PCW- Week 07 2017

Week #07 – 2017

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In this edition: ANL Container Line | Transpac Mexico >>>

Week #07 | 16th February 2017

Dear Readers,

Bo H. DrewsenConsolidation in the shipping industry seems to continue unabatedly. Most recently Rickmers-Linie & NPC biz operations were taken over by Zeaborn, 2M alliance (Maersk & MSC) has Hyundai gobbled up in some likely with nice Korean government support behind the scenes and thus many owners who built excessively in the good times are now facing a downturn where everyone encroaches on others’ traditional markets.

A few years ago no one would have thought of having container vessels loading breakbulk and project cargo on a regular basis for example.

In this issue:
We have some great features in store for you this week.

A Q&A with ANL Container Line who are particularly strong in Oceania and the Australasia trade.
An introduction to a reliable & experienced shipping agent in Mexico.
An interview with a former expat who is living proof that a career change can be good for the soul. James explains how he went from a hectic shipping life in Asia to a wonderful countryside life on a farm in Montana.

Wishing you pleasant reading and until next week, I remain,

Yours sincerely,
Bo H. Drewsen


ANL Container Line (formerly Australia National Line)

Interview with

Mr. Chris Schultz
General Manager, Business Development

Does ANL carry project cargo on its own, considering that ANL is part of the larger CMA CGM group?

Yes we carry many types of project cargo working with freight forwarders or in our own right with our own logistics company ANL Logistics offering full door-to-door solutions. In addition we have our own container hire business, ANL Container Hire & Sales where we can supply containers for project cargoes on a hire or sales basis. This is particularly relevant for project cargo to remote areas where containers may not be returned quickly, i.e. PNG.

Transpac Mexico – An Experienced Shipping Agent

Interview with

Mr. Andrés Echeverría B

Who does Transpac represent these days?

We currently represent:
NYK  Container Services at the Mexican Gulf as Port Agents
Gearbulk as General Agents
CSAV Ro-Ro as General Agents
Bulkhaul as General Agents
Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers as Operational Agents
Newport Tank Containers as Operational Agents

A Career Change Story From A Former Nordana Expat

Interview with

Mr. James Southwell

Going from the bustling 24/7 shipping life in Bangkok (or any other big city, for that matter) to the wide-open spaces and mountains of Montana sounds like it could be a dream come true for many people. Tell us about the change and what you do now.

It is absolutely gorgeous here in Montana. While I miss very much so many aspects of the shipping world, and it was extremely difficult to give up on my employer and colleagues, there is no ounce of regret in having made this decision/change.

PCW-Shipping News

Zeaborn Group Takes Over Business Operations of Rickmers-Linie and NPC Projects

Together, Zeaborn and Rickmers-Linie (with NPC and MCC) have a team of close to 200 employees and a combined fleet of about 50 multi-purpose vessels, with deadweight capacities between 7,500 and 30,000 tonnes, and a combined lifting capacity of up to 700 tonnes. Read more…

Wastewater Treatment

Modern Water to Provide ABMC Technology to Indian Textile Firm for Wastewater Treatment

This project will be implemented in partnership with Advent Envirocare Technology.AMBC system will be built into a new facility, with completion and commissioning in India scheduled for mid-2017. Read more…


First Solar Wins Module Supply Contract for Sun Metals Solar Farm in Australia

Australian engineering firm RCR Tomlinson holds the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract of the solar farm project. Read more…

Public Transportation and Railways

Izmir, Turkey Receives New Metro Cars from China’s CRRC

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality strengthened its fleet with investment of TRY 320 million (EUR 82 million) and 95 new metro cars, out of which it received 55 new cars. Read more…

Scania Renews Public Bus Systems in Iran

Scania has signed an agreement in principle with the Iranian province of Isfahan and Shahr-e Atiyeh investment company on the delivery of 1,350 buses for public transport. The first of these new buses will be in operation at the end of 2017. Read more…

Mining & Minerals

UAE’s EGA Hires US Firm to Oversee Guinea Mining Project

Emirates Global Aluminium says it has appointed Fluor to help develop bauxite mine in the Boke region of Guinea. Read more…

Telecommunications & Internet Technology

ALEC to Build Modular Data Centre Complex at Dubai Airport

ALEC was enlisted to build the 3,600m2MDCC by Huawei and Dubai Airports. The firm will work alongside engineers Red Engineering and Arup, and project manager Atkins, to complete its contract within a nine-month timeframe. Read more…

Plants & Manufacturing

SSAB has Awarded SMS Group an Order Covering the Modernization of a Continuous Pickling Line Entry Section

The installation (in Hämeenlinna, Finland) of an X-Pro® laser welder with fiber laser and of a high-performance tension leveller it will be possible to produce modern, high-strength steel grades with high alloy contents. Read more…

Armacell (Thimister-Clermont, Belgium) will Invest in a New PET Foam Production Line in China

The ArmaFORM brand, are now manufactured in Belgium (Thimister-Clermont) and, before long, in Canada (Brampton). Additionally, the fourth PET foam production line in China is expected to be operational by the end of 2018. Read more…

PCW-Featured Video
CMA GMS Facilities

An inside view of the actual cabin and passenger facilities onboard a CMA CGM ship servicing the Europe/Asia trade. Most of their ships have similar excellent facilities onboard, for booking and price inquiries speak to their agent in Marseille Ms. Marie-Paule Aubert: mpaubert@ponant.com for a quote or a list of routes served.

Featured Photo

Trading/Shipping and slums can sometimes be located right next to each other. This picture was taken by a passenger onboard a container vessel discharging at Guayaquil, Ecuador. The port security strongly advised against exiting the port. Apparently their was a risk of being robbed at gunpoint even in the short distance between the gate and the taxi. Perhaps a more even distribution of wealth is something that all politicians should be concerned with.