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Vessel Sinks, Eight Drown

At least eight crew members of a Panama-registered cargo ship drowned after the vessel sank off Japan on Sunday, the Japanese coastguard said on Monday. The 3,561-ton White Koowa, with a crew of two Japanese and 12 Filipinos, was carrying 3,000 tons of nickel ore when it sank off Kochi, about 335 miles southwest of Tokyo. Five crew were rescued on Monday and one Filipino crew member remained unaccounted for after the coastguard dispatched patrol boats and aircraft to the scene on Monday. The dead included the ship's captain and chief engineer, both Japanese. It was not known immediately why the ship went down. The White Koowa, which left Indonesia on December 26, had been due to arrive at a southwestern Japanese port on Monday. - (Reuters)


Korean Ship Feared Sunk Off Japan

Rescue officials found a body during a search for a Korean ship missing off southwestern Japan, raising fears the cargo vessel foundered in heavy seas with 28 crew on board, Japan's coast guard said. "Given the facts, we have to conclude that the ship has probably sunk," a coast guard spokesman said. The 22,725-ton Korean-registered Honghae Sanyo vanished with a cargo of gravel in heavy winds and high seas late on Tuesday after failing to pick up a navigator en route to a port in Hyogo


Six Countries Plan Asian Naval Security Drill

Reuters has reported that six countries including Japan, China, South Korea and the United States are to hold a series of joint maritime exercises, just weeks after Tokyo and Seoul were locked in a tense stand-off over some tiny disputed islands. Japan, China, South Korea, the United States, Canada and Russia will launch naval exercises in the Japan Sea and East China Sea to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction, starting on Saturday, Japanese Coastguard officials said.


U.S. Navy Repositions Ships Off Japan, Contamination Detected

Photo courtesy US Navy

The U.S. 7th Fleet has temporarily repositioned its ships and aircraft away from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant after detecting low level contamination in the air and on its aircraft operating in the area. The source of this airborne radioactivity is a radioactive plume released from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant.    For perspective, the maximum potential radiation dose received by any ship's force personnel aboard the ship when it passed through the area


First Japanese Offshore Wind Farm

The Japanese government says its first electricity-generating wind farm to be built off the country’s coast will be ready to start in January 2013 According to 'The Japan Daily Press' the Government’s feed-in tariffs have just gone into effect this month , making electricity generated from renewable resources like solar and wind to be sold at higher prices for the next 20 years. This wind farm, along with announced plans for the construction of Japan’s largest solar panel


Drifting Fishermen Rescued by MOL LNG Carrier

Senshu Maru, Photo courtesy of MOL

Three Castaways Rescued Safely off Indonesia. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) has announced that on October 6, 2014, the MOL-operated/managed LNG carrier Senshu Maru founded drifting castaways in the Celebes Sea off Indonesia, and was able to safely rescue three Indonesian fishermen. The rescue went as follows: At 14:15 (all times were in Japan time) on October 6, 2014, the Senshu Maru, sailing from the port of Bontang, Indonesia


Product Tanker Stays Strong In Mideast

The New Year started much as the old left off with product tanker markets strong Mideast-Far East and Tran-Atlantic but weak elsewhere. LR2 tanker rates for Mideast-Japan jumped five and ten Worldscale points on successive days, according to brokers.


Japanese Navy Leaves for Anti-Piracy Mission

According to a report from Bloomberg, two Japanese naval vessels set sail on March 14 to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia. The two warships, each carrying about 200 crew members and two helicopters, will escort vessels carrying Japanese cargo or passengers through the Gulf of Aden, said a spokesman at Japan’s defense ministry on the condition of anonymity. (Source: Bloomberg)


This Day in Naval History – April 14

1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar 1989 - First Navy ship arrives on scene to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup (Source: Navy News Service)


MOL Bulker Rescues Two from Disabled Yacht

MOL-operated Bulk Carrier Rescues 2 from Yacht adrift off Australia.   Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that the MOL-operated bulk carrier Yahagi Maru rescued two sailors from the yacht Mehitable, which was adrift at sea approximately 350km off Brisbane, Australia.On the morning of June 5 (local time), the Yagagi Maru, which was under way from Japan toward Newcastle, New South Wales


Commodities Shipping Firms Struggle to Ride Out Worst Downturn

Shipping companies transporting coal, and iron ore and other commodities are urgently seeking ways to conserve cash and withstand the worst market downturn on record as too many ships chase shrinking business.   A shortage of financing - estimated at $30 billion and caused in part by banks


Taiwan Maritime Negotiations with Japan

Okinotori, the southernmost point of Japanese territory. Photo: KYODO

 Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Minister David Lee said  that the government is slated to start maritime negotiations with Japan by late July in an effort to better protect Taiwan fishermen's rights on the high seas.   Taipei and Tokyo will kick off two-way talks by the end of


World’s Biggest LNG Buyer Becomes Seller

Photo:  JERA Co., Inc.

