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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Asia Pacific News

Bilden Joins HII Board of Directors

Philip M. Bilden (Photo: HII)

Philip M. Bilden has been elected to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) board of directors, effective November 7. Bilden retired last year as a co-founding member of the private equity firm HarbourVest Partners. He began his career in Boston in 1991 and relocated to Hong Kong in 1996 to establish the firm’s Asian subsidiary. Throughout his 25-year tenure at HarbourVest Partners, Bilden served in senior leadership roles in the firm’s global management, including the firm’s six-person executive committee responsible for governance.

Royal Caribbean Anchors In Asia

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced the opening in Singapore of its Asia-Pacific headquarters - Royal Caribbean Cruises (Asia) Pte. Ltd. The regional headquarters, which is located in Singapore's central business district, will support the marketing efforts in the Asia-Pacific region for three of the company's cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises. Headed by Rama Rebbapragada, managing director for Asia Pacific, the office also will provide sales and trade support in the region. With the number of cruise guests sailing in the Asia-Pacific region projected to grow by more than 40 percent, from 1.07 million in 2005 to 1.5 million by 2010, the opening of Royal Caribbean's Asia-Pacific regional office is strategically timed.

USS Coronado Departs Singapore

Photo: United States Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) departed Singapore Nov. 4 after completing a 14-month rotational deployment to Southeast Asia. During the deployment, the ship and crew operated with navies of 16 partner nations, participated in 11 multilateral and bilateral exercises, and made 10 strategic port visits across the region. "The rotational deployment of USS Coronado demonstrated the relevance of LCS as a platform tailor made for the dynamic and congested sea lanes, straits and archipelagos of South and Southeast Asia…

Canyon Offshore Appoints Commercial Manager

Canyon Offshore-Asia Pacific, based in Singapore has announced the appointment of Jerry Rowbury to the position of Commercial Manager-Asia Pacific. Rowbury will be based out of Canyon Offshore’s Singapore facility and will be responsible for ROV sales, marketing, business development and commercial activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Rowbury is a Chartered Hydrographic Surveyor with more than 20 years industry experience. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Hydrographic Society.

Total Lubmarine Celebrates 25 years' Asia-Pacific service

Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office is a key part of the company’s Asian infrastructure. Photo Total Lubmarine

Increased demand for marine lubricants in the Asia-Pacific region has underpinned the growth of Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office which this year celebrates 25 years of service to ship operators across the region. Today, Asia represents more than 50% of Total’s lubricants sales across all segments. Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office is a key part of the company’s Asian infrastructure. The company’s Hong Kong story began in 1990 when Elf Lubricant Hong Kong Ltd was established…

Increased Transhipments Predicted

"The increased demand for point-to-point service requires the use of transshipment hubs to coordinate feeder services to and from countries and ports with low-volume throughput," said Mike Lee, Consultant, Transportation & Logistics, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan. He added that there has been a universal shift from transporting bulk or loose goods to transportation by containers due to the benefits offered by containerization such as safety, cost, speed, and convenience. "This is expected to drive growth in the container ports market in the short to medium term, especially from India where the level of containerization remains low," Lee said.

Hong Kong Receive BMT Maritime Strategic Study

Hong Kong Port: Photo BMT

BMT Asia Pacific (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, says it has completed a major strategic study - “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Position as an International Maritime Centre (IMC)”, undertaken on behalf of the Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau. The study aims to plot a development roadmap and strategy that will enable Hong Kong to remain a successful IMC in an increasingly competitive region. BMT explains that it conducted the IMC study utilising extensive industry engagement to examine the context and economic significance of Hong Kong’s maritime cluster…

Cruise Industry Legend to be Honored at Upcoming Awards

Rama Rebbapragada: Photo courtesy of CSAP

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific introduces the inaugural Rama Rebbapragada Award for outstanding contribution to the cruise industry in Asia (Rabbapragrada made a name for himself throughout the cruise industry during his quarter of a century with Royal Caribbean International). This award, say the organizers, will honor an individual who has made a particularly noteworthy contribution to the development of the cruise industry in Asia, distinguishing themselves through their dedication to, and passion for, the industry within the Pan-Asia region.

