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Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Ship Fuel: Singapore Bunker Volumes Dip, 2019 Uncertain

Sales of marine fuels in Singapore, the world's biggest ship fueling port by volume, totaled 49.8 million tonnes in 2018, down 2 percentfrom a record the year before, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Monday.December sales volumes of marine fuels, also known as bunkers, reached an 11-month high of 4.308 million tonnes, up 10 percent from November and the second-highest for the year, the data showed.The strong month helped lift Singapore's 2018 marine fuel sales figures to the second highest on record…

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PSA International Terminal Volumes Up by 9%

The Singapore-headquartered global port operator PSA International handled 81.00 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of containers at its port projects around the world for the year ending 31 December 2018.The Group’s volume increased by 9.1% over 2017, with flagship PSA Singapore contributing 36.31 million TEUs (+8.9%) and PSA terminals outside Singapore handling 44.69 million TEUs (+9.3%), it said.PSA participates in around 40 terminals in 16 countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas with flagship operations in PSA Singapore Terminals and PSA Antwerp.Tan Chong Meng…

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Waypoint Singapore Opens New Office

Waypoint Port Services Singapore Pte Ltd (‘Waypoint Singapore’) celebrated the opening of its new office premises with an inauguration event last week.The guest of honor for the event was Schulte Group CEO, Ian Beveridge, COO of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, David Furnival, and CFO of Bernhard Schulte, Tobias Pinker, who cut the ribbon at the ceremony. Other guests included customers and partners of Waypoint Singapore, representatives from port operators PSA Singapore and Jurong Port…

“MOL Trust” and “MOL Tradition” (Photo: ONE)

ONE Achieves Container Loading Records in two Consecutive Weeks

In late December 2018, two vessels operated by Ocean Network Express (ONE), namely “MOL Trust” and “MOL Tradition”, set a loading record of 18,694 TEU and 18,767 TEU respectively.“MOL Trust”, which operates in ONE’s “Far East Loop 2 (FE2)” service in THE Alliance, achieved the record on her Singapore westbound departure destined to North Europe on 24 December 2018.“MOL Tradition”, which operates in the same FE2 service, renewed ONE’s record on her Singapore westbound departure on 29 December 2018.

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Singapore: Container Throughput Grew by 8.7% in 2018

The Port of Singapore maintained a stable performance in 2018. Container throughput grew by 8.7 per cent to 36.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), and total cargo throughput remained stable at 630 million tonnes.Singapore also retained its position as the world’s leading bunkering port, said a press release from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).Singapore continues to be home to a diverse range of maritime businesses, with more than 5,000 maritime establishments in Singapore generating over 170…

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Cosco Opens New International Hainan-ASEAN Liner Route

The New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor (ILSTC) and COSCO Shipping  'Hainan-ASEAN (Singapore)' Liner Route, co-hosted by Hainan Provincial People’s Government and COSCO Shipping, was launched at Hainan Yangpu Xiaochantan Terminal owned by Hainan Harbor & Shipping Holding.Hainan Governor Shen Xiaoming announced the launch of the maiden voyage.The “Hainan-ASEAN (Singapore)” Liner Route opens a direct passage through which goods from China’s western regions can be shipped southward to Singapore via Yangpu Port…

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ZIM, 2M Alliance Expand In Asia

ZIM and the members of the 2M Alliance, Maersk and MSC, has announced a second strategic cooperation agreement following the agreement announced in July 2018 in the Asia-US East Coast Trade.The new strategic operational agreement, which will be a combination of Vessel Sharing, Slot exchange and purchase, covers two additional trades: Asia - East Mediterranean and Asia - American Pacific Northwest. In each trade, two strings will be operated in cooperation, as follows:Asia - East…

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China Bans Open-Loop Scrubber Discharge at 'Some' Ports

China's maritime authority has banned the discharge of "wash water" used in ships to strip hazardous sulphur emissions from engine exhaust gases from Jan. 1 for some ports, according to a government document reviewed by Reuters on Tuesday.The ban on water discharge from so-called open-loop scrubbers is part of an effort to prepare for International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules that will ban ships from using fuel oil with a sulphur content of more than 0.5 percent from 2020…

“ACME 1975 Co., Ltd.” is recognized as the final shipper of ONE Thailand contributing to the 1 million TEUs mark. Pic: ONE

ONE Thailand Crosses One Mln TEUS of Container Shipments

Ocean Network Express (ONE) Thailand achieved a remarkable milestone by attaining 1 million TEUs, merely 9 months into the business.From January to December in 2017, the export & import laden containers volume in Thailand was 8 Million TEUs, the global container shipping company headquartered in Singapore said. Kiyoshi Tokonami, Managing Director of ONE Thailand, said, “This realization is a testament of the strong collaboration and support between our esteemed customers, business partners and ONE Thailand.""In addition to the memorial milestone…

