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Saturday, November 25, 2017

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US Navy Rolls out New Measures after Deadly Collisions

Significant visible damage to USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. (U.S. Navy photo by Madailein Abbott)

The U.S. Navy has introduced new measures aimed at avoiding a repeat of two deadly crashes in the Asia Pacific region involving its warships and commercial vessels following a review of its practices, the Seventh Fleet commander said on Monday. Vice Admiral Phillip Sawyer’s comments come after a U.S. guided-missile destroyer was slightly damaged at the weekend when a Japanese tug drifted into it during a towing exercise off central Japan, the latest incident in the Pacific this year involving ships from the fleet. The U.S.

Gazprom, Mitsubishi Corp. in Talks on LNG Cooperation

Gazprom said on Friday it had held talks with Japan's Mitsubishi Corp. on Friday about cooperation at the Russian gas giant's Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant.   The talks, in the Russian city of St Petersburg, were between Gazprom head Alexei Miller and Takehiko Kakiuchi, the president and CEO of Mitsubishi Corp, Gazprom said in a statement.   It said the talks focussed on the planned construction of a third production train at the Sakhalin-2 LNG plant. (Reporting by Christian Lowe; editing by Alexander Smith)

US Warship Damaged in Collision with Tug off Japan

File photo: Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) in August 2017 (U.S. Navy photo by Benjamin A. Lewis)

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer, USS Benfold, sustained slight damage when a Japanese tug drifted into it during a towing exercise off central Japan on Saturday, the U.S. Navy said. “No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment,” a statement from the U.S. Seventh Fleet said. “Benfold remains at sea under her own power. The Japanese commercial tug is being towed by another vessel to a port in Yokosuka. The incident will be investigated,” it said. The incident was the latest mishap involving a U.S.

MOL's Coal Carrier NAGARA MARU to Serve JERA Trading

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced the delivery of the coal carrier NAGARA MARU, which will serve Singapore-based JERA Trading, was delivered at Imari Shipyard and Works of Namura Shipbuilding on November 17, 2017. The vessel, which was jointly developed by Namura Shipbuilding and MOL, is a state-of-the-art coal carrier with a wide-beam/shallow-draft configuration and wide range of advanced safety and energy-saving features. The vessel is so-called "Hekinan MAX" which has characteristic 250 meters length to maximize transport volume to the discharging port…

KHI to increase new builds in China

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries will move more of its commercial shipbuilding operations from Japan to China. It aims to reduce its production in Japan from 40% of all builds to 25% in a bid to increase profitability. The company currently operates a shipyard outside Shanghai in a 50-50 partnership with China's Cosco Shipping. The shipyard, Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering, is located in Jiangsu Province along the Yangtze River and is much larger than Kawasaki's Japanese facitlity.

Quadrilateral Coalition on the Indo-Pacific

Visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Philippines (November 12-14, 2017). Photo: Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

With an eye on China’s activities in the region, India said that the first meeting of its officials with those from the US, Australia and Japan — described as the “quadrilateral” — agreed that a “free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large”. "Officials from India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and United State’s Department of State met in Manila on November 12…

K-Line Adds 311,000 DWT-Type VLCC “Kisogawa”

Kisogawa. Photo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd

Japan’s shipping major Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) has expanded its fleet as it took delivery of the 311,000 dwt very large crude carrier (VLCC) Kisogawa on November 15. Kisogawa, which was constructed by China’s Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS), features a length of 339 meters and a beam of 60 meters. "The vessel achieves low fuel consumption (about 20% reduction compared with our conventional VLCC) by removing Bulbus Bow, applying ultra-long stroke slow speed main diesel engine and highly-efficient large diameter propeller," said a press release.

