Rumours May Stifle Japan Recovery Says JSA

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Mar 252011

Japan’s Shipowners Association, JSA, fears that false information and rumours circulating on the internet, including maritime-related discussion groups, will slow Japan’s recovery from the recent series of devastating tragedies that hit the country.

In a letter to the International Chamber of Shipping/International Shipping Federation the JSA says: “…we are afraid that, if we leave prevailing of such rumours, it will disturb the early recovery of normal lives for the survivors, who are desperately in need for the hearty aiding materials from all over the world. Such situation should never be allowed from humane view points. The rumours will also eventually bring irrecoverable serious adverse economical results, which may include jeopardizing of seafarers’ stable employment”. Continue reading »


Japan Advisories

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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. Continue reading »


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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