Long-Haul Seaborne Chemical Shipping Undermined
Growing Paraxylene (PX) exports from North East Asia to China are contributing to the fast growth of intra-Asia coastal trade, but they are undermining long-haul seaborne trade, according to Drewry's recently published 'Chemical Forecaster' report. Chinas consumption of PX has emerged as a key driver of global Chemical shipping demand. Its annual PX import requirements tripled from 2.9 million tonnes in 2007 to 9.0 million tonnes in 2013, representing 21% annual growth over this period.
Pacific Basin Equips 99 Ships with KVH Mini-VSAT
Dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has deployed KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband solution on its entire fleet of 99 owned ships as part of its effort to modernize ship-shore communications. “Satellite communications continue to become more cost-effective over time as requirements rapidly grow for bandwidth and speed,” said Capt. Uttam K. Jaiswal, general manager – marine at Pacific Basin, a Hong Kong based owner and operator of Handysize and Supramax dry bulk ships.
North East Asia Geared for Growth
The new role of Harald Lundestad as General Manager for Wilhelmsen Ships Service in Taiwan, will give impetus to the expansion of the company’s business in the region, which is capitalising on the 10% GDP growth enjoyed by Taiwan in 2010, and the current rapid expansion of Taipei and Kaohsiung ports. Based at the company’s Taipei office, Harald will play an instrumental role in the future development and growth of Wilhelmsen Ships Service in Taiwan. He comments, ”My key target is to significantly increase sales to Taiwanese customers. Harald has been with the Wilh. Wilhelmsen Group for eleven years, most recently based in Shanghai as Operations and Business Improvement Manager for North East Asia.
WSS’s Liferaft Rental Program "Convenient and Cost Efficient"
Iino Marine Service, a ship management company in Japan, has been a customer of the Liferaft Rental and Exchange program (LRE) since 2010. Mr. Araki, Director of Iino Marine Service said, “Operating a high number of vessels on global trading patterns means that we are constantly looking for ways in which we can improve the efficiency of our operations. As WSS exhibits at this week’s Bariship 2013 event, Gen Takamatsu, Sales Manager for WSS Japan said, “For shipowners, managing the maintenance, repair and inspection of liferafts can be an expensive, unpredictable and complicated challenge. Across north-east Asia, the number of rafts being exchanged and serviced by WSS is growing quickly, with the number of exchanges increasing month on month.
WSS Says Demand for Services Remains Solid in Japan
Despite tight budgets and uncertain economic forecasts, demand for WSS services in Japan remains solid, the company said. Speaking after last week’s Bariship Japan event in Imabari, General Manager WSS Japan Yoshihiro Iizuka said that for ship-owners and vessel operators, a combination of increased regulation and continued pressure on budgets means that the cost of products and services is more crucial than ever. However, according to Iizuka, the company has seen steady demand for its services such as Life Raft Exchange program and Ships Agency Re-Defined.
WSS Opens Distribution Hub in Korea
Overlooking Busan New Port in South Korea, Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s (WSS) newly opened 3,000+ square meter warehouse sits on a 6,000m2 site and will now take over from Singapore as the company’s distribution hub in North East Asia (NEA). Jensen continued, “The new distribution centre is good news for our local NEA customers. But, it also increases our operational efficiency which will positively impact the whole region.
WSS Offers Free Welding Safety Inspections
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is currently running a campaign to promote safe onboard welding across the Asia Pacific region. The Welding Safety Inspection Service, launched earlier this year in Singapore, deals head-on with the challenges faced by vessel owners and operators in maintaining welding equipment onboard and ensuring operational practices are up to date with regulations. At this time, the inspection service is offered free of charge to existing customers. Paul Rogers…
GTT Wins DSME Order for 9 More Icebreaking LNGCs
Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), announced the order of nine Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) which will be built by the Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). Six new ships will be owned jointly by TEEKAY & CLNG and the three others will be owned jointly by MOL & CSLNG. These large vessels are expected to be delivered between 2017 and 2019. They will be built with the NO 96 membrane technology, with more than 20 years of successful experience at sea, which is well suited for these ice-breaking LNGCs and allows for an optimized daily boil-off rate of cargo LNG.
Kalmar Delivers RTGs to Evergreen
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has successfully delivered five rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to Evergreen International Storage & Transport Corporation in Taiwan. The cranes will be used in Taoyuan Inland Container Terminal and Hsichih Inland Container Terminal. Evergreen International Storage & Transport Corporation offers inland container terminal services to customers all over Taiwan, including lifting operations and control of inbound and outbound containers; container repairing and cleaning service; and warehousing in the distribution center.
CMA CGM to Launch New Joint Liner Service
CMA CGM S.A. announced it act in cooperation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL), to offer a new joint service in the North East Asia, Australia and New Zealand Trade, commencing from Shanghai in early of November. The new service will be operated with seven vessels of 4,250 TEU nominal capacity, of which three vessels will be provided by CMA CGM, two vessels by OOCL and one vessel each by CSCL and PIL. It will replace the current ANZEX/NZN service operated by CMA CGM and OOCL. The weekly service will turn around in 49 days, offering port coverage in Asia and New Zealand, also including a stop in an Australian port on the way from Asia.
