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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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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."


Three Tankers Purchased

Unknown Italian buyers recently purchased three 1979 Japanese-built tankers for a total of $5.9 million. The vessels acquired by the Italians were the Sarpindo Palapa (16,370-dwt), the Sarpindo Primuda (16,319-dwt) and the Sarpindo Pribumi (16,291-dwt). Another tanker sold was the 1986 German-built Leng (10,628-dwt) purchased by unidentified Danish buyers for $11.9 million. Unknown buyers purchased four Japanese-constructed bulk carriers for a total of $32 million.


USS Harpers Ferry and JS Ohsumi Complete Transport Exercise 2007

USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) completed Transport Exercise (TRANSPORTEX) 2007 with the Japanese Ship (JS) Ohsumi (LST 4001) off the coast of Japan on March 7. TRANSPORTEX was a training exercise designed to enhance the maritime transport proficiency and interoperability of the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in support of humanitarian relief missions. “In the past 15 years, amphibious forces have been the first responders in numerous humanitarian crises


Japanese To Combine Tanker Ops

Nippon Mitsubishi Oil Corp. and Cosmo Oil Co. Ltd., Japan's largest and third-largest oil refiners respectively, will integrate their tanker operations in November as a streamlining step under a year-old alliance. The companies said they expect to cut their combined freight costs by at least $4.62 million a year through the move. Japanese oil companies are under tremendous pressure from larger foreign-owned rivals like Exxon Mobil Corp


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)


Cuba Struggles to Attract Investors Despite Reforms

Photo: Lukas Mathis

Cuba has yet to attract new foreign investors despite launching two major initiatives in the past year, a sign of the lingering caution over doing business with the communist government and its own hesitancy to follow through on free-market-style reforms.


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 22

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 22 1912 - Birthday of Dental Corps 1945 - First surrender of Japanese garrison at end of World War II; USS Levy receives surrender of Mille Atoll in Marshall Islands 1980 - USS Passumpsic rescues 28 Vietnamese refugees


Suez Canal July Revenue at $482 mln

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Revenue from Egypt's Suez Canal rose by 8.6 percent in July to $482.2 million from $443.9 million in June, Egypt's state information portal said on Monday. The waterway, the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia, is one of Egypt's main sources of foreign currency.


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 27

USS Observation Island (E-AG-154). U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 27 1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France 1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese.


China: Spratly Islands are 'intrinsic territory'

China can build whatever it wants on its islands in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, rejecting proposals ahead of a key regional meeting to freeze any activity that may raise tensions in disputed waters there.


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 5

Operation Big Switch Freedom -- Carrying a brand-new navy white hat, Zacheus A. Smith, Jr., hospital corpsman, third class, USN, ... climbs out of an ambulance at Freedom Village, Munsan, Korea, the processing center for returning POWs. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval Historical Center)

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 5 1832 - Frigate Potomac is first U.S. Navy ship to entertain royalty, King and Queen of Sandwich Islands, Honolulu 1864 - R.Adm. David Farragut wins Battle of Mobile Bay, sealing off last Confederate port on Gulf Coast


Russia-Japan Shipbuilding and Repair Seminar

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The fourth Russian-Japanese seminar ‘Сooperation in shipbuilding and ship repair’ is to take place September 4-5, 2014. For the first time, the annual event is to be held in St. Petersburg - the maritime capital of Russia . The event is being organized by Russian Maritime Register of


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 6

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 6 1862 - CSS Arkansas destroyed by her commanding officer to prevent capture by USS Essex. 1943 - Battle of Vella Gulf begins. US destroyers sink three of four Japanese destroyers. 1945 - Atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima, Japan


Russia Detected and "Eject" a Submarine Alleged US

  The anti-submarine force of the Northern Fleet of Russia detected a foreign submarine in the border waters and "expelled", Russian news agencies reported on Saturday, citing an unnamed spokesman of Staff Russian navy. A foreign submarine


Canada Launches Surveys Prior to Arctic Shelf Claims

Icebergs: Photo Canadian Govt.

The Canadian Government informs that  David Wells, Senator for Newfoundland and Labrador witnessed the departure of the 'CCGS Terry Fox' from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, as it headed out on a six-week scientific survey to collect data needed for Canada’s Arctic


GLDD Report Solid Q2 2014 Dredging Sector Performance

Dredger: Image courtesy of GLDD

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental and remediation services, has reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, excerpted as follows:


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 14

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 14 1813 - HMS Pelican captures USS Argus 1886 - SECNAV establishes Naval Gun Factory at Washington Navy Yard 1945 - Japan agrees to surrender; last Japanese ships sunk during World War II (August 15 in DC)


Indonesia Tourist Boat Sinking: Update

Lombok strait in distance: Photo Wiki CCL

Bad weather was hampering a desperate search on Monday for two foreign tourists still missing after a boat travelling between two Indonesian islands sank at the weekend, although 13 more people had been plucked from the water alive, officials said.


Lukoil Shipped Canadian Crude from Houston

Russian oil major Lukoil has emerged as one of the first companies to buy Canadian crude re-exported from a U.S. port, shipping one cargo last month to its refinery in Augusta, Italy, data showed on Tuesday. A 445,000-barrel cargo of Canadian Sour grade loaded on the Sifnos


Refiners Seek Jones Act Workarounds as Crude Export Debate Heats Up

Photo: PBF Energy

As the first U.S. oil condensate exports head to Asia from the Gulf Coast, crude producers and refiners are exploring ways to get around a century-old law that makes it three times more expensive to ship by water between U.S. ports than to sail to a foreign port.






 
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