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The people, things and technology that decipher the mysteries of the seas with science - Nippon Marine Enterprises, Ltd. supporting offshore and deepwater exploration


  The manned research submersible, Shinkai 6500, equipped with the world's top capacity for navigating underwater, has recorded over 1,000 dives underwater and produced significant results. The Shinkai 6500 is operated and managed by Nippon Marine Enterprises, Ltd.

The deep sea is the frontier of the 21st century

The oceans, which cover over 70% of the earth's surface, provide us with multitudes of nature's bounties. The deep sea is also a goldmine of mineral- and bio-resources and holds the key to solving the mysteries of earth's environmental changes and seismogenic mechanism. Nippon Marine Enterprises, Ltd., a group company wholly owned by Nissui, has been entrusted with the operations and the management of the offshore/deepwater exploration vessels owned by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and supports and contributes to world-class deep-sea investigation and research.
Japan will sink within a year due to a major movement of the earth's crust near the Japan trench… What ultimately saved Japan from this peril in the 2006 version film of the Sakyo Komatsu's bestseller, Japan Sinks, was a manned research submersible. Nippon Marine Enterprises, Ltd. and JAMSTEC fully cooperated with this film from the planning stage. The manned research submersibles, Shinkai 6500 (hereinafter "6K") and Shinkai 2000 (hereinafter "2K"), and the deep-sea drilling vessel, Chikyu, appeared in the film and the working staff of the two organizations cooperated in the filming and played a major role in the making of the film.
In the past the ocean depths had been a world of darkness closed off to mankind. It was almost impossible to believe that any living creatures could live in the abyssal sea. Mankind's foray into the deep sea began toward the end of the 19th century and with the advances in science in the 20th century, marine science also began to make dramatic progress. However, it must be remembered that whereas the average altitude above ground is 800 meters, the ocean's average water depth is 3,800 meters. Moreover no light or radio waves reach the ocean depths. It is said that it is far more difficult to investigate the deep sea than it is to explore outer space and there are still large portions of the sea that have not been explored.
We are also learning that the seafloor is home to various mineral- and bio-resources, as well as holding the key to solving the mysteries of global environmental changes such as earthquakes and global warming. Detailed probes into seafloor topography and research into ocean bottom geology are also required for laying down undersea cables. The ocean depths have become the most important frontier for the 21st century both in the academic and social contexts.

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