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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Asia News

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APL: New Asia Australia Express 2

APL launched a new weekly Asia Australia Express 2 (AAX2) service that will connect the key Southeast Asian ports of Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to the two major eastern Australian cities of Brisbane and Sydney.The AAX2 service is poised to be the only service in the market with a direct call from Ho Chi Minh to Australia. Promising the industry’s fastest transit time, an AAX2 shipment from Ho Chi Minh to Brisbane and Sydney will take just 16 days and 18 days respectively.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony marking the formal inauguration of BICT’s multifaceted expansion program. Photo: ICTSI

ICTSI Expands Batumi Container Terminal

Philippines-based port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has inaugurated the newly-expanded Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) in Georgia.The expansion encompasses both the waterside and landside areas of the multipurpose terminal, intended to optimize the processing of existing cargo flows and install additional capacity to accommodate new business.Marking the importance of the occasion, the inauguration was attended by Giorgi Kobulia…

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King Abdullah Port Inaugurated

Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud inaugurated the King Abdullah Port in Rabigh.The Saudi Arabia’s State News Agency (SPA) reported that Saudi Arabia moved one step closer to its goal of becoming a global logistics hub with launch of the King Abdullah Port.The port, part of King Abdullah Economic City, will make the Kingdom “a linking point of three continents, Asia, Europe and Africa,” the crown prince said at the launch.Minister of Transport Nabil Al Amoudi said the port…

Aerial view of the port of Marseille. (Photo: Port of Marseille Fos)

French Port: First Phase of Subsea Cables

The port of Marseille-Fos sets the path towards the maritime data-hub concept: a global digital gateway offering smart and reliable landing infrastructure for subsea cables.Globalization does not simply mean more ships; it also means more information flows. No wonder that data traffic is predicted to grow at a rate of 45% per year over the next decade. This dramatic increase in volume, along with the diversity of the content which is exchanged, requires upgraded interconnection infrastructure as well as data storage facilities. The port of Marseille-Fos is ready.

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Libya Dreams of a Mega Port

A white foundation stone next to a deserted beach near the soporific Libyan port of Susah is all to show for a seven-year dream to build one of North Africa's biggest ports.Yet officials say Libya is now in final talks to award a U.S. firm a $1.5 billion deal to set up a "mega port" intended to transform the picturesque coast where families go for picnics into a vast container hub.Texas-based security firm Guidry Group confirmed to Reuters it planned to sign a 35-year deal to build and operate the project in a region once occupied by the ancient Greeks…

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Piraeus Port Signs MoU with Italian Ports

The Greek port of Piraeus signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italy’s port authorities from the cities of Venice and Chioggia.The agreement seeks to develop port services and promote increased trade flow between Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East.The MoU was signed during a meeting between the chairman and CEO of Piraeus port Fu Chengqiu and the president of the Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority (Venice and Chioggia) Pino Musolino.The MoU envisages cooperation in improving the exchange of best practices and knowhow in port management…

Goltens Green Technologies has now completed, or is in the process of completing, 435 ballast water retrofit projects around the globe.

Goltens Wins BWTS Orders for 37 Ships

Goltens’ Worldwide Green Technologies Division Asia announced contracts with NYK Bulk & Projects Carrier Ltd. (NBP) and BW LPG for support in retrofitting a total of 37 vessels with ballast water treatment systems (BWT).The NBP order is for 25 bulk carriers. NBP is a subsidiary of NYK. Goltens scope on the project includes 3D laser scanning and modeling of BWT systems, delivery of detailed design packages, and installation supervision in the shipyard.BW LPG awarded orders for the same scope of work for the retrofitting of 12 of its LPG carriers.

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Empowering Women in the Maritime

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched a new logo for its Women in Maritime programme, as part of its mission to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.Programme lead Helen Buni said: "The IMO Women in Maritime programme supports the participation of women in both shore-based and sea-going posts, under the slogan Training-Visibility-Recognition’, through a wide range of gender-specific activities.

