Saturday, March 17, 2018

Japan News

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New Study Looks at LNG Bunkering for Car Carriers

To help promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in Asia, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbors Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore. This working group will include Japan’s big three shippers – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).

 ABS President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki.

Japan Authorizes ABS as Recognized Organization

ABS was granted authorization by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to serve as a Recognized Organization of the State of Japan. This authorization allows ABS to provide statutory certification services to Japanese-flagged vessels on behalf of the government. “This authorization strengthens our global coverage and allows vessel owners and operators greater operational flexibility,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, President and CEO, ABS. Working in close cooperation with the flag Administration of Japan…

ABS Gains Recognized Organization Status – Japan

Classification Society ABS authorized by the relevant ministry to serve as a Recognized Organization of the State of Japan. “This authorization strengthens our global coverage and allows vessel owners and operators greater operational flexibility,” said ABS President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. Working in close cooperation with the flag Administration of Japan, this new authorization allows ABS to verify compliance of Japanese flag ships with the major international safety and pollution prevention conventions: the International Load Line, SOLAS and MARPOL Conventions.

Japanese LNG Carrier Adds to Ocean Studies

NYK LNG carrier 'Broog' recognized by Japan Coast Guard for long-term contribution to oceanography by taking sea-water samples. Every year on September 12th,  the commandant of the Japan Coast Guard recognizes individuals and organizations that have made contributions to marine information services. An awards ceremony was recently held at the commandant’s room in Tokyo and attended by NYK LNG Shipmanagement Ltd. president Hiroshi Yonezawa. For many years, NYK Line has provided the Japan Coast Guard with seawater temperatures…

This new propeller will be installed on two newly built containerships that will be delivered in 2019. (Photo NYK)

NYK, JMU Develop Highly Efficient Propeller

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), MTI Co. Ltd., and Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) have successfully developed a highly efficient propeller by analyzing the conditions surrounding vessel propellers in actual operation. This new propeller will be installed on two newly built containerships that will be delivered in 2019, and will achieve a 1.2 percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by improving fuel efficiency. The propeller plays a major role in the propulsion of a ship…

Photo: NYK Line

Award for Japan's First LNG-fueled Tugboat

NYK Line received award sponsored by the Japan Federation of Freight Industries (JFFI) recognizing the environmental load reduction achieved by Japan's first LNG-fueled tugboat, Sakigake. This is the third time since 2009 that NYK has been honored at this annual awards ceremony. NYK has been conducting technical research and development on the use of LNG to fuel ships in order to meet the tightened regulations on CO2 emissions from vessels. Sakigake, which was delivered in August 2015 and comes equipped with dual-fuel engines that can use either LNG or diesel oil…

Image: Eco Marine Power

Japan Grants Patent for EnergySail

The Japan Patent Office has granted a patent to Eco Marine Power (EMP) for its innovative EnergySail technology, an advanced rigid sail device that can be fitted with a range of renewable energy technologies such as solar panels or wind power devices. With the patent in place, EMP can now begin licensing the technology to proceed so that commercial production of the sail and associated technologies can begin in 2018. A unique renewable energy platform, EnergySail has been designed specifically…

A six-cylinder in-line version of the Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engine. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä Supporting Japan's 'Gas Age' Shipping

A total of 16 new gas carrier ships being built in Japan for Japanese owners are to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or conventional diesel fuels. Wärtsilä's said its experience and technological capabilities in gas fuelled propulsion solutions were cited as being key factors in the award of these contracts – all placed between the second half of 2014 and December 2015. The orders specify 20 nine-cylinder, 25 six-cylinder and 16 eight-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines…

Philippines Positioned as Ship Repair Hub

The Philippines is ideally positioned in the Asia-Pacific region to repair ocean-going & fishing vessels according to a Japanese study. The report was contained in a study on the ship building and ship repair industry of the Philippines conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Nomura Research Institute as part of the ongoing formulation of industry roadmaps by the [Philippine] Department of Trade and Industry reports the Manila Bulletin. Based on the study…

Japan Shipbuilder Launches First Ship Following Tsunami Disaster

Yamanishi Corp, located in Tsumami disaster zone, Miyagi Prefecture, launches its first ship 20 months after the destruction. A 695-ton training ship built by Yamanishi Corp. has been officially launched at the firm's shipyard in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The disasters cost the company around ¥12 billion. With only ¥1.5 billion in subsidies from the government, the company managed to stay afloat with cooperation from shipbuilders in other parts of Japan, including firms in Shizuoka, Hyogo and Hiroshima prefectures, reports The Japan Times.