Singapore Cruise Conference Check-in

Focusing on regional growth and development, the event will feature two full conference days, travel agent training, buyer appointment programs, and a full trade show floor. There are major  developments in the cruise industry marketplace with Asia, Asia-Pacific, and Australia set to host about 1.2 million passengers in 2012. Rama Rebbapragada, Chairman of the Asia Cruise Association and speaker at Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific said, " A major opportunity is the continuing popularity of cruising as a mainstream vacation option within Asia coupled by the increased deployment of newer and larger ships into the region. The Cruise Shipping…

EMMF Strengthens Global Bunkering Team

bunkering team worldwide with effect from January 1, 2004. Marketing, based in Houston. to become General Manager Americas, EMMF Fuels Marketing Division. Lubricants, Marine & Aviation Lubricant Sales. Manager Marketing and Supply, EMMF Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, based in Singapore. Aviation Manager for Asia Pacific. planning and analysis.

Cruise Travel Agent Training Offered at Conference

Upcoming Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Conference organizers announce travel agent training program at Singapore conference. Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific – conference and trade show focusing on the emerging Asia–Pacific cruise industry —  announce details for its second edition of Travel Agent Training. Taking place during Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific, September 17-18, 2012 at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, the Travel Agent Training sessions are organized in partnership with the Asia Cruise Association. The program will include Beginner and Intermediate tracks designed to enhance the travel agent's knowledge and productivity in this fast moving market.

Northrop Grumman Establishes Asia-Pacific Distribution Center

Northrop Grumman Corporation has expanded its commercial marine operations in Singapore with the creation of an Asia-Pacific Distribution Center for its Sperry Marine business unit, in a move to provide faster, more responsive shipboard service for both owners of commercial vessels and shipyards in the region. The Asia-Pacific Distribution Center will shorten the supply line from Sperry Marine manufacturing facilities in Europe and North America to customers in southern and eastern Asia. A reduction of 36 hours in transit times is expected for emergency shipments. The Asia-Pacific Distribution Center will maintain inventories of new and refurbished spare parts for all of Sperry Marine’s product lines in quantities to support customers and representatives throughout the region.

New Support Vessel and GM for Harkand

Harkand said it is pursuing its investment strategy in Asia Pacific with the addition of a multi-million dollar new build ROV support vessel and the appointment of a new general manager to lead future growth. In the first of two major milestones for the group, the Harkand Harmony has been secured on a three-year hire purchase that will see Harkand extend its inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services in the growing Asia Pacific region. The 65-meter vessel, built by ASL Marine Holdings at Batam near Singapore, will be fitted with one Comanche workclass ROV for ROV support and air diving activities in the region, as well as a full survey kit and team for survey operations.

Global Shipbuilding to Turn Around in 2017: Castrol

Statistics:  Castrol Marine Trade Barometer

Despite a marginal deterioration in the growth outlook for the global shipbuilding industry, annualized five-year growth rates for the sector are still forecast to reach a healthy 3 to 5%, before picking up substantially after 2017, says Castrol Marine Trade Barometer. The Barometer predicts that growth will be driven largely by the Asia-Pacific region, but also Latin America and the Middle East. All European nations but the Netherlands face a downward trend until 2017. Mandhir Singh, COO at Castrol, says, “The main growth in shipbuilding will come from AsiaPacific countries to 2019.

Chris Brown to join Miller's

Christopher Brown, formerly Claims Director for Gard, will bring his experience to the UK P&I Club when he joins managers Thomas Miller on August 1. Mr. Brown, 40, trained and qualified as a maritime lawyer in the United States. A Norwegian speaker, he has been with Gard since 1989 and was stationed at its Hong Kong office after 1997. Brown leaves Norway for family reasons and is greatly looking forward to working for the world's largest P&I club. He will spend a year in Miller's London office before transferring to Thomas Miller (Asia Pacific) in Hong Kong as Claims Director for Asia, where he will focus particularly on China.

