When developing international regulations, it is important that they are most rational for the entire maritime industry from a scientific viewpoint based on proven technologies.
Japan is one of the most advanced countries in terms of marine transportation and shipbuilding, supported by its high level of safety and environmental technologies.
In the midst of rising expectations from international society for more robust rules for safety, security, and environmental protection, JSTRA compiles drafts of international regulations that are most appropriate for maritime industries and that serve as the basis for discussions at IMO.
To achieve this, JSTRA consolidates the expertise in domestic industrial and academic communities and the government while utilizing state-of-the-art technology and knowledge based on the latest studies.
JSTRA actively participates in important meetings such as the IMO committees and sub-committees that have significant impacts on Japanese maritime transportation and shipbuilding and ship machinery industries. In this way, JSTRA seeks to realize Japanese proposals and reflect the opinions of domestic industries.
Under the provisions of MARPOL Annex VI, stipulating the restriction of NOx in exhaust gas and sulfuric components in fuel oils, JSTRA performs research and studies to determine the emission control area for stringent application of the Convention in the seas adjacent to Japan. It also examines post-treatment unit (SCR) to reduce NOx in exhaust gas.
JSTRA performs research and studies concerning the rules on environmental performance (GHG level emitted for transportation of 1 ton per mile) of new ships as well as programs to improve environmental performance (including operation) of the existing ships to reduce GHG emissions from individual ships.
JSTRA performs research and studies to reflect the opinions at domestic industries in discussions at IMO for items that may have significant impacts on ship structural design such as anti-corrosion measures, formal safety assessments and noise levels onboard ships.
JSTRA performs research and studies to seek development of rational IMO regulations under Japanese initiatives with regard to requirements for intact and damaged stability, respectively.
JSTRA performs research and studies to reflect the opinions of domestic industries in the development of e-Navigation Strategy, an agenda currently being discussed to prevent maritime accidents associated with human error by having integrated use of electronic navigation aid systems.
JSTRA performs research and studies on formulating draft regulations concerning technical regulations necessary to ensure safe marine transportation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which are expected to be in higher demand as an alternative to conventional vehicles. The target is to establish international regulations under the Japanese initiatives.
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