WITH the effects of earthquake damage to the port of Kobe becoming apparent, Shunichi Yano, managing director of NYK Singapore, will address the long-term and medium-term implications at Terminal Operations Conference and Exhibition (TOC). TOC Asia 95 will be held in Singapore from April 24 to 26. Japan's leading carrier only last year opened a new container terminal on Kobe's adjacent Rokko Island. As such, NYK is well-placed to analyse the impact of the earthquake on Japanese trade and the measures taken to ensure a rapid return to normal business. Not only has the port, which handles about 30 per cent of Japan's containerised trade, suffered catastrophically, but also the basic infrastructure fabric has been damaged so comprehensively that it is possible that mainline container traffic will be diverted. If this traffic leaves and goes, for example, to Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea or Hong Kong, a major economic fear of Japanese industry is that it will never return in full. Mr Yano's presentation will examine the trade implications caused by the disaster against a background of the development of intra-Asian container traffic in general. With this recent earthquake in mind, one technical session on how to cope with crane accidents, to be hosted by Mike Jordan, chief executive officer of Structural Engineering Liftech Consultants, will be expanded to cover the Kobe disaster. Liftech has been appointed by American President Lines to assess the damage to its facilities at Kobe. TOC Asia 95, which is to be opened by David Chin, deputy chief executive officer of the Singapore Trade Development Corp, will cover shipping and port policy, port management, financing, privatisation plus technical infrastructure trends.