CMA CGM Joint Service Between NE Asia, Australia & N. Zealand
CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM), has announced the co-operation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL), in the North East Asia, Australia and New Zealand Trade commencing from Shanghai in early of November. The new service will be operated with 7 vessels of 4,250 TEU nominal capacity, of which three (3) vessels will be provided by CMA CGM, two (2) vessels by OOCL, one (1) vessel each by CSCL and PIL, and 1 ship for CSCL and PIL, while ANL will remain slot charterer.
New Drydocking Solution from WSS
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) announced the launch of a new service for the ship repair market. The offer aims to streamline drydocking operations by allowing customers to take advantage of integrated ships agency, safety and equipment services from a single source. Paul Rogers, WSS Commercial Director for North East Asia, says the service has been developed to create added value in the dry docking process by enabling owners to take advantage of trusted business relationships during drydock planning and execution.
New Rotation of CMA CGM Joint Service Unveiled
CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM) announced the rotation of its new service in cooperation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL), in the North East Asia, Australia and New Zealand Trade, commencing from Shanghai in early November 2014. The weekly service will turn around in 49 days offering extensive port coverage in Asia and New Zealand and including a call in Australia on her way from Asia. The new service will be operated with seven vessels of 4…
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”.
Maersk Upgrades 'Triple Star' Service
Maersk Line is upgrading its ‘Triple Star’ service by launching direct, weekly northbound connections between New Zealand and North East Asian ports. "We are optimising our ‘Triple Star’ service with the launch of direct, weekly connections between New Zealand and North East Asian ports. Starting from late September 2016, Kiwi exporters can enjoy all the benefits of direct access to Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan," says a statement from Maersk Line. With unmatched transit times to a number of strategic ports…
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.
Australian Warship to South Korea for Joint Exercises
The ANZAC-class Guided Missile Frigate, HMAS Ballarat, continues its North East Asian deployment after completing a successful exercise with the Chinese Navy it will conduct a port visit and exercise with the Republic of Korea. The ANZAC-class Guided Missile Frigate, HMAS Ballarat, continues its North East Asian deployment after completing a successful exercise with the Chinese Navy conduct a port visit and exercise with the Republic of Korea. The exercise is aimed to improve interoperability and mutual understanding between the ADF and ROKN in selected facets of maritime operations through the conduct of training activities including communications and Anti Submarine Warfare.
Corvus Energy Names Bjørkeli CEO
Corvus Energy has appointed Geir Bjørkeli as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Bjørkeli was previously Director of Norway for the Dutch company Huisman, and established the company’s Norwegian presence for offshore construction equipment solutions. Bjørkeli will remain based in Bergen, Norway. Prior to joining Huisman, Bjørkeli was a design engineer with the ship designer and shipbuilder Ulstein. He held several positions with Rolls-Royce, including VP Sales for North East Asia and Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Marine Japan…
WSS VP Speaks About Asia restructure
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) Asia Pacific is strengthening its’ regional management team to meet market demand and emerging business opportunities. Bjorn Tonsberg, Regional Vice President said: “We are reviewing the way we do things and rebuilding the organisation to meet the challenges that the next few years will bring. Constant improvements to better serve our customers are the only way forward. Part of the restructure comes from the appointment of Yoshihiro Iizuka as General Manager Japan and Jason Chew as General Manager for China.
U.S. Worries about Russian Ships near Critical Undersea Cables
Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global internet communications, raising concerns in America, reports Reuters. The US intelligence officials feel that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict, says the report. From the North Sea to Northeast Asia and even in waters closer to U.S. shores, there is increased Russian activity along the known routes of cables that carry the lifeblood of global electronic communications and commerce.
Container Shippers Enhance Asia-Australia Network
In order to offer shippers a more comprehensive service on Asia-Australia trade, Evergreen Line, OOCL, MOL, "K" Line and YML are teaming up to offer a new joint North East Asia - Australia Express (NEAX). This weekly service will utilize six ships of between 3,500 and 3,700 TEU capacity, one each provided by Evergreen, MOL, K-LINE, YML and the remaining two by OOCL. The first sailing is planned to depart from Yokohama on October 23, with the following port rotation: Yokohama - Osaka - Pusan - Qingdao - Shanghai - Ningbo - Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbane, then returning to Yokohama.
MSC Rolls out New VSA
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announces a new vessel sharing agreement (VSA), effective on the Wallaby and Panda services between Australia and Asia. The VSA will come into force in May 2017, between MSC, Maersk Line, Mitsui O.S.K Lines and Hamburg Sud. The Wallaby Service to and from North East Asia will continue to operate the following rotation, while maintaining the same transit times: Yokohama-Osaka-Busan-Qingdao-Shanghai (Yangshan)-Ningbo-Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane-Yokohama.