Most of Japan's energy resource relies on imports by large tankers, LNG carriers and bulkers. Products manufactured by processing raw materials imported from overseas are transported by coastal ships to domestic consumers. It is essential to ensure the safe navigation and cargo handling of ships in our daily lives.


Ships carry a wide variety of cargo, including containers, industrial products, liquid energy such as crude oil and LNG, and raw materials such as iron ore. Also, the crew on board varies depending on the route and the ship. As a result, ships face a wide variety of challenges, which vary from customer to customer.
JMS has experts in various fields such as ship operation, law, regulation, shipbuilding and management. We can plan the best research plan for customer's challenges and propose solutions to solve them.
In coastal business, people face a variety of challenges, including improving the labor environment, ensuring operational safety through small number of people on duty, improving management, and complying with environmental regulations. In the field of energy, there are many issues such as the transportation of liquefied hydrogen, the commissioning of environmentally friendly LNG fuel carriers, LNG bunker related to this, and the handling of new energy transportation and cargo handling methods such as FSRU and Ship to Ship in foreign countries.
Our company can help customer to solve these challenges.

Various surveys on coastal ships

Coastal ships play an important role in domestic logistics. At the same time, however, we face a variety of challenges, such as improving the labor environment of crews, ensuring operational safety through small number of people on duty, improving management, and complying with environmental regulations. At our company, maritime officer who know the actual situation of maritime affairs, engineers who are well versed in shipbuilding and marine equipment, and specialists who are well versed in corporate management provide support to solve problems. When the disasters occur, a passenger ferry is being used as a disaster support ship by taking advantage of the ship's living environment, capacity, mobility.
Our company provides consistent support for the realization and operation of such a disaster support ship from planning to research and actual operation. Japan Marine Science Inc. will support the realization and utilization of these special and difficult issues.

Supporting vessel acceptance of dangerous cargo ships

Many types of energy consumed in Japan are legally defined as dangerous goods, including LNG, LPG, and liquefied hydrogen. When ships loaded with such dangerous goods is engaged in cargo handling at the Specified Port, it is necessary to obtain a permission and instructions from the Captain of the port in accordance with the Act on Port Regulations. In order to do so, it is necessary to establish operational standards and safety measures in advance, taking into account the characteristics of the port and quay where they enter. JMS experts well versed in maritime affairs evaluate the safety of maneuvering and mooring, using scientific methods such as simulations. JMS supports the preparation of various manuals and operating procedures by experts well versed in the preparation of materials and handling of dangerous goods necessary for stakeholder consultations.

Cargo handling of dangerous goods between two ships (Ship to Ship)

As the means of transporting and trading dangerous goods become more diverse, there is a growing need for LNG transport between two ships (Ship to Ship). In particular, there are port conditions in foreign ports where large ships cannot enter due to water depth, or it is difficult to construct piers. Therefore, there is a growing need for handling dangerous goods between two vessels using the Ship to Ship method, such as the use of seatage from large ships to coastal ships and the use of Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU).
At our company, we conduct port research by maritime officer skilled in the field of handling dangerous goods and ship operation from the business examination stage, evaluate the safety of Ship to Ship handling and maneuvering, and propose necessary port maintenance and facilities."

Bunkering of environmentally compliant fuels

As environmental regulations are being tightened internationally, ships are required to comply with exhaust gas regulations, and regulations for sulfur oxides (SOx) will be tightened in 2020. For this reason, switching from heavy oil to LNG, LPG, methanol, and other fuels is an option for ships. When fuel is converted to LNG, the main method of supplying fuel (bunkering) will be by Ship to Ship, but this type of LNG bunkering requires a high level of safety. Our company provides full support from the construction planning stage of LNG bunkering ship to the development of the actual operation procedure, considering safety including risk assessment (HAZID, HAZOP).


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