Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Winner Annouced
The GEBCO NF- Alumni Team was announced as the $4 million grand prize winner of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a three-year global competition that challenged teams to advance deep sea technologies for autonomous and unmanned, fast and high-resolution ocean exploration. The team's winning concept includes the use of a unique unmanned surface vessel (USV) / autonomous underwater vessel (AUV) and associated combination of communications hardware and software to process and transmit data remotely.
Scientist Pool Data to Create the $3B Ocean Map
For experts in the field of ocean mapping it is no small irony that we know more about the surfaces of the Moon and Mars than we do about our planet's sea floor."Can you imagine operating on the land without a map, or doing anything without a map?" asked Larry Mayer, director of the U.S.-based Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, a research body that trains hydrographers and develops tools for mapping."We depend on having that knowledge of what's around us - and the same is true for the ocean…
Nippon Foundation Addresses Global Ocean Threats
Nippon Foundation is a philanthropic organization active globally with a simple mission, social innovation. While its activities today cross many activities and borders, when founded in 1962 its efforts focused largely on the maritime and shipping fields. Last month in Houston we spoke with Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa, focused specifically on Nippon Foundation’s activities in and around the world’s oceans.(all images copyright and courtesy Nippon Foundation)Please explain the most important activities today for the Nippon Foundation…
Mappers Look to Chart World's Ocean Floor by 2030
Using data collected from underwater drones, merchant ships, fishing boats and even explorers, a new scientific project aims to map the ocean floor by 2030 and solve one of the world’s enduring mysteries.With 190 million square km (73 million square miles) of water - or about 93 percent of the world's oceans with a depth of over 200 meters (650 feet) - yet to be charted, the initiative is ambitious.Satinder Bindra, director of the Seabed 2030 project, said the work can be completed within the period and will shed light on everything from tsunami wave patterns to pollution…
Offshore: Nippon Foundation, Deepstar Sign MOU
Japan's Nippon Foundation and Deepstar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently which essentially will allow Japan to tap the expertise and resources of DeepStar to help Japan discover and recover new-found subsea resources, as well as educate future generations of Japanese. The MOU was signed on May 1, 2018 at the Hotel ZaZa in Houston, and speaking at the event Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa said "We need to acquire the resources to discover and reach (our) natural resources.
New Global Ocean Institute Inaugurated
International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim attended the inauguration of the new maritime and ocean policy research institute at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden (8 May). Lim, who is also Chancellor of WMU, said that the establishment of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute was of great strategic importance for IMO and, indeed, for all those who seek to advance the global ocean agenda. “The Global Ocean Institute will further WMU’s…
Nippon Foundation Chairman Sasakawa Delivers 'First Pitch'
The Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA) and Maritime Reporter & Engineering News hosted a reception on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Minute Maid Park in Houston in conjunction with the Offshore Technology Conference. More than 200 guests from around the world enjoyed hospitality at the ballpark in downtown Houston, and a highlight of the evening was Nippon Foundation Chairman Yōhei Sasakawa delivering the first pitch of the game with a perfect strike down the middle of home plate.
Ten Institutes Join the Nereus Program
Ten new research institutes from Europe, North America and Australia have joined the Nereus Program research partnership, bringing the total to 17. Launched in September 2011, the program is an international collaboration between The Nippon Foundation and the University of British Columbia with the aim to make comprehensive forecasts of the ocean’s future, the program has grown into one of the world’s largest research initiatives in its field. Principle investigators from eight…
SAR is Global Responsibility: IMO
Search and rescue (SAR) is a humanitarian process, aimed at assisting persons in distress, without regard to the nationality or circumstances of the persons in distress. International Maritime Organization (IMO) 's Chris Trelawny highlighted this global responsibility, during the first Coast Guard Global Summit, jointly hosted by the Japan Coast Guard and Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation, in Tokyo (14 September). He also outlined the international legal framework for SAR; the implementation of effective SAR systems…
Next Gen Maritime Workers Visits IMO
Students from the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) visited International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters for their student forum (11-12 July). Its theme was that of IMO’s World Maritime Day - “Connecting Ships, Ports and People”. The visit, which brought over 60 students from all over the world, provided a unique opportunity for young people to learn more about IMO and the maritime industry. The students also took part in workshops where they tackled real industry issues such as attracting and retaining seafarers…
Nippon Foundation’s Sasakawa receives International Maritime Prize
Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, has received the 2014 International Maritime Prize for his contribution to the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over many years and, in particular, his personal commitment to supporting the development of future maritime leaders and his contribution to the enhancement of safety and security in vital shipping lanes. In a ceremony on 23 November, following the first day of the 29th session of the IMO Assembly, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu presented the award, in the form of a silver dolphin, to Mr. Sasakawa.
Polarstern Embarks for Cape Town on Training Cruise
On 29 October 2015 the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its homeport in Bremerhaven for Cape Town, South Africa, where it is expected to arrive on 1 December. It will take 32 students hailing from 19 countries on board, who will be introduced to the latest methods and instruments used in oceanography. Nine instructors from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the FU Berlin and Ireland’s Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology will teach the participants in the “floating summer school”.
