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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Asia News

La Spezia Terminal Team to Tour Asian Cargo Hubs

Italy’s gateway container terminal in La Spezia, operated by the Contship Italia Group is set to embark upon on a tour of strategic supply-chain hubs in Asia. Contship’s senior management will visit key cities in China – Shanghai, Dalian and Shenzhen to promote La Spezia Homeport as the gateway to Italy and the markets of South and Central Europe. They will conclude their tour with a visit to Taiwan. This is the first visit to Asia undertaken by the Contship team since La Spezia Container Terminal won “Best Container Terminal - Europe” at the 2017 Asian Freight…

RMI Registry Strengthens Support for Japanese Owners

International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI), which provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries, has appointed a new Technical Officer in its Imabari office, strengthening its support and services for the Japanese ship owning market. “We now have more than 400 employees in our 27 offices worldwide and by hiring an extremely experienced technical officer in Imabari, who understands every aspect of vessel safety and day-to-day operations…

APL Renews Terminal Lease at Port of Kaohsiung

An agreement has been signed between American President Lines LLC, Taiwan Branch and Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd, to renew APL’s terminal lease at the Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The signed deal retains APL’s current terminal plot in the Kaohsiung port for another 10 years from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2027. Nicolas Sartini, APL Chief Executive Officer said, “Today, Intra-Asia container volume accounts for one-sixth of all containers moved globally. We see further growth prospects in this trade where APL is seeking to be a major player.

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CMA CGM to Acquire 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…

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ZIM Seven Stars Express Service to Add a Kaohsiung Call

ZIM is pleased to announce that starting November 2017, ZIM’s popular Seven Stars Express Service (Z7S) will add a call in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, offering unique advantages to customers, said a company press release. The service includes: Direct access to New York Maher terminal, Unique product linking Kaohsiung and Wilmington, NC, Fast transit time from Wilmington and Savannah; A premium product for USA exports to Taiwan, Calling Terminal 5, Pier 77/78 in Kaohsiung, for easy access from main manufacturing areas and End of the week departure from Kaohsiung.

Frank Liang (Photo: WSS)

WSS Seeks Improved Position in Asian Offshore

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) announced that Frank Liang has been named Regional Offshore Manager Asia, tasked with building the company’s business with rig contractors. According to Sean Neilan, Sales & Marketing Director in Asia Pacific, Liang will play an important role in WSS's strategic initiative toward the offshore market. In his almost three-decade career working as an ITC specialist within the marine, offshore and energy industries, Liang brings a wealth of experience and a vast network to WSS operations in Asia.

Speakers and participants of the inaugural Capacity Building Executive Programme. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

MPA, ReCAAP Join in Combating Piracy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA Japan) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), in cooperation with the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC), jointly launched the inaugural Capacity Building Executive Programme on combating piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in Singapore. The Capacity Building Executive Programme—targeted at senior-level personnel with 10 to 15 years of experience and above in maritime enforcement—will see ReCAAP Contracting Parties from ASEAN (Cambodia…

Graham Wall, Managing Director.

Wall Named MD of RichLand-LSP

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…

Rene Bach-Larsen

Geodis Wilson Appoints New Cluster MD

Geodis Wilson announced the appointment of Rene Bach-Larsen as Cluster Managing Director of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Looking forward to his new role of developing Geodis Wilson’s business in one of Asia’s most dynamic economical hubs, Rene said, “The Southeast Asia market—Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam—is certainly often overlooked as a growth area because of its modest size compared to the biggest players China and India. However, from a global perspective, it is actually a key area. It has weathered the global recession well and is experiencing rapid growth.

Statistics:  Castrol Marine Trade Barometer

Global Shipbuilding to Turn Around in 2017: Castrol

Despite a marginal deterioration in the growth outlook for the global shipbuilding industry, annualized five-year growth rates for the sector are still forecast to reach a healthy 3 to 5%, before picking up substantially after 2017, says Castrol Marine Trade Barometer. The Barometer predicts that growth will be driven largely by the Asia-Pacific region, but also Latin America and the Middle East. All European nations but the Netherlands face a downward trend until 2017. Mandhir Singh, COO at Castrol, says, “The main growth in shipbuilding will come from AsiaPacific countries to 2019.