(From left) Philbert Chua, Vice President of PSA Singapore and Takashi Kase, Senior Vice President of Ocean Network Express. Photo: ONE

ONE Sets Productivity Record at PSA Terminal

Ocean Network Express (ONE) and PSA Singapore (PSA) jointly celebrated the highest productivity record of ONE’s containership – “NYK SWAN”, at the PSA Singapore’s Pasir Panjang Terminal.The Singapore-based shipping company said in a press release that over 6,000 container moves were accomplished in 18.5 hours or a gross berth productivity rate of over 300 shipshore moves, which was an exceptionally high performance standard in container shipping operation.A celebratory event was attended by over 100 representatives from ONE and PSA Singapore…

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Cosco Shipping Ports Buys Stake in Beibu Gulf Port

Hong Kong-based Cosco Shipping Ports has purchased a 4.34% stake in Shenzhen-listed Beibu Gulf Port Co for a total consideration of approximately RMB 470 million (USD 68 mln)."By subscribing the shares, Cosco Shipping Ports aim to further strengthen the cooperation with Beibu Gulf Port, and lay a foundation for the Company to participate in the integration of Guangxi ports. At present, Cosco Shipping Ports teams up with Beibu Gulf Port in operating Qinzhou International Container Terminal Co.…

MPA Enhances Safety At Sea Measures

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has stepped up its safety checks and measures under the ambit of the Safety@Sea Singapore Campaign."With the onset of the Northeast Monsoon season, which may prevail up to March 2019, occurrences of moderate to heavy thunder storms, strong winds and choppy seas can increase the risks at sea," warns MPA. MPA urges all port users and members of public who are travelling by ferry or cruise to exercise care when on board, and to remain vigilant and safe at sea.

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PSA, ONE Launch Container Terminal in Singapore

The global transport company Ocean Network Express (ONE) and PSA Singapore (PSA),the flagship terminal of the global port group PSA International, will join hands to form a joint venture  company  based at Pasir  Panjang Terminal in Singapore.Subject to regulatory approvals, the joint venture terminal is scheduled to commence operations in the first half of 2019 and operate four mega container berths with a combined annual handling  capacity of 4 million TEUs, said a press release from the global container shipping company headquartered in Singapore.Pasir Panjang Terminal…

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Diesel-Loaded Tankers Stranded off Asia as Demand Wanes

Several tankers carrying diesel fuel are floating off Taiwan and Southeast Asian waters as a steep fall in oil prices kept buyers at bay, trade and shipping sources said on Friday, helping push rates to their highest since January 2016.With tanker rates also boosted by strong Chinese oil exports, it was a big relief for an industry that has been in the doldrums for the past three years.About seven to nine long-range tankers carrying about 5 to 7 million barrels of diesel are currently floating off Taiwan waters largely due to a drop in bunker fuel demand from the South China Sea…

M/v Ismene. Pic: Diana Shipping Inc.

Diana Shipping in TC Pact for m/v Ismene with Koch

Diana Shipping announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Koch Shipping Singapore, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Ismene.The a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels said in a press note that the gross charter rate is US$12,125 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period until minimum January 1, 2020 up to maximum March 31, 2020.The charter is expected to commence on December 12, 2018, it said.

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NYK in Charter Agreement with Mitsubishi

Japanese shipping and logistics giant Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has signed long-term contracts with Diamond Gas International Pte. Ltd. (DGI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) located in Singapore, for DGI to charter from NYK three newly built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.Previously, NYK concluded long-term time-charter contracts for three new LNG vessels for MC’s Cameron LNG project, so these most recent contracts bring the total to six carriers for MC.The NYK Group will be responsible for ship management for the three ordered LNG carriers…

Russia's First FSRU to Arrive at Kaliningrad to Start Up LNG Imports

Russia's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) is expected to dock at the port of Kaliningrad on Dec. 18, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.The FSRU, called Marshal Vasilevskiy, is being installed at Kaliningrad - a city separated from Russia and bordering with Lithuania and Poland - by Russian energy major Gazprom in a move to bypass pipeline gas deliveries via Lithuania in case there are any disruptions in gas transit.The FSRU will be the first LNG import facility in Russia…

Costa Fortuna, operated by Costa Crociere, sailed away from Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard on 16 December 2018 after repairs at the yard. Photo: Sembcorp Marine