Cruise Shipping Asia Pacific Expo Gets ICCA Backing

The ICCA joins Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which has also pledged exclusive backing, and the Asia Cruise Association (ACA) and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) as supporters of Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific 2012, which will be held at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on September 17-18, 2012. ICCA General Manager Brett Jardine said the ICCA was pleased to be supporting UBM Live's Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific."Cruise Shipping Asia- Pacific, which is important to the industry because it allows cruise industry members from around the world to get together to discuss their needs and opportunities," Mr. Jardine said. "Cruising is booming in Australia and we continue to see more ships based here and visiting our shores. Mr.

Cargo Shipping Market to Reach 12.52 Bln Ton by 2021

Photo: Maersk Line

The Cargo Shipping Market is estimated to gain momentum after fiscal year 2018 after years of sluggish growth. Cargo Shipping Market is projected to reach 12.52 Billion Tons at CAGR of 3.5% from 2016 to 2021. According to report Cargo Shipping Market - Global Trends and Forecast to 2021, the growth in container transport will have highest growth in cargo shipping trade compared to other types of cargos. Demographic changes and the increased globalization drive the growth for container transport.

ZF Explores Chinese Offshore Market

ZF Marine Retractable Thruster

Marine Propulsion Systems, a business unit of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, shared at the sidelines of Marintec China 2013 that China continues to be a key focus for the company and shared plans to strengthen its footprint in the market. ZF Marine has been in China since 2006 and currently operates a sales and services office in Shanghai which serves as a competence center for all marine applications in China. With optimism slowly returning to the global offshore market, the industry is expected to climb steadily and this presents significant business opportunities for ZF Marine…

Asia Pacific Safety Agencies Forum Meets in Vietnam

Forum Atendees: Photo credit AMSA

More than 70 high level participants from across the Asia-Pacific region attended the meeting along with the IMO, IALA and ReCAAP (a regional forum to combat piracy). Australia's delegation was led by Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA) CEO, Graham Peachey, who provided a presentation to the meeting on technical cooperation, the Maritime Labour Convention and search and rescue. The benefits of AMSA's technical cooperation program and AMSA's standing in the region were…

Tendeka Announces Two Key Promotions

Gillian King, SPE, vice president Asia Pacific region

Tendeka, the provider of completions and reservoir monitoring products and services to the upstream oil and gas industry, is delighted to announce the promotions of two key personnel. Gillian King, SPE, has been appointed vice president Asia Pacific region and Derren Simpson, SPE, has been appointed vice president Middle East and North Africa. Gillian joined Tendeka as senior sales engineer in January 2007. She then progressed to regional sales manager Europe before becoming area manager for Asia Pacific (South) in 2010.

Dometic Appoints Aisa Pacific Regional Manager

Dennis Chiang

Supplier of marine air conditioning and sanitation equipment Dometic Marine has announced the promotion of Dennis Chiang to Asia Pacific Marine Divisional Manager. Singapore-based Chiang has been with Dometic Marine for just longer than two years as Regional Marine OE & AM Sales Manager for Asia Pacific, and has been working with Dometic products for the past ten years. Air conditioning, toilet, refrigeration and galley specialist Dometic Marine is targeting rapid growth in the…

James Fisher Subsea Excavation Completes Project in Taiwan

(Photo: James Fisher Subsea Excavation)

Global subsea excavation specialist James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE), a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, said it has completed its first project in Taiwan. Experts from the mass/controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) provider deployed the shallow draft Twin R2000 tool to de-bury and retrench a cable for maintenance as part of the prominent Formosa 1 wind farm development for its client, cable lay contractor Woen Jinn Harbor (WJH). The Twin R2000’s non-contact method and ability…

Maersk Line Shifts Asia HQ from Singapore to Hong Kong

Photo: Maersk Line

As part of the organisational changes announced last year, Maersk Line has shifted its Asia head office to Hong Kong from Singapore, reducing the number of regional offices to seven from eight. Maersk's two Asia regions, Asia Pacific and North Asia  (China, Korea and Japan), have now become one. Prior to this merger, Hong Kong has already served as its North Asia headquarters since 2008. Following the merger, Maersk's Singapore operations will become a country cluster office that will oversee its Southeast Asian operations…

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