Japan

Japan considers sending 270 seamen to secure ships in Middle East

Japan is considering the possibility of sending 270 seamen to the Middle East to protect vessels supplying Japan, in line with a law that allows military deployments for research and intelligence gathering, Reuters reported citing information from Nikkei.

U.S. Navy Contractor allegedly dumps waste in Japanese ports

An environmental services contractor is now under investigation by American and Japanese authorities, for reportedly dumping illegally at U.S. Navy bases in Japan. In fact, between 2008 and 2018, Kanto Kosan Co. allegedly discharged partially treated wastewater into the sea at two U.S. Navy bases and then attempted to cover it up.

NYK granted Japan’s first sustainability-linked loan

Japanese shipping company NYK announced it has secured a syndicated sustainability-linked loan, Japan’s first advanced loan that allows for conditions such as the loan’s interest rate to be adjusted according to the borrower’s CSR performance.

Japan and South Korea to talk about trade war

Japan and South Korea and have reached an agreement to discuss their current trade war in December, with a preparatory meeting due to be held in Vienna in the week to come. In a statement, South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy highlighted that “During the December meeting, the two countries plan to exchange opinions on various domestic and external situations related to export control.”

Japan identifies illegal North Korean fuel ship-to-ship operation

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs identified another foreign vessel suspected of conducting illegal ship-to-ship transfers in cooperation with North Korean tankers, an action which Japan reported to the Security Council Committee (Panel of Experts) and shared information with related countries.

Woodmac: Asia Pacific excluding China to add 19GW offshore wind by 2030

An estimated 19 GW of new offshore capacity is expected to be added in Asia Pacific excluding China (APeC) over the next 10 years, making it a key region for global offshore wind, according to Wood Mackenzie, that noted however that the success of future offshore wind in the area will depend on costs coming down.

MOL Group plans to build Japan’s first LNG fueled ferries

Japanese MOL and its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited revealed plans to construct the first two LNG-fueled ferries in Japan. MOL plans to order the Sunflower Kurenai and the Sunflower Murasaki from Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in December. 

Japan to deploy US-made autonomous underwater vehicle for survey

Japan will acquire an autonomous underwater vehicle in 2020, in line with the Government’s search for industrially vital rare-earth elements, in what officials describe as the world’s first survey of its kind, according to Nikkei Asian Review. For the project, Japan will spend about 1 billion yen ($9.2 million), for the AUV and the rest of the equipment.

Japan aims to become Asia’s LNG hub

The Japan Times reports the country’s aspiration on accelerating the switch to IMO-compliant fuel, such as natural gas fuel for its shipping fleet, and its halt on establishing a refuelling hub in Asia. Therefore, Japan is now implementing projects to construct vessels that will conduct ship-to-ship LNG operations as soon as possible.

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