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Friday, June 23, 2017

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.

Steinsvik Updates Its ShipConstructor Suite

SSI announced the recent sale of more ShipConstructor software to the Vietnamese office of Steinsvik, the major Norwegian aquaculture firm. Steinsvik Vietnam Co. Ltd. has upgraded its ShipConstructor design/engineering software to the latest version to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. The company has also expanded its SSI software investment to accommodate increased work. Among the many products and services that the global firm Steinsvik provides is the development and construction of feed barges for all types of fish farming. Robust and reliable platforms are essential in the rough conditions faced by modern aquaculture and Steinsvik prides itself on developing reliable and functional solutions that contribute to efficient operations and safe and comfortable working conditions.

Ballarat Completes Multi-National Passage Exercise

HMAS Ballarat (centre) conducts a Passage Exercise in the South China Sea with Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ships Izumo and Sazanami and the Royal Canadian ship HMCS Winnipeg. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has completed a passage exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy ships during her South East Asia deployment. The exercise, conducted in the South China Sea from 8-10 June, included Japanese ships Izumo and Sazanami, Canadian ship Winnipeg and USS Sterett. The ships completed close quarters manoeuvres, helicopter operations, personnel exchanges, gunnery exercises and air defence training.

Two New Tugs for Rimorchiatori Riuniti

Damen ASD Tug 2411 Columbia (Photo: Damen)

Italian tug operator Rimorchiatori Riuniti has continued its fleet expansion with the deliveries of two new Damen tugs; an ASD 2913 called Danimarca and an ASD 2411 called Columbia. The delivery of the Danimarca took place in Genoa on June 14, 2017. This new tug will join the ASD 2913 Germania that joined the company’s fleet at the beginning of the year. Like her sister vessel, the Danimarca has also been installed with FiFi 1 and an aft winch, in addition to oil recovery and escort capabilities.

Denmark Promises Vietnam for Strong Support on Development

The Danish government was committed to implementing the Denmark-Vietnam Cooperation Development Strategy for 2006-2010,said Danish Prime Minister at a meeting in Hanoi. During the period, Denmark's aid projects and programs for Vietnam would give priority to trade, investment, agriculture, fisheries, environment, and administrative reform. “They would focus especially on socio-economic development and poverty reduction in remote areas,” Bendtsen continued. Hung hailed the tangible benefits Danish assistance had brought, helping Vietnam achieve its socio-economic development targets. He expected bilateral trade to go up and Denmark's direct investment in Vietnam to exceed $1b.

US Eases Arms Embargo Against Vietnam for Maritime Security

The United States on Thursday partially lifted a long-time ban on lethal weapon sales to Vietnam to help it improve maritime security, a historic move that comes nearly 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War. "The State Department has taken steps to allow for the future transfer of maritime security-related defense articles to Vietnam," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a briefing. State Department officials told a separate briefing that sales of any specific weapons would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis as requests came in from Vietnam. They said the focus would be on helping Vietnam patrol and defend itself in the South China Sea, amid growing naval challenges from China, but said weapons sales could potentially include airborne systems as well as ships.

Vietnam's Submarines to Counter China?

Pic:  Vietnam Navy

Vietnam's new submarines could alter the balance in the South China Sea quite dramatically, say maritime security analysts. Vietnam and China have long contested claims over the Spratly and Paracel islands, including last year's dispute over China's attempted oil drilling and clashes between Vietnamese fishermen and Chinese boats. As Beijing presses territorial claims in the South China Sea, Vietnam is arming itself for a potential air and sea confrontation with its larger neighbor.

APL, Direct Vietnam to North America Service

Global shipping leader APL announced the launch of a new weekly direct container shipping service linking Vietnam and the West Coast of North America. Previously, Vietnam’s exporters have had to rely on small feeder vessels to connect with larger ships to gain access to the world’s major consuming markets. The first departure of the APL-operated service on 4 June will directly link Vietnam’s exporters to the Transpacific routes, which are among the world’s largest and most dynamic trade lanes. “This is the beginning of a new era for trade with Vietnam and marks its increased importance as a manufacturing and export centre,” said Eng Aik Meng, President of APL. In early 2007, APL co-authored research examining Vietnam’s transportation and logistics environment.