Sembcorp Retains Asia's Top Cruise Ship Repair Position

Singapore-based shipbuilder Sembcorp Marine cemented its position as Asia’s top cruise ship repair and upgrade solutions provider in 2018 with the successful completion of repairs on the Costa Fortuna – the Group’s 10th and final cruise ship project this year.Operated by Costa Crociere, the 1,358-cabin vessel sailed away from Sembcorp Marine’s Admiralty Yard yesterday, joining a bevy of luxury liners that underwent repairs and upgrades at Sembcorp Marine facilities in the past 12 months.These included six vessels from leading cruise brands and long-term partners Carnival Cruises…

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ChainPORT Renews Digital, Environmental Commitment

Delegates from the world’s leading ports have come together to examine their role in the rapidly evolving maritime logistics landscape and in particular to coordinate their contribution to the establishment of an interconnected maritime supply chain at the Port of Barcelona.The multilateral partnership of the world leading ports, ChainPORT, has just concluded its 4th Annual Meeting which was hosted last week by the Port of Barcelona.ChainPORT was initiated in 2016 by the Port…

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

Nitin Gadkari Flags Off First Container Vessel at Tuticorin

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari Wednesday flagged off the maiden container mainline vessel at VoC Port (Tuticorin Port), opening direct shipping route to eastern countries.Calling the step a "gamechanger in container traffic of South India", Gadkari said that Tuticorin has the potential to become a "major industrial hub".At present containers from Tuticorin to Far East countries viz Malaysia, Singapore, China and Hong Kong are transited by the feeder vessels to Colombo where they are further connected to the mother vessel .With Mainline call being done directly at Tuticorin…

File Image: a fully laden LNG tanker transits the Med in this recent image. Credit: Robert Murphy

Rising Ship Supply Eases LNG Charter Rates

Limited availability drove LNG shipping rates to highs; but prices now falling as more ship supply becomes available.Inflated spot charter rates for liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers are easing as more ships becoming available, which could help increase LNG trade if Asian demand rises in coming months.LNG charter rates are a key component of spot LNG trade, dictating the way the super-cooled gas is transported. Charter rates usually follow the price of LNG, which has fallen since September due to sluggish demand from Asian buyers.Rates have remained high for most of this year…

Atypical LNG carrier enroute to berth. (File image / Adobestock / © Fotmart

Floating LNG in Asia Finds Buyers as Prices Plunge

Nine or more tankers on the way or discharged into Asia, while at least five still holding LNG off Singapore.Several liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes that had been stored on vessels in Asian waters are now heading towards buyers' terminals in China, Japan or South Korea as spot prices for the super-chilled fuel have plunged this week to multi-month lows.At least nine LNG tankers are now on their way or have already offloaded cargoes to buyers after floating off Singapore, Malaysian or South China waters for up to two months…

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PSA, SUTD to Build NewGen Port Operators

Singapore's port operator PSA Corporation Limited (PSA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to develop a pipeline of talent for the future mega port in Tuas.The MoU is aimed at producing data science, info-communications and engineering professionals for the Tuas port, said a joint statement by PSA and SUTD.The new Tuas Port will harness big data, and leverage automation technologies and smart systems to raise terminal productivity and service quality…

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Scrubber Manufacturers Slams Singapore Open-Loop Scrubbers Ban

Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA) has attacked Singapore's restrictions on open-loop versions of the systems as "disappointing" and "politically motivated."The scrubber manufacturing industry body said in a press release: "The recent announcement by the outgoing CEO of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) banning the discharge of process water from open loop scrubbers for vessels visiting Singapore came without prior notice or discussion with the IMO…

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Indian Court Refuses to Quash Antitrust Probe at Mumbai

An Indian court has declined to quash or stall an antitrust investigation into Dubai-based port operator DP World's alleged anti-competitive behaviour at the country's largest container port in Mumbai, three sources told Reuters on Wednesday.The Competition Commission of India (CCI) last month said it suspected antitrust violations by DP World and Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk at the terminals they operate at state-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).The CCI's probe followed a complaint by Singapore's PSA International Pte Ltd…

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HMM to Take Control of Busan Terminal

The number one Korean national containers carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Singapore-based terminal operator PSA International have secured complete ownership of the Hyundai Pusan New-Port Terminal (Pier 4) in the Port of Busan, South Korea.The container carrier sold off its majority ownership in PSA Hyundai Pusan New-Port Terminal Co in 2016 due to liquidity trouble.According to a report in Pulse, HMM will acquire 50 percent plus one share in PSA Hyundai Pusan New-Port Terminal through a private equity fund…