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Sanchi Collision: A ‘New Bermuda Triangle’?

Photo: NIOC

Seas where Sanchi collision incident has taken place are leading region for maritime accidents. East/South East Asian waters have been identified as the top worldwide hotspot for shipping losses, with 34 ships lost in this region in 2016 alone – 40 percent of all shipping losses globally – according to a report from marine insurer Allianz. Analysis of global shipping losses over the last decade has highlighted East/South East Asian seas as an accident hotspot, with the collision…

THE Alliance Sets Out Service Plans

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

The members of THE Alliance announced the details of the plan for their product starting from April 2017. THE Alliance plans to deploy a fleet of more than 240 modern ships in the Asia /Europe, North Atlantic and Trans-Pacific trade lanes including the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf/Red Sea. The start of THE Alliance as the most integrated liner shipping consortia is scheduled for April 2017 (subject to completion of all relevant regulatory requirements). “The product of THE…

Hapag-Lloyd Celebrates East Asia to Australia Milestone

Hapag used Far Eastern motifs to advertise its East Asia services.

In 1886, the up-and-coming German economy needed regular liner services connecting it with the new growth markets, in addition to efficient postal services around the world. To this end, the German Reich provided subsidies for the first Reichspost steamship liner services to East Asia and Australia totalling five million German mark annually with the aim of quite literally flying the flag in regions important for future growth. The contractually required standards that the shipping companies had to satisfy were thus correspondingly high: first-rate vessels…

Sales Agreement Extends ROMAR Business in Middle East

Photo: ROMAR

Aberdeenshire-based oilfield service company ROMAR International has entered a two year agreement with STEP Oiltools to represent the company in the Middle East. This agreement follows on from a successful contract already in place with STEP Oiltools to promote ROMAR’s range of magnetic separation products in South East Asia which has seen the company’s sales increase by 95% in the region. As part of the South East Asia contract, two successful jobs were recently completed in North West Australia and Brunei with a combined contract value of $1.2 million.

Ships Worsen Air Pollution Over China, Killing Thousands

Photo courtesy of IMO

A boom in shipping is aggravating air pollution in China and other nations in East Asia, causing thousands of deaths a year in a region with eight of the world's 10 biggest container ports, scientists said on Monday. Often overlooked compared to cars and factories that are far bigger causes of smog, ship traffic has more than doubled off East Asia since 2005 and some pollution from the fuel oil of ships wafts inland, they said. The Chinese-led study estimated that sulphur dioxide…

Calecore Appoints Logan McLennan as Regional Manager

Logan McLennan

Building on their rapid growth and to support its international fleet activity, Calecore will be adding Singapore to its UK, Norway and Russian bases. Launching to coincide with a corporate event later this month for the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, the South East Asian hub will be actively promoting and servicing our ‘total’ Geophysical and Geotechnical Offshore Site Survey solutions from October. Logan will be drawing on his in depth knowledge gained during his  impressive career in the industry to date.

Wall Named MD of RichLand-LSP

Graham Wall, Managing Director.

RichLand-LSP strengthens chemical logistics business unit with appointment of Graham Wall as Managing Director; Singapore-based logistics solutions provider looks to expand in South-East Asia region under new leadership. Leading chemical logistics solutions provider RichLand-LSP has appointed Graham Wall as Managing Director as it looks to expand its bulk liquid chemical transport operations throughout South-East Asia. Mr Wall brings 25 years of chemical logistics experience…

ZIM to Enhance its Asia to US East Coast and Gulf Services

Photo: ​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM) has announcd an enhanced Asia to US East Coast and Gulf service offering, with seven different weekly services, extensive direct port-to-port coverage and best-in-market Transit time from key ports in Asia to US East Coast & Gulf. The full scale services offered by zim in this trade: ZIM Seven Star Express (Z7S), inaugurated in May 2015, a premium service from South China, Vietnam and India Sub continent to US East Coast, will be upgraded with a direct Port Kelang call, offering 24 days transit time to New York.

NYK Buys Stake in NY/NJ's Largest Terminal

Photo: NYK

NYK subsidiary NYK Ports, together with Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III (MIP III), has invested in Maher Terminals, which operates a terminal in the U.S. port of New York and New Jersey. On November 16, 2016, NYK Ports acquired a 20 percent share of Maher. The port of New York and New Jersey handles the most containers of any port on the East Coast of North America, and Maher is the largest terminal in the port with a handling capacity of 3 million TEUs annually. After construction to raise the Bayonne Bridge’s clearance is completed in late 2017…

ITF Signs Up Thailand’s PTTEP

Credit: (Photo: ITF)

ITF, the oil and gas industry technology facilitator announced a new membership agreement with Thailand’s national oil company, PTT Exploration & Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP). ITF plans to secure a $9 million investment from its members across the Asia-Pacific region to launch ground-breaking technologies. The organization will also bolster its team by creating a business development position, which will be based at its Kuala Lumpur office to further strengthen its presence across the region.

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 Intertek's 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.

