Welcome to PCW issue nine, week 48. This is the penultimate issue before our holiday break, we have some excellent content for you this week.
Hot off the press! Maersk Line will take over Hamburg Süd. So I guess there will be a bunch of shipping people looking for a job at some point.
Interviews this week:
Royal Arctic Line, Greenland: An interview with an interesting regional player.
Oceanus Yacht Transport: An interview with a company specializing in transporting yachts around the world, based in Turkey.
Atlas Breakbulk Alliance: An interview with ABA’s Managing Director in Antwerp
Profile of a Shipping Person: A new feature this week. Contacts are the key to securing employment, business, wives, you name it. Our interview subject has ample knowledge to share after a long career in shipping.
This week a respondent in Hong Kong asked me if we would really publish their interview without them booking an advert. My answer was an unequivocal Yes!
We are not beholden to advertisers, we report on the subject matter that we think our readers are interested in. Hopefully you will find PCW a worthwhile read and advertisers will continue to book banners with us.
Wishing you well, until our final issue of 2016 next week, I remain,
Bo H. Drewsen
A Regional Ship-owner in Greenland
Mr. Esper Boel
Team Leader, Royal Arctic Line, Denmark
What services does Royal Arctic Line provide?
Today Royal Arctic Line is a modern container carrier and transports all kinds of cargo. Throughout the year approximately 100,000 shipments are handled. Compare that to the population of approximately 50,000 scattered on an island covering 2,166,000 km² – 50 times larger than Denmark.
Yacht Transport Specialists
Ms. Bilge Demoğlu
Oceanus Yacht Transport
Yachts can sail, why transport them at all?
Although the majority of them are very well capable of sailing, we transport yachts for different reasons like distance, convenience, running costs and sometimes operating difficulties like engine/hull problems.
A Project Freight Forwarding Network Q&A
Mr. Albert Pegg
Atlas Breakbulk in Antwerp
How many members do you have? How many do you allow per country?
40+ members and 25+ candidates being vetted as we speak. In principle the membership is exclusive and there might be exceptions in the bigger countries such as Russia, China, USA, Brazil and others, but that will depend on the cover the actual member gives both in terms of geography and specialization. If and when we are forced by circumstances to appoint a 2nd member, this will be done in full transparency with the current member.
Profile of a Shipping Person
Mr. Berndt Olesen
Wellington, New Zealand
Tell us, which countries you have lived in and for how long?
I have spent over 42 years in the shipping industry, 17 years in Denmark, 9 years in Australia, 5 in the USA, 4 in Singapore, 3 in Indonesia, 2 in Canada, and 1 year each in Holland and China.
Maersk Line to acquire Hamburg Süd
Maersk Line & the Oetker Group have reached an agreement for Maersk Line to acquire Hamburg Süd, the German container shipping line. Read more…
Steel Plant Construction
Hungarian steel maker invests EUR 20 mln in expansion
Hungary-based steel product manufacturer OAM Ózdi Acélművek announced on Friday the launch of a EUR 20 million capacity expansion and technology development at its base in Ózd, which is expected to raise headcount by 100 from 450 at present, according to reports. Read more…
ACE Winches Marks Year of Success in Asian and Oceania Projects
ACE Winches, a global deck machinery specialist, is marking a year of project successes in Asia-Pacific at the Offshore South East Asia Conference and Exhibition, OSEA, taking place from 29 November – 2 December in Singapore. Read more…
Mining and Minerals
Zest Energy provides backup power at Mozambique graphite mine
Mining operations at one of the world’s largest high-grade graphite deposits located in Mozambique’s Balama town are set to benefit from a boost in power supply. Read more…
China to invest $1.3bn expanding Toromocho, its largest overseas copper project
China’s Chinalco, the country’s main mining company, has inked a preliminary deal with Peru’s government to expand Toromocho copper mine, the Asian nation’s largest overseas copper project. Read more…
Nordex gets 27-MW wind turbine order in Finland
German wind turbine supplier Nordex (ETR:NDX1) said on Friday it has received a 27-MW order in Finland from the local subsidiary of project developer ABO Wind. Read more…
Sterling, Wilson to build 170MW solar PV project in Morocco
Sterling and Wilson have signed an agreement to construct a 170MW photovoltaic (PV) facility, with the consortium led by ACWA Power in Morocco. Read more…
This video was taken from the cabin onboard mv ANL Wyong steaming towards Melbourne, Australia. This video was shot by a passenger who boarded in Hong Kong and travelled to Sydney. The footage reveals how tranquil it is to travel by container ship.
Ship spotting waiting in line at the Suez Canal. Seems the passenger who took this photo knows something about quality of life. As the saying goes “Tell me what you drink and I will tell you who you are.” Chivas near the Suez – not a bad choice.