zoom Japanese shipping and logistics company NYK recently took delivery of the country’s first LNG-fueled tugboat named Sakigake, roughly translated as the pathfinder or the one that is the first to charge.Sakigake has been chartered to Wing Maritime Service Corporation from NYK, and will be operated mainly at the ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki. This vessel is the second environment-friendly tugboat operated by Wing Maritime Service Corporation, following the delivery of Tsubasa in March 2013.The new tug is equipped with dual-fuel engines that can use either of LNG and diesel oil, depending on conditions. Compared with conventional tugboats that use marine diesel oil, Sakigake emits about 30 percent less carbon dioxide, 80 percent less nitrogen oxide, and no sulfur oxide when using LNG as fuel, according to NYK.LNG for this vessel will be supplied from a tanker truck at a pier in Yokohama. Back in July 2015, a trial fueling of the vessel from a tanker truck was successfully carried out for the first time in Japan.This project received subsidies from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
“We hope that Tamils can return to that stability enjoyed before the colonization by the Europeans in the island of Sri Lanka,” Tamils for Trump said. (Colombo Gazette) US President Donald Trump has been urged to intervene and ensure justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka.The ‘Tamils for Trump’ organisation, in a letter to President Trump, wished him for the new year and urged him to work for international justice for the Tamil victims either through the ICC or International Tribunal for the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan officials during the ethnic war that killed over 145,000 Tamils. The Tamils for Trump said there is a need to help the Tamil victims in the North and East to determine their own destiny and reestablish Tamils’ independence. “No Singhalese has ever been held accountable for any outrage against Tamils since the independence from the British. Justice and Truth are overdue, and we expect that 2018 is the year in which Tamils should get them. US acted rightfully and courageously in helping the victims in South Sudan to determine their own destiny. The same thing must be done for Tamil victims in the northeast of Sri Lanka, and we hope you will get it done,” the letter stated.