Welcome to Project Cargo Weekly’s 5th issue. This week we include an interview with a regional shipowner that operates in the Baltic/North European areas. In order to continue our geographical news and intelligence reporting we are also including a Q&A with an interesting person located in Madagascar, of all places.
I don’t know when you last thought about Madagascar, it has been several years since this huge island in the Indian Ocean crossed my mind. Madagascar is a very special place indeed.
The big news in shipping this week is that the 3 Japanese majors will apparently join forces. This has been on the cards for a number of years and is surely helped along by the current state of the industry. Hanjin troubles continue to make lawyers happy (no doubt) and from what I understand from my ship owner contacts the problems are far from over. Apparently shippers are now considering carefully which shipowners and freight forwarders can be trusted.
In this issue we offer a bit more business intelligence which I hope you will find interesting. Bear in mind that the real value of the news lies in the action taken to pursue potential business.
If you need any help or additional information about the contents of this issue feel free to contact us.
Enjoy! Until next time, I remain,
Bo H. Drewsen
Hacklin – Regional Shipowner / Feeder Operator – The Baltics
Mr. Björn Palm
Do you accept breakbulk cargo onboard your feeder vessel?
Yes, we accept breakbulk cargo. We have welcomed this type of cargo for some time now and it’s an important part of our traffic.
Tradiles – Madagascar
Mr. Jean-Paul Razafintsalama
Tell us a bit about Madagascar, the main imports/exports and ports.
Madagascar is almost as big as France. It’s one of the biggest islands in the world with a population of roughly 24 mil. inhabitants. Trade is not balanced, imports represent 2/3 of the total trade volume. The main port is Toamasina (Tamatave).
“K”LINE x MOL x NYK Merger
K Line, MOL, NYK Held a Joint Press Conference to Announce the Merger
Fleet size: Approx. 1.4 Million TEU, 6th in the market with approx. 7% of global share.
Metallurgy & Mining
A Chinese Company is Set to Invest US$ 6bn in the Construction of an Industrial Park in Zimbabwe
The industrial zone will (also) entail a non-ferrous metallurgy processing plant and will provide mining equipment; there will also be processing of agricultural equipment and supply of agricultural related products. Read more…
Aerospace engineering company Meggitt has won a $48m (£39.3m) contract to supply systems for Chinese helicopters. Read more…
Weather monitoring equipment Finland/Bahamas
Vaisala has signed a contract worth 19 million US dollars for its weather forecast equipment and expertise with the Ministry for Transport and Aviation of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Read more…
Advanced power technologies to facilitate transmission of 5,000 MW of clean hydro-power across 1,950 km via Dianxibei-Guangdong UHVDC
ABB has won an order of over $40 million to provide advanced power equipment to the 800 kilovolt (kV) Dianxibei-Guangdong ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission link. The project will be operated by China Southern Power Grid Company Limited. Read more…
Solar Energy News: Germany/Africa
German photovoltaics maker SolarWorld said on Monday it will supply 20 MW of solar modules for a ground-mounted facility in Senegal under a contract won by its Austrian partner Energie Merl. Read more…
Interesting news from France however if they nominate 353 winners there will be heavy competition
French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy on Friday announced the 353 winning projects or a total of 80.2 MW from the third and last batch of its mid-sized solar power projects tender, launched in March 2015. Read more…
Parking has never been easy, evil tongues say that if its a female driver it takes longer, however look at parking this “boat”. This was shot in Port Kelang where the 9200 TEU CMA CGM Rigoletto was to be parked between two 13,000 TEU UASC sister ships. Taking into consideration that the length of CC Rigoletto was 367 meters and that there is less than 10 meters fore and aft to navigate into. Impressive!
Shipping is so much more than containers and equipment it is also bulk commodities. Here is a nice shot of discharging of bulk fertiliser in Australia from mv “Berge Hallasam” some 23,000 mton was discharged. Handling agent APEX Shipping who provided us with this picture.