 EDF Trading, a wholly-owned subsidiary of French power giant EDF, has signed an LNG sales and purchase agreement with Japanese LNG aggregator Jera Co Inc, one of the world’s largest buyers of liquefied natural gas.   Jera, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Co


Greek Shipping – Still Number One!

Table: Clarksons Research

 Despite the many domestic and market challenges facing the Hellenic ship owning community, Greece has continued to strengthen its position as the largest ship owning nation in recent years, says Clarksons Research.   As the shipping community begins to gather for another Posidonia


Pemex Boosts Crude Shipments to Japan

Mexico's state-run oil company Pemex will increase crude exports to Japan in the coming months after selling several spot cargoes to customers including Cosmo Oil, JX Holdings and TonenGeneral, according to a company source and Thomson Reuters trade flows data.  


Japan in Race for Asian LNG Hub

Photo: LNG Japan Corporation

 Japan, the world’s largest buyer of liquefied natural gas is aiming to establish an international liquefied natural gas (LNG)  trading hub by the early 2020s, according to a statement by Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) .  


APL SMART Reefer Solutions to Boost Agri Japanese Exports

Nitrogen gas is introduced at the start to control oxygen and carbon dioxide levels within the SMARTcare+ reefer containers with precision. Photo APL

OKYO, JAPAN, 16 MAY 2016: As Japan ramps-up its export drive, APL steps in to support Japanese growers and exporters in the exploration of overseas markets for their fresh produce. Through its range of SMART reefer solutions and well-diversified global network


APL Provides Reefer Solutions for Japanese Exports

Nitrogen gas is introduced at the start to control oxygen and carbon dioxide levels within the SMARTcare+ reefer containers with precision (Photo: APL)

As Japan ramps-up its export drive, APL said it has stepped in to support Japanese growers and exporters in the exploration of overseas markets for their fresh produce through its range of SMART reefer solutions and diversified global network.


Wallem Handles First Cruise Ship in Japan

MSC Lirica (Photo: Wallem)

Wallem’s Agency team in Japan recently welcomed the MSC Lirica on her maiden voyage. The cruise ship recently arrived in Fukuoka (Hakata) with 1,764 passengers and 743 crew onboard before heading back to Shanghai.    This call marks both the first Japanese port for the ship in


DNV GL bags COSCO's HVDC Converter Platform Deal

DNV GL - Korea - Stoddart, Arthur William  Courtesy DNV GK

DNV GL has been awarded a contract by COSCO Shipping Company Limited (COSCO SHIPPING) of China for the installation engineering services for the BorWin gamma high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platform. The Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT is developing the offshore


Global Experts Gather for Ship Recycling Seminar

Photo: Class NK

Around 300 people gathered in Tokyo on May 12 to attend a ship recycling seminar held by leading classification society ClassNK. In addition to ClassNK representatives, top industry experts from Asia and Europe discussed the current challenges of ship recycling and what the industry can do to


Japan Weather Association to Provide ShipDC with Marine Weather Info

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The database service operated by ClassNK’s wholly owned subsidiary Ship Data Center (ShipDC) has been set to receive marine weather information from Japan Weather Association.   ShipDC acts as a platform for big data related to shipping by securely collecting


JWA to provide ShipDC with Marine Weather Info

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The database service operated by ClassNK’s wholly owned subsidiary Ship Data Center (ShipDC) has been set to receive marine weather information from Japan Weather Association.   ShipDC acts as a platform for big data related to shipping by securely collecting


Japan, Canada Share "Serious Concerns" on South China Sea-PM Abe

Japan and Canada share "serious concerns" over reclamation and militarisation in the South China Sea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday, in an apparent reference to China's maritime activity.   China and the United States have traded accusations of militarising


G7 Meeting to Tackle Sea Row in Asia Pacific

Photo: Public Relations Office, Cabinet Office and Office of Global Communications, Japan

 Group of Seven (G7) leaders will call for respect for the rule of law and peaceful resolution to conflicts in a joint statement to be issued Friday at the end of their two-day summit, taking a swipe against China's territorial ambitions in the South China Sea, reports Nikkei.  






 
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