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Yamal LNG ships first LNG cargo to Japan

Russian natural gas producer Novatek announced Wednesday that Yamal LNG shipped the first LNG cargo to Japan in accordance with the long-term offtake agreement with French oil and gas company Total. The cargo was unloaded at the Tobata LNG Terminal.

Trump: China, Japan should protect Middle East shipping on their own

Countries like China and Japan, that largely depend on shipping trade in the Strait of Hormuz, should be protecting their own ships on what ‘has always been a dangerous journey’, said US President Trump in an official statement in the light of an ongoing tension in the Middle East. 

Partners present LNG as an efficient use of energy in Shikoku, Japan

Japanese company Tokyo Gas signed an agreement regarding the sale and purchase of liquefied natural gas (LNG) with Sumitomo Joint Electricity Power. The two partners aim to boost LNG as a fuel in the area, while also promote it as a stable and efficient use of energy. 

Watch: Japanese warship collides with dock in Brisbane

The Japanese warship ‘JS Kunisaki’ collided into Brisbane’s Portside Wharf while trying to dock, Tuesday, 17 June. There were no injuries of crew onboard or spectators but the vessel was left visibly damaged. The causes of the incident are yet to be determined.

Japan surpasses China as second user on Panama Canal

As AP reports, Japan surpassed China and is becoming the second-biggest user of the Panama Canal, in light of a trade war between Beijing and Washington. The US remains the leader in using the canal. China’s third place is due to the fact that there’s a decrease in shipments of natural and liquid petroleum gas as the Asian giant is buying less of them from the United States. 

Trade tensions negatively affect trade volumes

Economic growth around the world is decreasing, and various governments, including Germany, China and South Korea, have announced stimulus packages to boost their economies. In fact, the International Monetary Fund expects global GDP growth to slow from 3.6% in 2018 to 3.3% in 2019, before returning to 3.6% in 2020.

Global partners launch hydrogen initiative

During the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting, a new global international hydrogen partnership was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the European Commission with participation of several other CEM member countries.

Sri Lanka, Japan, India collab to boost Colombo port

Sri Lanka, Japan and India are going to collaborate with the goal of developing the Colombo South Port’s East Container Terminal (ECT) in Sri Lanka. The governments of the three countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday, May 28, representing the good relations amongst the participants.

Two dead after ships collision off Japan

Two crewmembers are confirmed dead and two more crew members are unaccounted for, after two Japanese cargo ships collided off the coast of Chiba Prefecture, east Japan, in the early morning hours of Sunday. All four crew members aboard the Sumiho Maru, based in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, were safe.

Japan ratifies Bunker Convention and Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention

Japan has approved ratification of the ‘International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001’ and the ‘Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007’. Japan also amended the ‘Act on Liability for Oil Pollution Damage’ (the Act) in order to reflect the provisions of the two conventions. The amended Act will apply by March 2020.

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