"Invitation to a Seminar on Waterway Transport and Preferable Ships in Countries"

The Ocean Policy Research Foundation(OPRF) of Japan , which is a non-governmental organization which acts and works for the benefit of the public, announces "a Seminar on Waterway Transport and Preferable Ships in Countries" aimed to disseminate benefits of "Simple Ship Concept" particularly in great Rivers or Atolls.
Modern ships are required to achieve better efficiency and high-value added performance in order to realize cost reduction and to create new demands. In result, ships have improved their performance a great deal, whereas becoming increasingly sophisticated and complicated in terms of structures and equipment.  Generally speaking, however, people in most of developing countries are seeking for a simpler ship, easy to operate, maintain, and demolish, even if its simplicity may sacrifice the ship's performance and economic efficiency in some situations.
With these in the background, OPRF has come up with an idea of safer, durable, easy-in-maintenance, easy-to-operate, environment-friendly ship namely "Simple Ship," as a new concept of ship that will serve best in particular areas where it is quite difficult to find well-equipped ship repairing facilities, or to secure a constant supply of parts and equipment, due to financial reason, among others.
This seminar, as in a manner stated below, aims at making it widely known that "Simple Ship" can be a best option in various areas around the world, through an introductory lecture on "Simple Ship" concept, as well as guest speakers' presentations on waterway situations in Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and Pacific archipelagoes, where "Simple Ship" is expected to be introduced actually
Time and Date 13:30-17:00/ Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
Place The Nippon Foundation Bldg., 2th floor,
1-2-2, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Program 13:30-13:40 Opening Remarks
13:40-14:00 Outline of "Simple Ship"(by OPRF)
14:00-14:20 Waterway Situation in Palau
14:20-14:40 Waterway Situation in Zambia
14:40-15:00 Waterway Situation in LAOS
Coffee Break
15:30-17:00 Question and Answer, Discussions
17:15- Reception
Guest Speakers Captain Raymond Arvin, Chief, Division of Transportation and Communication,
Ministry for Commerce and Trade, REPUBLIC OF PALAU
Mr. David Kema, Director, Department of Maritime and Inland Waterways,
Ministry of Communications and Transport, REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
Mr. Vanthong Somphavath, Director, Inland Waterway Transport Division,
Department of Transport, Ministry of Communication, Transport, Post and Construction (CTPC), LAO P.D.R.
Language Japanese/English
We would appreciate it if you could confirm your acceptance by faxing the attached reply form to us no later than October 26, 2007.

Inquiries, if any, should be made to our point of contact:
Mr. Hiroyuki NISHIDA
General Manager, Maritime Technology Department
Ocean Policy Research Foundation
1-15-16, Toranomon, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan
Tel:03-3502-1949 Fax:03-3502-2033

Sincerely Yours,

Masahiro Akiyama
Ocean Policy Research Foundation


Reference: Guide Map

Name The Nippon Foundation Building
Address 1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo 107-8404, Japan
The building is five to six minutes from any of three major subway stations in downtown Tokyo.
Toranomon Station (Ginza Line) Leave the station from Exit 3, and walk straight up the street. The Nippon Zaidan building is a 8-story building on the other side of the first pedestrian bridge you come to.
Tameikesannou Station (Ginza Line, Namboku Line) Leave the station from Exit 9, and walk straight down Sotobori Dori (Ave.) toward Toranomon. On the right, you will see a Mobile Gas Station. The Nippon Zaidan Building is the 8-story building just beyond the gas station.
Kokkai Gijido Station (Marunouchi Line, Chiyoda Line) Leave the station from Exit 3. Go around the corner to the left, keeping the Diet Press Center on your left. Cross Roppongi Dori (Ave.) and continue until you run into Sotobori Dori (Ave.). The Nippon Zaidan Building is the 8-story building across the street.

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