Tokyo MOU Welcomes Peru, Panama
Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region (Tokyo MOU), convened last week in Putrajaya, for its 26th meeting. The authorities of Peru and Panama applied for full membership, and their applications were unanimously accepted, bringing the total number of Tokyo MOU member authorities to 21, plus a number of observers. The October 5-8 meeting was chaired by Abdul Samad Bin Shaik Osman…
Expanded World Maritime University Campus Inaugurated
Expanded premises for the World Maritime University (WMU) were inaugurated on Monday, May 19, 2015 in Malmö, Sweden, by IMO Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor Koji Sekimizu. WMU is an international educational institute for the maritime community, operating under the auspices of IMO. At close to 6,000m2, WMU’s new facility is nearly double the size of the previous Malmö campus. It provides a new auditorium, multiple research laboratories, seminar rooms and video-conferencing capabilities for hosting international conferences.
UKHO Wraps up Navigation Training Course
For a fifth consecutive year, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has delivered a successful outcome from its internationally renowned and accredited marine cartography courses to a group of students drawn from seven nations. Students from the Hydrographic Organizations of Algeria, Bulgaria, Solomon Islands, Sri-Lanka, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Japan arrived at the UKHO in Taunton, Somerset in September to undertake the intellectually challenging 15-week program.
IMO Sec-Gen to Address Upcoming Denmark CSR Conference
Danish Shipowners' Association in collaboration with the World Maritime University; BIMCO; The Nippon Foundation and the Japanese International Transport Institute will focus on maritime corporate social responsibility (CSR) at the Culture Yard in Helsingør on Tuesday November 12, 2013. The conference, entitled " Northern European Shipping CSR Symposium - Making the Business Case for a Sustainable Shipping Industry " derives in part of the Rio +20 sustainable global development based on voluntary participation by private companies . Focus will be both theoretical and practical on how European companies and organizations engaged in CSR and on the triple bottom line, which consists of profit but also social and environmental aspects .
Word Maritime University Anniversary Celebrated at IMO
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrated the 30th anniversary of the founding of the World Maritime University (WMU), based in Malmö, Sweden, with an event which included speeches from the current and former WMU Chancellors & the WMU President. WMU was established at the beginning of the 1980s, when IMO identified a shortage of well-qualified, highly-educated maritime experts, particularly in lesser developed nations. It was to address this gap that IMO…
InterManager Offers Seafarer Activities
As the annual Day of the Seafarer dawns (June 25), InterManager, whose members manage more than 250,000 of the world’s seafarers, has reaffirmed its commitment to crewmembers with a package of activities aimed at addressing crew-related issues. The association, whose members are involved in the management of a third of the world fleet, is working with industry partners and training institutions on a number of projects to benefit crew members throughout the global shipping sector.
Singapore & Malacca Straits Aids to Navigation Meetings
Singapore to chair the Aids to Navigation Fund (ANF) Committee from 2013 to 2015, & hosts the 10th Meeting of the ANF Committee. The ANF, one of the three pillars under the Co-operative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS), was established in 2007 to fund the renewal and maintenance of aids to navigation in the SOMS. In connection with the recent meeting, Singapore has signed a Letter of Acknowledgement with the Republic of Korea to affirm the latter's commitment to the ANF for another three years, following its contributions from 2009 to 2012. At the welcome reception organised to acknowledge the contributors to the ANF…
ClassNK Approves Minimal Ballast Water VLCC Design
Leading classification society ClassNK announced that it has granted AIP (Approval in Principle) to the MIBS (Minimal Ballast Water Ship) VLCC design developed by Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in cooperation with the Shipbuilding Research Centre of Japan. Although the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention has yet to enter into force, installation of ballast water treatment systems are already presenting owners with both financial and technical challenges. Namura’s new MIBS VLCC design…
MOL Earns Commendation from Cambodian Government
MOL Earns Commendation from Cambodian Government for Role in Transport of Medical Vehicles and Equipment. TOKYO—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that it has received a commendation from the government of Cambodia for its support of a project to supply the nation with medical vehicles and equipment in Phnom Penh. MOL co-operated with non-profit organization (NPO) Side By Side International (SBSI)* to transport 34 medical vehicles and other equipment to help the nation develop an emergency first-aid system.
First SCR NOx Removal System Installed on Coal Bulker
Aiming to Meet the IMO's Tier III NOx Emission Controls Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Akasaka Diesels Limited, and Sakai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd are to begin shipboard tests of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) nitrogen oxide (NOx) removal equipment installed on NYK Line's new bulk coal carrier Initial Salute, which was built by Oshima Shipbuilding. Shipboard trials of SCR NOx removal equipment were conducted during the voyage of Initial Salute. Once the equipment was verified to meet the tier III NOx emission controls stipulated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO),* it was decided to leave the equipment in place to collect more data through tests to be conducted during actual operational voyages.
Air Bubbles to Reduce CO2 Emissions
NYK and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. are to begin experiments on an air-lubrication system to reduce CO2 emissions during marine transport. Jointly developed by the two companies, the system effectively reduces the frictional resistance between a vessel's bottom and the seawater by means of bubbles generated by supplying air to the vessel's bottom. The installation of the system using an air-blower is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 10 percent. The experiments will be conducted using module carriers operated by an NYK Group company, NYK-Hinode Line, Ltd. Module carriers are special heavy load carrier with roll-on…