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Monday, January 16, 2017

Sulu Sea Kidnappings a Threat to Shipping - IMB

File Image: Suspected pirates off Somalia are intercepted by authorities (CREDIT: IMB)

The Sulu Sea between eastern Malaysia and the Philippines has become dangerous for merchant shipping due to rising threat of kidnappings, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Tuesday. The Sulu archipelago is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaeda linked group notorious for kidnappings and, increasingly, piracy. The IMB report was released just hours after armed men attacked a fishing boat, killing eight fishermen, in what appeared to be a pirate attack off the southern Philippines.

Boxship Collision Causes Oil Spill on Singapore-Malaysia border

Nearly 300 tonnes of oil spilled into the narrow strait separating Singapore and Malaysia after a collision between two container vessels, the Singapore Marine Port Authority (MPA) said on Wednesday. There were no reports of injuries and 12 anti-pollution craft had been sent to clean up the mid-sized oil spill, the MPA said in a statement. "Traffic in the East Johor Straits and Singapore's port operations remains unaffected", it said, adding that the spill had been contained off the western side of Singapore's Pulau Ubin island. The spill was caused by damage to the fuel tank of the container vessel APL Denver after a collsion with the WAN HAI 301 off Pasir Gudang Port in Johor, Malaysia late on Tuesday.

Oil Spill after two Container Vessels Collide near Johar

At about 2350 hrs on 3rd January 2017, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was notified by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) of a collision between Singapore-registered container vessel WAN HAI 301 and a Gibraltar-registered container vessel APL DENVER off Pasir Gudang Port, Johor Malaysia. The Master of APL DENVER reported that one of her bunker tanks sustained damage resulting in approximately 300 tonnes of oil spillage. JPA has deployed four anti-pollution craft on site and an oil boom around APL DENVER to contain the oil spill. In Singapore, some oil patches were spotted and the spillage has been contained off the western side of Pulau Ubin. MPA has activated a total of eight anti-pollution craft with dispersant spraying capabilities to clean up the spilled oil.

Box Ships APL Denver and Wan Hai 301 Collided

Pic: APL

The container carriers APL Denver and Wan Hai 301 collided off Pasir Gudang Port in Johor, Malaysia, resulting in an oil spill. Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it was notified by the Johor Port Authority (JPA) of a collision between Singapore-registered container vessel Wan Hai 301 and Gibraltar-registered container vessel APL Denver. In a statement, MPA said the master of APL Denver reported that one of the vessel's bunker tanks sustained damage, causing a spillage of about 300 tonnes of oil.

Radio Holland's NavCom for Six Malaysian Patrol Crafts

From Left: Rajalingam (RH Branch Manager), Alastair J Bisset (Chief Executive Officer, Destini Shipbuilding and Engineering) and Dato’ Ashraf Ali (Director, Procurement & Business Development, Destini Shipbuilding and Engineering). (Photo: Radio Holland)

Radio Holland  Malaysia (RHM) secured a contract from Destini Shipbuilding & Engineering for the supply of Navigation and Communication equipment on board of six New Generation Patrol Crafts (NGPC). The vessels are being built for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). The scope of work encompasses detailed design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the Navigation and Communication equipment including the Steering System and Thermal Cameras. The vessels will play an important role in maritime search and rescue operations.

Frost & Sullivan Launches Malaysia Mega Trends Report

Monitoring and analyzing Competitive Intensity, Customer Dynamics, Industry Convergence, Disruptive Technologies, Global Mega Trends, New Business Models, and Emerging Markets provides an illuminating view toward future sce

Frost & Sullivan today launched its latest research, Mega Trends Malaysia in collaboration with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). Mega Trends are defined as transformative, global forces that define the future world with their far reaching impact on business, societies, economies, cultures and personal lives. According to Hazmi Yusof, Malaysia Country Head and Senior Vice President of Frost & Sullivan, “We want to help our clients use Mega Trends as a framework to think about how to innovate and drive their business.

Radio Holland Opens Office in Malaysia

From left: Agnesmary Selvam, Nourlinaeim Bin Ramlee, Mohd Rashidi Bin Ramli, Mohd Hanafiah Bin Mohamad, Rajalingam A/L Raman (Branch Manager), Uvarajan S/O Goval (Assistant Manager), Mohd Ariff Rezuan Bin Roslan and Vickneswari Periasamy. (Photo:Radio Holland)

Radio Holland Malaysia opened a new office in Johor, Malaysia to support shipping in the ports of Johor and the vicinity. Over the years, Radio Holland Malaysia has expanded its business to the Southern Region of Malaysia known as Gelang Patah, Johor. With this new office, Radio Holland Malaysia aims to be close by to perform service in the ports of Johor. Already with an office in Port Klang, the new office is located near Malaysia’s container terminal, The Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) located at the confluence of the main east-west shipping lanes.

