DIAP gets new contract for the Jurong Island extension
Dredging International Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (DIAP, DEME’s subsidiary for the South East Asia region) in a joint venture with Starhigh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd has been awarded a Design and Build contract for 148ha of land reclamation as an extension to Jurong Island for the account of Singapore Government’s largest industrial landlord JTC (Jurong Town Corporation), the company said in its press release. The works under the contract comprise sand bund construction with shore protection, dredging for deepening of shoreline, basin and channel realignment, soil improvement works, sand supply, re-use of marine dredged and land-based excavated material and construction of roads, drains and sewers and preparation of a site for vacuum consolidation research. The 1.02 billion Singapore Dollars (+/- 625 million Euro) (excluding GST (Goods and Services Tax)) project which will be developed in 3 reclamation phases, a part being executed by DIAP.
A part of the Temasek Fairway and West Jurong Channel will be realigned and deepened to the specified levels.
DIAP will deploy spud grab dredgers and its own self-propelled trailing suction hopper dredger for the works. The works will commence by mid-December and will be finished by end 2017 for Phases 1 and 2. Works for Phase 3 are to be completed by mid-August 2018.
Macquarie buys into Helios Terminal, German company sells 45% stake
Having taken over the giant Helios Terminal in Jurong less than a year ago from Chemoil, Germany’s Oiltanking is selling a 45% stake in the facility to Macquarie Capital. With a total shell capacity of 503,000 cu m and 18 tanks Helios is one of the most modern and large oil depots in Southeast Asia. “Upon acquisition of Helios terminal in 2012, Oiltanking regarded such acquisition to be a perfect terminal for a joint shareholding with a long-term partner. Oiltanking believes that Macquarie Capital’s investment focus, access to institutional capital together with its financial market capabilities offers an excellent strategic fit,” Oiltanking noted in a release. [15/08/13]
Search continues for missing eight from capsized barge 'Guo Liang 677'
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) says that search and rescue operations are continuing for eight missing crew members of a barge which capsized in Singapore waters around 1pm on Wednesday.
The MPA has been co-ordinating rescue operations and two crew member have been rescued so far, however a total of ten crew members were on board the Mongolian-flagged barge Guo Liang 677.
Search and rescue operations has involved two Super Puma helicopters and a Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force, three patrol vessels from the Republic of Singapore Navy, two PCG patrol craft, divers and two diving support vessels and fourteen passing commercial vessels. [SeaShip-News 26/07/13]
Malaysia’s Marine Department has issued a navigational warning to ships heading through the Straits of Malacca as the haze from Indonesia blankets the area. Director-general Datuk Captain Ahmad Othman said ships should be extra cautious and observe their speed while sailing on the straits. "We have reminded them to navigate at a safe speed, taking into consideration the prevailing haze condition. We are monitoring all the ships from our control centre at Port Klang... the centre will as usual be keeping a close watch round-the-clock," he said. [Sea Ship News 26/06/13]
Singapore Oil Company 'Hin Leong' Outlines $3 billion Expansion Plans
Singapore oil trading and shipping company Hin Leong plans to spend up to $3 billion building oil terminals and distribution facilities in Asian markets including China, East Timor, Myanmar and Indonesia, Reuters reports. The company owns Universal Terminal in Singapore, which is one of the largest commercial oil storage complexes on the continent, as well as a fleet of more than 100 tankers.
Dredging works will be carried out off Pasir Panjang Terminal from 20 May to 19 December. According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.64 of 2013, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily - including Sundays & Public Holidays - off Pasir Panjang Terminal and its vicinity,
The Port of Singapore once again clinched the Best Seaport in Asia award at the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA), retaining its crown as Asia's port of choice.
The award was presented to Singapore for an unprecedented 25th time at the 27th AFSCA held on May 9 evening in Beijing.
Tanoto Shipyard fire extinguished - 4 tugs destroyed by fire
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has said that the Tanoto Shipyard fire was extinguished at 4.30am this morning, March 27, 2013. There were a total of 4 casualties and according to SCDF one male casualty was conveyed from the incident site to Singapore General Hospital. The other three casualties who were in a passing vessel were ferried away by a Police Coast Guard and then taken by SCDF ambulances to National University Hospital. The fate of three missing workers is still unknown, and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) are now coordinating a search and rescue (SAR) operation. Meanwhile the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is looking into the cause of the investigation and according to their investigations "Preliminary findings show that a fire had started on a tug boat and spread to three adjacent tug boats.” [27/03/13]
Senior Maritime Official from the Republic of Korea Visits Singapore
Singapore plays host to Mr Jang Hwang-Ho, Director General, Maritime Safety Policy Bureau, Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) of the Republic of Korea under the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's (MPA) Distinguished Visitors Programme (DVP) from 24 to 25 January 2013.
Mr Jang has close to 20 years of experience in the maritime sector. He held several key roles in MLTM, before taking on the role of Director General, Maritime Safety Policy Bureau, in June 2012. Mr Jang is also the Vice Chairperson (2011-2013) and Republic of Korea's Governor to the Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) Governing Council.
During his visit to Singapore, Mr Jang met with Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, as well as Mr Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive of MPA and members of MPA's senior management. Key maritime issues of mutual interests such as co-operation on port state control, safety of navigation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, regional maritime security and protection of the marine environment were discussed.
"MPA is very pleased to host Mr Jang. His visit provides an excellent opportunity for Singapore and the Republic of Korea to exchange views on maritime issues of common interest. We believe that this visit will further bolster ties between our maritime administrations," said Mr Lam.
In conjunction with the visit, Mr Jang and Mr Lam co-chaired the 3rd bilateral meeting under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Maritime Co-operation signed between MLTM and MPA in 2010. The annual meetings provide an excellent platform for maritime officials of Singapore and Republic of Korea to discuss and exchange views on maritime matters.
Mr Jang's two-day DVP includes visits to MPA facilities such as the Port Operations Control Centre at PSA Vista and the Integrated Simulation Centre at the Singapore Polytechnic. In addition, Mr Jang will visit PSA terminals and facilities, and ReCAAP ISC, which is located in Singapore.
About the Distinguished Visitors Programme
Established in 1997, the DVP aims to engage senior maritime personalities who are prime movers and key opinion makers in the international maritime community. The DVP focuses on establishing and boosting good and long-lasting relations with these personalities and their organisations, as well as to strengthen bilateral maritime relations.
About the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore's strategic maritime interests. MPA is the driving force behind Singapore's port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative. MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, expand the cluster of maritime ancillary services, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development.
60 reported injured as jack-up rig tilts at Jurong Shipyard
About 50 – 60 shipyard workers are reported to have been injured a when jack-up rig berthed at Jurong Shipyard tilted, Seatrade Asia online reports. Pictures on posted online showed the rig tilted dangerously to one side. Injured workers are reported to have been sent to Singapore’s National University hospital. Workers were reported to be being evacuated from the yard. There has been no official word on the accident from Jurong Shipyard. www.seatrade-asia...