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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Japan Transport Safety Board News

MOL's LNG carrier Papua. File Photo: MOL

MOL Names Newbuilding LNG Carrier 'Energy Liberty'

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that on October 16, a naming ceremony for a newbuilding LNG carrier, jointly owned by MOL and Tokyo LNG Tanker, was held at the Tsu Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation. Among the crowd of well-wishers on hand for the ceremony were Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. President Michiaki Hirose, who gave the name Energy Liberty to the vessel, after which his wife cut the rope. The Energy Liberty will be the eighth LNG carrier owned and managed by Tokyo LNG Tanker. MOL will directly manage six of those vessels, including this newbuilding vessel.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Peter Burghart)

US Warship Stayed on Collision Course despite Warning

A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship's captain. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17.

Japan accident charlets: Image credit The Nautical Institute

Ship Hits Seawall at Full Speed: Fatigue Blamed

The account that follows is from the official report MA2014-1 of the Japan Transport Safety Board, edited & published by The Nautical Institute. In the early morning hours, but still in darkness, a small container ship was making way at about 15 knots on autopilot with the officer of the watch (OOW) as the sole watch-keeper on the bridge. The visibility was good and there was no traffic, so the Master had given the instruction for the OOW to be alone on the bridge while making way in darkness.

Signatories to the MOU for Phase Two of the Joint Hydrographic Survey at the 10th Co-operation Forum. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia sign MOU for Joint Hydrographic Survey

To demonstrate multilateral cooperation between littoral states and stakeholders to improve navigational safety in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS), Phase Two of a Joint Hydrographic Survey was formally launched via a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today at the 10th Co-operation Forum held from 2nd to 3rd October 2017 at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Besides the littoral states, the survey is supported by the Malacca Strait Council (MSC) of Japan. Phase Two, which is a continuation from Phase One…

RMI Registry Strengthens Support for Japanese Owners

International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI), which provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries, has appointed a new Technical Officer in its Imabari office, strengthening its support and services for the Japanese ship owning market. “We now have more than 400 employees in our 27 offices worldwide and by hiring an extremely experienced technical officer in Imabari, who understands every aspect of vessel safety and day-to-day operations…

Rimthan Registration (Photo: Bahri)

Saudi Flag Raised on Bahri's VLCC Rimthan

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) has raised the Saudi flag on Rimthan, one of the latest VLCCs received and owned by Bahri, a leader in transportation and logistics. Under the supervision of PTA, the ceremony of Rimthan’s registration under the Saudi flag took place on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Port of Ras Tanura in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and was attended by senior officials of both PTA and Bahri. Thus, Rimthan became the 40th Saudi VLCC, owned and operated by Bahri. H.E. Dr.

Australia, Japan Enact Rules for Shipping Liquid Hydrogen

Australia and Japan signed a memorandum at the headquarters of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra which will allow liquid hydrogen to be shipped in bulk for the first time. Ship containment systems are being developed in Japan that will be capable of safely transporting liquid hydrogen in bulk from Australia to Japan as part of a pilot project scheduled to commence in 2020. Bulk gas cargoes are carried under the International Code for the Construction…

MOL Comfort (File photo: TMC Marine)

ClassNK Drafts Amendments to Containership Rules

Classification society ClassNK has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers, with the aim of implementing more comprehensive rules for increased ship safety. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo on November 19. The ClassNK Technical Committee is made up of representatives from the shipping and shipbuilding industries as well as scholars and experts to discuss matters relating to the establishment and revision of technical rules and guidance.

Sekimizu Elected Secretary-General, IMO

Koji Sekimizu of Japan has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), effective January 1, 2012, for an initial term of four years. The vote took place during the 106th session of the IMO Council, which is meeting from June 27 to July 1. The decision of the Council will be submitted to the IMO Assembly, which meets for its 27th session from November 21-30, 2011, for approval. Sekimizu, 58, is currently Director of IMO’s Maritime Safety Division.

NYK has been recognized with the 2015 Seafarers Safety Initiative Grand Prize awarded by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Seafarers Safety Initiative Grand Prize for NYK

NYK has been recognized with the 2015 Seafarers Safety Initiative Grand Prize awarded by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for the company’s seafarer safety activities. The award recognizes the safety training provided to NYK’s seafarers and the subsequent awareness demonstrated through the company’s Safety Experience Training and Power + (Power Plus) Project program. A ceremony was held on September 30 at the ministry’s office in Tokyo and attended by NYK senior managing corporate officer Koichi Akamine.

