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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


Japan's KHI to Spin Off Shipbuilding

The Kyodo news service has reported that Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan will spin off its shipbuilding division on Oct. 1 into a new wholly owned subsidiary. The new subsidiary will reportedly be known as Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corp., and will specialize in the manufacture of ships and related equipment, Kawasaki Heavy said in a release. The spinoff is designed to create an efficient corporate structure that will enable the shipbuilding arm to cope with the global shipbuilding


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


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.


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


Venezuela's PDVSA Puts Six Tankers Up for Sale

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said on Friday it is selling four crude tankers and two liquid petroleum gas (LPG) tankers that are currently inactive, amid a broader plan to modernize its fleet. "PDVSA is offering, on the terms of 'where they are and in their current condition


New Standard for LNG Cargo Containment Systems

Ti Group provided the insulation systems for six Sayaendo-design 150,000 cubic meter capacity LNG carriers under construction at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan for NYK/MOL and K-Line.

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) said it has successfully completing the gas trial for the first LNG carrier built to a Boil Off Rate (BOR) of 0.08% per day.  WTS subsidiary company Ti Group completed the test on the LNG carrier Seishu Maru


USS Milius Departs on Deployment

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69)

   The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) departed Naval Base San Diego Oct. 20 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21


Bright Outlook for BWM Convention

The Ballast Water Management Convention was one of the agenda items at last week’s IMO meeting.

  The Danish Maritime Authority informed that the Ballast Water Management Convention is now one step closer to ratification following last week’s meeting of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). At last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment


Star Bulk Takes Delivery of M/V Leviathan

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Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, has announced that on September 19, 2014 it has taken delivery of M/V Leviathan, a 182,000 dwt Capesize built by Japan Marine United (JMU).


MOL, Mitsui in Cameron LNG Transport Deal

LNG carrier in terminal: File photo

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) apprise that a contract has been signed with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. to charter two new 155,000m3 LNG carriers that will transport shale gas-derived liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. MOL will manage the new vessels


Navig8 to Acquire ECO Chemical Tankers

Navig8Chemical Tankers focused on making the shipping industry more modern and efficient through their professional, reliable and commercially-focused service

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed resale purchase agreements with an agribusiness group  to purchase two ECO 49,000 dwt chemical tankers currently under construction at Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co. Ltd. that were originally ordered by the Seller


Swire Pacific Acquires 3rd L Class PSV

Swire Pacific celebrated the naming and delivery of its third L Class PSV vessel, Pacific Legend in Kyoto, Japan

  Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) celebrated the naming and delivery of its third L Class PSV vessel, Pacific Legend in Kyoto, Japan on Tuesday, 30 September 2014.   Graced by Lady Sponsor, Amanda Butt


MOL Donates Photos to Maritime Schools

Principal of Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology Nobuaki Okamoto (left) and MOL Managing Executive Officer Takaaki Inoue (right) at the ceremony (Photo: MOL)

Social contribution activity in commemoration of its 130th anniversary Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) donated vessel photographs to nine maritime educational institutes in Japan in commemoration of the 130th anniversary of its foundation.


Two-month Global LNG Rally Ends, Weak Oil Tempts Buyers

Asian spot liquefied natural gas prices ended their 2-month rally this week, interrupted by weak demand in Japan and South Korea as falling crude oil prices push importers to turn to oil-linked long-term LNG supplies. Spot LNG prices for November delivery lost ground to $14


Easter Pacific Vessel Touches Bottom in Durban

MT Pacific Quartz

Eastern Pacific Shipping reports that an incident involving its managed vessel m.t. Pacific Quartz took place off Durban in South Africa Friday morning.   While proceeding into the port, with a port pilot on board, the vessel touched bottom in way of No. 6 starboard water ballast tank


UDIN Engineering Boosts FORAN in Korea

FORAN 3D model of the MR Tanker

UDIN Engineering boosts FORAN in Korea Busan-based Unique Design and Intellectual Networks Engineering Co., Ltd. (UDIN) has recently entered into agreement with SENER Korea Engineering and Systems Co., Ltd. (SKES) for the permanent license of the FORAN System and related technical assistance.


Turkey Ratifies Ballast Water Convention

Abdurrahman Bilgiç (left) with Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

​​Turkey today, October 14, ratified the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention 2004, bringing the number of Contracting States to 43 countries, representing approximately 32.54% of world merchant shipping tonnage. 35% of global tonnage will trigger entry into force of the Convention


MOL to Launch Biannual Vessel Safety Campaign

MOL Performace (Photo: MOL)

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) today announced the launch of its biannual campaign on October 15, targeting all MOL-operated vessels. As part of its safety efforts, President Muto, executives and other personnel will conduct an extensive series of visits to MOL-operated vessels in Japan and


Weathernews Opens Manila Operations Center

Weathernews’ Manila Operation Center in Makati

Filipino marine professionals employed to meet demand for service from the shipping industry Weathernews Inc. announced it has established a new operations center in the Philippines in response to the shipping industry’s demand for the company’s risk communication services






 
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