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Milaha Launches BSX

Middle East's maritime and logistics company Milaha (Qatar Navigation) will start a direct container shipping service connecting the Black Sea and the Mediterranean in its first foray into Europe.According to a press release from the Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics conglomerate the new feeder service marks Milaha’s first European service linking the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The BSX demonstrates Milaha’s commitment to deliver reliable and agile services to its customers and partners globally.The BSX rotation is Piraeus (Greece)…

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Celebrity Cruises Installs SOLASOLV

British manufacturer of marine windows Solar Solve Marine has won a contract to supply 20 SOLASOLV anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens screens to the bridge windows of the cruise ship Celebrity Millennium. Celebrity Millennium is owned and operated by Celebrity Cruises - a brand under Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) and the second largest cruise line operator in the world. It is 294 meters long and has a 2,138 passenger occupancy with almost 1,000 crew.The ship travels…

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Container Market Grows at 8.6%

The Global International Orginization for Standardization (ISO) Shipping Container Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.6% during 2017-2026, said a report.According to Stratistics MRC, growth of seaborne trade, growing demand for commodities and rising industrial expansion in China are the key driving factors for the market growth.However, factors such as the effect on the environment and fluctuating raw material prices are hindering the market growth, the market research report said.ISO container is any type of shipping container which is designed…

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PIL, IBM Complete Blockchain Project

Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL) has completed a blockchain pilot with IBM for an electronic Bill of Lading (e-BL).PIL has used e-BL built on the IBM Blockchain Platform in a real-time pilot tracking shipment of mandarin oranges from China for the Lunar New Year celebrations.With the use of e-BL, the trial has produced a significant reduction in the administrative process of transferring the title deed from five to seven days to just one second."This is significant because the Bill of Lading is one of the most crucial documents used in international trade…

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Survitec Opens Singapore Hub

Survitec opened a new service and distribution hub in Singapore.The complex in Singapore’s Sembawang district covers a 7,153 cu. m. area, of which 1308 cu. m. is outdoors. With more than 200 personnel, it is Survitec’s largest service and distribution center globally, housing three distinct business units: WH Brennan & Co Pte Ltd, Survitec Safety Solutions Pte Ltd and Survitec Fire Solutions Pte Ltd.The Survitec products and services supplied by the Singapore facility include…

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BV Appoints Barrow as Vice President

Bureau Veritas has announced that it has appointed David Barrow as Vice-President for its Marine & Offshore South Asia Zone. He succeeds Kerem Kiper, who has already taken up the post of Vice-President, Middle-East, Africa and India.Based in Singapore, Barrow is responsible for leading the development and delivery of new activities and services for Marine & Offshore for the region. Alongside this, Barrow will be at the helm of a number of key accounts and will ensure compliance with both Group and Marine & Offshore Division standards.With over 35 years of experience in the maritime industry…

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Yang Ming Announces New Intra-Asia Service

Taiwanese ocean shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation announced a new Intra-Asia service KVM(Korea–Vietnam–Malaysia Service) jointly operated by YM and APL Co. Pte Ltd through its CNC brand with effect on February 21st, 2019.The service will be operated with three 1,800-TEU container vessels, one by YM and two by APL Co. Ptd Ltd via its CNC brand.The full port rotation will be Kwangyang, Pusan, Kaohsiung, Ho Chi Minh, Port Kelang, Singapore, Haiphong, Kaohsiung, Kwangyang.

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Eastern Pacific Shipping, Techstars Launch Tech Accelerator

The international ship management company Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has joined force with entrepreneur network Techstars to launch the first global maritime technology start-up accelerator.The EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator will be based in EPS’ headquarters in Singapore and this mentorship-driven startup accelerator partnership will be the first of its kind to target the maritime industry, said a company press release.“The merchant maritime industry is one of the oldest in the world…

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Kavan Ratnayaka Appointed as Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Kavan Ratnayaka has been appointed the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). Ratnayaka assumed duties as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) last week.Before his appointment as the Chairman of SLPA, Kavan Ratnayaka served the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). He is also a former Chairman of Associated Newspapers of Ceylon (Lake House).An old boy of Royal College, Kavan Ratnayaka holds a Bachelor of Science degree in (Physics) of the University of California.

