New Study Looks at LNG Bunkering for Car Carriers
To help promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in Asia, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbors Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore. This working group will include Japan’s big three shippers – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).
Singapore Reaffirms Anti-Piracy Role
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Thursday reaffirmed its support for Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP), highlighting the "instrumental role" the organisation has played in addressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The MPA, host to the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC), notes that ReCAAP's membership has risen from 14 contracting parties in 2006 to 20 this year, a development that the MPA says is a testament to the organisation's persisting relevance and importance in the region's efforts in anti-piracy.
CMA CGM, PSA Container Terminal JV in Singapore
The CMA CGM Group and PSA have kicked off the second phase of their container terminal joint venture in Singapore. Officiating the event were François Hollande, President of the French Republic, and Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Singapore. The CMA CGM - PSA Lion Terminal (CPLT) started operations with two mega container berths at PSA Singapore’s Pasir Panjang Terminal 5 (PPT 5) that had an initial annual capacity of 2 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in July 2016.
Singapore: Ferry Emergency Exercise Tests Multi-Agencies’ Readiness
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held a half-day emergency preparedness exercise, codenamed ‘FEREX 2016’ yesterday (September 02). The annual ferry exercise (FEREX) aims to test the readiness of various agencies to respond to ferry mishaps in the Port of Singapore. More than 450 personnel from 15 agencies and companies took part in this full deployment exercise which included deployment of resources at sea at the Western Anchorage for rescue operations, manning of emergency operations centre at MPA’s Port Operations Control Centre…
Singapore’s Mega Terminal Construction Kicks Off
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has started the construction of a new container terminal at the western end of the island to replace existing container port facilities and consolidate operations for the long term. The first phase of the Tuas Terminal project will have 20 deepwater berths with an initial capacity to handle an annual traffic of 20 million twenty-foot-container equivalent units (TEUs), rising to 65 million TEUs when completed by 2046. The start…
Singapore's Sops to Ailing Shipping
The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singaporehas announced an additional 10 per cent concession on port dues for container vessels calling in Singapore, with port stays of up to five days, to help the shipping industry tide over the current economic downturn. MPA said that the additional concession will be in place for one year, and will be granted on top of existing port dues concessions such as the Green Port Programme incentives and the 20 per cent concession first introduced in 1996. The additional concession will be effective on Friday.
Singapore To Hold International Bunkering Conference
The 12th Singapore International Bunkering Conference (SIBCON) 2002, to be held from September 26-28, 2002 at the Shangri-La, Singapore, will be officially opened by Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Senior Minister of State for Transport, and Information, Communications & the Arts on 26 Sep 2002. Khaw would also be delivering the opening address for the ceremony. This biennial event will bring together some 25 maritime and marine fuel experts from around the world to speak on the latest international trends and developments in bunkering, and the challenges facing the industry. They represent the oil majors, shipping lines, bunker traders, bunker suppliers, and classification societies.
Singapore to Focus on Improving Navigational Safety
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launched the first-ever International Safety@Sea Conference in Singapore. The conference will run for two days and concludes on 31 August 2016. Held as part of Safety@Sea Week, over 30 international speakers and industry experts from different sectors of the maritime industry came together to share best safety at sea practices with more than 350 local and international participants. Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure & Minister…
Singapore, Japan Feasibility Study LNG-Fuelled Car Carriers
To promote LNG bunkering in Asia, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore. This working group will include Japan’s big three shippers – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL). The study…
Wan Hai Lines Chooses ClassNK-Napa Green
ClassNK and maritime software company Napa have announced that Taiwan-based Wan Hai Lines Ltd. has chosen ClassNK-Napa Green ship efficiency software for use on Wan Hai 516, a 4680 TEU vessel delivered by CSBC in April 2013. This marks the first time that the operational optimization and SEEMP (Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan) solution will be installed commercially on an existing vessel. The announcement was made at a signing ceremony attended by representatives from Wan Hai Lines, ClassNK, and Napa held at Wan Hai Lines headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan on May 7, 2013. The ClassNK-Napa Green system is a new comprehensive software…
Wan Hai Profits Up
Asian container operator Wan Hai Lines Ltd sees 2014 profit jump as revenue grows faster than costs. The Taiwanese container carrier recorded a profit of TWD5.32 billion (USD170 million) for 2014, soaring 158% from a profit of TWD2.13 billion in 2013. The carrier's earnings per share also rocketed by 147% to TWD2.37 from TWD0.96 a year ago, and its revenue totaled TWD67 billion in 2014, up 12% year on year (y/y). The company is aiming to raise its annual sales to NT$70 billion (US$2.23 billion) this year, an increase of 4.5 percent from last year.
Wan Hai Expands
Wan Hai Lines, Ltd. (WHL) will expand its U.S.-Asia service in the near future as part of its continuing commitment to increase capacity and improve customer service. Wan Hai is planning to replace five 1,600-TEU vessels in its U.S.-Asia service with five larger vessels of up to 3,500-TEU capacity. Additionally, it will acquire additional equipment and expand customer service and sales forces to support the increased vessel capacity and modify, as necessary, its current trans-Pacific service route for wider Asian port coverage. Wan Hai Lines’ vessels will continue to call at U.S. ports once a week with the added capacity, enabling the line to accommodate its growing client base in both the U.S. and Asia.
