HMAS Ballarat Returns Home
HMAS Ballarat has sailed into her home port of Fleet Base West in Rockingham, Western Australia, to a large gathering of family and friends after completing a three month deployment to South East Asia and; participating in Exercise TALISMAN SABER off the Australian coast. The deployment, which began in early April, was part of the Australian Government’s efforts to promote regional stability and improve interoperability between regional partners and included port visits to Zhanjiang, Singapore, Sattahip, Bangkok, Da Nang and Kota Kinabalu.
Qatargas Delivers First Q-Max Cargo to Thailand
Qatargas delivered the first Q-Max cargo of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) under the long-term Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) between Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited - 3 (Qatargas 3) and PTT Public Company Limited to the Kingdom of Thailand’s Map Ta Phut LNG receiving terminal. The cargo arrived on board the Q-Max LNG vessel, Bu Samra, on 5th August. This is the first Q-Max vessel to arrive at Map Ta Phut terminal since the startup of the terminal in 2011, when Qatargas delivered the first commissioning cargo to Thailand’s first LNG receiving terminal Map Ta Phut.
THE Alliance Sets Out Service Plans
The members of THE Alliance announced the details of the plan for their product starting from April 2017. THE Alliance plans to deploy a fleet of more than 240 modern ships in the Asia /Europe, North Atlantic and Trans-Pacific trade lanes including the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf/Red Sea. The start of THE Alliance as the most integrated liner shipping consortia is scheduled for April 2017 (subject to completion of all relevant regulatory requirements). “The product of THE…
First Lady of the Fleet Celebrates
As the activities of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 17 started to draw to a conclusion in July, the crew of HMAS Darwin, took the chance of a brief time out to celebrate the final seagoing birthday of the Fleet veteran. Darwin’s cooks pooled their talents together to create a cake in the shape of ‘33’, with enough to go around to her crew of approximately 190. With most of the crew gathered in the Junior Sailors’ Café, Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry took the opportunity to reflect on the team’s recent achievements and contribution to her rich history.
Calecore Appoints Logan McLennan as Regional Manager
Building on their rapid growth and to support its international fleet activity, Calecore will be adding Singapore to its UK, Norway and Russian bases. Launching to coincide with a corporate event later this month for the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, the South East Asian hub will be actively promoting and servicing our ‘total’ Geophysical and Geotechnical Offshore Site Survey solutions from October. Logan will be drawing on his in depth knowledge gained during his impressive career in the industry to date.
Sales Agreement Extends ROMAR Business in Middle East
Aberdeenshire-based oilfield service company ROMAR International has entered a two year agreement with STEP Oiltools to represent the company in the Middle East. This agreement follows on from a successful contract already in place with STEP Oiltools to promote ROMAR’s range of magnetic separation products in South East Asia which has seen the company’s sales increase by 95% in the region. As part of the South East Asia contract, two successful jobs were recently completed in North West Australia and Brunei with a combined contract value of $1.2 million.
ZIM to Enhance its Asia to US East Coast and Gulf Services
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM) has announcd an enhanced Asia to US East Coast and Gulf service offering, with seven different weekly services, extensive direct port-to-port coverage and best-in-market Transit time from key ports in Asia to US East Coast & Gulf. The full scale services offered by zim in this trade: ZIM Seven Star Express (Z7S), inaugurated in May 2015, a premium service from South China, Vietnam and India Sub continent to US East Coast, will be upgraded with a direct Port Kelang call, offering 24 days transit time to New York.
Wall Named MD of RichLand-LSP
RichLand-LSP strengthens chemical logistics business unit with appointment of Graham Wall as Managing Director; Singapore-based logistics solutions provider looks to expand in South-East Asia region under new leadership. Leading chemical logistics solutions provider RichLand-LSP has appointed Graham Wall as Managing Director as it looks to expand its bulk liquid chemical transport operations throughout South-East Asia. Mr Wall brings 25 years of chemical logistics experience…
Intertek Opens Malaysian Exploration and Production Center
Intertek invested £900,000 (4,143,720 Malaysian Ringgit) in a new Malaysian regional center which will bring enhanced services to the exploration and production (E&P) sector in the region. Based in Kuala Lumpur, the facility boasts two laboratories and will allow Intertek to significantly expand its locally delivered services for its existing E&P business in the region. It will be also be a focal point for the provision of local expertise through consultancy, technical support and testing services for the South East Asia region.
ITF Signs Up Thailand’s PTTEP
ITF, the oil and gas industry technology facilitator announced a new membership agreement with Thailand’s national oil company, PTT Exploration & Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP). ITF plans to secure a $9 million investment from its members across the Asia-Pacific region to launch ground-breaking technologies. The organization will also bolster its team by creating a business development position, which will be based at its Kuala Lumpur office to further strengthen its presence across the region.
Increasing Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia
Does piracy off the coast of South-East Asia pose a threat? The answer is yes. Shipping lanes in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, have been hit by a “worrying new rise” in piracy. How is maritime piracy threatening South-East Asia and to what extent? Piracy is mushrooming in the area of the Strait of Malacca, Singapore Strait, Bangladesh, South China Sea and Vietnam, a shipping bottleneck that sees one-third of the world's annual commercial maritime traffic, making it the busiest waterway on earth.
ISS Awarded NYK Liner Agency in Australia
Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has been awarded the NYK Liner agency in Australia. Part of transportation company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Group, NYK Line container services has appointed ISS to represent its New Zealand Singapore service (NZS) and North Asia-New Zealand (NZJ) service from July. Under this new agency agreement, ISS Brisbane will handle the full liner agency function including sales, customer service, operations and accounting for NYK Line in Australia. ISS will also support imports from the Far East and South East Asia with weekly sailings on both strings, as well as focus on northbound service volumes from Brisbane to South East Asia and beyond.
