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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

IMO Helps African Leaders Seek Collaboration in Malaysia

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Twenty-one African International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States are taking part in the three day Malaysia Maritime Leaders Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (15-17 March 2017), aimed at assisting the participating countries to build leadership capabilities in the maritime sector. The forum is encouraging senior officials of Maritime Administrations to find areas of common ground by sharing ideas on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their administrations and addressing maritime challenges.

IMO Contributes to Meeting of Asia-Pacific Ship Safety Heads

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) is participating in the annual gathering of Asia Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies (APHoMSA) in Langkawi, Malaysia (20-24 March). Participants from 24 IMO Member States as well as observers from IALA, IHO and SPC are taking part in discussions surrounding APHoMSA's work to promote safe, secure shipping and a clean marine environment within the Asia-Pacific region. The event coincides with the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2017 week…

Frost & Sullivan Launches Malaysia Mega Trends Report

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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

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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.

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.

Gowind 2500: DCNS Creation Passes first Test

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DCNS announced the success of the first sea trials of the first-of-class Gowind 2500 corvette under construction in Lorient, France by DCNS. Ten Gowind 2500 corvettes, aimed at supplementing DCNS surface vessel product range, has been ordered so far by international navies. “It is a very important moment for DCNS: the Gowind corvette designed especially for the international market is now sea proven,” said Eric Chaplet, DCNS Marketing Vice-President. “We are very proud to announce that…

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

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 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.

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.

Tight Budget Hampers Malaysia's Naval Ambitions

Budget constraints are jeopardising Malaysia's defence spending plans, which include replacing ageing fighter jets and beefing up its maritime capabilities, at a time when Beijing is growing more assertive in the disputed South China Sea. While Malaysia has traditionally played down any tensions with China over the contested waterway, it has long expressed concern about piracy and security along its land and coastal borders. More recently, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 after it flew unimpeded across the Malay Peninsula last year exposed gaps in the military's tracking of the skies. "We have a lot of areas to be concerned about.

Singapore-Flagged Tanker Sinks Off Malaysia's West Coast

A Singapore-flagged tanker sank in the Strait of Malacca off Malaysia's west coast after colliding with another tanker on Monday, a maritime official said. Rescuers saved the 12-member crew of the 1,920 dwt Singapura Timur, and no injuries were reported after it collided with the Bahamas-flagged MT Rowan near Malaysia's Undan island early on Monday. The official at the Maritime Rescue and Coordinating Center said Singapura Timur, which was carrying 1,500 tons of bitumen, was heading towards Malaysia's Port Klang. "Singapura Timur sank within one hour of the collision but all its crew were rescued," the official said, adding there were no immediate signs of pollution in the area. The empty 44,646 dwt MT Rowan was on its way to Port Kassim in Pakistan.

Multinational Maritime Security Exercise in In Langkawi

Image: Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace

Ten countries jointed together with its naval forces in Langkawi, Malaysia, to begin a two-day Multinational Maritime Security Exercise, says a report in Bernama. A total of 19 naval vessels of various classes are being used by the forces of Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and the United States in the exercise. The program includes discussions among the participants to resolve any obstacles that could hamper the smooth running of the mass field training…

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