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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Asian Workshop Addressing Marine Litter

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Marine litter poses significant risks to the marine environment, ecology and human health, and is a global concern. International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been taking action to address the problem, including regulating garbage discharge from ships and helping countries build up their human and technical capacities. An IMO Regional Workshop on MARPOL Annex V and Port Reception Facilities for the ASEAN Region took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (27-29 June). The workshop…

More Bodies Found after Thai Tourist Boat Disaster

Thai rescue workers pulled three more bodies from the Andaman Sea, officials said on Tuesday, as the grim task of identifying more than 40 dead gets underway following a boat accident off the coast of Phuket last week."Three more bodies were found. One found near Phi Phi island," Somnuek Prempramote, commander of Naval Area 3, told a news conference in the popular holiday island off Thailand's west coast.The boat, the Phoenix, went down off Phuket in high seas on Thursday with 101 people on board, including 89 tourists, all but two of them from China, during an outing to a small island. Twelve Thai crew were also on board.The death toll…

Benchamas FSO: InterMoor Completes Work

(Photo: InterMoor)

InterMoor has completed work for the installation of the new Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) facility Benchamas 2 (FSO Benchamas 2). Previously, the Benchamas Explorer FSO, owned and operated by Chevron, was installed in 1999 in Block B8/32 in the Gulf of Thailand. The FSO began initial production in 1999 and after operating the facility for almost 20 years, Chevron decided to replace the aging facility with the new FSO Benchamas 2. The new floating facility FSO Benchamas 2 was delivered by MISC Berhad…

Financiers Turning the Tide on Shipbreaking Practices

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The shipping industry has long been criticised by campaigners for allowing vessels to be broken up on beaches, endangering workers and polluting the sea and sand. Now, it is being called to account from a quarter that may have a bit more clout - its financial backers. Norway's $1 trillion Oil Fund, a leader in ethical investing, in February sold its stake in four firms because they scrap on the beach. Three of the firms excluded by Norway's fund - Taiwan's Evergreen Marine, Precious Shipping and Thoresen Thai Agencies (TTA) of Thailand - say they have been unfairly singled out.

Thoresen Thai Agencies Sells Bulk Carrier

Thor Enterprise. © Juergen Braker,  Marinetraffic.com

Thoresen Thai Agencies Public Company reported the sale of M.V. Thor Enterprise, a general cargo vessel with a rated capacity of 42,529 deadweight ton (DWT) built in 1995. The Vessel was sold to a company which is not a connected person of the Company by Thoresen Shipping Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. Sources, quoting data provided by VesselsValue said that although Thoresen has not identified the buyer of the vessel, Thor Enterprise, renamed Asian Enterprise, was sold to India’s Hermes Maritime last month.

Poland's World Maritime Day Parallel Event

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

How to create better shipping for a better future was a theme running throughout the 2018 IMO World Maritime Day Parallel Event (13-15 June), held in Szczecin, Poland. “IMO's heritage for 70 years has been to drive improvements in shipping to achieve a better world today. But we cannot rest on past achievements. Our challenge for the years to come remains the same: to create better shipping - for a better future,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, in his keynote address. The international audience was welcomed by Mr.

Marine Environment Protection for Southeast Asia Seas Project Launched

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Seven ASEAN countries have formally launched an ambitious initiative aimed at improving the environmental health of the seas in the region, through the implementation of key International Maritime Organization (IMO) marine environment protection treaties. Senior decisions makers of maritime administrations of the beneficiary ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) met for their first high-level regional meeting in Bali, Indonesia (25-27 June), to kick-start the “Marine Environment Protection for Southeast Asia Seas (MEPSEAS) Project”.

