New WSS Asia VP Talks of Challenging Market at Marintec
Regional Vice President Asia Pacific, Neal De Roche says Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) remains focussed on providing innovative solutions to client needs. Speaking as he takes up his new role in Singapore, following five years in Shanghai, De Roche says the recent recovery of some shipping segments should not be taken as a sign of a return to a simple ‘business as usual’ scenario. “It has been struggle over the last few years. We are still in a challenging market and Asia is no exception. Despite perceptions to the contrary, China is a quality not a quantity market,” he says.
High Uptakes on Ships Agency in Japan and Asia: WSS
As it prepares for Sea Japan, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has reported strong growth in the number of owners in Japan and North East Asia signing up for its’ Ships Agency Re-Defined (SARD) offer. “Since launching SARD globally at the end of 2010,” we have seen high levels of uptake from the North East Asian shipping community, with growth levels of around 15 percent throughout 2011,” said Neal De Roche, Area Director WSS North East Asia. “Japanese vessel operators and owners are extremely positive about the fact that SARD provides a ‘one point of contact’ system. In fact, SARD can save up to three hours per port call for our Japanese customers.
Ship Owners in Japan, NE Asia Sign Up with Wilhelmsen Agency
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has reported strong growth in the number of owners in Japan and North East Asia signing up for its Ships' Agency Re-Defined (SARD) offer. Neal De Roche, Area Director WSS North East Asia said: “Since launching SARD globally at the end of 2010 we have seen high levels of uptake from the North East Asian shipping community, with growth levels of around 15% throughout 2011. Japanese vessel operators and owners are extremely positive about the fact that SARD provides a unique ‘one point of contact’ system. In fact, SARD can save up to three hours per port call for our Japanese customers. This is crucial to guarantee efficient operations and fast turnaround”.
Tug Newbuild Delivered to De Boer
On January 9, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld delivered an ASD Tug 2310 SD (shallow draught), named Papillon, to De Boer Remorquage SARL, a subsidiary company of Dutch Dredging (Baggerbedrijf De Boer) and Iskes Towage & Salvage. Damen has customized the ASD for a 12-year contract with Grand Port Maritime de Guyane in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guiana. The tug’s primary function will be the assistance of vessels entering and leaving the ports. She can also provide emergency assistance, such as fire-fighting, survey activities and small transports.
P&O Ferries Appoints New Irish Sea Director
P&O Ferries has appointed Neal Mernock to the role of Sector Director Irish Sea. Neal is an experienced chief executive and managing director of various household name businesses, including Silentnight and United Biscuits, and brings a wealth of business acumen and a strong track record of success to lead the sector. Neal will be responsible with the local and head office management team for the strategic growth and direction of the business across all Irish Sea activity. www.poferries.com
De Poli Tankers Extends VSAT Deal with Marlink
Dutch ship owner De Poli Tankers BV has extended its contract with Marlink, securing high-bandwidth global communication using the Sealink Plus service for its fleet of eight chemical tankers and two gas tankers. De Poli Tankers' in-house ITC company, Maritime Performances BV, chose to retain the Sealink Plus service for the future as it combines high-bandwidth VSAT with unlimited L-band back-up in a single easy to manage bundle, Marlink said. De Poli Tankers first migrated to Marlink VSAT from L-band only communications in 2013…
Elengy LNG Trans-Shipment at Montoir-de-Bretagne
Elengy, a unit of the French energy company and LNG player Engie, said that the LNG receiving terminal in Montoir-de-Bretagne, managed by the company, has just performed a new generation LNG transshipment. The ice-class LNG carrier Fedor Litke (170 000 cm capacity) has delivered to the LNG Jurojin (155 000 cm capacity) an LNG cargo the size of the yearly gas consumption of a city like Nantes. This was done safely during an twin call thanks l. The LNG was transferred through the cryogenic pipelines linking directly the two berths, without going through the terminal’s tanks.
Libya's Zawiya Oil Port Reopens
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Cambodia Study Looks at Port Data Exchange
A feasibility study to look into the possible expansion of the Northeast Asia Logistics Information Service Network (NEAL-NET) is being undertaken in Cambodia, as part of a project co-funded by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and China. NEAL-NET was established in 2010 by China, Japan and the Republic of Korea as a transnational, non-profit cooperative mechanism for logistics information exchange and technological cooperation. The envisaged expansion of NEAL-NET is expected to support the implementation of the revised Facilitation Convention…
Myanmar Study Looks at Port Data Exchange
A feasibility study looking into the possible expansion of the Northeast Asia Logistics Information Service Network (NEAL-NET) has been undertaken in Myanmar, as part of a project co-funded by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and China. A team of consultants in Myanmar (5-6 March) met a range of stakeholders in the region and made a site visit to the port of Yangon. The aim is to gain a better understanding of existing systems of port logistics information and to identify the port or ports where NEAL-NET could be implemented.
