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Ferry with 600 passengers collides with buoy off Japan

The ferry Ferry Fukuoka II with some 600 passengers onboard  had a collision with a buoy that marks shallows, southwest of Akashi, Honshu, Inner Japan sea, on March 18, while it was heading to Shimoji from Osaka. The ferry collided with the buoy while it was trying to prevent collision with passing ship.

Sri Lanka to get its first LNG terminal

As Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake said, a Memorandum of Understanding between Sri Lanka, Japan and India on a LNG terminal and Floating Storage Regasification Unit will be signed  next week and the feasibility study will begin soon. 

New Intelligent Awareness program to improve navigational safety

A new situational awareness system has been launched, aiming to reduce the risks of navigation during night, in bad weather on congested waterways. To do this, the system uses sensors with intelligent software. The new system, will collect data, in order to ensure safe navigation.

Japan Coastguard to improve autonomous ocean observation

The Japan Coastguard announced the expansion of their Wave Glider fleet to the 9th Regional District, headquartered in Niigata, Japan, in an attempt to enhance their commitment to ocean monitoring. Current and historical oceanographic data helps the commercial and tourism industries with have an insight into weather patterns and ocean conditions.

Phase two of Joint Hydrographic Survey starts in SOMS

Three littoral states, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and the Malacca Strait Council of Japan officially commenced the second phase of a joint hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, on 5 March, aiming to improve navigational safety in the region.

New cooperation eyes Northern Sea Route development

On 26 February, Japanese MOL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Far East Investment and Export Agency, under the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East, to cooperate in the development of the Northern Sea Route and the Russian Far East.

Trio to conduct LNG import terminal study in Australia

Marubeni Corporation, JERA Co., and Squadron Energy, a subsidiary of Australia’s Minderoo Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding a joint feasibility study for the establishment of an LNG import terminal and gas supply project in New South Wales, Australia.

Oil from Sanchi reaches Japanese shores

The Japan Coast Guard informed that oil has been spotted in islands in southern Japan, that most likely came from the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi. Meanwhile, China urged for better marine pollution preparedness with Japan and South Korea.

MOL, NCC form capital and business alliance

Tokyo-based MOL and compatriot Nippon Concept Corporation announced the conclusion of a capital and business alliance agreement, with the objective of developing a comprehensive two-way strategic partnership including both partners’ group companies, and steadily enhancing their businesses.

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