Connaughton Leads Delegation of U.S. Maritime Officials in Tokyo

Monday, July 28, 2008
Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton

On July 24 and 25, Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton led a delegation of U.S. maritime officials in meetings in Tokyo with Japanese counterparts to discuss issues of mutual interest and challenges facing the maritime industry, both around the world and in the bilateral trade.  The talks reflected the major concern of both countries about the impact on the shipping sector of the rapidly expanding consumption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) around the world.  With the surge of new specialized vessels to carry LNG entering service, the demand for qualified seafarers is becoming urgent.  In meetings with ’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism (MLIT), the two sides discussed the U.S. LNG Deepwater Ports initiative aimed at meeting demand, using the latest technologies for LNG transport and promotion of employment for trained seafarers on LNG ships.  Connaughton said, “There is a robust market for skilled seafarers and an opportunity for maritime training institutions worldwide to help meet this demand.”

The head of the Japanese delegation, Director General Ito of the MLIT Maritime Bureau, described ’s national maritime strategy to increase the workforce of Japanese seafarers by 150 percent and to double the present size of the Japanese international shipping fleet over the next 10 years.

Other topics of discussion included port development, environmental protection, trends in the bilateral shipping trade and maritime security.

Connaughton also met with Hiroyuki Nishida, General Manager of the Ocean Policy Research Foundation, a non-governmental organization engaged in studies concerning a wide range of marine issues; Mr. Hisashi Yamamoto, Secretary of the International Association of Maritime Universities; and Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation, ’s largest charitable foundation and supporter of a number of maritime programs.

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Schlumberger Announces Q1 Results

Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) today reported first-quarter 2014 revenue from continuing operations of $11.24 billion versus $11.91 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, and $10.

Russia Ships First Oil From Offshore Arctic Platform

President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia's first shipment of Arctic offshore oil on Friday, saying the platform decried by environmentalists will help Moscow expand its global energy markets share.

Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1662 sec (6 req/sec)