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Monday, October 23, 2017

South East Asia News

Radio Holland Names Lund Asia Regional Director

Steen Lund (Photo: Radio Holland)

Radio Holland has appointed Steen Brodsgaard Lund as Regional Director Asia. He will be responsible for Radio Holland’s operations in Asia, with offices in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Lund is a Danish national, and developed his career over the past 28 years while living in Pakistan, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. He began his career in the maritime industry in 1987 as a Trainee at A.P. Moller Maersk in Denmark, and spent 21 years in the group holding in a variety of commercial and operational leadership positions. His last assignment at A.P.

THE Alliance Sets Out Service Plans

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

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…

CMA CGM to Acquire SOFRANA Unilines

(Photo: SOFRANA Unilines)

CMA CGM announced it will purchase through its subsidiary, ANL, the majority of the shares in SOFRANA Unilines, a key player in the Pacific Islands regional maritime trade. With operations in the South Pacific region for almost 50 years, SOFRANA Unilines operates directly or in partnership a fleet of 10 vessels on eight trade-lanes, servicing 21 ports in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands. Together with CMA CGM’s ANL, who already offers 16 trade lanes servicing major ports throughout Australia…

Calecore Appoints Logan McLennan as Regional Manager

Logan McLennan

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

Photo: ROMAR

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

Photo: ​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

​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

Graham Wall, Managing Director.

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

Dr. Tom Whitfield, manager of E&P for South East Asia at Intertek with Raymond Pirie, vice president of Intertek's global upstream business at the official opening event of the new regional 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

Credit: (Photo: ITF)

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

Piracy in South East Asia (Pic: ReCAAP)

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.

Semi-submersible Crane Vessel Hermod Retired

(Photo: Heerema Marine Contractors)

Heerema Marine Contractors said its semi-submersible crane vessel Hermod will retire at the end of this year after nearly 40 years of operational performance. Designed and constructed in the 1970s, Hermod and sister vessel Balder were the first semi-submersible crane vessels of their kind in the offshore construction industry. The semi-submersible concept was developed with the aim to extend the operability in the harsh North Sea environment and furthermore to deliver superior lifting capacity.

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

Photo: NYK

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

Photo credit MEO

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

'PSV Jaya Valour': Photo credit Jaya Holdings

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

K-Sim DP Manoeuvring Trainer – aft deck configuration (Photo: Kongsberg)

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.

HMAS Ballarat Exercises with Canadian Navy

HMAS Ballarat in company with the Royal Canadian Navy ships HMCS Ottawa and Winnipeg conduct Officer of the Watch manoeuvres during HMAS Ballarat's South East Asia Deployment. Photo: Royal Australian 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.

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.

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.

Ballarat Completes Malaysian Visit

HMAS Ballarat along with warships from Singapore, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Indonesia, New Zealand and Russia in formation for the Singaporean Navy's 50th Anniversary International Fleet Review. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Australia's HMAS Ballarat has completed a port visit to Sepanggar, Malaysia as part of a three month South East Asia deployment. She was in the region to enagage with the Royal Malaysian Navy, and load supplies before she returns to Australia for further exercises. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said Ballarat’s deployment provided an opportunity to engage with many nations in South East Asia. “Our enduring military to military engagement activities contribute to security and stability in our region,” he said.

Wan Hai Join TBS Service with “K” Line

Photo: Wan Hai Lines Ltd

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.

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