Vietnam Seeking Private Investment in Ports

Cai Mep International Terminal (Photo courtesy of Maersk)

Vietnam's Ministry of Transport is seeking private sector investment for construction of seaports, Vietnam Briefing reported last week. The Vietnam Maritime Administration will announce a list of 42 maritime infrastructure projects, including 18 seaports, looking for private investment, said Do Duc Tien, Deputy Chief of the Vietnam Maritime Administration. The privatization of Vietnam's ports is part of an initiative launched in April 2014 to privatize an estimated 432 state-owned enterprises between 2014 and 2015.

Vietnam to China: Shift Rig, Abandon Drilling Plans

Vietnam demanded China move a controversial oil rig on Thursday and abandon plans to start drilling in waters where jurisdiction is unclear, the latest sign of festering unease among the two communist neighbours. The $1 billion rig, which was at the centre of a fierce diplomatic stand-off between the countries in 2014, had moved into an area of the Gulf of Tonkin in the South China Sea about which Vietnam said the two countries were still "executing delineation discussions". China calls the rig Haiyang Shiyou 981. Vietnam refers to it as Hai Duong 981. "Vietnam resolutely opposes and demands China cancel its plan to drill and immediately remove the Hai Duong 981 oil rig out of this area," Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said in a statement on the government's news website.

China, Vietnam Pledge Peaceful Resolution of S.China Sea Spat

China and Vietnam have pledged to look for a peaceful resolution to their dispute in the South China Sea via talks, following a meeting between China's president and the head of Vietnam's Communist Party, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday. A joint communique carried by Xinhua said that both countries had a "candid" exchange of views on their maritime spat. But the two countries agreed to "use well the Sino-Vietnam government border negotiation mechanism, uphold friendly consultations and negotiations to look for a basic and lasting resolution both countries can accept", the statement said. China and Vietnam should also "proactively look for transitional resolution methods which do not affect either side's position, including looking at and discussing joint development".

Maritime Vietnam 2006 Ready for November

With a few months to the show, Maritime Vietnam 2006 has lined up a range of special events. Organised by HQ Link Pte Ltd, Maritime Vietnam 2006 will take place in Ho Chi Minh City International Exhibition & Convention Centre (HIECC), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from 7 – 9 November 2006. Themed “Meeting Global Challenges in Vietnam’s Maritime Industry”, a one-day conference will take place to complement the exhibition by providing an insight on the new era of Vietnam’s maritime industry. Leading industry players have been invited to share their views on Vietnam’s shipbuilding industry, shipping facilities, innovative equipment & services that are required for the shipbuilding and ports development as well as the latest state-of-the-art navigational aids for harbors and channels use.

China Rebuffs Vietnam Criticism of Rig Move

China's Foreign Ministry on Friday rebuffed Vietnam's second demand this year to move a controversial oil rig and drop plans to drill in South China Sea waters where jurisdiction is unclear, saying it was engaging in normal exploration activity. The $1-billion rig, which was at the centre of a fierce diplomatic stand-off between the countries in 2014, had moved into an area of the Gulf of Tonkin over which, Vietnam said, the two countries were still "executing delineation discussions". "The relevant work is in undisputed Chinese waters, and it is normal commercial exploration," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing. He did not elaborate.

Chinese South China Sea Drilling Illegal Says Vietnam

File photo

Vietnam says China's plan to move its first deep-water drilling rig into the disputed South China Sea, one of Asia's most volatile hotspots, is illegal and has called for the rig to be removed from what it says is Vietnam's territorial waters. The $1 billion offshore oil rig called Haiyang Shiyou 981 owned by the China's state-run CNOOC oil company has been drilling south of Hong Kong. Maritime Safety Administration of China (MSAC) on Saturday published an announcement on its…

Sea Dispute Sparks China Diplomat to Vietnam Visit

Secretary Kerry Shows Chinese State Councilor Yang Overview of Boston Hometown. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

China's top diplomat will visit Vietnam next week, China said on Friday, five months after he last visited during a period of tension over a Chinese oil drilling rig working in part of the South China Sea both countries claim. State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will arrive in Vietnam on Monday for meetings with Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, China's foreign ministry said in a statement. The two would discuss "Sino-Vietnam bilateral cooperation", the ministry said. It did not elaborate.

