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Intertek Opens Malaysian Exploration and Production Center

Dr. Tom Whitfield, manager of E&P for South East Asia at Intertek with Raymond Pirie, vice president of Interteks global upstream business at the official opening event of the new regional center

Intertek invested £900,000 (4,143,720 Malaysian Ringgit) in a new Malaysian regional center which will bring enhanced services to the exploration and production (E&P) sector in the region.   Based in Kuala Lumpur, the facility boasts two laboratories and will allow Intertek to significantly expand its locally delivered services for its existing E&P business in the region. It will be also be a focal point for the provision of local expertise through consultancy, technical support and testing services for the South East Asia region. The office has capacity for 30 people and recruitment plans are underway to increase the workforce by a third.   The three-floor, 10,000-sq.-foot facility which has been operational since November 2012 and was officially opened yesterday is furnished with the latest technology and equipment. It will include two laboratories, one specifically for oil and gas analysis and the other to provide production chemistry, microbiology and corrosion testing services to South East Asia; a new offering from Intertek in the region. The office will also host training courses in its purpose built meeting and conference room. The company said it has been growing its business in the region over the past two years through a number of significant contract wins, particularly in production chemistry, corrosion and chemical testing


Miclyn Express Offshore Takes Delivery of MSV

Photo credit MEO

Miclyn Express Offshore takes delivery of 2011 built 70m Maintenance Support Vessel, renamed “MEO Galaxy”. Headquartered in Singapore Miclyn Express Offshore group of companies is a leading provider of service vessels to the expanding offshore oil and gas industry, across South East Asia, Australia and the Middle East. MEO Galaxy is an ideal vessel to provide support for platform maintenance, as well as HUC operations


Swee Joo to Take Delivery of Tanker

Swee Joo Bhd, a Kuching-based shipping company, will receive the first of its two 7,000-ton product tankers next week. The $12m Asia Star, built in China, will be deployed on the company's South-East Asia routes covering Vietnam, southern China and east Malaysia. The second tanker, Asia Bright, will be delivered in the first half next year. The company has 14 container ships, three general cargo vessels, seven barges and seven tugboats


GMMOS Acquires Funds for OSV Sector

Abraaj Capital and Waha Capital backed Gulf Marine Maintenance and Offshore Service Company (GMMOS), an United Arab Emirates based provider of marine services to the offshore oil & gas industry, has secured a $100m term loan facility from Standard Chartered Bank, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank to refinance existing debt and fund acquisitions in the offshore supply vessel (OSV) sector, with a focus on the GCC and South East Asia markets.


MacArtney Singapore Open for Business

The MacArtney Singapore Team - From left to right Workshop Technician Akmal Syafiq Bin Marzuki, Item Sales Manager Tan Chew Leng, Office Manager Nafisa King and Channel Sales Manager Steen Frejo. Photo: MacArtney

Following a presence through official sales representative Kongsberg Geoacoustics, MacArtney Singapore Pte. Ltd. is now open for business. Local access to global support Located in the major offshore hub of South East Asia, MacArtney Singapore provides an increased regional sales base, offering local access to stock and capacity, resulting in efficient service and prompt delivery to underwater technology customers in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Brunei


Hapag-Lloyd Launches New Service

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Enhanced service network between Japan and South East Asia / Port rotation includes four Japanese ports / First sailing mid of March. Hapag-Lloyd is launching the new Japan-Singapore-Jakarta service (JSJ) which will commence on March 12 from Singapore. The new service will further enhance Hapag-Lloyd’s service network between Japan and South East Asia, and offer fast and reliable transit between Japan, Singapore and Jakarta.


CapRock Expands Into Australia

CapRock Communications expanded its international presence into Perth, Australia. The expansion extends CapRock’s turnkey managed services to energy, maritime and mining customers operating in the region. The Australian facility includes a regional support center to provide local service and support. The company appointed Ian Ford as general manager of South East Asia.


Zim Receives New Container Ship

According to Reuters, Israeli shipping firm Zim, a unit of holding company Israel Corp., has received the first of 12 vessels it had ordered to meet an anticipated surge in demand as the global economy recovers. Zim said the new ship, Zim Los Angeles, had a capacity of 8,400 containers, and that a second ship with a capacity of 10,000 containers, Zim Djibouti, would be delivered in two weeks. Zim said the two vessels, built by Hyundai Heavy Industries


WSS Continues Growth in Asia Pac

Niall Denholm

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has reported year-on-year growth in South East Asia, despite what WSS Area Director Niall Denholm describes as a ‘stressed market’ for the shipping industry. “Our products and services portfolio is expanding, and we see that our business within the region has continued to grow, largely due to the investment we have made across Asia Pac in terms of capability, network offices and staffing”, he said.


