New Partners in Autonomous Shipping Alliance
Three 'influencers' in the international maritime sector have joined One Sea, the industry alliance that brings together leading exponents of autonomous ship technology.Global satellite group Inmarsat and NYK Group research subsidiary MTI (Monohakobi Technology Institute) have joined One Sea as full members, while the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become a One Sea associate member.One Sea members ABB, Kongsberg Maritime and Wärtsilä ran separate autonomous ship trials off the Finnish and Norwegian coasts at the end of 2018.
ClassNK Names Sakashita Senior EVP
Effective March 12, 2019, Mr. Hiroaki Sakashita has been appointed as Senior Executive Vice President as well as Executive Director of ClassNK.Sakashita began his career at Japan’s Ministry of Transport (now Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) in 1980. During his period at the government he has played vital roles in maritime administration including regulatory oversight and industry development. He assumed the position of Director-General of the Maritime Bureau in 2015…
Scrubber Safe for Environment: Carnival
Carnival Corporation has released the results of an independent, two-year scientific scrubber wash-water study.The study shows the company’s advanced air quality systems (i.e. scrubbers) are in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 requirements, which include regulations for cleaner air emissions and strict wash-water quality standards.The study also concluded that the wash-water samples from scrubbers were below the limits set by several major national and international water quality and land-based water discharge standards…
MOL Passenger Line 'Cruise of the Year 2018'
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that its group company, Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line (MOPAS) was recognized for its "efforts on market development by the Nippon Maru One Night Cruise," and received the award for outstanding performance in the "Cruise of the Year 2018" program.MOPAS was honored for its One Night Cruise programs based on three themes, which attracted a majority of passengers (70%) who boarded the Nippon Maru for the first time.While elaborately planned, all of the cruise themes offered a casual atmosphere…
ONE’s First Magenta Newbuild Delivered
A naming ceremony was held Monday at Japan Marine United Corporation’s (JMU) Kure shipyard for the first newly built containership painted in Ocean Network Express' (ONE) corporate color.The new magenta box ship, named ONE Stork, is the 10th of 15 new 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels ordered by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). It will be chartered by Singapore-based ONE, which began operations on April 1 by integrating the container businesses of Japanese ocean carriers Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui O.S.K.
NYK Study on Avoiding Collisions
NYK and NYK Group companies MTI Co. and Japan Marine Science released partial findings of a study on collision risk judgement and the autonomous operation of vessels. Representatives from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), and three partner manufacturers (Tokyo Keiki, Japan Radio, and Furuno Electric) were in attendance when the findings were released. This entire study includes development of (a) functions to facilitate judgement related to avoiding risk of collision with other vessels…
MOL Rolls Out Total Residual Oxidants Instrument
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced commercialization of the Total Residual Oxidants (TRO) instrument "S.sensing WS," one of the major components of the Ballast Water Management System (BWMS). TRO is developed by Kurita Water Industries with the cooperation of MOL's group company MOL Engineering Co. In addition, MOL Techno-Trade will handle sales activities for the new product. BWMS are categorized as "UV type," "electrolysis type," "chemical type," and "ozone type." All except for the UV type sterilize harmful organisms in ballast water with various active substances.
New Study Looks at LNG Bunkering for Car Carriers
To help promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in Asia, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbors Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore. This working group will include Japan’s big three shippers – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).
Singapore, Japan Feasibility Study LNG-Fuelled Car Carriers
To promote LNG bunkering in Asia, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore. This working group will include Japan’s big three shippers – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL). The study…
Ports Firm YKIP Joins SEA/LNG Coalition
SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has announced Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP) as its latest member. Representing the Japanese ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki, YKIP brings essential knowledge from a port’s perspective to SEA\LNG, which is working collaboratively with key players across the entire LNG value chain. SEA\LNG and its member organizations continue to advocate for the need to collaborate…
Matsuyama Welcomes First Panamax Coal Carrier
Japan’s port of Matsuyama welcomed NYK-operated M/V Nord Neptune, the first panamax coal carrier to visit the port, on June 10, 2017. The Ehime prefectural government and the Shikoku Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism recently completed an international logistics terminal project to reconstruct the port by deepening the berth to 13 meters. To help the berth accept large vessels, NYK provided technical support through Sumiseki Trading Co. Ltd. which operates a coal center at the port.
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…
NYK-TDG Maritime Academy Graduates 2016 Class
On November 7, the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which is located in the suburbs of Manila and jointly run by NYK and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG), has graduated the 117 students comprising the academy’s Class of 2016. NYK president Tadaaki Naito and TDG chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado, in addition to invited guests that included Ciriaco Lagunzad III, administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, participated in the graduation ceremony for the students, all of whom had enrolled in 2012.
