thailand.
Most of the cargo in the liner services travels in containers. Ships typically accommodate between 2,500 and 6,000 TEU (20-foot-equivalent units).
To achieve maximum efficiency, NYK has formed partnerships with Hapag-Lloyd, MISC, OOCL. The companies have allocated more than 100 container ships and they operatejointly on transpacific routes, on Europe-Asia routes, on routes between Asia and the North American East Coast, and on transatlantic routes.
Besides operating containerships jointly, the members of the partnership collaborate in providing inland transport services, granting the company the world's most extensive intermodal capabilities in door-to-door transport.
NYK also provides high-frequency liner service through an extensive network of routes to Latin America and Africa, and this includes handling containers and non-container cargoes.
NYK operates some of Japan's first specialized vessels for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the nation's first specialized carrier for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It was the first in the world to put into service a specialized vessel for carrying woodchips. NYK operates the world's largest fleet of car carriers.