Vietnamese Boat Collides with Hong Kong Cargo Ship

Vietnam Coast Guard. Photo courtesy: Global Security

Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, Rich Better, collided with and sank Vietnamese squid boat BD 96660 in the East Vietnam Sea on August 2, 2016. According to Tuoi Tre News, six Vietnamese sailors are safe and being taken to mainland China to await pick-up by Vietnam’s authorities. The Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) confirmed the six aboard boat BD 96660, which was hit and submerged by Hong Kong cargo ship Rich Better in the East Vietnam Sea, had been rescued by the Hong Kong vessel and were on the way to Shanghai.

Wärtsilä Opens Office in Hanoi

Wärtsilä Corporation is expanding its representation in Vietnam by opening a branch office in Hanoi. Vietnam is a growing market for Wärtsilä's products and services to the shipping, shipbuilding and power industries. Wärtsilä has had a permanent presence in Vietnam since 1994 when it set up a representative office in Ho Chi Minh City. In 1998 Wärtsilä obtained a business license to operate as a 100% foreign-owned service company and founded Wärtsilä Vietnam Co. Ltd. The recent growth in world shipbuilding demand has led to the rise of Vietnam as a shipbuilding country and thus as a market for Wärtsilä products and services. Wärtsilä is already supplying engines and propulsion systems from its wide range of products for newbuildings at shipyards in Vietnam.

MOL Starts Vietnam Tugboat Business

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that the company has established a joint venture with two local companies in Vietnam and started a tugboat business. The joint company will allocate high-powered, high-performance tugboats in Vietnam's Cai Mep/Thi Vai area, where deepwater container terminals are now under developing. It will offer safe, high-quality support services for vessels calling at ports in the region, helping meet the needs of Vietnam's shipping industry and international shipping lines. (1) Company name    Tan Cang-Cai Mep Towage Services Co., Ltd. (5) Investors    Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

Admiralty Provides New ENC Coverage of Vietnam

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced new ENC (Electronic Navigational Chart) coverage of a key shipping route in Vietnam, providing greater navigational detail of the region. The three new ENCs cover the ports and approaches to Vung Tau, which includes the main container port of Cai Mep, and are only available through the Admiralty Vector Chart Service. The new ENCs have been produced in response to increasing demand from shipping companies for fully compliant chart data for the region, which has seen significant economic development in the last decade. “Vietnam continues to outperform many economies around the world,” said Guy Edwards, Head of Admiralty Asia Pacific, Singapore.

APL: Vietnam Seaport Master Plan Must Have Long-Term Focus

Vietnam must better coordinate the planning and construction of an integrated seaport network to handle the country’s rapid trade growth, according to container transportation leader APL. The company was providing an update of the findings outlined in a research paper, entitled: “Vietnam Transportation and Logistics: Challenges and Opportunities”, developed earlier this year by the NOL Group, the Singapore-based parent company of APL, to examine Vietnam’s transportation and logistics environment. “Vietnam’s cargo growth potential is tremendous. Average historical growth of containerised cargo of 20% could rise to 25% per year. Previous government forecasts have underestimated actual growth of container volumes…

Liftboat Trio Completed in Vietnam

Delivery of a series of three ABS-classed liftboats concluded in August with completion of the Lewek Lifter. Sister ships, the Lewek Leader and Rising Phoenix, were delivered in January and March 2010, respectively, from the Saigon Shipyard Ltd. in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. According to ABS Country Manager for Vietnam Paul Hayward, the launching of this type of self-elevating, self-propelled multipurpose vessel is the first for a Vietnam yard. The final sections of the legs were installed in Vietnam.

Heezen Visits Vietnam

Oceanographic survey ship Bruce C. Heezen is pushed to the pier by commercial tugs as the ship makes her first visit to Vietnam. While in Vietnam, Heezen will host representatives from Vietnam’s Hydro-Meteorological Service and other agencies. Briefings and static displays will include an overview of the U.S. Navy’s oceanographic program and will demonstrate the value of hydrographic, oceanographic and meteorological data in ocean prediction as well as safe and secure navigation. (U.S. Navy photo by Edward Baxter)

Panama Signs up Vietnam to Inspect its Ships

The Vietnam Register (VR) and the Panamanian Isthmus Bureau of Shipping (IBS) have signed an agreement under which Vietnam will check Panamanian ships in waters near its territory. The agreement to check if the ships follow international maritime regulations was signed in Hanoi Tuesday. VR Director Nguyen Van Ban said a similar deal would be inked in Panama in April allowing IBS to inspect vessels flying Vietnamese flag while in Central and South American waters. Vietnam will also provide training for IBS technicians and officials. Source: VNA

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