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. The 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).MPA said that the study will focus on the technical details such as fuel tank capacities and refueling requirements to assess the feasibility of running LNG-fuelled car carriers between Japan and Singapore.The joint feasibility study was announced at the inaugural Singapore and Japan Port Seminar 2017 held in Singapore today.The study will be one of the activities jointly undertaken by MPA and MLIT under the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed in April 2017 that aims to bolster cooperation between the duo in areas such as port planning, port management and technological development in the port sector.“Shipping can be less pollutive and the International Maritime Organization has introduced a 0.5% global sulfur cap by 2020. This is an opportunity for Singapore and Japan to co-lead in a global search for solutions to make shipping greener. In particular, the joint study on the feasibility of LNG bunkering for car carriers between Japan and Singapore offers great promise. It extends bilateral cooperation to shipping and raises bilateral cooperation to a new level,” Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Transport of Singapore, said. “I believe that Singapore, the world’s top bunkering port, and Japan, the world’s top LNG importer, have the responsibility to contribute to the development of global shipping through jointly promoting the use of LNG as marine fuel,” Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan, added.Today, both countries are ready to provide LNG bunkering operations using trucks and are now looking into the next phase of LNG bunkering for ocean-going vessels.In October 2016, MPA and MLIT signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding, concluded in Singapore, to widen the network of LNG bunker-ready ports in Europe, the US, and Asia.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0By Kathryn Millhorn“Sunlight held together by water” – Galileo –Galileo spoke of wine in his poetic quote, but could as easily have been referring to our beautiful Northwest summers. Nothing aids enjoyment of those summers like spending an evening with Bayview’s Fridays Uncorked, sipping carefully chosen wines and snacking on thoughtfully paired hors d’oeuvers.This summer’s Uncorked events feature wines which enhance the sun and being outdoors with friends and family. If our tricky Olympia weather permits, classes will be held outside on Bayview’s amazing patio, with its water views and cool Sound breezes. Representatives from the store are on hand to answer questions or offer suggestions as needed. Featured wines and their food pairings are also available during and after the event. Rob Backman, manager of the wine department, works closely with the staff at the Bayview School of Cooking and its director Leanne Willard to make each themed evening a well rounded experience.Uncorked events are held year-round and matched to season, weather, or theme. Leanne Willard says that Friday, July 19th will feature “Vino Picnic Partners”: wines which pair well with more casual foods; picnic staples that can handle the great outdoors. August 16th introduces tasters to “Crisp Summer Whites” to help beat the late summer heat. September’s theme has yet to be decided but October is traditionally dedicated to Bayview’s take on Oktoberfest and will showcase beer instead of wine.Events are held from 5-7:30pm, and cost $12 for 5 wine samples and assorted food pairings. Pourings are ongoing so come any time to enjoy the inspired selections. Advance registration is not required, and questions can be directed to the Bayview School of Cooking at (360) 754-1448. A constantly updated calendar and event blog is also available online at www.bayviewschoolofcooking.com.Benjamin Franklin said that “wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” In these uncertain times, peaceful evenings on the water surrounded by friends, food, and long-standing local businesses ensure his truth stays relevant even today.