Orca "Earth" welcomed to the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
On December 8, a 7 year-old male orca, Earth, came to the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium from Kamogawa Seaworld in Chiba Prefecture.
In return, a 9 year-old female orca, Ran, was sent back to Kamogawa Seaworld for artificial breeding, which will be the first in Japan.
Earth’s mother is Rabbi, and Rabbi’s mother is Stella, who is kept at the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Earth is the only male orca in Japan.
First Call of One of the World's Largest Pure Car Truck Carriers
On November 26th, the pure car and truck carrier HOEGH TRIGGER called at Kinjo Pier. The total length of the vessel is about 200 m, which is not unusual at the Port of Nagoya. The striking aspect is the ship’s width of 36.5 m. Ships of this size cannot go through the Panama Canal, and are called “Post-Panamax vessels.” The carrying capacity of the HOEGH TRIGGER is 8,500 car equivalent units. At 8:30 p.m. on the same day, the HOEGH TRIGGER left the Port of Nagoya bound for the Port of Yokohama.
Opening ceremony of "Solar Park Shinmaiko"
The opening ceremony for Solar Park Shinmaiko was held on October 15th in South-5 Section II on the southern edge of the Port of Nagoya.
Following an address by the president and CEO of C-TECH Corporation, the owner of the solar park, guests including the chairman of Nagoya Port Assembly, the mayor of Chita City and the chairman of the Chita City Assembly offered remarks and participated in a tape cutting.
"-Solar Park Shinmaiko-" is one of the efforts at the port to contribute to the prevention of the global warming.
The total site area is approximately 220,000 square meters, over which 48,328 solar cell modules are set up. The power output is 9,020 kW and it is estimated that the annual power generation will reach about 15 million kWh.
This is one of the largest solar power projects that C-TECH Corporation has carried out alone.
First call of the container ship EDITH MAERSK at the Port of Nagoya
On the night of September 24, the container carrier EDITH MAERSK called at Tobishima Pier South Container Terminal.
The total length of this ship is about 398 m, almost the same length as the Tokaido Shinkansen train, which has 16 cars. It is the longest container ship that calls at the Port of Nagoya. It’s maximum load is 15,000 TEU.
On the 25th, the EDITH MAERSK left the Port of Nagoya for the Port of Yokohama.
First call of the passenger cruise ship Diamond Princess at the Port of Nagoya
On August 18, the cruise ship Diamond Princess called at the Port of Nagoya. The Diamond Princess had approximately 2,600 passengers on board, many of whom went sightseeing to various places around the city, including Atsuta Shrine, Nagoya Castle and the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. The Diamond Princess left for the Port of Yokohama to a performance of the Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai.
Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai is comprised of 6 bushos (army generals) and 4 jingasa soldiers.
The 6 bushos are; Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Ieyasu Tokugawa, Toshiie Maeda, Kiyomasa Kato, and Keiji Maeda.
They talk and act as the “real” historical figures, and are featured in various TV shows. They also entertain visitors at the Nagoya Castle.
Groundbreaking ceremony of Legoland held
On April 15th, a groundbreaking ceremony for Legoland was held at the planned construction site at Kinjo Pier.
Mr. Nick Varney, CEO of Merlin Entertainments Plc, Mr. Takashi Kawamura, mayor of Nagoya City, members of the Nagoya City Assembly and journalists attended the ceremony. Mr. Varney presented a gold dolphin monument, the symbol of City of Nagoya, made using Lego blocks to Mr. Kawamura.
The first Legoland opened in 1968 in Denmark. Today there are also Legolands in the United States, Germany and Malaysia, and a Legoland in Dubai is due to open in 2016. Legoland Nagoya is scheduled to open in 2017.
First calls of the passenger cruise ships Seven Seas Voyager and Nautica at the Port of Nagoya
In March, the American cruise ships Seven Seas Voyager and Nautica called at the Port of Nagoya.
They were welcomed by a large crowd and Japanese drum performances.
On board the ships, welcome ceremonies were held and gifts and flowers were presented to the captains. The ships left the Port of Nagoya with performances of Aichi Sengoku Hime Tai (Aichi Samurai Princess).
The Nagoya Maritime Museume reopens
On March 21st, the Nagoya Maritime Museum reopened after about two months of renovation. Fifty selected citizens and many guests, including Mr. Marushiro Sawada, the chairman of the Nagoya Port Assembly, attended the commemoration ceremony.
The theme of the renewal is “The Port of Nagoya: The Best International Trading Port.” The exhibitions clearly show the roles played by the Port of Nagoya, which boasts various records such as for total cargo throughput, and its involvement in the lives of people.
Please visit the renewed Nagoya Maritime Museum, which is now more attractive and enjoyable than ever.
Counterterrorism drills conducted at the Port of Nagoya
On February 12th, counterterrorism and waterfront crisis management drills were conducted jointly at the Port of Nagoya (in the water area at Garden Pier). The joint drills were conducted under an imagined situation in which international terrorists arrived at the port by boat, smuggling explosive materials. Ten organizations, including the Nagoya Port Authority, joined in the drills and over 130 people, 16 vehicles, and an aircraft were involved. The drills were conducted with a variety of mock situations to strengthen the collaboration and response capacity among the related organizations.
The drills started with the detection by the Nagoya Port Authority and Nagoya Emergency Task Forces of a suspicious boat that was moving abnormally close to a foreign vessel. After alerting to the related organizations, vessels and a helicopter from each organization approached the suspicious boat. The terrorists who were acting as crew members of a foreign vessel were apprehended and the explosive materials were defused.
In addition to the counterterrorism drills, a patient transportation drill was also conducted in which a person suspected of having Ebola virus hemorrhagic fever was transported from a vessel.
The MAERSK EDMONTON arrives at the Port of Nagoya
On January 15, the MAERSK EDMONTON 13,000 TEU container vessel arrived at the Port of Nagoya. An onboard welcome ceremony was held with Mr. Takayuki Kondo, Executive Vice President of the Nagoya Port Authority.
The MAERSK EDMONTON is operated as an Asia-Europe 1 (AE1) service by the “2M” container shipping alliance between MAERSK and MSC. The major ports of call are Felixstowe (UK), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Bremerhaven (Germany), Gothenburg (Sweden), and Le Havre (France).
The vessels size operated in this AE1 service are growing larger and these large container vessels will be entering the Port of Nagoya every weeks.
- MAERSK EDMONTON Flag: Marshall Islands, Gross Tonnage: 141,716 tons, Length: 366.47 m