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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Maritime Policy for Good Governance

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The latest in a series of workshops around the world to provide training in the development, adoption and updating of a National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) has been held in Bangkok, Thailand (9-11 October). The event highlighted the importance of a national maritime transport policy as a good mechanism for improved maritime governance in a sustainable manner. The Marine Department of Thailand hosted the workshop, which was facilitated by Jonathan Pace and Josephine Uranza…

Bangladesh, Thailand Plans Direct Coastal Shipping

 Thailand and Bangladeshi Prime Ministers. Photo: Govt Press Release

Bangladesh and Thailand are planning to launch direct coastal shipping, connecting the Chittagong Port in the Bay of Bengal with the Ranong Port in the East of the Andaman coast in south-western Thailand. Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem said: “Both Bangladesh and Thailand are planning to start direct coastal ships. The coastal communication between Bangladesh and Thailand will take place with the help of Chittagong and Ranong ports. Goods shipped between the two countries currently pass through Singapore and take two weeks…

Operations at Thailand Ports unaffected by martial law

  Despite the declaration of martial law by the Royal Thai Army yesterday (20 May), there is currently no impact on shipping and logistics services provided by GAC Thailand. Until further notice the company continues to operate as normal. The situation will be monitored and any updates on the situation and the possible impact on shipping or logistics will be advised as soon as possible. For information about operations in Thailand contact GAC Thailand at shipping.thailand@gac.com  

US-based Coastal Energy to Place Second Offshore Thailand Rig

Coastal Energy Company, an independent exploration and production company with assets in Thailand, issues 2013 guidance. •    The Company expects operating expenses to average approximately $19.00 per bbl offshore Thailand, well below 2012 levels as the Company realizes a full year of facilities purchases for its Thailand operations. •    The Company expects total company production to average 33,000 boepd (net to Coastal) for the full year. This estimate includes 27,000 bopd from offshore Thailand, 2,300 boepd onshore Thailand and net production from Malaysia averaging 3,700 bopd (Production expected to begin in early Q3). •    Total capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $315MM, down from the estimated $360MM in 2012.

Ports Operation During Curfew In Thailand

Port of Thailand

All ports in Thailand are operating as normal during the nationwide curfew that was introduced yesterday (22 May). Individuals may not leave the port compounds during the curfew period from 22:00 to 05:00 hours daily. - Travelers entering or exiting the country. - Workers on shift duties at factories, hospitals, airlines, etc. - Transportation of sensitive goods, cold storage factory, import & export of short life cycle and sensitive products. - Individuals conducting essential business…

SITC Container Lines Wins Industry Award

Nantawan Sakuntanak, Director-General of the Department of Export Promotion, DITP,delivered the award to SITC Container Lines (Thailand) Co.,Ltd.

SITC Container Lines (Thailand) Co.,Ltd was awarded as " Best Container Liner 2014 " by DITP (Department of Int'l Trade Promotion) and TNSC (Thai National Shipper's Council ) in  Bangkok, Thailand on 24th/Sept,2014. This yearly- based appraisal activity was held by DITP/TNSC with questionnaire to gather information via mail, e-mail, website and tele-interview in core services and support services of Liners to customers who are exporters in Thailand on 11 criteria including-- Schedule Frequency…

Thailand: 300 "boat people" Landed in Recent Weeks

Around 300 "boat people" have landed on Thailand's shores in recent weeks, Sek Wannamethee, director-general of the information department at Thailand's Foreign Ministry, said on Friday. That was in addition to around a further 300 people who were already being held in temporary holding areas in the country, Sek said. More than 3,000 migrants have landed in Indonesia and Malaysia since Thailand launched a crackdown on human trafficking gangs this month. About 2,600 are believed to be still adrift in boats, relief agencies have said. The Thai crackdown made it too risky for traffickers to land migrants, prompting them to abandon thousands at sea with scant supplies of food and water.

NYK Selected Best Container Liner - TNSC

The award is given to container liners that are recognized as the best in each route Photo NYK

NYK has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Best Container Liner Award sponsored by the Thai National Shippers' Council (TNSC). NYK, which was evaluated highly for its services, was the only Japanese company to be recognized. This award is given to container liners that are recognized as the best in each route by Thai exporters who evaluate the liners on 14 criteria — including schedule frequency, transit time, on-time delivery, container condition, sales and customer service — for the purpose of improving the service quality of container liners.

