Japan

Japan’s submarine academy welcomes its first woman

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.

NYK, Van Oord ink MoU to boost Japan’s wind power

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. 

Japanese partners to study collision avoidance algorithms

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.

Ghost ship with human remains washes up on Japanese coast

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.

Notes on Charter Contracts concerning the 2020 SOx Regulation

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.

MHI to sell flagship shipyard in Nagasaki

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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