Crisis Response Drill in progress

NYK Conducts Crisis-response Drill on VLCC

On October 15 as part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign,* NYK conducted a crisis-response drill based on the scenario of a serious accident occurring on an NYK-owned VLCC (very large crude-oil carrier). Cooperation from the Maritime Bureau within Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), in addition to the Japan Coast Guard and the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center, enabled this drill to be realistic and practical. During the drill, NYK’s crisis-management headquarters simulated a press conference and timely press releases…

Hikawa Maru Photo NYK

Hikawa Maru Designated Cultural Property

On March 11, Japan’s Council for Cultural Affairs submitted a report to the nation’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology recommending that the moored museum ship Hikawa Maru be designated as an Important Cultural Property. Hikawa Maru will be the first transoceanic liner to receive this designation. - The role the ship has played in Japan’s society and economy Cargo-passenger ships were the primary means of international transport for the first half of the 20th century…

(l-r)  Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director, TT Club; Ken Rohlmann, Senior Director Cargo Service, Hapag-Lloyd (Winner: Hapag-Lloyd Cargo Patrol) ;  Joseph Westwood Booth, IMO’s Senior Deputy Director, Maritime Safety (Photo: TT Club)

Hapag Lloyd Receives Innovation in Safety Award

The TT Club Innovation in Safety Award is now in its second year and the winner was announced at ICHCA’s 65th Anniversary Conference in Las Palmas this week. The Award is aimed at identifying innovative developments that engender greater safety and efficiency in the intermodal supply chain. Following the inauguration of the award last year, TT Club and ICHCA have been delighted with the response of the industry, which resulted this year in some twenty-two high quality entries, each revealing exciting and proven improvements to supply chain practices.

Windstar Cruises Appoints Inman as Director

New expert hire reflects that traveler safety is at the forefront for the cruise line. Windstar Cruises has announced that they are welcoming seafaring safety specialist Michael Inman as the newest member of the boutique cruise line’s highly accredited leadership team. Bringing with him a diverse spectrum of experience from both the U.S. Coast Guard and the cruise industry, Inman will report directly to Windstar President John Delaney and work alongside fleet and technical operations officials to further maintain and enhance the luxury line’s high standards for safety and traveler welfare.

 ABS President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki.

Japan Authorizes ABS as Recognized Organization

ABS was granted authorization by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to serve as a Recognized Organization of the State of Japan. This authorization allows ABS to provide statutory certification services to Japanese-flagged vessels on behalf of the government. “This authorization strengthens our global coverage and allows vessel owners and operators greater operational flexibility,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, President and CEO, ABS. Working in close cooperation with the flag Administration of Japan…

Photo courtesy of MOL

MOL Ships Selected as "2013 Best Quality Ships”

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. The award is aimed at heightening awareness of the need to protect harbors and the marine environment through safe operation of oceangoing vessels and was first awarded in 2003. The awards are commended to “vessels considered superior by pilots” by JFPA. For FY2013 awards, seven vessels were selected from among ships that requested pilots at pilotage districts throughout Japan in September and October. Among the seven, four were operated and managed by MOL…

LNG Safety Training Photo Falck Safety Services

Falck offers LNG Safety Training for Maritime Industry

Since more ships sail on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) or transport this quite new type of gas, Falck Safety Services offers LNG safety training for the maritime industry. In 2013 Falck developed a complete new training facility for the LNG industry. LNG is a natural gas that has been converted to liquid by cooling to an extreme low temperature of -162 °C. This makes transport and storage of gas easier. In the LNG safety training Falck gives answers to questions like ‘what happens if there is a spill in water? what happens if the gas vapour ignites?