Libyan Rebel Leader: Govt Has Not Fulfilled Deal to Reopen Ports
A rebel group controlling two large oil export ports in eastern Libya said on Wednesday the government had not fulfilled its part of an agreement to reopen the ports. Abd-Rabbo al-Barassi, self-declared prime minister of the group, also told a pro-rebel television station it refused to deal with new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq. (Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Andrew Roche)
Hollande To Meet GE Chief To Discuss Alstom
President Francois Hollande and his Economy MinisterArnaud Montebourg will meet General Electric chief executive Jeff Immelt on Monday to discuss the future of French engineering group Alstom, a presidential official told Reuters. The meeting follows news last week that GE is planning a $13 billion deal to buy Alstom's power turbines business, and comes after the intervention on Sunday of the French government and industry rival Siemens of Germany. Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Writing by Andrew Callus; Editing by Andrew Roche)
French SMART PORT in Med Soon
The members of the SMART PORT steering committee adopted a first series of projects designed to take advantage of the digital transition with a view to affirming and consolidating the importance of the Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis as a seaport. The steering committee also supported the creation of a program focusing on research and innovation: the Brain Port Community. This partnership will be based on a multi-party agreement between Aix-Marseille Université, the Port of Marseille Fos, the CCIMP, Métropole Aix-Marseille, and the PACA region.
Iorizzo Named President of Northrop Grumman Group
Northrop Grumman Corp. named Robert Iorizzo as president of the Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector group, the company's largest business. Iorizzo replaces James Roche, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as secretary of the U.S. Air Force. The change was made effective immediately, Northrop said. Iorizzo previously served as vice president and general manager of the sector's Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Naval Systems division. The sensors and systems business has expanded recently with Northrop's acquisition of Litton Industries Inc. Litton's $1.6 billion advanced electronics businesses was integrated into Northrop's operation and the division is now expected to generate 2001 revenues of $4.5 billion.
EU Opens Investigation into Tax Incentives for Polish Shipyards
The European Commission on Monday opened an investigation into tax incentives for shipyards in Poland, saying it had concerns the scheme would give an unfair advantage to companies. Under the Polish scheme, shipmakers can pay a flat-rate tax on sales from the building and conversion of ships. The Commission said such a measure could be seen as “operating aid”, which is illegal under EU rules. “The Commission will now investigate further to determine whether its initial concerns are confirmed,” the EU’s competition watchdog said in a statement.
U.S. Navy Photo: Light Show off USS Abraham Lincoln
(Oct. 8, 2010) Lighting flashes as the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Strait of Malacca. Abraham Lincoln is underway on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and U.S. 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colby K. Neal/Released)
Bay Diesel Hires Mechanic Panaksy
Bay Diesel & Generator is pleased to announce that Neal Panasky has joined Bay Diesel as a diesel mechanic. Panasky is a retired Chief Engineman, with 24 years served in the United States Navy, and has over 30 years experience in diesel engines. Panasky will be based out of the Bay Diesel & Generator office located at 3736 Cook Blvd., in Chesapeake, Va.
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, whose headquarters element deploys from Camp Pendleton, California.
Moves at ExxonMobil Marine Fuels International Team
ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF) has appointed Ahmed Zaki and Boris Nigbur to its international team based in Leatherhead, near London in the U.K. Ahmed joins from ExxonMobil's local affiliate in Egypt, where he worked in Marine Fuels Business Development. Boris has come from the company's subsidiary in Germany, where he was involved in Marine Sales. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Onillon and Neal Bolton have left EMMF to pursue interests elsewhere. ExxonMobil Marine Fuels has a network of over 300 ports in over 70 countries, through which more than 15 million tons of marine fuel are supplied annually.
One Dead, Several Missing after Congo Boat Capsizes
At least one person died and a dozen others were missing after a boat capsized in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokesman for the United Nations mission in the country said on Monday. A U.N. drone spotted the vessel capsizing on Lake Kivu and peacekeepers intervened, Lieutenant-Colonel Felix Prosper Basse, a spokesman for the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DRC, told Reuters. "A corpse was recovered and 14 people were rescued. We were told about a dozen others are still missing," Basse said, adding that it was unclear how many people the boat had been carrying. The vessel had been travelling to Congo's North Kivu Province from South Kivu. Accidents are common on the Great Lakes of central Africa due to overloading, lack of maintenance and lax enforcement of safety standards.
Libyan Coastguard Detains 114 African Migrants
Libya's coastguard detained 114 African migrants in a packed boat headed for Europe on Thursday, officials said. Some 43,000 migrants have crossed from North Africa to Italy so far this year, mostly via Libya where a weak central government is struggling to secure its porous land and sea borders. "We arrested this group of illegal migrants during our daily patrol early this morning," a coastguard official told Reuters as the boat was brought to shore at Gharbouli east of Tripoli. The area is frequented by human traffickers exploiting the weakness of Libya's state authorities since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. "They (the migrants) are from sub-Saharan countries and most of them are from Senegal," the official added.
Cargo Ship Attacked off Nigeria
Gunmen attacked a Greek-owned tanker while it was waiting to load off Nigeria late on Tuesday, killing its Greek deputy captain and taking hostage three other crew, Greece's coastguard said on Wednesday. The attack on the vessel Kalamos, which had a crew of 23 and was sailing under a Maltese flag, took place at Qua Iboe, a sea area between Cameroon and Nigeria, the coastguard said. "The foreign and shipping ministries have taken the necessary actions for the rescue of the hostages," Greece's Deputy Shipping Minister Thodoris Dritsas said in a statement. The ship had sailed from China to Nigeria to load. Greece's shipping ministry said the rest of the ship's crew was safe. (Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas and George Georgiopoulos; editing by Andrew Roche)
USCG Strengthen Inter-Agency Security Partnerships
The Coast Guard participated in a multi-agency Northern Border Initiative exercise to strengthen inter-agency security partnerships in five New York locations, Thursday and Friday. Approximately 500 people from 20 Federal, State and local agencies, as well as cross-border partners in Canada participated in the exercise. Capt. Brian Roche, commander of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, served as lead federal official in the exercise, which was organized by the Monroe County Emergency Management Office.