The first female student that gets admitted to Japan’s national naval submarine academy is now a fact. Risa Takenouchi entered the academy on January 22, after Japan ended the ban on women on the its submarines.
South Korea plans to deploy an anti-piracy unit – now operating off the coast of Africa – to the area around the Strait of Hormuz. This decision comes after the US called for help in guarding oil tankers.
The shipping lines Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) along with the European expert in the wind power, Van Oord shake their hands and inked a MoU in order to jointly own and operate offshore wind installation vessels under the Japanese flag. Specifically, both sides goal to begin operations using a jack up vessel in Japan until 2022, the earliest.
Japan has decided to dispatch a warship and patrol planes to the Arabian Gulf, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, in spite of increased tensions in the Middle East.
Japanese energy solutions provider Kyushu Electric Power (Kyuden) has teamed up in long term transport agreements with com-patriot shipping companies NYK and MOL to deploy the world’s first LNG-fueled large coal carriers.
Japanese shipping company MOL announced a joint study with three com-patriot partners on collision avoidance algorithms and autonomous collision avoidance. The study, to be named ‘Focus Brain’ is aspiring the development of Artificial Intelligence for autonomous navigation.
Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. inked a deal with shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) for the construction of two LNG-fueled ferries, representing the first project of this kind ever made in Japan.
A “ghost ship” with seven badly decomposed bodies onboard washed up on a Japanese island on 28 December, local officials announced. The remains were found in a broken wooden vessel, suspected to have come from North Korea.
In light of the soon approaching Sulphur cap, both shipowners and charterers should prepare to comply with the SOx regulations and potentially deal with the risks and responsibilities of each party associated with the new regulations in chartering contracts, the Japan P&I Club advises.
According to Nikkei, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Japanese conglomerate, is in talks to sell its Koyagi plant, the main one of two located in Nagasaki, to Oshima Shipbuilding, the country’s third-largest shipbuilder based in Saikai, Nagasaki Prefecture.
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