Honda Teams Up with Giga Shipping

Pic: Giga Shipping

Honda’s division in Malaysia has opened East Malaysia Logistics Hub in Kota Kinabalu which will be operated and managed by logistics and shipping firm Giga Shipping. Pre-delivery inspection (PDI) management undertaken by Giga Shipping will include standard key management system, washing bays for vehicles to be cleaned before delivery to dealers, security system to prevent theft, parking lot management system, stock monitoring, a kaizen system to ensure that vehicles remain in good condition while in storage, and a thorough inspection facility.

Lundin Spuds off Malaysia

Courtesy Lundin Petroleum

Lundin Petroleum's wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Malaysia BV  has commenced drilling of the Selada-1 exploration well in Block PM308A, offshore Malaysia. The well will target hydrocarbons in Miocene aged sands and is located 14 km to the south of the Bertam field operated by Lundin Malaysia. The Selada-1 exploration well will be drilled with the West Prospero jack-up rig to a total depth of approximately 1,700 metres below mean sea level. The drilling of the well is expected to take approximately 30 days.

Pirates Attack in Philippine south Leaves 8 Dead

Armed men killed eight fishermen in what appeared to be an attack by pirates in dangerous waters in the southern Philippines, a coast guard spokesman said on Tuesday. The apparent act of piracy came as Philippine soldiers were given a six-month deadline to end Islamist militant threats, including those made on cargo ships in south, where a long-festering insurgency has been exacerbated by the growing influence of the Islamic State militant group. About two dozen sailors and tourists were taken captive by Islamist militants last year in attacks on tug boats and yachts in the Celebes and Sulu seas, raising concerns among defence officials from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines about Islamist militancy and piracy.

China's Assertiveness Hardens Malaysian Stance in Sea Dispute

The submerged reef would be easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off Malaysia's Borneo island state of Sarawak. But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around the James Shoal have shocked Malaysia and led to a significant shift in its approach to China's claims to the disputed South China Sea, senior diplomats told Reuters. The reef lies outside Malaysia's territorial waters but inside its 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone. The latest incident in January, in particular, prompted Malaysia to quietly step up cooperation with the Philippines and Vietnam, the two Southeast Asian nations most outspoken over China's moves in the region, in trying to tie Beijing to binding rules of conduct in the South China Sea, the diplomats said.

Lundin Petroleum Drills Offshore Malaysia

Lundin Petroleum AB has commenced the fourth well in its 2012 Malaysian exploratory drilling campaign. Tembakau-1 exploration well in PM307 Block, offshore east coast Peninsula Malaysia, is a vertical well to be drilled by the jackup rig West Courageous to a depth of 1,650 metres in approximately 80 metres water depth. The drilling of the well is expected to take two to three weeks. Lundin Petroleum holds 75 percent interest in PM307 through its subsidiary Lundin Malaysia BV. Lundin Malaysia BV's partner is PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd with 25 percent interest. Lundin Malaysia BV operates six blocks in Malaysia, namely PM307, PM308A, PM308B, SB303, SB307 & SB308.

Radio Holland Opens Malaysia Office

Radio Holland Group opened a new office in Malaysia on February 26, 2004, the 49th branch office of the Radio Holland Group. The official opening took place at the Tanjung Puteri Golf Resort, Pasir Gudang, Johor. Present as a guest of honor was Dato’ Mohd Taufik Abdullah, Chairman of the Port of Tanjung Pelepas and Executive Chairman of Johor Port. He performed the official opening together with Mr. David Slager, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Radio Holland Group. Approximately 100 guests from Malaysia and Singapore attended the event. Radio Holland Malaysia is Radio Holland’s response to the increasing marine activities in Malaysia and specifically in the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, which had another record-breaking year in 2003 with an annual throughput of almost 3.5 million TEU.

Malaysia Backs Maritime Silk Road

Malaysian Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (Source: The Ministry)

Malaysia is ready for greater collaboration and cooperation with China with regard to Maritime Silk Road (MSR) proposal delivered by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Malaysian Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that his Ministry has identified a few ports in Malaysia to be part of the MSR. The sources in the Ministry said that Malaysian side is supportive on the incentive of building the Maritime Silk Road and have been keeping an open mind on it. Malaysia is a trading nation, and it has a number of sea ports, including, for example, Port Klang.

Radio Holland Group Opens New Office in Malaysia

Radio Holland Group has opened a new office in Malaysia on February 26. It is the 49th branch office in the worldwide organization of the Radio Holland Group. The official opening of the Malaysian office took place at the Tanjung Puteri Golf Resort, Pasir Gudang, Johor. Present as a guest of honor was Dato’ Mohd Taufik Abdullah, Chairman of the Port of Tanjung Pelepas and Executive Chairman of Johor Port. He performed the official opening together with Mr. Group. Approximately 100 guests from Malaysia and Singapore attended the event. Radio Holland Malaysia is Radio Holland’s response to the increasing marine activities in Malaysia and specifically in the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, which had another record-breaking year in 2003 with an annual throughput of almost 3.5 million TEU.

