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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Singapore Establishes New Bunker Standards

Singapore’s bunkering industry will receive a boost with the implementation of a new national standard. As of June 1, 2007, all bunker suppliers in Singapore are required to be certified in accordance with the new Singapore Standard on Quality Management for Bunker Supply Chain (SS 524:2006), in order to renew their bunkering licenses. This was announced by Lim Hwee Hua, Minister of State for Finance and Transport at the opening of the 14th Singapore International Bunkering Conference (SIBCON 2006).

Seaarland Sets up in Singapore

Seaarland Shipping Management has set up a commercial office in Singapore and made a strategic move into both the large dry bulk and suezmax tanker sectors. The new Singapore company, Seaarland Management Services Singapore, will manage the commercial business for four 115,000 dwt mini-cape bulkers ordered by Seaarland last week from China's New Times Shipyard, and spearhead expansion for the group into Asia. At the same time Seaarland has taken a suezmax tanker on a five year time charter as a preliminary to extending its existing aframax and product tanker fleet into the suezmax market.

Satcom Provider ITC Open Singapore Office

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Provider of satellite communications to remote and harsh environments, ITC Global, says it has appointed industry veteran Ashok Rao to open new operations in Singapore, and expand its business across Asia. The new Singapore office extends ITC Global's existing presence in Asia Pacific, which is headquartered in Perth, Australia, by placing additional facilities and personnel closer to customers in the offshore energy and commercial maritime markets. The new office will initially provide sales, engineering and customer support resources, with near term additions in field operations.

Bimco Opens Office In Singapore

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BIMCO has opened a new regional office in Singapore in order to increase services to its members in the Southeast Asia region and boost collaborations with regional maritime associations. BIMCO’s new Singapore contact will be General Manager, Maite Bolivar Klarup, who brings 16 years of commercial maritime experience to the role. The BIMCO office in central Singapore will also be shared with staff from the Baltic Exchange and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, forming a small ‘hub’ of maritime organisations in the area.

IHC Merwede Opens New Singapore Office

IHC Merwede officially opened its new Singapore office at the PSA Building today. The Singapore base will be the corporate headquarters for IHC Offshore & Marine’s Southeast Asia businesses, as it further expands its footprint in the region. IHC Merwede already has an IHC Parts & Services office in Jurong, which manages its life-cycle support operations. The new venture will focus on promoting IHC Merwede’s offshore and marine vessels and technology solutions. In addition, it aims to secure building capacity to complement its yards in The Netherlands and add to the considerable marine engineering capability already operating under the company’s umbrella.

Sigma Offshore Opens Singapore Office

Sigma Offshore, which has developed a pioneering mooring and fluid transfer system for oil and gas production vessels, has opened a new office in Singapore. Sigma’s Eirik Refstie moved from the company’s Oslo base to head up the new Singapore office ahead of the FPSO Asia Congress in Singapore on September 28-29. He will take on the role of Vice President Asia Pacific. Sigma Offshore developed its Smart Mooring System (SMS) as a cost-efficient and timesaving solution for FPSOs (Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels) and other vessels which require both mooring and fluid loading and unloading in medium to deepwater depths. Sigma Offshore now has offices Singapore, Houston, Oslo and its headquarters in Aberdeen.

Hydro Group Reports International Growth

Doug Whyte, Hydro Group managing director with Steve Ang, who will head-up the Hydro Group Singapore office. Photo: Hydro Group

Aberdeen-based Hydro Group Plc, a global design and manufacturer of underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications, sets sights on further international growth with opening of new Singapore office. Singapore currently represents Hydro Group’s second largest export market, with the Group identifying more than £1million of potential sales in the region per year. The new office will support Hydro Group’s increasing presence in Southeast Asia and offer its range of subsea optical cables…

MOL Adjusts Intra-Asia Service Network

MOL Liner Ltd. (MOL) announced an enhancement of its Intra-Asia service network with new rotation of “HS3” and new Japan-Strait service “HS4,” offering competitive service despite potential schedule disruption as a result of recent port congestion in the region. MOL will introduce Singapore-Jakarta feeder service (AJS is operated by MOL) to stabilize the service schedule of “HS3”. This will help maintain competitive transit times from Japan to Jakarta by transshipment to this dedicated feeder service and reduce the risk of accumulated delays at ports. Furthermore, the new “HS3” will add a direct call at Shekou on the northbound rotation to cover service needs from/to the port of Shekou. MOL will offer a new service “HS4” to link Japan-Taiwan-Hong Kong-Jakarta.

