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Monday, December 18, 2017

Southeast Asia News

Norad Backs Marine Environment Protection in Southeast Asia

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A new International Maritime Organization (IMO)-Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) environmental project in Southeast Asia is set to begin, to support seven countries to protect the marine environment from shipping operations. The four-year project will focus on enhancing the countries’ capacity to implement a number of high-priority marine environment conventions, including the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL); the Anti-Fouling Systems Convention…

Cosco, PSA Launch New Berth in Singapore

Pic: PSA Singapore

China's Cosco Shipping Ports (CSP) is launching a new berth at its joint venture container terminal - Cosco PSA Terminal (CPT) - with PSA Corporation in Singapore. The two parties inked a memorandum of understanding on Thursday for the berth, which will be Cosco Shipping Ports' third at the Pasir Panjang Terminal. Established in 2003, CPT has served as a hub for container shipping in the Southeast Asia region. The launch of the third berth follows the CSP supplemental agreement signed with PSA on 18 March 2016…

Acteon Opens New Facility in Singapore

Acteon announced the opening of its new Acteon Singapore Operations Center (ASOC) at the Offshore Marine Center in Singapore’s Tuas industrial area. The Center is the first purpose-built Acteon facility and has been designed to accommodate multiple Acteon operating companies and support their offshore operations throughout Southeast Asia. The 10,000-square-meter portside facility offers Acteon companies both high grade office space and engineering capability in South East Asia.

Swire Oilfield Services Plans More SE Asia Investments

Offshore rig worker: File photo

Swire Oilfield Services, global supplier of cargo carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management says it plans to further invest in Southeast Asia with the development of three new operational yards and the arrival of new rental equipment to its fleet. The company, which established its first Southeast Asia base in Singapore in 2010 and has since opened further bases across the region, is the largest supplier of DNV certified cargo carrying units in the Southeast Asia market.

Jason Marine Named ESRG Distributor in Southeast Asia

ESRG has partnered with Jason Marine Group to expand ESRG’s presence in Southeast Asia. Jason Marine, based in Singapore, will distribute the OstiaEdge platform throughout Southeast Asia. Jason Marine will also provide customer support, ship installation and maintenance services for vessels throughout Asia. Jason Marine brings 35+ years of marine electronics expertise and adds OstiaEdge to an extensive product offering that covers the entire range of customers’ marine electronics needs.  

Crowley and PB Towage Form Alliance

Cooperation Broadens Project Management, Marine Cargo and Logistics Capabilities in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Crowley Maritime Corporation's solutions group and PB Towage Ltd., part of the Pacific Basin Shipping group, have formed a business alliance that combines their respective services and regional positioning to collectively broaden their project management, marine project cargo and logistics capabilities in Southeast Asia and Oceania. The alliance will enable the companies to provide comprehensive project management, project cargo transportation, logistics, ocean towing, offshore support, salvage support and bulk cargo transportation solutions to oil and gas…

Cargill To Ship Low Sulfur Cargo From SE Asia

Cargill Inc is reportedly in the process of shipping the first low-sulfur gas oil or diesel cargo from Southeast Asia to Europe. Reports say the company had chartered a tanker called the Young Lady, which is on its maiden clean products voyage, to lift a total of 680,000 barrels of gas oil from the Malacca II refinery in June. The Malaysian refinery is the only major refinery in Southeast Asia that can produce high-quality diesel that meets tight United States CARB and European EN590 specifications, traders said.

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – December 27

1968-In October 1968, the United States Air Force requested additional LORAN-C coverage in Southeast Asia and by 27 December 1968 the Coast Guard had received authorization to proceed with the project.  This led to the construction a LORAN station at Tan My, South Vietnam, that supplemented the other LORAN stations in Southeast Asia first established in 1966 under an operation code-named Tight Reign. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

Omega Engineering Opens Singapore Office

Poised to expand into the fast growing economic region in Southeast Asia, Omega Engineering, Inc. announced that it will open a new office in Singapore to coordinate its business throughout the Southeast Asia region. This is part of a multiphase plan to expand its global presence and footprint across Asia. The official grand opening of the new office will be held on September 27, 2013. This follows the opening of the company's China office last year, Omega Engineering officials said, with additional investments to be made in other countries in the Asia Pacific region. Omega Engineering has been involved with process measurement and control in the United States for more than 50 years. The company appointed Michael Lopez as the Omega Engineering General Manager of Southeast Asia.