APL Introduce New Intra-Asia Service

APL introduce a new weekly service to enhance its network coverage in East Asia, with connections to APL’s global network. The new Japan Thailand 2 (JT2) service is operated through a vessel sharing agreement with Hanjin Shipping with three vessels of 1700 TEU nominal capacity each. The new service port rotation is: Osaka – Kobe - Hibiki – Hakata – Kaohsiung – Chiwan – Laem Chabang – Hong Kong – Kaohsiung – Osaka. The first northbound sailing will begin on 21st December 2012 from Laem Chabang. The first southbound sailing will begin on 24th December 2012 from Osaka.

Super Eco Ship: Photo credit NYK

NYK to Display Super Eco Ship at Korea Expo

Elomatic (a marine consulting company in Finland), and Garroni Progetti  (an Italian ship designer) are working together to show that NYK is striving to develop technically in the long term and also to lead in future development of shipping operations, including cargo handling and traffic infrastructure. The theme of the expo will be “The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities,” and the event will feature displays illustrating the progress and future prospects of maritime technology, a new growth driver for the advancement of humanity.

Sea Shepherd's Sam Simon: Photo credit Sea Shipherd

New Whaling Protest Vessel Ironically Japanese-Built

Los Angeles-based philanthropist & co-creator of TV’s 'The Simpsons', funds purchase of new Sea Sherpherd anti-whaling patrol ship 'Sam Simon'. Sea Shepherd's new Antarctic patrol ship, the Sam Simon, has been unveiled in the port of Hobart, Tasmania, docked at Macquarie Wharf 1. The vessel, retired from service by the Japanese Government in 2010, had since been laid up in Shimonoseki, Japan, alongside the very ships Sea Shepherd will confront this season. Originally built as Seifu Maru in 1993 by IHI shipyard in Tokyo…

Photo courtesy of Becker Marine Systems

Becker Marine Systems Eyes Growth in Asia

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, and has formed a manufacturing partnership with Murakami Iron Works for producing containership rudders. Becker Marine Systems has had a presence in the Asian maritime industry for decades. Recently the company delivered the largest flap rudder in the world.

Image courtesy of The Switch

The Switch Wins Repeat PM Shaft Generator Order

The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet (PM) generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, has received repeat PM shaft generator orders from WE Tech Solutions of Finland, a customer in the marine sector. WE Tech Solutions of Finland placed another order for seven PM shaft generators that will be delivered to their end-customers Terntank Rederi AS of Denmark and Torvald Klaveness of Norway. To adapt to the various power requirements of the customers…

Japan - Australian submarines

Japan Offers to Build Australian Subs

Australia has reportedly welcomed a Japanese offer to jointly-build a fleet of new submarines, with a possible deal by the end of the year, according to a report on Japan is proposing jointly building Australia`s new submarines, instead of exporting a new fleet, an AFP report said on Monday quoting a Japanese daily, after concerns in Canberra over the effect on the domestic ship-building industry. Under the proposal, Japan`s defence ministry is to cooperate with Australia in developing special steel and other materials for its new submarines…

 'Takamatsu Maru' : Photo credit NYK

Chartered VLCC Makes First Kawasaki Port Call

The very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) 'Takamatsu Maru' has arrived at the Kawasaki refinery of TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. The 158,000 dwt tankship was chartered by TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. from NYK Lines, after the company purchased virtually all of Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Japan business. The vessel was built by IHI Marine United Inc. and delivered in June, 2012. TonenGeneral Sekiyu has also assumed the charters of two additional VLCCs — Taiga and Tamba — bringing to three the number of vessels currently chartered by the company from NYK.

MOL Bulker Rescues Sailors from Disabled Boat

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. said that on July 4, the MOL-owned and operated bulk carrier Myoken conducted a search and rescue operation about 130km northwest of the Chuuk Islands and rescued all four Micronesians aboard a small boat that was adrift with engine trouble. According to MOL, the rescue went as follows: in the predawn hours of July 4 (local time), the Myoken, out of Brisbane, Australia, bound for Japan, received an emergency signal from a small boat that had suffered engine trouble. The Myoken immediately changed course and headed for the drifting boat.