Japan Tankers Enter MSE For Fix

There are currently two large Japanese-operated tankers, both from International Energy, in for repair at Malaysia's Malaysia Shipyard & Engineering (MSE) - the 299,986 dwt Ibukisan and the 314,026 dwt Asian Progress 11. The yard is also completing two PFSO conversion projects involving the 87,768 dwt Bunga Kertas for Malaysia's Petronas, and the 109,300 dwt Ross Sea for Singapore's Tanker Pacific. Also undergoing general repairs on the yard's Syncrolift are Sealift Industries' 27,750 dwt general cargo vessel Advantage, the 10,480 dwt multi-purpose vessel Bumi Jaya, and Pertamina's 18,127 dwt product tanker Pranedya Quartya.

Aker Solutions Wins Contract from Daewoo

Aker Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd has won a contract from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) Malaysia Star reported. Aker Solutions opened a hi-tech manufacturing center at the Port Klang Free Trade Zone last year.  Aker Solutions said the contract was for the delivery of a complete deepwater marine drilling riser system with a buoyancy package and associated equipment.  This is the fourth similar contract from DSME to Aker Solutions this year. Source:  Malaysia Star

Malaysia Deepwater Project Contract for Technip J/V

Technip in a Joint Venture with MMHE awarded substantial contract for the Malikai Project in Malaysia. Technip in a joint venture with Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd (MMHE) has been awarded a substantial contract by Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd (SSPC) for the engineering, procurement and construction of a tension leg platform (TLP) for the TLP Malikai Deepwater Project. This TLP will be designed as a fully-manned platform to be installed 110 kilometers offshore Sabah, Malaysia, at a water depth of approximately 500 meters. It will weigh approximately 26,000 metric tonnes incorporating a topsides, which will have facilities to process 60,000 barrels of oil and 1.4 million cubic meters per day of gas, and a hull. The tendons will be fabricated in the U.S.

Maersk Offers New Service

Maersk Line announceed a new, direct service between the Far East and Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. On January 28, the company said it will introduce a direct, weekly call in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on the Far East - West Africa 2 (FEW2) service. Thereby we can serve our customers from Far East to Abidjan and from Abidjan to Far East faster and more reliable. The FEW2 service is one of two direct services linking the Far East and West Africa: FEW1 and FEW2. These coupled with our unmatched product range via Algeciras in Spain ensures that we can continue to support the increased trade between the Far East and West Africa with fast and flexible services. First vessel on the new FEW1 rotation will be Santa Alexandra, westbound voyage 0803, calling Nansha on 23 January 2008.

ClassNK Opens Three New Offices

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) announced the opening of three new surveyor offices in Tartous, Syria; Callao, Peru; and Sibu, Malaysia, signalling the classification society's steady march of global expansion, served today by 112 offices globally including the three new offices. This expansion also coincides with the dramatic growth of the ClassNK register, which has grown by more than 20 million gt since the beginning of 2008. With regards to the new office in Sibu, Malaysia, Mr. Ueda emphasized the important role that Malaysia’s shipbuilding industry has played in NK’s successful expansion in the workboat market noting that “Last year…

Malaysia Mulls Second Shipping Line

Malaysia reportedly may set up a second national shipping line to help reduce freight charges between the peninsula and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo island, as traders in the two east Malaysian states had complained about high freight costs. "The proposal has come from the Ministry and the Cabinet is actively studying it," an official said. Malaysia International Shipping Corp., controlled by state oil firm Petronas, is currently the country's sole national shipper.

Hutchison Buy Follows Maersk Deal

Hutchison Port, a unit of conglomerate Hutchison announced earlier on Wednesday a 30 percent investment in Westport Holdings, a multi-purpose terminal in Malaysia's biggest port, Port Klang. Hutchison, controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, said in a statement that the deal would allow it to participate in Malaysia's economy. It gave no other details of the deal. Malaysia has 15 ports including Port Klang, on the west coast of Malaysia, which is the nation's main port. Port Klang, which is made up of three ports, the north, south and west ports, has been trying to compete with Singapore, the largest and busiest container port in the world.

Shell Bringing First US Import of Malaysian Condensate

A cargo of Malaysian Bintulu condensate bought by Royal Dutch Shell is sailing to New Orleans, Louisiana, a trade source in Asia familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, in what appears to be the first U.S. import of that grade of offshore oil according to Thomson Reuters Trade Flows data. The Polaris, a medium-range vessel, loaded 200,000 barrels of the condensate at Malaysia's Bintulu terminal in early February, before stopping at Singapore's Jurong Port to pick up another parcel, the source said. It sailed west from Jurong in late February toward the United States, around Africa's Cape of Good Hope, Reuters' vessel tracking data show. A Shell spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. U.S. oil imports from Malaysia are rare.


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