CMA CGM Takes Action for Japan

Following the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, CMA CGM has taken action to support its teams on site and help in the delivery of emergency assistance. CMA CGM Group has set up an Emergency and Communication Response Team that is closely monitoring the situation, keeps in close contact with the Group’s teams in Japan and ensures business continuity. All employees of CMA CGM offices on site are safe and none of the Group’s ships were impacted. In addition, the Group - which has always provided support during humanitarian emergency situations - has proposed to make available a number of containers to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs…

MCC Transport’s New Weekly Indonesia to Japan Service

MCC Transport launched of a new weekly Indonesia - Japan Service (TS4) that links the ports of Indonesia directly with those in Japan, Taiwan and South China. The TS4 service goes on a 28 days rotation, covering the following ports: Tokyo (Japan), Yokohama (Japan), Nagoya (Japan), Osaka (Japan), Kobe (Japan), Keelung (Taiwan), Taichung (Taiwan), Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Hong Kong (China), Shekou (China), Jakarta (Indonesia), Surabaya (Indonesia), Shekou (China), Hong Kong (China), Xiamen (China) and Tokyo (Japan). The first sailing will be on the TS Nagoya, which is scheduled to depart Tokyo on 23 June 2010. www.mcc.com.sg

ABS to Class its First Japan-Flagged Vessel

Photo courtesy ABS

Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel will be built to ABS class for Offshore Japan Corporation by Japan Marine United Corporation. ABS has been selected by Offshore Japan Corporation (OJC) to class its newly-ordered Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel, the first Japan-flag ship built to ABS class. The vessel, featuring bollard pull of 150 tons and Dynamic Positioning-2 certification, will be built by Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) for delivery in February 2016. Construction…

OOCL Scandinavia Unveiled

 The OOCL Scandinavia unveiled at the christening ceremony held at the SHI shipyard. Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

In Orient Overseas (International) Ltd (OOCL)’s series of six ‘G Class’ containerships on order at the Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) shipyard, we are pleased to introduce the newest and fifth 21,413 TEU containership, named the OOCL Scandinavia, into our fleet of world trade ambassadors. The OOCL Scandinavia will be joining her sister vessels on our LL1 service, linking major markets in China and Northern Europe together. In commemoration of this milestone at OOCL, we are very honored that Mr.

Japanese PM, US CNO Discuss Maritime Cooperation

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor)

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, May 27 in Abe's office to discuss regional security and maritime partnership opportunities between the United States and Japan. The meeting between Japan's political leader and the U.S. Navy service chief underscored the importance each nation places on maintaining their strong maritime relationship to achieve strength and stability in the region through cooperative efforts. "Given the increasingly severe security environment in the Asia-Pacific region the importance of the Japan-U.S.

Japan Gains Edge in Australia Submarine Deal

Australia and Japan appear to be inching closer to an agreement on the sale the top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of new generation submarines. Size, technology and stealth are proving too great a draw for Canberra. Australia is considering buying top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of next-generation submarines, a move that would risk reigniting diplomatic tensions with China that have only recently died down, says a report in Japan Times. China and Japan are competing to build up their domestic arms industries, and for China, the export of Japanese military technology is particularly sensitive given their wartime history and territorial disputes.

Ocean Carriers and NVOCCs Select Descartes

Descartes Systems Group announced that ocean carriers and nonvessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) have selected Descartes' Japan Ocean Advanced Filing Rule (AFR) solution to help them comply with Japan's new advanced cargo security initiative, which takes effect March 10, 2014. Japan's AFR mandate requires ocean carriers and NVOCCs to electronically submit data to Japan Customs on maritime container cargo intended for a port in Japan no later than 24 hours before departure of the vessel from the port of loading.

U.S. Renews Security Pledge to Japan

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Japanese leaders on Monday that Washington's treaty commitments to Japan's security remain "iron-clad" and cover all territories under Tokyo's administration, including tiny islands in the East China Sea that China also claims. Kerry renewed the security pledge related to the islets, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, at a New York news conference with Japan's foreign and defense ministers to unveil updated U.S.-Japan defense guidelines on the eve of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's talks with President Barack Obama. "It's an historic transition in the defense relationship between our two countries," Kerry said.

Cruise Ships – Carnival to Tap Japanese Market

Sun Princess: Photo credit Princess Cruises

Responding to the growing interest for cruising in Japan, Carnival Corporation is introducing the largest deployment ever by a global cruise line in the Japanese market when it brings Sun Princess to Japan for a spring to summer season of cruising next year. Underscoring the importance of Japan in the growing worldwide cruise market, Carnival Japan, Inc. has been formed to sell the Princess Cruises brand and certain other Carnival brands in Japan, with Princess Cruises being the brand to launch this largest cruise season in the Japanese market. Carnival Japan, Inc.