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CMA CGM Services to Asia and Mexico, Central America & WCSA

In a continued effort to provide our customers with reliable and efficient services from Asia to Latin America, CMA CGM wishes to inform about the improvement of ACSA services linking Asia to Mexico, Central America and West Coast South America. Port coverage will increase and will be improved with: Pusan EB call, Balboa EB and Coronel on ACSA 2. CMA CGM will keep providing the most efficient services to link Asia to West Coast Latin America and Caribbean: 4 unique direct services from Asia to Mexico…

American Welding Society Opens Asian Offices

The American Welding Society (AWS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the science of welding, has announced  the opening of AWS Asia. Based in Hong Kong, China, with a second office in Beijing, AWS Asia will help serve AWS’s growing Asian market. In early May, AWS purchased the World Engineering Xchange International Limited (WEX Asia) office in Hong Kong. The office, located at Technology Park, Unit 2508, 25/F, 18 On Lai Street, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong, will now serve as AWS Asia’s headquarters and Yoanne Lau will lead as Managing Director of AWS Asia.

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THE Alliance Sets Out Service Plans

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…

G6 Alliance. Image: NYK Line

G6 Alliance Modifies Asia-Europe

The G6 Alliance has strengthened its Asia-Europe service by adding additional ports. The G6 alliance, consisting of APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line, will be upgrading its Loop 7 service to include calls at Gothenburg and Antwerp. One of the G6 Alliance operators Hapag-Lloyd, said  that in response to market demand, members of the Alliance announced the following Asia – Europe service enhancement to improve the connection between Asia and Scandinavia.

CMA CGM Reshuffles Asia–USEC Services

CMA CGM announces the reshuffling of its services on the Asia – US East Coast trade. A service operated by CMA CGM with 11 vessels of 5 500 teus. A service operated by China Shipping, Evergreen and UASC with 9 vessels of 4 000 teus. The Columbus Suez service operated by CMA CGM and Maersk Line with 16 vessels of 8 100 teus remains unchanged. “The strengthening of our Asia / USEC loops means 3 departures a week and a wider geographical coverage.

FSL Trust Appoints New CFO

The Board of FSL Trust Management Pte Ltd has announced the appointment of Philip Tan Eng Lay as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, effective July 1, 2014. Philip most recently served as Regional Head of Finance at AET Tankers Pte Ltd. Previously, he held various executive positions including Finance Director for Asia region at World Fuel Services, a Fortune 500 company. Prior to this, he served as Managing Director and Regional Financial Controller in Asia at Celanese Pte Ltd and as Director of Finance & Administration for Asia region for Kemet Electronics Asia Pacific (S) Pte Ltd.

Sonnie Groombridge (Photo: Ferguson)

Ferguson Names Groombridge APAC Manager

Ferguson, specialist provider of DNV certified containers, tanks, refrigeration, accommodation and workspace modules to the offshore energy industry, has appointed Sonnie Groombridge to the new role of APAC Business Unit Manager. Based in Perth Australia, Groombridge joined the business in 2011 as the Australian Operations Manager and was then appointed to the position of Australian Business Unit Manager in 2013. In his new role he will be responsible for the company’s activities in the Asia Pacific region, spanning East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania.  

From left to right. Junlin He (Vice Director) of the Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Commission, Anthony Lau (Executive Director)of the Hong Kong Tourist Board, Rolando Canizal (Assistant secretary for Tourism Planning, Research and Information Management) of the Philippine Department of Tourism and Wayne Liu (Deputy Director General) of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. photo:ACC

Asia Cruise Cooperation Launched

Five Asia cruise destinations – Hainan, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Taiwan and Xiamen–jointly announced the launch of Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC), a committed and resourceful alliance with a strong commitment to maximize the growth of cruise tourism in Asia. Launched at a cocktail reception at Seatrade Cruise Global in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the members of ACC vowed to provide full support to cruise lines to develop Asian cruise products. Riding on the success of Asia Cruise Fund founded in 2014 and the participation of Xiamen since January…

