Singapore to Hong Kong: Give us back our troop carriers
Singapore welcomes Hong Kong pledge on handling of dispute. Singapore's defence minister on Monday said the nine armoured vehicles seized in Hong Kong could not be detained or confiscated, but that he welcomed Hong Kong's pledge for the dispute to be handled in line with its laws. Hong Kong customs seized the troop carriers in November as they were being shipped to Singapore from Taiwan after military exercises on the island that Beijing regards as a breakaway province, sparking tension between Singapore and China. Beijing, which regained sovereignty over the former British colony of Hong Kong in 1997, then warned countries against maintaining military ties with Taiwan. The vehicles were Singapore property, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, answering questions in parliament.
Hong Kong to Release Singapore's Seized Troop Carriers
Hong Kong is to release armoured vehicles belonging to Singapore impounded in the Chinese-ruled city on their way home from military exercises in Taiwan, Singapore said on Tuesday. Hong Kong customs seized the troop carriers in November. Beijing, which regained sovereignty over the former British colony of Hong Kong in 1997, then warned countries against maintaining military ties with Taiwan. Singapore's foreign affairs ministry said Hong Kong authorities would release the Singapore Armed Forces' troop carriers and other equipment to the Singapore government but the ministry did not give details. Hong Kong's commissioner of Customs and Excise, Roy Tang, said in a statement the vehicles were seized because of "a suspected breach of the Hong Kong law".
More Ferry Services between Johor and Singapore
As agreements was signed between Singapore and Malaysia to boost the number of ferry trips between Changi Ferry Terminal, Singapore and Tanjung Belungkor in south-eastern Johor, Malaysia. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed was between Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and the Johor Port Authority on the sidelines of the annual retreat between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak. The agreement is an update of the MOU first…
Azevêdo Visits 3 S.E. Asian Countries
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo of World Trade Organization wrapped up a three country visit to Malaysia (19-20 May), the Philippines (21-24 May) and Singapore (25 May) today, hailing the strong support of all three countries for the multilateral trading system and more specifically for a successful meeting of the WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, in December this year. The Director-General also was in the region to attend the APEC meeting of Ministers Responsible for Trade held in Boracay, the Philippines, on 23-24 May.
Singapore Opens $3.5bln Phase 3 and 4 of Pasir Panjang Terminal
The $3.5 billion Phase 3 and 4 expansion of Pasir Panjang Terminal was officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (June 23). The expansion will add 15 berths with a 6 km quay length to the container terminal's existing 52 berths. The new berths have an 18 m-deep draught. The facilities, known as Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 and 4, are slated to be fully operational by end-2017. The expansion - comprising the currently operational Pasir Panjang Terminal 5…
P&O Agrees to $6.3B Takeover Offer
The AP has reported that the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. said it has agreed to a $6.3 billion offer from Singapore port operator PSA International -- a switch of alliances that is likely to spark a bidding war for the 165-year-old British maritime icon. The approach from PSA trumped a 3.3 billion pound ($5.9 billion) cash offer from government-owned Dubai Ports World that P&O agreed to in November. P&O Chairman John Parker noted that the 470 pence ($8.40) per share offer from PSA, which would make the combined company the world's largest ports operator, was a 6 percent premium on the 443 pence ($7.91) offered by DP World. Shares in P&O were trading above both offers Thursday, up 1.8 percent at 516.25 pence ($9.22).
Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 & 4 Wins Top Engineering Accolade
The Engineering Feats @ IES-SG50 competition was organised by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) to seek out and recognise the top 50 engineering achievements across the various fields of engineering deemed to have made the greatest economic, infrastructural or societal impact to Singapore since 1965. The results were announced at IES’ Golden Jubilee celebrations graced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a gala on 1 July 2016. To construct Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 & 4, some 198ha of land (equivalent to 280 football fields) was reclaimed off the Pasir Panjang shore.
ROV Dredger Goes to Work in Singapore
Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT) announced the successful start up and installation of a state-of-the-art Mud Cat brand remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at the Gardens by the Bay nature park in central Singapore. ML Trading International purchased a Mud Cat Model SRD-6EHV ROV System to fulfill a contract to clean approximately 3,000m3 of sludge in 2km of the Marina Gardens outlet drain tunnel which runs parallel to Marina Gardens Drive, the main access road to Gardens by the Bay.
Singapore to Build Second LNG Terminal
Reuters - Singapore plans to build a second terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG), as it aims to create a regional trading hub for the fuel, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday. The city-state - located strategically on the main shipping route between Europe and Asia - started commercial operations of its first LNG terminal in May last year with an initial capacity of 3.5 million metric tons per year (tpy). A new storage tank that increases the capacity to 6 million tpy was officially opened on Tuesday.
New ISSA President: Innovation, Cooperation Are Top Priotities
The new President of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA), Abdul Hameed Hajah, has outlined his priorities for the year ahead with innovation and cross industry cooperation sitting at the top of his agenda. Hajah, who officially took over as President of ISSA on January 1, has highlighted innovation and improved productivity in the supply chain as key processes in the efficient management of today’s ships. A highly efficient and strong international ship supply industry is crucial to this process, he said.