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Japanese Foreign Ship Orders Plummet

Japanese shipyards received foreign orders for 21 vessels totaling 581,100 grt in July, down 39.6 percent from a year before, the Japan Ship Exporters' Association reported. Nineteen orders were for bulk carriers and two for freighters, it said. The statistics include orders association members received for steel vessels of 500 grt or more.


Chinese Navy Ship Irks Japan

Map: Chinese Defence Ministry, Yonap, EIA, BBC

 Japan has lodged a protest with the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo, after a Chinese ship sailed close to contested islands in the East China Sea.   Chinese navy has made an unprecedented entry into waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands, called Diaoyu in China.   Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki responded swiftly, summoning the Chinese ambassador to Tokyo Cheng Yonghua to register a formal protest.  


Japan's Fleet Inspected, PM Emphasizes New Role

Japan MSDF Inspection: Photo credit Xinhua

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda emphasized the importance of Japan's Self-Defense Force (SDF) during his fleet inspection. PM Yoshihiko Noda considered that the role of the SDF is increasing following emerging territory issues. Forty-five vessels participated in the event including ships from the United States, Australia and Singapore navies. It was the first participation of foreign ships in the MSDF fleet review since 2002, media reported.


Australian Defence Minister to Tour Japan Stealth Submarine

HMAS Sheean: Image credit RAN

Australian Defence Minister David Johnston will tour a Japanese stealth submarine when he visits Tokyo next week, his Japanese counterpart said on Friday, ahead of talks that could cement an agreement to cooperate in arms development. "We are planning to show Minister Johnston various military equipment including submarines," Itsunori Onodera told a news conference. "We want to build a more cooperative relationship with Australia."


Japan Imposes Asset Freeze on N.Korean Shipping Firm

Japan on Friday froze the assets of the operator of a North Korean ship seized for smuggling arms, the Foreign Ministry said, just as Tokyo is engaged in talks with Pyongyang to return Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents decades ago. The sanction against Ocean Maritime Management, which operated the ship detained near the Panama Canal a year ago carrying Soviet-era arms, follows similar steps by the United States and U.N. blacklisting of the North Korean firm in July.


Modi Seeks Japan's Help for 'inclusive vision'

Narendra Modi

  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday seeking to capitalise on his affinity with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to strengthen security and business ties on his first major foreign visit since his landslide election victory in May. Modi is one of only three people that Abe follows on Twitter, while the Indian leader admires the Japanese premier's brand of nationalist politics. "We will explore how Japan can associate itself productively with my


Japan's Biggest Shipping Firm to Add More LNG Tankers

Nippon Yusen KK, Japan's biggest shipping company, has upwardly revised its plan to expand its fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, a major Japanese financial paper reported Wednesday. Nippon Yusen's initial business plan called for it to either own or have invested in the construction of about 60 such tankers by fiscal 2010. It has now raised that figure to roughly 80-100 tankers, the Nikkei Shimbun said.


Senate Passes CG Authorization Bill

The Senate passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2004. Negotiations can now commence to resolve differences between this bill and the version adopted by the House of Representatives some time ago. The major difference between the two bills regards security plans for foreign vessels subject to the ISPS Code. The House bill would, in accordance with language in the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA)


China Ships Ply Disputed Waters: Japan Mulls Response

China Coast Guard Cutter: Photo courtesy of USN

Japan’s defense ministry recommends expansion of its marine force and consider a first-strike capability to deal with threats, reports Live Mint/WSJ. Four Chinese vessels ordered Japanese ships to leave waters around disputed islands known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan, China’s State Oceanic Administration reported on its website [Chinese] as sourced by Live Mint. China’s strengthened coast guard began operations on 22 July


Japan to Hand Over Data Ahead of Australia Submarine Bid

Japan will agree this month to give Australia classified submarine data, an unprecedented step signalling Tokyo's intent to join competitive bidding to sell Canberra a fleet of stealth subs, said two Japanese officials familiar with the plan. The "competitive assessment" will see Germany's ThyssenKrupp and France's state-controlled naval contractor DCNS separately competing with a Japanese government-led bid for such contractors as Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd and Mitsubishi


Tanker Crewman Medevaced off Virginia

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an ailing crew member Saturday from a tanker off Virginia Beach.   Coast Guard watchstanders at the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received a call from the 574-foot, Japanese-flagged chemical tanker Buccoo Reef at about 2:30 a.m


Navig8 Chemical Adds New Tanker from Kitanihon

Image: Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc

 Chemical shipping company Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. has taken delivery of its first stainless steel chemical tanker, the Navig8 Sirius, from Japanese shipbuilder Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.    Navig8 Sirius is a 25,000 DWT stainless steel chemical tanker.  