MISC Enters Thai Offshore O&G Market

Pairoj Kaweeyanun, President of Chevron Offshore Thailand, Ltd., and Tuan Syed Hashim Syed Abdullah, Vice President Offshore Business of MISC Berhad, after the signing of agreement between Chevron Offshore (Thailand) Ltd. and MISC Offshore Floating Terminals (L) Limited. (Photo: MISC Berhad)

Energy related maritime solutions and services provider MISC Berhad (MISC) has made inroads into Thailand’s offshore oil and gas market for the first time. MISC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, MISC Offshore Floating Terminals (L) Limited (MOFT) signed a contract for the lease and operations of a Floating, Storage and Offloading Vessel (FSO) for the FSO Benchamas 2 Project by Chevron Offshore (Thailand) Ltd. (COTL) in the Gulf of Thailand. The contract was secured through an international competitive bidding process and marks MISC’s maiden foray into Thailand’s offshore oil and gas market.

Thailand $1 bln Submarine Deal with China

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister. Photo by Royal Thai Government

Thailand’s navy has approved a 36 billion baht ($1.1 billion) plan to buy three submarines from China, reports local media. Royal Thai navy officials selected China over competing bids from Russia, Sweden, France, Germany and South Korea. Leading members of the ruling military junta and the Royal Thai Navy have insisted that a plan to buy three submarines from China is necessary to augment Thailand’s national defense capabilities. Although Thailand’s navy has maintained a submarine division, it has lacked a single vessel for the last 63 years.

$21.2 Billion Canal Proposed

Thailand is expected to begin construction soon of the Kra Canal from the Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Thailand which would allow ships to bypass Malaysia and Singapore. While the long discussed project has in the past been tripped up by environmental concerns, it appears there are no remaining objections and support in the Thailand government is strong for the project. It is estimated that the project could be completed in six years.

Green Award for Viking in Thailand

After an intensive inspection by a 20-man team from the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT), Viking Life-Saving Equipment's manufacturing plant in Laem Chabang has won a 2009 Environmental Governance Award, in recognition of exceeding nationwide standards covering environmental performance and social responsibility. IEAT audited 138 companies working within the Laem Chabang Industrial Estate area, south of Bangkok. Viking is one of only five companies to win a 2009 Award. The Good Environmental Governance Awards were established in 2007 to recognise companies offering environmental and social leadership, based on the organisation’s willingness to provide information on environmental initiatives for its workers, participation in surrounding communities, and corporate governance.

Dawei, Burma, Deep Sea Port Offers Investment Opportunities

Logo credit BOI Thailand

Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI) says the joint deep sea port will also surge new business & foreign investment into Thailand. BOI believe that the Dawei Deep Sea Port and Industrial Estate in Myanmar (Burma) will become an important drive for economic growth in this region, offering a shortcut for logistics and bringing new business opportunities and foreign investment to Thailand. After conclusion on signing of Memorandum of Understand between Thailand and Myanmar to construct Dawei Deep Sea Port…

Maersk Goes to Thailand

Photo: Maersk Line

Maersk Line will add a call at the port of Laem Chabang in Thailand on its Boomerang service starting from October 2015. This unique setup offers Thai exporters and importers with the first and only direct service between Thailand and Australia. The weekly service will connect Thailand to main ports in Australia: Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The new direct link means the containers remain on the Boomerang service vessels, which provides a fast and reliable product and eliminates the need for transshipment of the cargo elsewhere in South-east Asia.

DP World to Strengthen Ties with Thailand

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan bin Sulayem meeting with Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. Photo: DP World

DP World Group Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has met the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Somkid Jatusripitak, who is responsible for seven ministries including Finance and Investments. During the meeting, which was held in Bangkok, Thailand, discussions revolved around the future prospects of cooperation between Thailand and DP World, exploring the potential for DP World to contribute in the country’s economic growth, especially in areas of ports, trade, shipping, and logistics industries.

