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That peskiest of cabotage regimes, the almost 100-year-old ‘Jones Act’, US Federal legislation which reserves commerce along US coasts, and between the mainland, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Alaska for US built, owned and crewed vessels, has again come into the spotlight.

Japanese firms Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Marubeni Corporation are moving quickly forward with the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) transshipment terminals in the Far East with the signing of a business cooperation agreement with recently formed business advisory group Japanese Project Promotion Vehicle in the Far East (JPPV).

Stolt-Nielsen Gas has signed an agreement with SunLNG and LNGaz to form a start-up, Stolt LNGaz, to facilitate LNG operations in Canada.

Singapore is planning a second LNG terminal even as its first one officially opens.