This Day In Naval History: June 29

1860 - The steamer USS Mystic, commanded by William E. LeRoy, captures the slaver, Thomas Achorn at Kabenda, Africa and send her to New York.    1862 - During the Civil War, the steam sloop USS Susquehanna, commanded by Cmdr. R.B


Beijing Slams South China Sea Court Proceedings

Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling set for July 12. An international court said it would deliver a hotly anticipated ruling in the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea on July 12, drawing an immediate rebuke from Beijing, which rejects the tribunal's jurisdiction.


ABS is Japan's First Foreign RO for Maritime Labor Inspection

ABS been recognized by more than 100 governments as a Recognized Organization (RO)  Courtesy ABS

ABS has been selected by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as Japan’s first foreign Recognized Organization (RO) for maritime labor inspection. Maritime Labor Convention comprises 16 articles, containing general provisions


This Day in Naval History: June 16

USS Monterey (CG 61) (U.S. Navy photo by Christian Eskelund)

1943 - At Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Japanese aircraft conduct the largest raid since April 7. Although a large number of enemy planes are shot down, LST-340 and USS Celeno (AK-76) are damaged. 1944 - Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert H. McCard serves as a platoon sergeant with Company A


This Day In Naval History: June 17

USS Delaware entering the first drydock in America at Gosport Navy Yard (Norfolk), June 17, 1833. (Courtesy Tommy Trampp, NavSource)

1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron engages the Algerian flagship Mashouda near Cape de Gatt, Spain. Though the Algerian frigate maneuvers actively to escape, she surrenders after 20 men, including her commander, are killed.  


EU Gives Med Mission Okay to Search for Libya-bound Arms

EU maritime mission gains more power to seize weapons; also says moves will help break migrant smuggling gangs. The European Union on Monday gave its naval force in the Mediterranean the authority to search suspicious vessels at sea in a bid to stop arms getting to Islamic State in Libya and to


This Day In Naval History: June 21

1898 - During the Spanish-American War, the cruiser USS Charleston captures the island of Guam without resistance from Spain, because the Spanish Navy had no sufficient ammunition for defense.   1919 - The German navy scuttles its own fleet at Scapa Flow. After the Nov


Suezmax Tanker Delivered to NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has today taken delivery of Nordic Castor, the second of four secondhand Japanese-built Suezmax tankers acquired in May 2016. The first of the four vessels, Nordic Luna, was delivered June 1, and the third vessel is expected to be delivered near the end of


Indonesian President to Assert Sovereignty in Islands Visit

The Indonesian president will travel to the Natuna Islands for the first time on Thursday to assert Indonesia's sovereignty, a senior official said, after China said earlier this week it had an "overlapping claim" over nearby waters.  


This Day In Naval History: June 22

Flasher (SSN-613) (left) and Tecumseh (SSBN-628) are seen on the building ways at General Dynamics Electric Boat on 21 June 1963. They would be launched simultaneously on the following day. (Photo courtesy of Valllejo Naval and Historical Museum)

1807 - Frigate USS Chesapeake, commanded by James Barron, is stopped by British frigate HMS Leopard after killing several of her crew and take Royal Navy deserters. Barron is court-martialed for not having his ship prepared to fight.  


Seven Indonesian Sailors Kidnapped in Philippines

Seven Indonesian sailors have been taken hostage in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippines, Indonesia's foreign minister said on Friday, the latest in a string of abductions in the waters between the two Southeast Asian neighbours. "We got confirmation (yesterday) of an incident of


This Day In Naval History: June 24

1833 - The frigate Constitution is the first vessel to enter the newly-built dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass. for overhaul. A false rumor circulates in Boston in 1830 that the U.S. Navy intends to scrap the ship; young Oliver Wendell Holmes pens his poem "Old


This Day In Naval History: June 27

1861 - While commanding a gunboat flotilla, Cmdr. James Harmon Ward is mortally wounded by a musket ball while aiming the bow gun of his flagship, USS Thomas Freeborn at Mathias Point, Va. Ward is the first US Naval officer casualty of the Civil War.   






 
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