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.
Two Bulk Carriers Collide near Zhoushan, One sank
General cargo vessels Wan Li 8 and Heng Run collided in early morning on July 13 in position some 25 nm northeast from Zhoushan, 80 nm southeast of Shanghai, leading to the sinking of Heng Run. Sierra Leone-flagged general cargo ship Heng Run (5,287dwt, built 2008) was carrying ore from Vietnam to Korea while China-flagged general cargo ship Wan Li 8 (4,071dwt, built 2007) was carrying steel from Zhangjiagang to Kaohsiung. Heng Run sank in minutes after collision; most of the 15 crew were rescued by Wan Li 8. One of the crew died, and one still missing.
Wan Hai Orders Eight New Containerships
Taiwan’s shipping company Wan Hai Lines has placed an order for eight 1,900 teu box ships worth a total of $212 million - $236 million. Wan Hai said that the vessels will be built by shipbuilder Naikai Zosen Corp. Delivery dates for the newbuildings were not disclosed, according to a stock exchange filing. The shipping liner has already sealed a deal with Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K”Line) and Singapore’s Pacific International Lines (PIL) to jointly operate a transpacific service from Vietnam and South PRC to the U. S. Pacific South West with seven ships of about 8,000 TEUs.
Wan Hai Surpasses Maersk in Profit
The Taiwanese carrier Wan Hai takes the plaudits with carriers' operating profit margins according to Alphaliner’s survey of the 16 main carriers that published full year financial results for 2015. The report shows that, Wan Hai is the most profitable container line, based on operating profit margins, at 6.3%; followed by Maersk Line at 6%, CMA CGM at 5.8% and OOCL at 5%. These four carriers since 2010 have consistently posted core EBIT margins at around 6 percent above the industry average.
Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd and Wan Hai to Launch CIX Service
Evergreen Marine Corp, Hapag-Lloyd Container Line and Wan Hai Lines are to launch a weekly service linking India with Hong Kong, Shekou and Kaohsiung at the end of April. This will be known as the CIX (China - India Express) service to aid the fast-growing trade between India and southern China. The three lines are deploying four ships, each able to load approximately 1,200 TEU. Wan Hai will contribute two vessels and the other lines one vessel each. The first sailing will be provided by Wan Hai’s Bermudian Express from Kaohsiung on April 30. The port rotation is as follows: Kaohsiung - Hong Kong - Shekou - Singapore - Port Klang - Colombo - Mumbai (Nhava Sheva) - Port Klang - Singapore - Kaohsiung
Evergreen, Wan Hai Lines Respond to Demand
Evergreen Marine Corp (Taiwan) Ltd and Wan Hai Lines are to cooperate to enhance their already extensive intra-Asia networks with the launch of the Japan-Thailand Express Service (NSE/NS6). The fixed-day weekly service will link key ports in Japan with Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand. Evergreen will commit two ships of approximately 900TEU to the new NSE/NS6 service, while Wan Hai Lines will commit a third vessel of the same size. Sailings will commence late September, when the first departure from Hong Kong will be made by the Evergreen vessel UNI-AMPLE. Hong Kong (HIT) - Tokyo - Yokohama - Osaka - Kaohsiung - Hong Kong - Ho Chi Minh - Laem Chabang - Hong Kong.
Consortium Formed to Invest in China Shipbuilding
At the invitation of China Steel Corp. (CSC) and Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., Wan Hai Lines Ltd. has shown its willingness to enter into a consortium led by CSC to invest in the state-run China Shipbuilding Corp., which has decided to go private through public bidding, according to a report on Taiwan Headlines. China Shipbuilding estimated it would sell a 51 percent up to 66 percent stake to become a privately owned firm. Potential buyers of the China Shipbuilding shares include Evergreen Marine Corp., Taiwan Navigation Co., Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., Yung Chi Paint & Varnish Mfg. Co., Kuang Tai Co., Wan Hai Lines Ltd., China Steel Corp., MPH, BAE of the U.S., Mitsubishi of Japan, and Hyundai of South Korea.
Hong Kong Conducts Oil Spill Exercise
An annual oil spill response joint exercise, this year code-named Oilex 2013, was held on October 17 off Ha Mei Wan, Lamma Island, to test responses in combating oil pollution in Hong Kong waters. Under the Maritime Oil Spill Response Plan, the Marine Department coordinated the exercise and other government departments including the Civil Aid Service, the Auxiliary Medical Service, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the Government Flying Service (GFS) and the Hong Kong Police Force participated. Several oil companies and Hong Kong Response Limited also took part in the exercise.
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.
Box Ships APL Denver and Wan Hai 301 Collided
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.
Keppel Elects New Executive Chair
Keppel Corp. Limited and Keppel TatLee Bank Limited have appointed Lim Chee Onn as executive chairman upon the retirement of Sim Kee Boon, effective January 1, 2000. Boon will continue to act as senior advisor to the Keppel Group. Onn, who holds a BSc in Naval Architecture from the University of Glasgow and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, has been senior executive director of Keppel Corp. since September 1983.