Mar 202011

Given the current situation regarding nuclear reactors in Japan it is not surprising that numerous ‘scare’ emails and cellphone texts are in circulation. Many quote anonymous or give false attribution anf give information whch is wrong and, in some cases hazardous. Do not forward such emails or texts.

Inchcape Shipping Services has up-tp-date information on Japanese ports here.

MARAD in the US has issued the following advisory:

Vessels transiting to or from Japan or in waters in the vicinity of the northeast coast of the island of Honshu.

1. This MARAD advisory provides guidance to vessels transiting to or from ports in japan or in waters in the vicinity of the northeast coast of the island of Honshu.

2. US.-flag operators with ships in the affected areas are requested to forward this advisory to their ships by the most expeditious means.

3. A 8.9/9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the pacific ocean near northeastern japan at around 1446 on march 11 (jst) causing damage with blackouts, fire and a tsunami. nuclear power plants near fukushima were damaged and radiation release was detected and is being monitored by japan.

4. In response to the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Department of Energy and other technical experts in the US government have reviewed scientific and technical information collected from assets in Japan, as well as what the government of Japan has disseminated. consistent with the results of that review, NRC guidelines and guidance issued by the US ambassador to Japan, the US Coast Guard recommends, as a precaution, that vessels avoid transiting within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Fukushima nuclear power plant at position 37 degrees 19 minutes north, 141 degrees 01 minutes east. Mariners are advised that this recommendation should be considered a minimum distance from the Fukushima nuclear power plant should be avoided. prudent trackline planning should incorporate current wind and weather conditions.

5. Mariners are advised to monitor and comply with Navtex and Navarea XI warnings. Mariners should keep abreast of information being provided by the government of japan relating to any further potential impacts. the Maritime Administration and the US Coast Guard will provide updated notices as additional guidance becomes available.

Meanwhile the North of England P&I Club says:

“The situation in Japan is in a state of flux at the moment.  Members are advised to avoid the exclusion zone (click here for details) and comply with  instructions issued by the competent authority.  Members should monitor official news briefings and local navigational warnings for up-to-date information on the situation at specific ports.

Liaison with local agents will provide information on port activity and possible health risks.

Please utilise the following links for additional information”:

Japan Government Incident Website

Japan Meteorological Agency

Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency

World Health Organisation FAQs on Japan Nuclear Concerns

World Health Organisation Sitrep

International Atomic Energy Agency

Japan Coast Guard Navigation Warnings



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