• The Suez Canal expansion completed.

    August 10, 2015

    According to the Suez Canal Authority, Egypt celebrated the completion of the expansion work on 6th August, 2015. The expansion involved digging and dredging along 45 miles of the 120-mile canal to accommodate two-way traffic, which will reduce the transit time. See More

  • The EU regulation on monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions has been adopted on April 28, 2015.

    June 5, 2015

    The EU regulation on monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions has been adopted on April 28, 2015 and will enter into force on July 1, 2015. The regulation, which requires annual reporting of the CO2 emissions in line with a verified monitoring plan, applies to ships exceeding 5,000 GT conducting voyages into, out of and between EU ports. See More

  • NZ to implement Biofouling Regulations, 2018.

    July 7, 2014

    The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has announced that it will implement the Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS) for Biofouling on Vessels Arriving to New Zealand. This Standard will come into force on 15th May, 2018. The Standard will apply to all types of Sea-Craft that have come from or have recently visited coastal waters of another country. See More

  • New rules for SOLAS

    June 20, 2014

    SOLAS III/17-1, which was adopted at MSC91, requires PLANS AND PROCEDURES FOR RECOVERY OF PERSONS FROM THE WATER to be kept on board both new ships and existing ships from July 1, 2014 (Ships constructed before July 1, 2014 shall comply with this requirement by first periodical or renewal Safely Equipment survey of the ships to be carried out after July 1, 2014, whichever comes first).See More

  • Consultation Draft of New NYPE Form was released from BIMCO.

    June 12, 2014

    The Shipping Industry has much changed in the past 20 years since NYPE 1993 was published. The revision of the widely used NYPE 1993 Form, was undertaken jointly by BIMCO, ASBA and SMF. The objective was not only updating the NYPE 1993 Form but also making it more relevant in a global context. A Consultation Draft was approved for publication by BIMCO at the meeting in Dubai last month. The new NYPE will be finalized and published by the end of this year. Read more on the BIMCO website.


  • Electronic B/L Clause for Charter Parties published.

    May 22, 2014

    BIMCO has published a Electronic Bill of Lading Clause for Charter Parties and announced it in BIMCO Special Circular dated 20/May/2014. The full text of the Electronic Bills of Lading Clause for Charter Parties is set out below and can be downloaded free of charge from the Chartering/Clauses section of the BIMCO website.


  • Our new website launched.

    May 9, 2014

    “japanlaw.co.jp” has been a household URL as one of the oldest Japanese law office websites for quite some time. We have completely renewed our site, changing the design and unified the layout to make it easier to navigate the site. We hope our website continues to be a source of useful information for you.

  • Our office is moving.

    Aug, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that Yoshida & Partners is moving to a new location. We believe it is a right move, having a positive impact on our firm and our clients. The move is effective August 12. When you’re in the neighborhood, please do stop by. We look forward to seeing you! See More

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