MOL's Barge Terminal in Bangkok
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the signing of a Joint Venture Agreement with SahaThai Terminal Co.,Ltd., a container terminal operation company in Thailand, to establish a new barge terminal operation company in Bangkok. The new company, called Bangkok Barge Terminal Co., Ltd. (BBT), will have its head office in Bangkok. Due to shallower water depth at the Bangkok river port, Laem Chabang port which locates about 90km downstream has become the main gateway port of Thailand with its capability in accommodating many liner services with larger containerships.
APL Rolls out China Bangkok Express Service
APL has announced the launch of the China Bangkok Express (CBX) service, a new shortsea service that directly links South China and Thailand each week. Characterised by competitive transit times, the CBX service promises the industry’s fastest connection from Nansha to Bangkok in four days. Also designed to transport special cargo, this service offers reefer and breakbulk solutions to facilitate these shipments. Shippers with cargo that are destined beyond Asia may also tap onto…
Marubeni, PTT Plan LNG Bunkering in Thailand
Marubeni Corporation started a joint feasibility study with PTT Public Company Limited, Thailand`s national petroleum and petrochemical company, which aims at implementing LNG refueling to ships in Laem Chabang Port, the largest industrial port in Thailand. The regulation of exhaust gas will be tightened from 2020, and since LNG is an environmentally friendly fuel, ships that use LNG for fuel (LNG fueled ships) are expected to increase. In Laem Chabang Port, where more than 8…
MOL Car Carrier Rescues Drifting Fishermen
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that on Sunday, February 1, 2015, the MOL-operated car carrier Astral Ace found drifting castaways near Malay Peninsula in the South China Sea, and was able to safely rescue two Malaysian and three Indonesian fishermen. At 11:25 (all times were in local time) on February 1, 2015, the Astral Ace, sailing from the port of Singapore, to Laem Chabang Port in Thailand, found drifting fishermen – their fishing boat was half sunk, and immediately began the rescue operations. At 12:15 of the same day, five drifting fishermen were rescued.
Thai Shipyard Class NK Recognised for Engine Repairs
Unithai Shipyard & Engineering (UTSE) first in Thailand to be recognised by classification society for quality of its diesel engine repair work. The shipyard has been certified by Class NK for achieving a high-quality standard in repairing and reconditioning marine diesel piston crowns and cylinder covers. The company has collaborated with Azuma Group in Singapore, renowned as a specialist in reconditioning and repairing engine components, to provide technical support for a full range of engine-refurbishment services, including onboard inspection, welding, heat treatment, machining and chroming. UTSE say that this unprecedented recognition is a tribute to its steadfast commitment to delivering the best-quality service to its customers.
New Unithai Shipyard to Meet Offshore Demand
Thailand’s Unithai Shipyard and Engineering said it has expanded operations to support the steady growth of offshore operations. The company has opened a new branch in Songkhla province, one of the busiest offshore markets in the region. The new branch will be fully equipped to fulfil clients’ needs for their offshore operations, such as in ship repair, warehousing, berthing, workshops, equipment and tools. The new facilities comprise a 60-meter berthing quay with a five-meter draught for small repair and the loading and discharging of cargo, and an 800-square-meter covered warehouse.
G6 Alliance Extends Asia – North America Service
In response to market demand, members of the G6 Alliance today announced the below enhancement to improve the Asia – North America (East Coast) trade. NYK will continue to make every effort to improve its quality and reliability to respond to the diversifying needs of customers. The AZX (Asia Suez Express) service will be upgraded to include an additional Halifax call. This move is expected to improve transit times from Canada to Asian and Mediterranean ports as well as from Asian and Mediterranean ports to New York.