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan and Michio Kikuchi, Director-General of Ports and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism reaffirming their strong bilateral relations at MOC ceremony. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Singapore, Japan to Collaborate in Development of Ports

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) at the sideline of the International Symposium on LNG bunkering in Yokohama, Japan. The areas of cooperation under the MOC include port planning, port management and technological development in the port sector. Signed today by Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, and Mr Michio Kikuchi…

File photo

Container Weighing a Task for Shippers Not Terminals: ESPO

European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) says it welcomes the recent decision of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) that containers must be weighed before being stowed on board ship; however it  stresses that the weighing of containers should not burden port handling activities. ESPO explains that the verification of a containers’ weight can indeed play an important role in enhancing safety in maritime transport and the whole transport chain. Ports confirm that misdeclarations of container weight do occur and cause safety risks.

MOL Performace (Photo: MOL)

MOL to Launch Biannual Vessel Safety Campaign

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) today announced the launch of its biannual campaign on October 15, targeting all MOL-operated vessels. As part of its safety efforts, President Muto, executives and other personnel will conduct an extensive series of visits to MOL-operated vessels in Japan and overseas. During the visits, they will meet with on-board employees who are responsible for on-site safe operation and exchange information and opinions about ways to prevent safety-related incidents.

A Panel of MOL's cutting-edge hybrid car carrier "Emerald Ace" ,which carried eight mobile library vehicles last year, was presented to South African Ambassador in Japan Her Excellency Mohau Pheko by MOL Senior Managing Executive Officer Takashi Kurauchi.

MOL Assists South African Primary Education Initiative

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. said it plans to assist nonprofit organization South Africa Primary Education Support Initiative (Sapesi-Japan) with the ocean transport of mobile library vehicles to the Republic of South Africa. This marks the fourth time since 2009 that MOL has contributed to this initiative. MOL previously transported 32 vehicles, and in this phase, it will transport six more. Those will be transported by MOL's car carrier, Sunshine Ace, which departs Japan at the end of May, and is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Durban at the end of June.

Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team: Photo credit USCG

Coast Guard Medevacs One, Continues 'Carnival Triumph' Escort

The Coast Guard took off a female passenger from the disabled ship in the Gulf of Mexico under tow to Mobile. A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew medevaced a female passenger who reportedly suffered a stroke and transported her to Dauphin Island to meet emergency medical services. The tug vessel Resolve Pioneer reported a broken tow line which was restored by the tug Roland Falgout. Meanwhile Coast Guard boarding teams assisted CBP agents with passport verification and disembarkation processing with the ship some six miles south of the entrance to Mobile Bay.

Scots flag: Image couresy of Maritime UK

What About Maritime Safety if Scotland Chooses Independence?

In response to the Scottish Government's release of the 2014 pre-referrendum White Paper 'Scotland Future', shipping organization Maritime UK members suggest that the publication raises as many questions as it does answers. Maritime UK members have had constructive engagement with the Scottish Government in recent months, but today’s White Paper provides some interesting nuggets – raising as many questions as it does answers. In particular, they note this extract hidden away on page 418.

Right: Mr.Yasushi Nakamura (ClassNK), Left: Mr.Warwick Smith (Rio Tinto Iron Ore)

ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore Sign Collaborative Agreement

Classification society ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore (part of the Rio Tinto Group, one of the world’s largest metal and mining companies), announced that they have signed a collaborative agreement focused on the safe carriage of iron ore. The agreement was signed at a ceremony held after a meeting of executives from both companies at the Rio Tinto Japan office on 3 December 2013. ClassNK Executive Vice President Yasushi Nakamura and Warwick Smith, Managing Director, Sales and Marketing for Rio Tinto Iron Ore, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations.

Thomson Majesty: Image courtesy of Transport Malta

Cruise Ship Tragic Lifeboat Accident: Investigation Report

Transport Malta Marine Safety Unit has released its report on last year's 'MV Thomson Majesty' lifeboat exercise boat fall that killed 5 crew members and injured 3 others. On 10, February 2013, Thomson Majesty arrived in Santa Cruz de La Palma from Las Palmas as part of a seven-day cruise commencing in Tenerife. On board were 1498 passengers and a crew of 594, giving a total number of persons on board of 2092. At around 1030, the ship commenced a general emergency and lifeboat drill for all officers, staff and crew.

Graphics: International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Maritime Bureau's (IMB)

Global Piracy Declines in First Nine Months of 2017

A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy. The flagship global report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern over attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and in South East Asia. The increase in attacks off the coast…