Japan tells ships to be more vigilant in Hormuz Strait

TOKYO, Aug 20 (BestGrowthStock) – The Japanese transport ministry has
issued an advisory to Japanese ships transiting the Strait of
Hormuz to be more alert, a source familiar with the issue said on
Friday.

The ministry issued an advisory to the shipping industry to
be “sufficiently alert” when passing through the Strait,
especially calling for vigilance at night regarding movements of
small ships, the source told Reuters.

The strategic waterway is the gateway to the oil-producing
Gulf and handles 40 percent of the world’s seaborne oil.

The ministry has called on the industry to strengthen its own
security measures, the source said.

The move follows a similar advisory issued by the United
States earlier this month after a Japanese tanker operated by
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines was damaged near the waterway by an apparent
explosion in late July.

The source said the cause of the damage was not yet known.
(Reporting by Chikako Mogi; Editing by Michael Watson)

Japan tells ships to be more vigilant in Hormuz Strait