Abandoned Cruise Ship Sinks off Thailand
Chinese cruise ship "Ocean Dream" , anchored off Laem Chanang port in Sri Racha for over a year, sank into the sea today, raising fear by Thai environmental authorities that it could cause pollution in the sea. Ocean Dream capsized on Saturday while anchored around 2 miles off Laem Chabang port located in Sri Racha on Thailand’s east coast. Local news reports the vessel had been abandoned by the owners for over a year. Local fisherman saw the vessel was taking on water, the authorities at Marine Department’s Marine Safety Centre were then contacted.
APL Debuts New Service
APL is enhancing its Intra-Asia service offering with the introduction of a new Laem Chabang West Asia Express (LWX) service, starting on 5 April. APL is the first carrier to launch this direct service from Laem Chabang to Karachi. The service offers the fastest transit time from Thailand and Singapore to Karachi. In recent years, trade between Thailand and Pakistan, and the rest of the Middle East Gulf, has been robust. “APL continues to lead the market with this latest service offering. The new LWX service is driven by the strong growth potential of emerging markets like Thailand, Pakistan and the Middle East, particularly in consumer electronic goods,” said Jason Wong, APL’s Vice President, Intra-Asia, Middle East & Australia Trade.
IPA Opens New Container Route
Incheon Port Authority (IPA) announced that a regular container route ‘Thailand-Vietnam Services (TVX)’ launched by five shipping companies – Namsung Shipping, Dongjin Shipping, Pan Continental Shipping, Pan Ocean and CK Line – was newly opened. Starship Pegasus (1,800 TEU) provided for the TVX entered the Incheon New Port SNCT early in the morning on August 16 for the first time. Starship Pegasus is one of the three ships operated for the TVX. The three ships (1,800 TEU) will be operated by Namsung Shipping, Dongjin Shipping and Pan Continental Shipping for 9 months.
MES Retrofits Hybrid System to RTGs in Thailand
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), its subsidiary, MES Technoservice Co., Ltd. (STS) have retrofitted latest hybrid system to the existing five units of RTGs with two months erection period at site and successfully handed over to Leam Chabang International Terminal Co., Ltd. in Leam Chabang Thailand in this August. This retrofitting job has been ordered followed by the successful energy saving performance on one unit of RTG retrofitting, which was our first unit of retrofitted hybrid system in the overseas market, in LCIT in the year 2013.
CMA CGM Rolls out Bengal Bay Express
CMA CGM has introduced its new Bengal Bay Express service, operated with 11 vessels of 6,500 TEU on a weekly basis, in a continuous effort to provide its customers with the best quality service.
NYK Launches Car Transport Service to Hai Phong
NYK has started a new car transport service “Ruffles Ao Dai RORO Express (REX)” linking Hai Phong in Northern Vietnam with Ho Chi Minh and Laem Chabang (near Bangkok). On October 8, the NYK-operated car carrier Modern Link arrived in Hai Phong for the first call. And the ceremony to commemorate was held attended by the top managements of the Port of Hai Phong, Tan Vu Terminal, among others. The previous service for Northern Vietnam called at the port of Cai Lan is once a month.
Wan Hai Join TBS Service with “K” Line
Taiwan's Wan Hai Lines Ltd will expand further on its already extensive south-east Asia network by joining Thailand-Belawan Service (also known as TBS) on 7th of January 2017, to provide a direct service from Thailand to Belawan. The service will be jointly operated with "K" Line, by using 2 vessels with effective capacity of 1,400 TEU. Wan Hai and "K" Line will deploy one vessel each. TBS service will be a 14-day fixed round trip schedule, the port rotation will be: Bangkok – Laem Chabang – Singapore – Port Klang North Port – Belawan – Singapore – Laem Chabang – Bangkok.
New CEO at DCT Gdansk
Wenzel brings to DCT Gdansk a wealth of port industry experience with a strong financial and business development bias. Educated in , Mr Wenzel spent his very early career in and before joining a leading Thai investment bank in 1995. His introduction to the port industry came when, in 1999, he joined Eastern Sea Laem Chabang Container Terminal, one of several terminal operators in the new Thai , as General Manager. Successive promotions saw him appointed President and in 2002. From Laem Chabang, he moved to International in 2003 and had key roles in the international expansion programme of including projects in , , and . This appointment comes at an important moment as DCT Gdansk grows and considers future expansion.