Horizon Offshore Announces Award of Southeast Asia Award

Horizon Offshore, Inc. announced that P. T. Gunanusa Utama Fabricators of Indonesia recently awarded its subsidiary, P. T. Horizon Offshore Indonesia, a subcontract to perform offshore construction services in connection with a project for TotalFinaElf in Southeast Asia. Services provided by P. T. Horizon Offshore Indonesia will include project management, pre- and post-lay surveys and the installation and burial of a twenty-inch pipeline offshore Balikpapan, Indonesia. The combination derrick-lay barge Sea Horizon will perform all aspects of the installation, including the burial. Bill Lam, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Offshore, Inc.

Kerry Announces U.S. Assistance for Maritime Capacity in SE Asia

Secretary of State John Kerry (Source: U.S. Department of State).

On December 16, Secretary of State John Kerry announced an initial commitment of $32.5 million in new regional and bilateral assistance to advance maritime capacity building in Southeast Asia. Including this new funding, our planned region-wide funding support for maritime capacity building exceeds $156 million for the next two years. As an example of our commitment to strengthen maritime capacities in Southeast Asia, the United States intends to provide up to $18 million in new assistance to Vietnam to enhance the capacity of coastal patrol units to deploy rapidly for search and rescue…

China's 'Smart' Ship Debuts in Shanghai

Image courtesy: China.org.cn

China's first "smart" ship embedded with a domestically-developed intelligent navigation system made its debut in Shanghai, according to official media Xinhua. China Daily also reported that the world's first smart ship, developed and built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC),  has started its first trial voyage in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province. Christened as 'Great Intelligence' (Great Smart) 179-meter-long ship  is 32-meters-wide and 15-meters-high, with a maximum loading capacity of 38,800 tonnes.

Freedom Underway to Support First Overseas Crew Swap

Official U.S. Navy file photo.

As the deployment to Southeast Asia draws to a close for USS Freedom's (LCS 1) "Gold" crew, an advance team of "Blue" crew Sailors is in Singapore to participate in a brief sea trial that began July 30 as part of the upcoming crew swap. The crew swap is a key milestone during Freedom's maiden overseas deployment to Southeast Asia and marks the midway point. During the underway, Freedom will conduct a series of watch stander exchanges designed to refresh the incoming crew on key LCS operations and procedures, covering seamanship, navigation, naval gunnery and damage control.

Hijacking for Product Theft is Business as Usual in Southeast Asia

Well-established local criminal syndicate diversifying its targets rather than undertaking new operations says Denmark-based security advisory and intelligence company Risk Intelligence. The recent hijacking cases of coastal product tankers in Southeast Asia for the theft of their cargos represent a diversification of the threat rather than a new trend. “It’s a case of new diesel in old tankers,” said the CEO of Risk Intelligence, Hans Tino Hansen. Hijacking for product theft can be documented as far back as 1990s in Southeast Asia. The most active syndicate has usually favored boarding the preselected targets in the same general location and always during the region’s dry season between March and October.

Southeast Asian Shipbuilders Turn Bullish

Picture by Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Association (KOSHIPA)

Despite the issues surrounding over-tonnaging in the ship-building industry as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, more than 587 vessels are expected to be built in Southeast Asia in 2015. According to a report by Robert Willmington of IHS Maritime, Southeast Asian shipbuilding is anticipated to rise to more than 4.8 million gross tonnage (GT) in 2015. The countries that currently dominate the conventional market segments in the Asian shipbuilding and repair industry are Japan, China and Korea, and around 37% of South East Asian shipbuilding orders account for container ships.

