Japan

Woodmac: Asia Pacific excluding China to add 19GW offshore wind by 2030

An estimated 19 GW of new offshore capacity is expected to be added in Asia Pacific excluding China (APeC) over the next 10 years, making it a key region for global offshore wind, according to Wood Mackenzie, that noted however that the success of future offshore wind in the area will depend on costs coming down.

MOL Group plans to build Japan’s first LNG fueled ferries

Japanese MOL and its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited revealed plans to construct the first two LNG-fueled ferries in Japan. MOL plans to order the Sunflower Kurenai and the Sunflower Murasaki from Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in December. 

Japan to deploy US-made autonomous underwater vehicle for survey

Japan will acquire an autonomous underwater vehicle in 2020, in line with the Government’s search for industrially vital rare-earth elements, in what officials describe as the world’s first survey of its kind, according to Nikkei Asian Review. For the project, Japan will spend about 1 billion yen ($9.2 million), for the AUV and the rest of the equipment.

Japan aims to become Asia’s LNG hub

The Japan Times reports the country’s aspiration on accelerating the switch to IMO-compliant fuel, such as natural gas fuel for its shipping fleet, and its halt on establishing a refuelling hub in Asia. Therefore, Japan is now implementing projects to construct vessels that will conduct ship-to-ship LNG operations as soon as possible.

Japan celebrates 50 years of LNG imports

Mitsubishi Corporation announced that November 4 is the day that Japan will celebrate 50 years of LNG imports, as Mitsubishi Corporation acting as a buyer’s agent, started receiving LNG in 1969 from the Alaska LNG Project with Phillips Petroleum, today’s ConocoPhillips as a seller.

Wreck of Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga discovered

Researchers discovered the wreck of the Imperial Japanese Navy carrier ‘IJN Kaga’ which sank at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The wreck is located in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the Midway Atoll.

​Japan donates patrol boats to Kenya for maritime security

The Japanese Government donated 17 patrol boats to Kenya’s Maritime Police, boosting the country’s efforts in the promotion of maritime security and the fight against terrorism. The Japanese Ambassador to Kenya further noted that Japan could not afford to ignore Kenya’s problem, due to the warm cordial relations between the two nations of more than 50 years. 

Five dead onboard cargo ship due to Typhoon Hagibis

The Chinese Embassy confirmed to Xinhua that five Chinese crewmembers died, three are missing and four have been rescued from the Panama-registered vessel that sank in Tokyo Bay, Saturday October 12. The vessel was discovered undersea on October 13. 

Japan’s petrol vessel rescues N. Korean fishermen after collision

A Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol ship collided with a North Korean fishing vessel on the morning of Monday, October 7, which led to the sinking of the fishing vessel. A search for survivors has been established and as announced by the agency that all of the sixty individuals that were on board at the time have been safely rescued.