49 Missing After Boat Capsizes off Thailand's Phuket Island

Forty nine people are missing after a boat carrying 97 people, including Chinese tourists and Thai crew, capsized in rough seas off Thailand's tourist island of Phuket, the Thai navy said on Thursday. Thailand is in the middle of its monsoon season which brings with it adverse weather conditions. "Right now we are still looking for 49 people. We have helped 48 people from the capsized boat. We have sent boats to help," Rear Admiral Somnuk Prempramote, commander of the Royal Thai Navy Region 3. "They were all wearing life jackets," he added. The boat was one of three to encounter difficulties at sea in the area on Thursday, the navy said. Another two boats, including a yacht carrying 39 people, also capsized but its passengers have been brought to safety.

MISC Bags USD 441mln 16-year Charter Contract from Hess

Photo: MISC Berhad

Malayasia-based MISC Berhad  has secured a long-term charter contract from Hess Exploration and Production Malaysia  for the lease of a floating, storage and offloading facility (FSO) known as FSO Mekar Bergading on a bareboat basis. The long-term charter contract is pursuant to a sale and charter agreement between MISC and HESS in respect of the FSO, which also resulted in MISC acquiring ownership of the FSO. The investment is consistent with the MISC2020 strategy of which one…

ASEAN Members Strengthen Oil Spill Preparedness

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Oil spill contingency planning is in the spotlight at an IMO regional workshop in Pulau Indah, Malaysia (2-6 July). The workshop is helping countries (ASEAN Member States: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.) in South East Asia become more familiar with the ASEAN Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan - designed to enhance cooperation between States. Participants are reviewing a number of aspects of the plan and exercising its communication procedures.

Thailand Suspends Salvage Effort in Tourist Boat Disaster that Killed 46

Thailand suspended efforts on Thursday to salvage a boat that capsized and sank off its resort island of Phuket, officials said, putting the death toll in its worst tourist-related disaster in years at 46.The Phoenix had 101 on board, including 89 tourists, all but two of them from China, when it went down in rough seas last Thursday during an outing to a small island. Forty-two passengers and the crew of a dozen Thais were rescued.The salvage operation was suspended because the boat lay deep and currents were rough, Phuket police commander Teerapol Tipcharoen told reporters.Divers would retrieve a final body from the shipwreck when weather conditions permit…

Lim Joins ST Engineering Board

Lim Chin Hu (Photo: ST Engineering)

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced Lim Chin Hu has been appointed as an independent nonexecutive director of the company with effect from July 16, 2018.Lim is currently the Managing Partner of Stream Global Pte Ltd, an incubator for info-com startups. He has over 30 years of experience in the Info-communications industry. His past working experience includes various management positions in Hewlett Packard as well as key positions in Sun Microsystems Singapore (now Oracle) and Sun in Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.

New Rig Designed for Heavy Dockside Lifts

Modulift sent two rigs for on- and off-load in Korea and Thailand respectively. (Photo: Modulift)

Below-the-hook equipment manufacturer Modulift and Siemens Heat Transfer Technology B.V. combined forces to design a special rig for lifting modules that weighed nearly 200t apiece. Modulift sent two rigs for on- and off-load in Korea and Thailand respectively—a total of 16 no. 34t capacity MOD 34 beams in addition to slings, shackles, tie-plates and other rigging gear.The two vertical Benson-type Heat Recovery Steam Generators (or HRSGs) first needed to be lifted aboard a vessel for transportation to the 1…

Seafaring Cadets Upskilled the ‘Singapore Way’

(Photo: Wavelink)

In its 36th run, The CadetsPlus program has benefitted close to 3,000 cadets across 15 cities in six countries.A historical training collaboration between the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU), the Thai Seafarers’ Association (TSFA) and various shipping companies in Thailand, upskilled close to 90 Thai cadets who are ready to be deployed onboard Singapore’s shipping fleet having completed a two-week CadetsPlus pre-sea preparatory program developed by Singapore’s Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI).In conjunction with SMOU’s first Bangkok Nite for its Thai union members…

“K” Line Group Holds Environmental Awards 2018 Ceremony

Grand Award by President(Right) Award winners. Photo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha,

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line), one of the largest Japanese transportation companies, held the Award Ceremony for “K” Line Group Environmental Awards 2018 on June 5, 2018. According to a company press release, the awards were established to honor and give recognition to outstanding environmental-preservation-contributive activities addressed by executives and employees working throughout the “K” Line  Group pursuant to the direction developed in  “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050.