117 Graduate from NYK-TDG Maritime Academy
On November 7, the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which is located in the suburbs of Manila and jointly run by NYK and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG), proudly graduated the 117 students comprising the academy’s Class of 2016. NYK president Tadaaki Naito and TDG chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado, in addition to invited guests that included Ciriaco Lagunzad III, administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, participated in the graduation ceremony for the students, all of whom had enrolled in 2012.
ABS is Japan's First Foreign RO for Maritime Labor Inspection
ABS has been selected by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as Japan’s first foreign Recognized Organization (RO) for maritime labor inspection. Maritime Labor Convention comprises 16 articles, containing general provisions, which consists of five Titles that outline specific provisions grouped by standard. They include minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship; conditions of employment; accommodation, recreational facilities…
Global Experts Gather for Ship Recycling Seminar
Around 300 people gathered in Tokyo on May 12 to attend a ship recycling seminar held by leading classification society ClassNK. In addition to ClassNK representatives, top industry experts from Asia and Europe discussed the current challenges of ship recycling and what the industry can do to support safe and environmentally sound recycling practices. Koichi Kato, Deputy Director-General for Engineering Affairs, Maritime Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), opened the seminar with a keynote address.
ClassNK Shuffles Leadership Team
Current Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara has been appointed as Chairman and President as well as a Representative Director of classification society ClassNK, effective March 7, 2016. Current Executive Vice Presidents Yasushi Nakamura and Tetsuya Kinoshita will continue in their present roles on the team, joined by Junichiro Iida as Managing Director. Noboru Ueda has stepped down as Representative Director, Chairman and President. Current Executive Vice President Tetsushi Agata has been appointed as an Executive Auditor as part of the Society’s aim to strengthen its auditing system.
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.
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…
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.
NYK-TDG Maritime Academy Graduates Its Class of 2015
NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which is located in the suburbs of Manila and jointly run by NYK and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG),* proudly graduated the 107 students comprising the academy’s Class of 2015 on September 21. NYK president Tadaaki Naito and TDG chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado, in addition to invited guests that included Hans Leo J. Cacdac, administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, participated in the graduation ceremony for the students, all of whom had enrolled in 2011.
NYK’s SIMS Wins Special Award
The Ship Information Management System (SIMS) jointly developed by NYK and the Monohakobi Technology Institute has been recognized with a special award from the Japan Institute of Navigation. An awards ceremony was held on July 27, 2015, and attended by Koichi Akamine, NYK senior managing corporate officer; Makoto Igarashi, president of MTI; and Hideyuki Ando, a senior general manager at MTI. The Japan Institute of Navigation is a public incorporated association for the purpose of contributing to the academic advance of navigation.
Japan Places Focus on Maritime Education
Present and future maritime education and training needs were the focus of an international symposium held during the 2015 World Maritime Day Parallel Event hosted in Japan’s port city of Yokohama and its capital Tokyo, July 20-21. The event was held in conjunction with Japan’s Marine Day, a national holiday. The opening session, held in Tokyo, was attended by Shinzō Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, and addressed by Akihiro Ohta, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan.
IACS's New Rules to Enhance Safety of Large Boxships
The International Association of Classifications Societies (IACS) has adopted new Unified Requirements that will further improve the safety of Large Container Ships by enhancing consistency between pre-existing Class Society provisions in this area. Amalgamated within a single new Unified Requirement (UR S11A) are three new safety measures that provide a robust, timely and complete response to the findings of the investigation by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) issued in March 2015 and subsequent papers to the IMO.
Imabari to Construct Newbuilding Dry Dock
In order to accommodate construction of Ultra-Large newbuilding vessels including recently secured 20,000TEU Mega container ships (about 400m in length and about 59m breadth), Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has decided to construct a large newbuilding dry dock of about 600m length x 80m breadth on the reclaimed land (about 100,000㎡) which is located next to our Marugame Headquarters (Marugame City). The reclaimed land was sold off by the Marugame City Land Development Public Corporations.
Ship Recycling Experts Gather in Tokyo
Top ship recycling experts from around the globe gathered in Tokyo on December 10 at the ClassNK Ship Recycling Seminar to discuss the latest updates to the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU Regulation), the classification society announced. Members from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the EU Directorate-General, and the International Chamber of Shipping together with approximately 220 other maritime professionals and policy makers attended the event hosted by leading ship classification society ClassNK.