Australia Welcomes Japan to Join Submarine Tender

Australian sub-marine HMAS Collins. Photo credit: Royal Australian Navy

Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has requested Japan to participate in procedures to become Australia's partner in a project to jointly develop next-generation submarines. Andrews made the request in a telephone conversation with Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani who responded positively, Japan's Jiji Press news agency reported. In their telephone conversation, Andrews was quoted as telling Nakatani that Australia hopes to study the feasibility of the two countries jointly developing a submarine, as Japan has the necessary technology, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported.

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 with Prime Minister Shinz Abe and lead the inaugural U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue with Deputy Prime Minister Tar As. The vice president will also participate in a listening session, followed by remarks to the U.S. and Japanese business community. Naval Air Facility Atsugi Commanding Officer Capt.

Japan Protests China's Sailing Near Disputed Islets

Japan protested to China on Friday after Chinese coastguard ships and fishing vessels entered what Tokyo considers its territorial waters around a group of disputed islets, the Japanese foreign ministry said. Beijing claims the uninhabited, Tokyo-controlled East China Sea islands, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, and occasionally sends its coastguard vessels near them. But this is the first time Chinese coastguard ships and fishing vessels have sailed together in the area, in what appeared to be increased assertion of jurisdiction over the islets, a foreign ministry official said. Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama summoned China's ambassador to Japan, Cheng Yonghua, to lodge a strong protest, the ministry said.

Japan Urges China Not to Escalate Sea Tension

Japan said on Monday it would respond firmly after Chinese government vessels intruded into what Japan considers its territorial waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea 14 times at the weekend. Ties between China and Japan, the world's second and third largest economies, have for years been plagued by a dispute over the islands that Japan controls, and the waters around them. The flurry of Chinese incursions into the waters follows a period of sustained pressure on China about its activities in the South China Sea, and a Chinese criticism of what it saw as Japanese interference in that dispute. Chinese activity near the disputed East China Sea islands…

BASS Prepares Agenda For Sea Japan

BASS will be exhibiting at the Sea Japan exhibition on April 10-12 in Tokyo, Japan. Jointly organized by CMP Japan Co., Ltd and The Seatrade Organization, Sea Japan 2002 will showcase a total of over 250 companies from 27 countries and regions. Software demonstrations will be shown throughout the exhibition period. Representatives from the company will also share customer case studies with visitors. BASS together with its Japanese sales agents; Aall & Co., Ltd and Frontier International Japan will be occupying booth number NOR-04 at the Norwegian Pavilion. Furthermore, BASS will participate in the New Technology Seminar that will be held alongside the exhibition.

Japan PM Tells Brazil Time to do More Business

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe touted the success of his economic policies on a visit to Brazil on Friday and said it was time for the two nations to expand their trade and investment partnership. On the first visit to Brazil in a decade by a Japanese prime minister, Japanese banks extended $700 million in loans to boost Brazilian soy and corn exports to Japan and build ship platforms for Brazil's burgeoning offshore oil industry. Abe told Brazilian business leaders that Japan has closed a 15-year deflation cycle since his stimulus policies began to kick in and there is great potential to expand trade and investment with Latin America's biggest economy. "With Japan growing again, we can grow with other nations," he said in comments to executives translated by an interpreter.

Japan Seeks Australian Submarine Contract

Yushio class submarine SS-573. Photo: Japanese Navy

Japan will send a high-level delegation to Adelaide for talks on building Australia's next-generation fleet of submarines. A former commander of the Japanese navy will head a 40-strong delegation to Australia next month to negotiate roles for local industry in building submarines, should Japan win the contract to provide them. Admiral Takashi Saito is a veteran submariner who has played a key role in military diplomacy with Japan’s allies in the region and with China. Australia’s “competitive evaluation process” is pitting Japanese…

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