LNG Trade Grew 10% in 2017 -EIA

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Global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade grew by 10 percent last year due primarily to growing liquefaction capacity in the Australia and the United States, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Monday.LNG trade reached 38.2 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) in 2017, up 3.5 bcfd from 2016 and the largest annual volume increase on record, the EIA said, citing the Annual Report on LNG trade by the International Association of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL).New liquefaction export capacity commissioned in Australia…

APL Rolls out China Bangkok Express Service

Photo: APL

APL has announced the launch of the China Bangkok Express (CBX) service, a new shortsea service that directly links South China and Thailand each week. Characterised by competitive transit times, the CBX service promises the industry’s fastest connection from Nansha to Bangkok in four days. Also designed to transport special cargo, this service offers reefer and breakbulk solutions to facilitate these shipments. Shippers with cargo that are destined beyond Asia may also tap onto…

Brazil Vessel Lineup for Sugar 60% Behind 2017

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The lineup of vessels to load sugar in Brazil currently is around 60 percent smaller than seen in the same period a year earlier because of lower output and tepid foreign demand, midway through the first month of the country's new cane crop. Ten vessels were at Brazilian ports in the first week of April to load 393,500 tonnes of sugar, according to data from shipping agency Williams. At this time last year, 23 ships were at port to take on 950,400 tonnes. "The main reason for that is the smaller production in Brazil…

USNS Mercy Arrives in Malaysia

Photo: United States Navy

U.S. and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Port Kelang, Malaysia, April 16. The Pacific Partnership mission in Malaysia will feature medical exchanges, civil engineering projects, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness seminars, and community outreach engagements in the greater Kuala Lumpur area. The secondary mission platform for Pacific Partnership, the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) will arrive in Tawau…

New Offshore Decommissioning Barge

Photo: Longitude Engineering

Longitude Engineering reportedly has developed a cost effective decommissioning barge concept for the removal of small oil and gas platforms for the PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP), a subsidiary of the Thai state owned oil company. The aim was to develop a viable and cost-effective alternative to conventional ‘reverse installation’ through the use of heavy lift crane barges for the removal of the topsides and jackets. The focus being the removal of 90-100 of PTTEP’s minimum facilities platform assets in the Gulf of Thailand…

Oil Plus bags $1.5 mi Middle East Deals

 Clarke Shepherd, global business development director at Oil Plus. Photo courtesy Oil Plus

Oil Plus has secured contracts worth more than $1.5m over the past three months and has significantly expanded its footprint in the Middle East. The company has also reported a strong start to the year with sales up by 285% compared to the last quarter of 2017. Due to the surge of new business, the Newbury-based company, which employs in excess of 30 people, plans to recruit another eight over the next 12 months. The contracts will see Oil Plus deliver reservoir souring modelling…

South Asia Gateway Terminal Welcomes ONE Service

Photo: APM Terminals

Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE) has introduced its new EC5 route calling at the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Headquartered in Singapore, Ocean Network Express was established on July 7, 2017 through the integration of 'K' Line, MOL and NYK. It’s new EC5 service was launched on April 23rd at the South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT) at the Port of Colombo. South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT), is owned by a consortium of local and global companies, including APM Terminals, which holds a 33% share. Opened in 1999,  it was Sri Lanka’s first private terminal.

Thailand Emerges as an International Maritime Training Center

(Photo: Galileo Maritime Academy)

Since mid 2015 when MCA first approved a Thailand based seafarer training facility, that destination has experienced growth as a popular focus for both advanced seafarers and also entry level crew to complete STCW 2010 and the new updating STCW courses.Anthony Gould, CEO and major investor in Galileo Maritime Academy, said at the recent launch of their Survival Craft and Fast Rescue Boats training facility in Phuket, “Over the last three years international professional seafarers coming to Phuket…

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