HME to Open Singapore Branch
HME’s Singapore Branch Office will be officially launched on March 15 by the Dutch ambassador, H.E. Johannes W.G. Jansing, at his residence in Singapore. The opening coincides with one of Asia's most established and proven maritime trade exhibitions, Asia Pacific Maritime 2012. HME Singapore has been set up to further support the international maritime trade between South-East Asia and the Netherlands. The office will act as a hub for maritime companies on both ends and will facilitate the already excellent relations between the Netherlands and South-East Asia. HME Singapore is supported by the Maritime by Holland Trade Council and Holland Shipbuilding Association.
NYK Buys Stake in NY/NJ's Largest Terminal
NYK subsidiary NYK Ports, together with Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III (MIP III), has invested in Maher Terminals, which operates a terminal in the U.S. port of New York and New Jersey. On November 16, 2016, NYK Ports acquired a 20 percent share of Maher. The port of New York and New Jersey handles the most containers of any port on the East Coast of North America, and Maher is the largest terminal in the port with a handling capacity of 3 million TEUs annually. After construction to raise the Bayonne Bridge’s clearance is completed in late 2017…
Miclyn Express Offshore Takes Delivery of MSV
Miclyn Express Offshore takes delivery of 2011 built 70m Maintenance Support Vessel, renamed “MEO Galaxy”. Headquartered in Singapore Miclyn Express Offshore group of companies is a leading provider of service vessels to the expanding offshore oil and gas industry, across South East Asia, Australia and the Middle East. MEO Galaxy is an ideal vessel to provide support for platform maintenance, as well as HUC operations. The fully SPS compliant vessel is capable of carrying 150 persons and is ￼fitted with a 4 point mooring system…
Singapore's Jaya Delivers New Deepwater PSV
Jaya Holdings Limited say that the new PSV was delivered on schedule and on delivery went on-hire immediately, embarking on its maiden voyage as part of a long term charter contract in South East Asia with an existing customer undertaking fracturing work. Jaya Valour is one of the four PSVs in Jaya’s new build program, of which three have already secured contracts for charter. The total value of these three contracts is more than US$60 million, including optional extension periods.
New China-South East Asia Express (CSE) Service
Evergreen Line and Cosco Container Lines (COSCON) will launch a new joint service, the China South East Asia Express Service (CSE), expected to take effect from Shanghai on 26 July 2009. The service will operate with four 2,100 TEU vessels. Evergreen will deploy one vessel and three ships will be supplied by COSCON. The port rotation is as follows: Shanghai - Dalian - Xingang - Qingdao - Ningbo - Manila (south) - Jakarta - Singapore - Tanjung Pelepas - Port Kelang - Shanghai. The company's spokesman said, "By working together, we hope to see significantly upgraded service coverage and more efficiently utilized capacity on the South East Asia market."
New DP Simulator for Indonesian Training Center
Jakarta, Indonesia-based maritime training center PT Azureus Simulator Asia has chosen KONGSBERG’s Dynamic Positioning (DP) simulators to help it meet significant growth in regional demand for offshore operational training. Due for delivery in June 2017, PT Azureus Simulator Asia is the first Indonesian training center to utilize KONGSBERG DP simulators. It joins a long list of South East Asia facilities enjoying the technical and pedagogical benefits of Kongsberg Digital’s simulation technology and operational partnership with the company.
Hapag-Lloyd Launches New Service
Enhanced service network between Japan and South East Asia / Port rotation includes four Japanese ports / First sailing mid of March. Hapag-Lloyd is launching the new Japan-Singapore-Jakarta service (JSJ) which will commence on March 12 from Singapore. The new service will further enhance Hapag-Lloyd’s service network between Japan and South East Asia, and offer fast and reliable transit between Japan, Singapore and Jakarta. The JSJ service will be jointly operated by Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and “K” Line with four vessels with a nominal capacity of 4,200 TEU each.
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.
GMMOS Acquires Funds for OSV Sector
Abraaj Capital and Waha Capital backed Gulf Marine Maintenance and Offshore Service Company (GMMOS), an United Arab Emirates based provider of marine services to the offshore oil & gas industry, has secured a $100m term loan facility from Standard Chartered Bank, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank to refinance existing debt and fund acquisitions in the offshore supply vessel (OSV) sector, with a focus on the GCC and South East Asia markets. The acquisitions are expected to lead to a significant increase in Group profitability and asset base, with the Group's current fleet increasing from 28 OSVs to 34 OSVs by the end of 2009.
HMAS Ballarat Exercises with Canadian Navy
Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Ballarat has completed a range of underway exercises with Royal Canadian Navy ships HMCS Ottawa and Winnipeg in the waters of South East Asia during Ballarat's South East Asia deployment. The exercises, conducted in international waters from 19-21 April, included close quarters manoeuvring, practicing replenishment at sea activities and conducting anti submarine warfare training utilising helicopters from both navies. Commanding Officer Ballarat Commander David Landon said the underway exercises demonstrate the ease in which the two navies operate together.
Kalleklev to Head DNV GL's SE Asia Oil & Gas
Energy demand in South East Asia is expected to grow at twice the rate of the rest of the world. DNV GL has appointed Arve Johan Kalleklev regional manager for Oil & Gas in South East Asia just as the company is establishing a dedicated LNG and Gas Consulting unit in Singapore. The unit will support the extensive development plans for a safe, secure and reliable gas and LNG infrastructure in Asia. It is estimated that USD 460 billion will need to be invested in South East Asia’s gas and LNG infrastructure by 2035 to meet energy demand. “This will secure robust growth in LNG supply.