CMA CGM Peak Season Surcharge

CMA CGM announced a peak season surcharge from all Asian ports (including Japan, South East Asia and Bangladesh) to West Mediterranean, Adriatic, East Mediterranean, Black Sea and North Africa. The surcharge, which will take effect January 6, 2014, is $300 (USD) per TEU (Dry cargo, OOG’S, Paying empties, Break-bulk and Reefer cargo).   cma-cgm.com


Thailand, China Teams Up on Kra Canal

The Kra Canal vs. the Strait of Malacca. Map by the Schiller Institute, Washington

 Thailand and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Guangzhou to jointly cut a shipping passage across Kra Isthmus in southern Thailand, the narrowest part of the Malay Peninsula.   The canal, located at Kra Isthmus


China Denies Kra Canal Deal

The Kra-Canal Project. Map: International Institute of Marine Surveying

 China has denied it is involved in work on the Kra canal, defusing hype over a project that purportedly lets ships bypass the Strait of Malacca and Singapore's port, reports Strait Times.   There are no plans by the Chinese government to participate


Indonesia Rolls Out First Green Container Terminal

Image by PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III

 It was an historic moment for Indonesia when President of Indonesia inaugurated the Lamong Bay Terminal in Surabaya, East Java, operated by state-owned PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III).   The Lamong Bay is the first green-concept container terminal in the country


Dubai Establishes Maritime Arbitration Centre

Photo: Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA)

 The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is in the final stages of completing the rules for the first maritime arbitration centre in the Middles East: the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) says Al Tamimi & Company, Advocates and Legal Consultants.  


Asia VLCC Rates: Ample Tonnage, Few Cargoes

Owners resist charterers moves to force rates under W50; West Africa cargo volumes remain steady. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes will face further pressure next week even as owners resist attempts to push rates lower, brokers said.


South East Asia Shipping Piracy Hotspot

Image:  Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)

 Piracy attacks in South East Asian waters are up year-on-year, as are incidents in the Indian subcontinent, with Bangladesh a new hotspot, reveals Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015.  


Bibby Offshore Secures Contract with MGTC

Photo courtesy of Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore announced today that its Asian Division, Bibby Offshore Singapore (‘BOS’), has secured a contract with the Moattama Gas Transportation Company (“MGTC”). MGTC, a joint venture between Total (operator), Unocal, PTT-EP and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise


DNV GL Launches Singapore Service Center

Singapore Service Center

DNV GL's new Singapore Service Center (SSC) will streamline customer support and enhance customers’ experiences by giving them a single point of contact for all operational issues.  Singapore is a growing maritime hub, which has hundreds of shipmanagers with approximately 1


IMO Conference to Address Ferry Safety

Photo: AMSA

Conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages, Manila, the Philippines, April 24, 2015   The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will hold an international conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on


WSS Opens Distribution Hub in Korea

Kim Jensen (Photo: WSS)

New distribution center offers improved product lead times for customers in Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan   Overlooking Busan New Port in South Korea, Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s (WSS) newly opened 3,000+ square meter warehouse sits on a 6


BMT Reports Strong Performance for 2014

Image: BMT

BMT Group Ltd. announced a strong performance for the year to September 30, 2014, a period which saw BMT secure revenues of £165.1 million with underlying operating profits of £10 million, a proportion of which has been distributed to the staff through the company’s profit share


Liebherr Sells Knuckle Boom Cranes to China

Photo: Liebherr

Liebherr offshore crane division has recently signed a contract with long-time partner DALIAN SHIPYARD (DSIC Offshore) for two state-of-the-art ram luffing knuckle boom cranes of the type RL-K 4200-100 LIT to be delivered for the new high-level semi-submersible BT 4000.  


North Korea Test-Fires Missile from Submarine

Image: Rodong Sinmun

 North Korea has successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in what would be the latest display of the country’s advancing military capability.   The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally


Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia Joint Maritime Patrol in South China Sea

 Sunset @ Singapore Naval Base. Photo by Government of Singapore

 Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia are in discussions to extend joint patrols to deal with a resurgence of piracy in the South China Sea piracy hotspots, said Singapore's Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han.   Singapore's Today reports that the extension of these patrols - which


South-East Asian Migrant Crisis

Southeast Asia migrants stranded at sea. Photo by United Nations News Centre

 Thousands of migrants from Bangladeshi and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar Myanmar are still stranded at sea in south-east Asia in desperate need of food and water.   Like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, the Philippines will push back to sea undocumented Asian “boat






 
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