Star To Develop Thailand Cruise Terminal
Malaysia's Star Cruises Plc has reportedly been selected as the developer and operator of a cruise terminal at Thailand's Laem Chabang, the gateway port to Bangkok. Star said in a statement that an agreement signed between the cruise operator and the Port Authority of Thailand provided for a 30-year lease which can be extended by two more periods of 10 years each. The berth at Laem Chabang will be 365 metres (yards) long and capable of docking the largest cruise ships, it said. Star said about $15 million will be spent on a cruise terminal building.
G6 Alliance Announces Port Rotations
Members of the G6 Alliance released details on port rotations for the proposed service expansion to the Asia-North America West Coast and Trans-Atlantic trade lanes, announced in early December last year. Subject to the completion of regulatory review process, the 17 services are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2014. “The G6 Alliance monitors market developments closely and is continuously seeking opportunities to improve our service offerings,” member carriers said in a statement. “With the introduction of the Asia – North America West Coast and Trans-Atlantic services, the G6 Alliance will further strengthen its position to meet shippers’ demand for more comprehensive, seamless and efficient services with competitive transit times.
UASC Introduces New Intra Asia Container Service
In its continuous drive to meet the growing needs of its existing and future customers, UASC has teamed up with China Shipping to offer new weekly Intra Asia container service (IAC1) covering Japan, South Korea, Central and South China and Thailand. To be launched on September 21, 2013, the Intra Asia Container Service (IAC1) will operate through a Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA), with CSCL and UASC deploying three and one vessel respectively with a combined weekly capacity of 2,600 TEUs. UASC’s vessel will be phased-in on October 12, 2013 at Busan. Direct coverage from Japan to Central and South China and Thailand. Attractive weekend cut-offs from major ports such as Pusan, Hong Kong, Shekou, Laem Chabang, Xiamen and Nagoya.
DP World to Strengthen Ties with Thailand
DP World Group Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has met the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Somkid Jatusripitak, who is responsible for seven ministries including Finance and Investments. During the meeting, which was held in Bangkok, Thailand, discussions revolved around the future prospects of cooperation between Thailand and DP World, exploring the potential for DP World to contribute in the country’s economic growth, especially in areas of ports, trade, shipping, and logistics industries.
Thailand’s Shipbuilding Plan to be Discussed
Thailand’s shipping agencies and the private sector plan to meet by the middle of next month to work out an action plan to develop and promote shipbuilding in Thailand. The Bangkok Post reported that the Industry Ministry had drawn up an action plan, but proposals needed to be substantiated. The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) proposes that the Board of Investment (BoI) promote shipbuilding in Thailand, namely ships between 5,000 tons and 100,000 tons, and grants the industry special status, so it can enjoy the greatest promotional privileges. These include tax breaks of up to eight years and exemption from import duty on machinery.
THE Alliance Sets Out Service Plans
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…
Thailand Signs onto CSI
Thailand has signed a Declaration of Principles, establishing the Container Security Initiative (CSI) in the Port of Laem Chabang. With Thailand’s participation, CSI agreements are now in place for 19 of the 20 largest ports trading to the United States.
Wan Hai Boosts China - Southeast Asia Service Network
Wan Hai Lines has announced its plan to expand the service network on China-Vietnam/Thailand corridors in July, by restructuring China-Vietnam-Thailand (CVT service) and cooperating with COSCO Container Lines with a new joint N.PRC-Thailand service (CT1) and securing slots on COSCO’s E.PRC-Thailand service. Wan Hai Lines’ independent CVT service will be restructured with effect from 10th July 2017, and turn into a China-Vietnam express dedicated service (CV1 service) with three vessels of 1…