Thailand Boosts LNG Imports

Image: PTT LNG

Thailand is signing new contracts for LNG purchases and expanding terminals to boost imports to replace flagging domestic production, Bloomberg reported. Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy will boost LNG imports by more than 70 percent this year. The report said that the country is doing everything it can to facilitate increased LNG imports to replace the declining domestic production. These include expanding the existing terminals. Producers of the fuel are expected to expand…

Sinwa Establishes First Subsidiary in Thailand

Sinwa logo

Listed on the SGX Mainboard and Asia Pacific’s leading marine, offshore supply and logistics player, Sinwa Limited (“Sinwa” or “the Group”), announced that the Group received confirmation yesterday that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sinwa Offshore Pte. Ltd. (“SOPL”) has incorporated Sinwa (Thailand) Ltd. (“STL”) in Thailand on 18 June 2014. Commenting on the Group’s successful venture into Thailand, Mr. “We are excited to announce our entry into Thailand’s promising offshore sector.

Thailand Signs onto CSI

Thailand has signed a Declaration of Principles, establishing the Container Security Initiative (CSI) in the Port of Laem Chabang. With Thailand’s participation, CSI agreements are now in place for 19 of the 20 largest ports trading to the United States.

Thailand Urges US to Supply LNG Long Term

During President Obama's recent visit Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra sought agreement with US for LNG supply over next 20-years. By 2020, the US should be able to produce gas and crude of about 11.1 million barrels a day, while Saudi Arabia's capacity is projected at 10.2 million barrels a day. If the US can maintain that capacity throughout 2035 as planned, it would be the world's largest exporter of crude, reports the Bangkok Post. At a seminar entitled "Thailand's Economic Outlook" in Bangkok , Virabongsa Ramangkura, chairman of Thailand's Strategic Committee for Reconstruction and Future Development pointed out that though Thailand has not entered into an FTA with the US…

Thailand Fishing Boat Slavery May Trigger US Sanctions

Thai Deepsea Fishing Boat: Photo credit CCL attributed to 'SeaDave'

Obama administration urges crackdown on forced labor that supplies seafood to Americans. Forced labor abuses play out on Thai-owned fishing trawlers each day. And the victims — typically destitute men from Myanmar or Cambodia lured by coyotes full of false promises — continue to wash ashore with accounts of torture and casual homicide, reports Global Post. For years, US officials have urged Thailand, one of America’s closest Asian allies, to rid its $7.3 billion fisheries export industry of these abuses.

UASC Introduces New Intra Asia Container Service

In its continuous drive to meet the growing needs of its existing and future customers, UASC has teamed up with China Shipping to offer new weekly Intra Asia container service (IAC1) covering Japan, South Korea, Central and South China and Thailand. To be launched on September 21, 2013, the Intra Asia Container Service (IAC1) will operate through a Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA), with CSCL and UASC deploying three and one vessel respectively with a combined weekly capacity of 2,600 TEUs. UASC’s vessel will be phased-in on October 12, 2013 at Busan. Direct coverage from Japan to Central and South China and Thailand. Attractive weekend cut-offs from major ports such as Pusan, Hong Kong, Shekou, Laem Chabang, Xiamen and Nagoya.

Thailand, Burma, Sign Dawei Port Development Agreement

Presidents of Thailand & Mynamar (Burma) agree on port development for deep-sea port to enable Malacca Strait bypass route. Thailand and Myanmar agree to set up a joint committee to follow up on economic cooperation that includes linking Myanmar's future Dawei deep-sea port with the Thai Eastern Seaboard. The deal came at the end of talks between Myanmar President Thein Sein and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House in Bangkok. Dawei, in southern Myanmar, is a key project for Thailand's economy, especially trade, more than for Myanmar, because it would cut travel time to the West for Thai goods (as well as goods from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam), allowing ships from the Indian Ocean to bypass the Malacca Straits.

Chevron Hires Norce Endeavour for Thailand Ops

Norce Endeavour. Pic courtesy: Solstad Offshore ASA

Solstad Offshore ASA (SOFF) has fixed the 2011-built 18,000 dwt crane barge Norce Endeavour to Chevron for work in Thailand next year for around 200 days. Solstad has received confirmation from Chevron in Thailand for the 2016 Offshore Installation Campaign utilizing its Derrick Lay Barge (DLB) Norce Endeavour. Norce Endeavour, which can accommodate 256 people, will install multiple new wellhead platforms and subsea pipelines for Chevron in the Gulf of Thailand. DLB “Norce Endeavour”…

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