No restrictions on travel to Japan – IMO

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Mar 222011

International flight and maritime operations can continue normally into and out of Japan’s major airports and sea ports, excluding those damaged by the tsunami, according to the latest information available from the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Meteorological Organization, the International Maritime Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization.
While there is currently no medical basis for imposing restrictions, the United Nations organizations are monitoring the situation closely and will advise of any changes.
Screening for radiation of international passengers from Japan is not considered necessary at this time, Says the IMO in a press briefing. Currently available information indicates that increased levels have been detected at some airports, but these do not represent any health risk.
Further information is available on the website of the World Health Organization.


Tsunami Takes Ships, Hits Shipping

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Mar 142011

Asia Symphony" was pushed onto the road along the shore of Kamaishi

Russia’s Maritime Bulletin reports: “Russian reefer Khrizolitoviy was berthed in Ofunato port, Japan, on March 11 2011, when tsunami struck. Vessel broke off moorings and was dragged by tsunami on shore, then when tsunami retreated vessel was dragged back to the water. Main engine was damaged, and finally, by strong tides vessel was dragged aground. 13 of 15 crew were taken on board of Japansese fishing vessel, there is no way now to reach the shore. 2 were on shore when tsunami striked, they’re now in rehabilitation center. One of the crew got a broken leg or hand, others are safe.

Asia Symphony” was pushed onto the road along the shore of Kamaishi.

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Song Cheng Grounding: The Back Fell Off After 13 Years

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Nov 262010

Song Cheng: After 13 Years the rudder fell off

Song Cheng, a 1987-built containership registered in China grounded in the Kanmon Strait last year because its rudder fell off, says Japan’s Mainichi Daily News. It reports on the Japan Transport Safety Board investigation into the incident on 28 July 2009.

According to the Mainichi report: “…investigators found that a part designed to prevent the nut holding the rudder in place from coming loose appeared to have never been installed. Additionally, a plate meant to keep seawater out from where the rudder and the body of the ship met was also apparently never installed. This may have allowed seawater to enter and weaken the structure around the nut, the report said”.

Says Mainichi: “The safety board noted it had “never before heard of” a merchant ship having an accident at sea caused by a rudder falling off”.

After 13 years the rudder of the Panasia Shipping-owned vessel fell off, the vessel lost steering and after narrowly colliding with another vessel ran aground.