Japan

AI research on maritime logistics in shipping starts

K Line, Japan’s shipping major, has jointly agreed with Hiroshima University, the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology and Marubeni Corporation to work on the research and analysis of maritime logistics and shipping market conditions using artificial intelligence (AI).

J-ENG to research combustion of carbon-free fuel

Japan Engine Corporation (J-ENG) announced a cooperation with Japan’s National Maritime Research Institute to start the research and development in the field of combustion of carbon-free fuel, as one of solutions for decarbonization.

ClassNK grants AIP on LPG Reformer for marine engines

Japanese firms Osaka Gas and Daihatsu Diesel received an Approval in Principle from ClassNK for their joint project on an LPG Reformer for marine engines. This was the first AIP granted in Japan for such equipment. The LPG Reformer is designed to convert LPG into synthetic methane gas equivalent to the kind found in LNG.

S. Korea officially excludes Japan as trading partner

South Korea officially excluded Japan from its list of trade partners affecting the latter’s fast-track approvals in trade, meaning that South Korean companies will now have to submit five documents to win individual approval, which is more than the previous three, Yonhap news agency reports.

Japanese oil company stocks VLSFO at Chiba

Reuters reports that Japanese third-largest refiner, Cosmo Oil, is building stocks of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) that can be supplied to domestic marine fuel markets from October ahead of IMO 2020 sulphur cap. Cosmo Oil produces VLSFO at its residue desulfurizer (RDS) unit at its Chiba refinery near Tokyo to build stocks.

Japan proposes increase in bluefin tuna fishing quota

During its meeting in Portland, Oregon, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Northern Committee discussed two proposals to increase catch limits on Pacific bluefin. The Committee focused on changes to the Pacific bluefin management measure that will lead to an increase in catch for 2020.

Novatek inks LNG agreement with Saibu Gas

Russian natural gas producer Novatek announced the signing of an agreement with Japanese Saibu Gas Co., Ltd. aiming to establish a joint venture focused on marketing LNG and natural gas, as well as the construction of a new LNG storage tank at the Hibiki LNG terminal.

Japan considers sending its own security in Strait of Hormuz

Japan recently announced that it will not follow US’s coalition into sending security vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, amid the tensions in the area. Yet, Yomiuri Shimbun, Japanese newspaper, reported that Japan is thinking of sending a destroyer to operate in nearby areas.

Japan receives first cargo of LNG from China since 1988

Japan imported its first LNG cargo from China during July, due to the fact that utilities from the world’s biggest buyer of the fuel search for new suppliers, while also trying to reduce costs amid tough competition. This is considered Japan’s first LNG cargo from China since 1988, when the Japanese government started publishing import and export figures.

Requirements for ships entering N. America regarding Asian Gypsy Moth

In response to reports of high population levels of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) in some countries regulated for AGM, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian food Inspection Agency (CFIA) jointly remind ship operators of requirements for entering US and Canada safely.

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