MacArtney Singapore Open for Business

The MacArtney Singapore Team - From left to right Workshop Technician Akmal Syafiq Bin Marzuki, Item Sales Manager Tan Chew Leng, Office Manager Nafisa King and Channel Sales Manager Steen Frejo. Photo: MacArtney

Following a presence through official sales representative Kongsberg Geoacoustics, MacArtney Singapore Pte. Ltd. is now open for business. Located in the major offshore hub of South East Asia, MacArtney Singapore provides an increased regional sales base, offering local access to stock and capacity, resulting in efficient service and prompt delivery to underwater technology customers in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines. Having recently established a new and successful subsidiary in Perth…

Rolls-Royce Opens New Singapore HQ

February 15, 2011 -- Rolls-Royce today officially opened its new Singapore headquarters office, located at Centennial Tower. The opening was attended by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. Lim Hng Kiang, and Sir John Rose, Rolls-Royce, Chief Executive, along with senior representatives from customer and partner organisations, and UK and Singapore Government officials. The 18,000 sq ft office houses the global Marine business headquarters, and will be home to around 80 Rolls-Royce employees. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister Lim said: “We are pleased that Rolls-Royce has chosen Singapore for its Global Marine Headquarters. Today’s opening marks yet another significant milestone in the Rolls-Royce-Singapore partnership which spans more than 50 years.

NAVTOR Eyes Expansion in Singapore

Lawrence Yeow (Photo: NAVTOR)

E-navigation specialist NAVTOR said it is continuing to build its business footprint beyond Europe, with the news that the Norwegian firm is expanding its new Singapore office. The base, which opened in December 2014, has given the firm an important foothold in the Southeast Asian market, driving new business with shipowners and managers such as NEOM, SeaTeam, Waruna Shipping, Samudera Shipping, and Sattech International. NAVTOR launched its ENC service in 2012, followed by its move into Singapore, and then by another office opening in Japan in September 2015.

Aegean Exits Singapore Bunker Market

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Aegean Bunkering Pte Ltd on Friday said it had this week left the world's largest marine fuels market in Singapore after handing back its supply and craft operator licences. The company had announced in October that it would halt physical supply operations in Singapore by January amid heightened commercial pressures after the city-state adopted tougher bunkering procedures. Aegean Bunkering, headquartered in Greece, was last year ranked the 20th largest marine fuels supplier by volume in Singapore from a total of 55, data from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) showed.

Road Map to Boost Singapore Maritime Industry

Dr Lam Pin Min, SMS, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, at the PSA ‘Intelligent Port of the Future’ Exhibition showcasing the transformation of port operations through technology and innovation. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, launched the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map (ITM) at the annual Singapore Maritime Foundation New Year Cocktail Reception. Developed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in partnership with the industry, unions and other government agencies, the Sea Transport ITM builds on MPA’s strategic long term plans to develop Singapore’s next-generation port and strengthen our international maritime centre (IMC).

Trai Thien Announces Singapore Hub

Trai Thien USA Inc (OTC Markets:TRTH), through its subsidiary Trai Thien Logistics, announced that it is planning to establish Singapore as a new Shipping and Trade Hub for the Company to expand ahead of the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community ("AEC") in 2015. The AEC is ASEAN's most resolute step to date to transform the region into a single market and production base by 2015. The Port of Singapore is the busiest in the world, surpassing Rotterdam and Hong Kong. In addition, Singapore's port infrastructure and skilled workforce, due in part to the success of the country's education policy in producing skilled workers, is also fundamental in providing easier access to markets for both importing and exporting. Trai Thien currently has six vessels operating at full shipping capacity.

Maritime Engineers Expand into SE Asia

Kent Stewart & Han Jong Kwang at the new Singapore office.

Maritime Engineers, the Australian based ship survey and marine engineering consultancy firm have opened a new office in Singapore this month. Part of James Fisher & Sons plc, Maritime Engineers offer a comprehensive range of professional and high quality marine consultancy services from ship surveys to naval architecture and design. “This new office will enable us to provide additional services to the region and allow us to better service the needs of our clients in the South East Asian region,” commented Kent Stewart, Maritime Engineer’s Executive Director.

