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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.


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 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.


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


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.


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


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


Russian-Chinese Naval Drills End

Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan deploys several ZBD-05 infantry fighting vehicles as part of Joint Sea 2015 on Aug. 25, 2015. Chinese MoD Photo

 The second phase of the Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 naval maneuvers has officially ended outside the port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, says spokesman for the Eastern Military District Roman Martov.   "Today


APM Terminals Pipavav Starts New Ro/Ro Service

APM Terminals Pipavav handles RORO vessel

  With 1,300 new Indian-built Ford automobiles loaded onto the Grand Dahlia on August 27th for delivery to Mexico, a new era for the Indian auto industry and Gujarat Port Pipavav commenced. The 59,217 gross ton roll on/roll off (Ro/Ro) vessel was the first to call Western India’s


Japanese Sub Pitch puts off Australian Firms

Japan had been seen as frontrunner for Australian submarine deal, but Australian defence firms unhappy after talks with Japan. A Japanese consortium eyeing a A$50 billion ($35.68 billion) contract to build submarines for Australia irked local suppliers by failing to share key information about


Greek Coast Guard Seizes Weapons Ship Bound for Libya

Greek authorities have seized a freighter carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya, coast guard officials said on Wednesday. A coast guard patrol boat raided the vessel on Tuesday, 20 nautical miles northeast of Crete


Container Ships Make Slow Return to Iran After Nuke Deal

The first international container ships began arriving in Iran this week after the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, yet many ship owners remain wary of resuming business until sanctions are removed - still some months away. Iran had depended on foreign ships for much of its imports


Philippines, Japan for Intense Maritime Cooperation?

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines. Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office, Philippines

  Japan may give planes to the Philippines that Manila could use for patrols in the South China Sea, as part of its increasing involvement in the area. This would deepen Tokyo’s security ties with the Southeast Asian nation most at odds with China over the disputed waterway.  


Port of Brownsville Cargo Dock Completed

Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new marine cargo dock at Texas’ Port of Brownsville was held today, marking the completion of a $27.5 million project aims to increase cargo capacity and efficiency and help to mitigate congestion in port operations.  


U.S. Okays Lockheed Aegis Combat System Sale to Japan

The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system is the primary sea-based component of the U.S. missile defense system Photo - Lockheed Martin

  The U.S. State Department has approved the likely sale to Japan of two Lockheed Martin Corp Aegis combat systems valued at $1.5 billion, a deal aimed at boosting Japan's defenses against a ballistic missile attack, the U.S. Defense Department said Friday.


Iran-Japan Joint LNG Production

Iran Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh. Photo: Iran Government

 Iran's oil minister invited the  Japanese delegation to partner in many areas especially Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) output, reports MNA.   The delegation of high-level Japanese trade official and executives of major industries, headed by Japan's State Minister of Economy


China Pushes Back on South China Sea Critics

China hit back on Monday at U.S. criticism that it restricts navigation and overflights in the South China Sea amid a festering marine territorial dispute with some of its neighbours. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year


China Strikes Back at U.S. Criticism over South China Sea

Image by: Reddit

 China Government has struck back at the United States criticism that it restricts navigation and overflights in the South China Sea amid a festering marine territorial dispute with some of its neighbors, reports Reuters.   China claims most of the South China Sea


Japan Joins U.S.-Philippine Naval Drills; Tensions Rise

Japan has joined U.S.-led maritime humanitarian exercises off the Philippines for the first time, as concerns mount among the three allies about China's growing assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea. A Japanese navy replenishment ship was in Subic Bay, a former U.S


Tax Exemption for Seafarers on Indian Flag Ships

Nitin Gadkari

  The National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has informed has conceded to their demands of granting Income tax exemption to Indian seafarers sailing on Indian flag vessels. Accordingly, Union has stated that through a the Government of India circular the government has accepted the


Indonesian Navy Destroys 38 Foreign Fishing Boats

Indonesias Minister for Maritime and Fisheries, Ms Susi Pudjiastuti. Photo: Ministry Sources.

 Indonesian military has sunk 34 impounded foreign boats, the latest bid to deter vessels from illegally fishing in the world's biggest archipelago nation.     The vessels, which came from Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia


Japan Woos Australia in bid for Sub Deal

Japanese delegation tries to make case for submarine contract. Japan's effort to charm Australian politicians and the public over its bid for a A$50 billion ($35.60 billion) submarine project appeared to stumble on Wednesday, with officials from Tokyo resisting pressure to commit to building






 
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