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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


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.

CP Ships Finalizes Plans for Australasian Services

CP Ships has finalized plans for the most comprehensive and competitive choice of services available linking Australia and New Zealand with Europe, South East Asia, West Asia and North America. CP Ships has agreed with CMA CGM and Marfret to co-operate in a vessel sharing agreement between Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, US East Coast and North Europe via the Panama Canal starting in February 2006. The

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).

MH370 Search Discussed at EAS Seminar

Lesson Learned from MH 370

  Lessons learned from recent international search and rescue operations, including the ongoing search for MH370, were discussed during an East Asia Summit (EAS) seminar in Sydney this week.   Co-chaired by Australia and Thailand

SE Asia Accounts for More than Half of the World’s Piracy Attacks

Graph: International Maritime Bureau (IMB)

 At present more than half of the world’s piracy attacks are occurring in South East Asia, says he latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) incident report.   Piracy in the Gulf of Aden, which was the scourge of global shipping from 2011-14 has all but disappeared

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

IRClass Sg Advisory Committee

  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

Maersk Goes to Thailand

Photo: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line will add a call at the port of Laem Chabang in Thailand on its Boomerang service starting from October 2015. This unique setup offers Thai exporters and importers with the first and only direct service between Thailand and Australia.  

New Guidance on Large Scale Migrant Rescue

Photo: ICS

The global shipping industry, represented by a cross section of international shipowners' associations and seafarers' unions, has collectively updated the industry's Guidelines on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea.   This is in response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean

Vallianz Bags $ 458 Mln in Charter Renewals

Courtesy  Vallianz Holdings Limited

  Vallianz Holdings Limited a fast growing provider of offshore support vessels and integrated marine solutions to the oil and gas industry, has signed new contracts valued up to US$458 million that has lengthened the charter duration for 19 of its offshore support vessels currently deployed

Marine Bodies Unite

Image: ICC Company

 The boards of the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) are pleased to announce the moving of the activities of the MPHRP into ISWAN. A transfer agreement was signed by both parties on 3 August 2015.

Philippines, Japan for Intense Maritime Cooperation?

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines. Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office, Philippines

  Japan may give planes to the Philippines that Manila could use for patrols in the South China Sea, as part of its increasing involvement in the area. This would deepen Tokyo’s security ties with the Southeast Asian nation most at odds with China over the disputed waterway.  

Maritime Piracy Program Moves to ISWAN

The boards of the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program (MPHRP) have informed about the moving of the activities of the MPHRP into ISWAN. A transfer agreement was signed by both parties on August 3, 2015

Major Shipping Companies Comes to Israel

Carmel Terminal. Photo: Haifa Port Company Ltd.

 The direct line shared by the world’s largest shipping companies Maersk and MSC is coming to Israel for the first time – as part of their massive 2M Alliance.   Shipping giants MSC and Maersk have signed a cooperation agreement with the Haifa port

SSA Names Manpower Issues a Top Priority

Esben Poulsson (Photo: SSA)

Playing an active role and making meaningful contributions to the workings and development of the Tripartite Maritime Manpower Taskforce initiatives for both seafaring and shore-based jobs will be one of the major priorities for the new Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) Council

Work Maintenance Vessel Delivered to Otto Marine

Nautical Aliya (Photo: Otto  Marine)

Otto Marine Limited, an offshore marine company, announced that further to a long-term bareboat charter contract that was secured in June 2015, it has taken delivery of a 238-man work maintenance Vessel to fulfill that charter.   The delivery ceremony for the vessel, Nautical Aliya

DNV GL Wins Frame Agreement with CLP Hong Kong


  DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, has been awarded a framework agreement by CLP Hong Kong to deliver risk management advisory services for its Asia Pacific operations. Projects are already underway, with several more projects expected within 2015.

Shippers Cannot Relax Their Guard in SE Asia -MAST

Following a spate of six attacks in the Singapore Straight over the weekend, maritime security provider MAST is calling for shipping companies to strengthen their approach to maritime security in South East Asia.   “Shipping companies need to look at Best Management Practices (BMP) 4

IRS Opens Office in Abu Dhabi

C. Sriramamurthy, Chief Operating Officer at IRClass

  Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading Classification Society, today announced it has opened offices in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the second office location for IRClass in the Middle East, following Dubai, and reflects the society’s strong commitment to the region

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