U.S. Carrier Docks In New Singapore Pier

U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk docked at Singapore's new deep-draft naval pier on Thursday, the first giant American warship to use the facility. The pier, at Singapore's Changi Naval Base, is one of only two in the region large enough to berth a carrier. The other is at Port Klang in Malaysia. The pier will help speed up re-supply of large warships and improve mission turnarounds, said Rear-Admiral Mark J. Edwards, who heads the Logistics Group, Western Pacific. "This is very important as our deployment schedules are ever-changing," Edwards said. Singapore, at the mouth of the Malacca Strait, was also a strategic location for the U.S. Navy, he said. Admiral Vern Clark, chief of U.S.

Inmarsat Expands Presence in Singapore

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Inmarsat, has opened its new Singapore office, which is the company’s largest facility in Asia Pacific region. Inmarsat’s investment in the 1,700 suareq meter office in Toa Payoh, Central Region Singapore, sees the company’s regional hub providing a new solutions lab, demonstration capabilities, training rooms, a knowledge centre and support center, in addition to enhanced production and storage facilities. The opening ceremony was attended by Inmarsat’s CEO, Rupert Pearce, Beh Kain Teik…

DNV GL Launches Singapore Service Center

Singapore Service Center

DNV GL's new Singapore Service Center (SSC) will streamline customer support and enhance customers’ experiences by giving them a single point of contact for all operational issues. Singapore is a growing maritime hub, which has hundreds of shipmanagers with approximately 1,500 DNV GL classed vessels managed from Singapore. The new SSC, together with DNV GL's existing technical helpdesk DATE (Direct Access to Technical Experts), aim to provide customers easier and improved access to the group’s services.

SSA Names Manpower Issues a Top Priority

Esben Poulsson (Photo: SSA)

Playing an active role and making meaningful contributions to the workings and development of the Tripartite Maritime Manpower Taskforce initiatives for both seafaring and shore-based jobs will be one of the major priorities for the new Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) Council, its recently elected President has announced. Addressing a press briefing in Singapore yesterday, Esben Poulsson said the initiative, spearheaded by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)…

PSA's Port Inks Solar Deal with Sunseap

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PSA Corporation and Sunseap Group Pte Ltd have signed a 21-year solar power purchase agreement that will enhance the eco-friendliness of the container port and ancillary buildings in PSA’s Singapore facilities. Sunseap will construct and install a 4 Megawatt peak solar system across five sites in PSA’s Singapore terminals, including terminal buildings, gates, maintenance base and workers’ dormitories at Pasir Panjang Terminal. Under the contract, Sunseap will install and maintain…

Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Bags Ocean Tankers Order for Six Vessels

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Ocean Tankers, the provider oil tanker shipping and chartering services to oil companies and trading houses, has ordered six handy-sized tankers to be built at the Chinese shipbuilding facility Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, said a report in Reuters. The report said that the Singapore based tanker company has placed the order for an undisclosed sum as the company renews and expands its fleet and ships are expected to be delivered by 2020. The order is for 23,500-deadweight tonne (dwt) tankers that can carry crude, clean or dirty oil products, to be delivered in stages by the end of the decade.

G2 Ocean Names Wallem

Image: Wallem Group Limited

Wallem Ship Agency has been appointed by G2 Ocean to provide Ship Agency services to all their vessels calling in ports in SE Asia. The agreement has been made with Wallem Ship Agency in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar. This news comes after Wallem was appointed by G2 Ocean back in July of 2017 for calls to China, totaling an estimated number of 700 calls per year. Managing Director of Wallem Ship Agency Dickson Chin says, “We are delighted to extend our relationship with G2 Ocean to handle their vessels calling throughout Southeast Asia.

Chevron Shipping Awards Oil, LNG Contract to GAC

Photo: Gulf Agency Company

US-based Chevron Shipping Company (CSC) has awarded  the Dubai-based GAC Group a global three-year ship agency contract for both crude and LNG vessels. The new agreement secures the provider of shipping, logistics and marine services GAC’s status as Chevron’s exclusive global agent in a partnership that spans more than 20 years, more than 15 of which have seen GAC as its sole global agent. Operations will be overseen by GAC Hub Agency offices in Dubai, Houston and Singapore with support from GAC’s network of offices and approved agents worldwide.

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