The second of two new 4,900t oil tankers for the Japan Maritime Self-Protection Pressure (JMSDF) has been launched. The vessel entered the water in a ceremony held on 2 February on the Hashihama amenities of Japan’s Shin Kurushima Dockyard. The vessels can be primarily used to move gas from oil refineries to JMSDF frontline bases and amenities, significantly on Japan’s distant southern islands within the East China Sea, a few of which – just like the Senkaku Islands – are managed by Japan but in addition claimed by China. The primary was launched final October, and is scheduled to enter service in April, whereas the second is ready to be handed over to the JMSDF in July.

These ships can be used to move gas to front-line bases in Okinawa and the Nansei Islands, or to gas anchored JMSDF vessels. As such, the tanker doesn’t have “fueling stations” and can’t carry out “UNREP” (underway replenishment) missions. Business vessels have been used to offer this service, nevertheless it has been reported that the JMSDF determined to amass its personal devoted functionality as corporations might probably refuse to do that throughout wartime. No additional particulars have been supplied concerning the vessels bodily traits or capabilities. The precise measurement, efficiency figures and normal traits of the YOT ships haven’t been launched publicly but.


Shin Kurushima Hashihama Dockyard, situated in Hashihama, Imabari metropolis, Ehime prefecture, has a protracted company historical past because the dockyard birthplace. We’re pleased with the stable know-how amassed by the conpany lengthy historical past and custom because the enterprise started. We deal with shipbuilding, restore and reconstruction of small-sized distinctive vessels right here. Shin Kurushima Hashihama Dockyard have obtained ISO 9001, the usual established by Worldwide Group for Standardization on high quality administration programs. Thus, we make severe efforts to fabricate high-quality merchandise on a regular basis.