Increased Transhipments Predicted

"The increased demand for point-to-point service requires the use of transshipment hubs to coordinate feeder services to and from countries and ports with low-volume throughput," said Mike Lee, Consultant, Transportation & Logistics, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan. He added that there has been a universal shift from transporting bulk or loose goods to transportation by containers due to the benefits offered by containerization such as safety, cost, speed, and convenience. "This is expected to drive growth in the container ports market in the short to medium term…

Asia Key to Recovery of Containerized Trade

Asian economies are leading the recovery of international container trade volumes, but strong growth across the region could see pre-recession pressure on freight infrastructure re-emerge, a senior executive of container shipping line APL told a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on May 20. “Intra-Asia is already the world’s single largest container trade,” Jason Wong, Vice President of APL’s Intra Asia trade, told the 8th ASEAN Ports & Shipping Conference. By 2015, Intra Asia will contribute 32% of global containerised trade, with the Asia-U.S.

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Panama Canal Sets Record Annual Cargo Tonnage

Following the close of its 2017 fiscal year (FY17), the Panama Canal announced that the waterway welcomed a record 403.8 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) of cargo in FY17, the largest amount of annual tonnage ever transited in its 103-year history. The 22.2 percent increase from the previous year can be directly attributed to the added capacity provided by the Expanded Canal. According to figures, the Panama Canal transited a total of 13,548 vessels during its FY17, representing a 3.3 percent increase compared to totals the year before.

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EIVA to Open Singapore Office

On August 1, 2015, EIVA will open a Singapore office as a result of increasing activities in the Asia-Pacific region, thereby offering customers and partners a local point of contact. During recent years, EIVA has increased its international activities, including the expansion of the worldwide network of EIVA representatives, and now also offices. Especially in the Asia-Pacific region, this has led to increasing activities and demand for both EIVA hardware and software solutions. To better assist customers and partners with a local point of contact, EIVA now opens an office in Singapore.

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Maersk Cuts 16% West Central Asia-Europe

Maersk Line, the container shipping unit in the A.P. Moller-Maersk group in Copenhagen, says it will cut about 16% of its capacity on the West Central Asia-Europe trade lane. "In our continuous effort to provide our customers with an attractive and competitive West Central Asia / Europe network - both in terms of capacity and coverage - Maersk Line is enhancing the ME1, ME2 and ME3 services and discontinuing the ME5 service with effect from October 2015," says a statement from the company.

Ryder, Cargo Services Partnership

Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R) has signed a joint venture (JV) partnership with Cargo Services Far East Limited (CSFE), an Asia-based logistics solutions provider specializing in export consolidation services. The combined capabilities of the companies will create a comprehensive, end-to-end service offering, with full geographic coverage throughout Asia, for North American retailers and other companies importing from Asia. Operating as Ryder Supply Chain Solutions Asia, the solution will provide Vendor and Purchase Order Management…

CMA CGM Reshuffles Some Routes

CMA CGM announces the reshuffling of its Asia-West Med Services. CMA CGM announces the reshuffling of its services on the Asia-West Mediterranean trade in partnership with Maersk Line (ML). Rotation: Qingdao > Pusan > Shanghai > Ningbo > Yantian > Chiwan > Nansha > Tanjung Pelepas > Port Kelang > Malta > Valencia > Barcelona > Fos > Genoa > Malta > Port Said > Khorfakkan > Port Kelang > Singapore > Qingdao. Rotation: Xiamen > Shanghai > Ningbo > Yantian  > Nansha > Tanjung Pelepas > Port Kelang > Beirut > Malta > Valencia > Malaga > Tangiers > Port Said > Port Kelang > Singapore.

Bleak Outlook for Asia-Europe Ocean Container Sector

Maersk Line cuts further capacity on the Asia-Europe trade on low demand, cuts AE5 service permanently & suspends the AE9 service. “We do not expect volume growth on the Asia-Europe trades this year so there is currently no need for the number of ships sailing”, says Vincent Clerc, Chief Trade & Marketing Officer for Maersk Line. “We expect a 3% slump on the Asia-Europe container trades for 2012 and are taking steps to adjust to this without reducing our market position”. “Further to the 9% capacity reductions we made earlier this year…