IMO 2020: Fujairah Tightens Exhaust Rules Ahead of 2020

Key Middle East oil terminal bans open-loop scrubbersFujairah in the United Arab Emirates has become the latest major port to ban a type of fuel exhaust cleaning system to comply with a coming tightening in rules regarding global sulphur emissions, mirroring similar moves in Singapore and China.Under International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules that come into effect from 2020, ships will have to reduce the sulphur content in their fuel to less than 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now…

Brice Le Gallo, Regional Manager, South East Asia & Australia, DNV GL - Oil & Gas

AsiaPac Oil and Gas Industry Looks Up

Confidence in the outlook for Asia Pacific’s oil and gas industry has more than doubled in the past two years, according to new research published by DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry.According to a new research from DNV GL, three quarters (76%) of senior oil and gas professionals in Asia Pacific are optimistic about the industry’s growth in 2019, compared with 58% in 2018 and 30% in 2017. The proportion of industry leaders who are confident in their own organizations’ prospects has also risen from 59% last year to 74% in 2019.

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O’Brien Joins Vigor as EVP

Vigor has announced the addition of Jackie O’Brien to Vigor’s leadership team. As EVP of Strategy and Business Development, O’Brien will report directly to the CEO and play a key role in driving the development and execution of Vigor’s growth strategy as a leading industrial company. She will oversee business development for all Vigor business units including defense, aerospace, infrastructure, alternative energy and marine.O’Brien comes to Vigor following a twenty-five year career at Alcoa and Arconic, created by  Alcoa’s separation into two independent companies in 2016.

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Container Rates Alert: XSI Contracts Update

The global XSI  fell 1.6% in Jan-19 to 106.58 points, continuing the downward trend recorded since Aug-18. During this six-month period, the index has lost 5.3% of its value, having shed 5.92 points and now stands at a similar level to that recorded in May-17.Year-on-year the global benchmark is 2.1% lower than Jan-18. However, if the index reports similar changes to those witnessed during the first few months of 2018, then we may only see minimal changes in the next few months.XSI  - Europe Imports / ExportsIn Jan-19 European imports on the XSI  fell 1.3% month-on-month to 108.01.

Grand Orion in the port. Pic: MOL

First MOL Car Carrier Vessel Arrives in Cambodia

The 6,400 standard passenger car capacity, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL)-operated car carrier Grand Orion has made a first call for such a vessel type in Cambodia.The Japanese shipping company said in a release that the car carrier called at the Port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and discharged about 12,000 tons of construction machinery. It was the first call at a Cambodian port by an MOL-operated car carrier, it added.In commemoration of the first call, Grand Orion Capt. Denis C. De…

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Port NOLA Sets Container Record in 2018

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) moved more containers in 2018 than at any time in its history, totaling 591,253 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 12.3 percent compared to one year ago.The deep-draft multipurpose port at the center of the world's busiest port system -- Louisiana's Lower Mississippi River said in a press release that the record marks the fifth year in a row Port NOLA has surpassed the half million TEU-mark at its Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal, which…

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INTERCARGO Advisory on Cargo Liquefaction Dangers

Cargo liquefaction continues to be a major risk for dry bulk shipping.INTERCARGO welcomes the latest amendment to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC 04-17) which entered into force on 1st January 2019 and includes important updates related to cargoes that may liquefy. Pertinent updates include: changes to section 4.5 of the Code which stipulates the shippers’ responsibility to ensure that the testing and sampling for Transportable Moisture Limit (TML) and moisture content is carried out at the correct intervals…

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744 Ships Scrapped in 2018

744 large ocean-going commercial vessels were sold to the scrap yards in 2018, out of which 518 were broken down on South Asia beaches, accounting for a record-breaking 90.4% of the gross tonnage dismantled globally.According to new data released by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform,  at least 34 workers lost their lives when breaking apart the global fleet. The Platform documented at least 14 workers that died in Alang, making 2018 one of one of the worse years for Indian yards in…

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Shipbuilding: ONE Grus Delivered

Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (ONE) has announced that ONE Grus, with a carrying capacity of 14,000 TEU, has been successfully delivered at Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation. The sublet owner is Nippon Yusen Kaisha. This is ONE’s first delivery this year, and the 5th newly built 14,000 TEU magenta containership, after ONE Columba (delivery date on November 16th, 2018). It is equipped with outstanding safety and environmentally-friendly capabilities such as structural arrest technology and highly efficient welding technology.