Isle of Man: Manx Ship First Into Devastated Japanese Port
Last Updated: 27 October 2011

On 10th September 2011 the MV Emily Manx, an Isle of Man registered ship, sailed into Ishinomaki port, Japan and its arrival was heralded by the port and made news in two Japanese newspapers. The vessel, carrying coal, was the first to call into Ishinomaki following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku district of the Country on 11 March 2011. The Port of Ishinomaki lies on the north eastern shores of Honshu, Japan's largest island, on the Kitakami River estuary.

The MV Emily Manx, owned by local shipowner Lars Ugland, sailed from Indonesia on 30th August and its first port of call was Sendai where it discharged about 20,000mt of cargo for the factory of the Nippon Paper Group, Inc. She then sailed to Ishinomaki and discharged about 24,000mt of coal intended as fuel for the boilers to generate power for the main paper machine to re-produce paper for books.

Ten executive officers from Nippon Paper Group, including their Factory Director Mr Kurata, welcomed the MV Emily Manx when she berthed at Ishinomaki. Mr Kurata said "We are gradually progressing and we will continue to work towards recovery from the earthquake." He thanked the Master of the MV Emily Manx and presented him with Japanese Sake made in Ishinomaki to commemorate the occasion. The arrival was also covered by two Japanese newspapers: the Kahoku Shinbun; and the Ishinomaki Hibi Shinbun.

Lars Ugland, CEO of LTU (Isle of Man) Ltd, said:

"We are delighted that our ship, the Emily Manx, has been able to carry coal to this port which was devastated by the events in March to help towards its recovery. We are proud to have been involved and to have the opportunity to fly the Manx ensign in Japan."

Dick Welsh, Director, Isle of Man Ship Registry, said:

"This is a good news story for the Isle of Man. It shows the strength and depth of our registered merchant fleet and what they can achieve around the world."

Japanese Newspaper articles attached.

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About the Isle of Man Ship Registry

The Isle of Man Ship Registry is not just a register for ships and yachts, it is a flag of excellence where client focus is paramount, providing a high quality service with significant cost savings over its competitors. The expertise that exists in the Isle of Man, both in the registry team and the private sector, mean that pragmatic and bespoke solutions can be provided for all requirements prior to registry and this relationship continues whilst the vessel is in service to ensure the needs of the client can be fully met at all times

Its Vision is the operation of an international Ship Register which is attractive to blue chip Companies, yacht managers and owners and which supports economic benefit on the Isle of Man, by offering:

  • A professional Ship Registry providing a high quality of service available 24/7 with fast response to queries.
  • Reasonable costs with no annual tonnage dues.
  • The right to fly the "Red Ensign" and access the support of British consular services worldwide and British Royal Navy protection.
  • Flexibility in the requirements for registered owners.
  • The availability of Demise registry both "IN" and "OUT."
  • Strong emphasis on Port State Control performance.
  • Full political support for shipping.
  • ISO 9001/2008 Accreditation.
  • Not designated as a Flag of Convenience.
  • Regular advice bulletins on key issues to help owners respond to them.

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