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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


Japan Steelmakers Scramble for Coking Coal

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Lukasc Z) )

Japanese steelmakers have bought coking coal from the United States, Canada and China to replace supply lost after a cyclone closed rail links in Australia, their biggest supplier, industry and trader sources said.   Still, the Japanese buyers are paying nearly double the $150 a tonnes


New Coal Carrier Enters Service for JERA Singapore

Isuzu Maru (Photo: NYK Line)

On April 14, newly constructed coal carrier Isuzu Maru was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Saikai, Japan.   The new vessel will be operated by NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd., an NYK group company located in Singapore, for the transport of coal for JERA Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd


US Navy Conducts Bilateral Drill with Japan and Korea

Official U.S. Navy file photo of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), right, taking part in Exercise Malabar 2009 with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JDS Kurama (DDH 144), April 30, 2009. Photo: United States Navy

 U.S. Navy ships are conducting simultaneous bilateral maritime exercises with the Republic of Korea Navy and with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force today and tomorrow (April 25-26, local time).    The destroyers USS Wayne E


Becker Marine Systems Eyes Growth in Asia

Photo courtesy of Becker Marine Systems

Becker Marine Systems says it is continuing its successful entry into Asian countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, despite an ongoing crisis in the shipbuilding industry. Now the Hamburg-based company is opening a branch office in Kobe, Japan


China Says Hopes New Japanese Carrier Doesn't Mark Return to Militarism

China said on Thursday that it hoped the entry into service of Japan's second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, did not mean a return to the country's past militaristic history.   The ship, along with its sister the Izumo, gives Japan's military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores


Singapore Approves Japan Shipping JV

Photo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha

 The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) has given the nod to a proposed joint venture between three Japanese shipping lines.   Japan’s big three shipping groups, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)


Japan Eyes LNG Projects in Russian Arctic

Russian Energy Minister said on Wednesday Japan was interested in taking part in projects to produce liquefied natural gas in the Arctic. "Japan today shows its interest in increasing cooperation in the Arctic, including construction of a plant to produce liquefied natural gas


MOL Safety Conference 2017 Held in Four Cities

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that from late February through late March, the company held MOL Safety Conference 2017 programs, targeting MOL Group seafarers, in four locations worldwide.   The cities were Split (Croatia), Mumbai (India)


Aerial Drone Scans for Pirates off Somalia

Photo: EU NAVFOR

A team of antipiracy personnel currently on patrol off Somalia has deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to help scan for potential pirate activity in the region.   As part of the counter-piracy military operation EU NAVFOR Somalia, also known as Operation Atalanta


Singapore, Japan to Collaborate in Development of Ports

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan and Michio Kikuchi, Director-General of Ports and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism reaffirming their strong bilateral relations at MOC ceremony. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) at the sideline of the International Symposium on LNG bunkering in Yokohama, Japan


DSME, DNV GL Partner for Efficient LNG Carrier Design

Johan Petter Tutturen, DNV GL – Maritime Business Director Gas Carriers.  (Photo: DNV GL)

At the Gastech 2017 conference in Tokyo, Japan, DSME and DNV GL presented the results of a joint development project (JDP) for the design of an innovative, efficient LNG carrier based on today’s technology.   The project focused on delivering a design which an owner can take straight


May LNG Cargo Prices Fall on Waning Demand

File Image: a typical LNG carrier at sea (CREDIT: MISC)

Asian spot LNG prices edged lower this week amid thin trade for May cargoes and as focus shifts towards June supplies.   Spot prices for May delivery of LNG in Asia fell by 35 cents to $5.40 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), as interest for May cargoes weaken because most end-users


A Rising Sun of Change

The 51st Kaiyo Maro (Photo: Navis)

“No new fishing vessel has been (added) during the period,” says the email we get from Japan’s largest seafood company, Maruha Nichiro Corp. A year earlier, they had bought shares in New Zealand outfit, Sanford, which had just chartered a Nordic-looking vessel


Vice President Pence Visits Naval Air Facility Atsugi

Photo: United States Navy

 Marking his first official travel to the Asia-Pacific region, Vice President Mike Pence made his first ceremonial stop in Japan at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, April 18.   During the Japan portion of his regional visit, the vice president will travel to Tokyo where he will meet


South Korean Tender Stirs LNG Market

© Oleksandr Prykhodko / Adobe Stock

Asian spot LNG prices jumped this week, buoyed by hopes Korea Gas Corp's new tender would match past buying sprees and by emerging demand from China and Japan.   Spot prices for June delivery rose to $5.70 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), a 20 cent jump over last week






 
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