Maritime Crime Rises 38% in S.E. Asia

Dryad Maritime's Q3 results

Dryad Maritime released its Q3 trends and analysis of global maritime crime showing a stark rise of 38% of incidents across Southeast Asia, when figures are compared to the first nine months of 2014. The apparent impunity of maritime gangs operating in the region has led Dryad to call upon the three nations surrounding the Singapore Strait, in particular, to provide a permanent security presence to deter criminals and protect maritime trade. The number of reported incidents has jumped from 140 on the same nine-month period in 2014 to 194 in 2015.

Swissco Acquires Its First Liftboat

SGX Mainboard-listed Swissco Holdings Limited, an integrated, international marine services provider, announced it has acquired its first liftboat for approximately $56 million. The self-propelled liftboat, which will be owned and managed by the group, is expected to be completed within two years and deployed in Southeast Asia. The contract, signed with a Southeast Asian shipyard, includes owner-supplied equipment. The liftboat will be able to operate in water depths of up to 70m and has accommodation for 120 offshore personnel.

Malaysia & Vietnam Venues for Intergraph's 2012 SE Asia Conference

A global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data, Integraph, hosts these conferences to share the latest industry developments and best practices. The conferencea are sponsored by Intergraph's Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) division, which for 30 years has provided local resources to support engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and owner operators executing projects and operating facilities in the Southeast Asia region. "Southeast Asia continues to be an important region for Intergraph, with the economy expected to benefit further from strong demand for energy and resources," said Franz Kufner, Intergraph PP&M senior vice president for Asia-Pacific.

Asian Oil Drilling Up 18%

Exploration and delineation drilling in Asia last year jumped 18 percent from 1999 with China the most active center for drilling outside of North America, IHS Energy group said. About 1,050 exploration and delineation wells were spudded in the region in 2000, the equivalent of 37 percent of all such wells drilled outside of North America, the petroleum information services group said. A delineation well is spudded after an exploration well to define the size of a hydrocarbon find and its commercial feasibility. IHS said China accounted for about 800 onshore and offshore wells of which up to 30 percent might be wildcats. Drilling by indigenous Chinese operators accounted for 75 percent of the completions.

Swiber Wins Huge SE Asia 2013 Contracts

Singapore's Swiber Holdings has been awarded subsea contracts in SE Asia worth approximately US$153-million. The contracts, with oil industry majors, mark the first wins in 2013, largely entail transportation and installation of pipelines and offshore structures in Southeast Asia. Work for these contracts are expected to commence immediately with expected completion by 2013. Commented Mr. "According to a market report by Infield Systems, the unprecedented demand for hydrocarbons is forcing national oil companies to increase their investment in pipelines in order to expand the network of connected shallow water gas platforms. Malaysia's National Oil Company…

Freedom Sets Sail for CARAT Malaysia 2013

USS Freedom (Official U.S. Navy file photo.)

The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), departed Changi Naval Base June 11 to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013. CARAT Malaysia is among the key maritime exercises and exchanges Freedom will conduct with regional navies and U.S. 7th Fleet units while deployed to Southeast Asia. In May, Freedom participated in the International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX) and the Republic of Singapore Navy's Western Pacific Multilateral Sea Exercise (WMSX).

Crew Kidnapping Persists Despite Piracy Slowdown -Report

Despite a decline of piracy activity in several high-risk areas, a high threat of crew kidnapping and hijacking remains in Southeast Asia and West Africa, according to a recent report from specialist crisis prevention and response consultancy NYA International. Overall piracy activity in the third quarter of 2016 declined in global hotspots compared to the previous quarter, as Southeast Asia and the East Africa and Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) both saw drops in reported piracy incidents, and West Africa notably experienced a drop in severe incidents such as attacks and hijackings, according to NYA’s Q3 2016 Piracy Assessment. In West Africa, piracy activity in Q3 2016 declined in severity compared to the previous quarter, when 16 attacks and nine hijackings were reported.

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…

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