ISS Awarded NYK Liner Agency in Australia

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has been awarded the NYK Liner agency in Australia. Part of transportation company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Group, NYK Line container services has appointed ISS to represent its New Zealand Singapore service (NZS) and North Asia-New Zealand (NZJ) service from July. Under this new agency agreement, ISS Brisbane will handle the full liner agency function including sales, customer service, operations and accounting for NYK Line in Australia. ISS will also support imports from the Far East and South East Asia with weekly sailings on both strings, as well as focus on northbound service volumes from Brisbane to South East Asia and beyond.

Increasing Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia

Piracy in South East Asia (Pic: ReCAAP)

Does piracy off the coast of South-East Asia pose a threat? The answer is yes. Shipping lanes in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, have been hit by a “worrying new rise” in piracy. How is maritime piracy threatening South-East Asia and to what extent? Piracy is mushrooming in the area of the Strait of Malacca, Singapore Strait, Bangladesh, South China Sea and Vietnam, a shipping bottleneck that sees one-third of the world's annual commercial maritime traffic, making it the busiest waterway on earth.

HME to Open Singapore Branch

HME’s Singapore Branch Office will be officially launched on March 15 by the Dutch ambassador, H.E. Johannes W.G. Jansing, at his residence in Singapore. The opening coincides with one of Asia's most established and proven maritime trade exhibitions, Asia Pacific Maritime 2012. HME Singapore has been set up to further support the international maritime trade between South-East Asia and the Netherlands. The office will act as a hub for maritime companies on both ends and will facilitate the already excellent relations between the Netherlands and South-East Asia. HME Singapore is supported by the Maritime by Holland Trade Council and Holland Shipbuilding Association.

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. The fully SPS compliant vessel is capable of carrying 150 persons and is fitted with a 4 point mooring system…

New Rotation of CMA CGM Joint Service Unveiled

CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM) announced the rotation of its new service in cooperation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL), in the North East Asia, Australia and New Zealand Trade, commencing from Shanghai in early November 2014. The weekly service will turn around in 49 days offering extensive port coverage in Asia and New Zealand and including a call in Australia on her way from Asia. The new service will be operated with seven vessels of 4…

Big Slowdown for US Coal Exports -BIMCO

Source: BIMCO, EIA

Since Q1 2013, the significance of U.S. coal exports has seen a considerable setback, with 2016 achieving the same levels as 2009. This is due to the long-haul routes carrying coking coal from the U.S. East Coast and U.S. Gulf Coast to East Asia, are not operating to the same extent and the EU is demanding less thermal coal, says shipping organization Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). When BIMCO first published its story concerning U.S. coal in 2013, U.S. coal exports had the most significant coal trade in the world, measured by metric-ton-miles.

Maersk Line Sees Little Impact on Customers' Cargo from Hanjin Collapse

File photo: Maersk Line

Maersk Line, the world's biggest container shipper and a unit of Danish conglomerate A. * Maersk Line expects minimal impact on its customers' cargo. * Maersk Line on Aug. 30 instructed its global operations centres to not load any cargo onto Hanjin owned vessels. * Says customers have cargo on board two of Hanjin's operated vessels, Maersk Sebarok and Maersk Senang, sailing on the Chennai Express service between Far East Asia and South East India. * Says vessels Hanjin New Jersey…

New DP Simulator for Indonesian Training Center

K-Sim DP Manoeuvring Trainer – aft deck configuration (Photo: Kongsberg)

Jakarta, Indonesia-based maritime training center PT Azureus Simulator Asia has chosen KONGSBERG’s Dynamic Positioning (DP) simulators to help it meet significant growth in regional demand for offshore operational training. Due for delivery in June 2017, PT Azureus Simulator Asia is the first Indonesian training center to utilize KONGSBERG DP simulators. It joins a long list of South East Asia facilities enjoying the technical and pedagogical benefits of Kongsberg Digital’s simulation technology and operational partnership with the company.

Contship Offers New Slot Charters

Zealand to various key markets across Asia. String 3 from Australia/New Zealand to East Asia/China. Adelaide and Fremantle. strings from Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson and Timaru. options and some of the quickest transits in the various trade lanes. respectively. China.

Singapore's Jaya Delivers New Deepwater PSV

'PSV Jaya Valour': Photo credit Jaya Holdings

Jaya Holdings Limited say that the new PSV was delivered on schedule and on delivery went on-hire immediately, embarking on its maiden voyage as part of a long term charter contract in South East Asia with an existing customer undertaking fracturing work. Jaya Valour is one of the four PSVs in Jaya’s new build program, of which three have already secured contracts for charter. The total value of these three contracts is more than US$60 million, including optional extension periods.

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, making Swee Joo the second largest domestic-route shipping operator with total vessel capacity of 4,183 TEUs. Source: The Star

Kalleklev to Head DNV GL's SE Asia Oil & Gas

Arve Johan Kalleklev regional manager for Oil & Gas in South East Asia

Energy demand in South East Asia is expected to grow at twice the rate of the rest of the world. DNV GL has appointed Arve Johan Kalleklev regional manager for Oil & Gas in South East Asia just as the company is establishing a dedicated LNG and Gas Consulting unit in Singapore. The unit will support the extensive development plans for a safe, secure and reliable gas and LNG infrastructure in Asia. It is estimated that USD 460 billion will need to be invested in South East Asia’s gas and LNG infrastructure by 2035 to meet energy demand. “This will secure robust growth in LNG supply.

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