Week #08 – 2017

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In this edition: Wagenborg – A Versatile Shipowner in the Netherlands | GAC – A Specialist in West Africa | A Cold Storage Company in Shanghai – Sinotrans PFS >>>

Week #08 | 23rd February 2017

Dear Readers,

Bo H. DrewsenTime goes and time goes quickly. I don’t know about you, but for me it seems incredible how fast the time actually passes when having fun, both at work and in private. I think the lesson is that we must live our lives to the fullest every day, because we never know what is around the corner.

A close friend of mine who was manager at OOCL, and provided big support to my business years ago, passed away suddenly in Denmark whilst on holiday. It was indeed a shocking reminder of the fragility of life. So I wish that you all live your lives to the fullest and ensure that there is light in your day, every day.

Here is a word of advice from my father: 
“Save for a rainy day but bear in mind that it won’t rain for 3 months!”

In this issue:
An interesting interview with the Dutch shipowner: Wagenborg, who can provide excellent services worldwide and is certainly a shipowner that you would benefit from knowing more about.
Gulf Agency Company West Africa, part of an impressive & versatile shipping company.
An interview with a former Sinotrans Beijing contact who now works in a Sinotrans/US joint venture in Shanghai specialising in cold storage and logistics.
Sector news which requires actually reading and contacting companies mentioned to secure the business.
Featured Shipment: Breakbulk cargo by containership from Middle East to West Africa
Featured Book: A book about liner shipping written by a Danish compatriot.
A link the the latest legal news from Thomas Cooper Law in Singapore.
Photo and Video of the week.

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

Yours sincerely,
Bo H. Drewsen


Wagenborg – A Versatile Shipowner in the Netherlands

Interview with

Mr. Edwin de Vries

What makes Wagenborg such a capable carrier of project cargo for the oil/gas and renewable energy sectors?

Wagenborg is a maritime logistics company. This means we not only manage a fleet of multipurpose vessels, but we are also able to offer a wide range of tugs and pontoons (up to a cargo capacity of 20.000 tons). This addition gives our clients a flexible transport solution which results in a diversity of projects in the oil/gas and renewable energy industries.

GAC – A Specialist in West Africa

Interview with

Mr. Thomas Okbo
GAC Group Vice President Africa

What year and place was GAC originally established? Who came up with the idea to establish the company and what prompted it?

The first GAC operation was set up in Kuwait by Swedish entrepreneur Bengt Lindwall in 1956 to provide efficient ship agency services in the country’s congested port. We made a name for ourselves since our early years as a reliable, trustworthy and honest ship agent.

A Cold Storage Company in Shanghai – Sinotrans PFS (Preferred Freezer Services)

Interview with

Mrs. Flora Fu
Sales & Marketing

When was PFS established in China and who are the owners of the company today?

Sinotrans PFS Cold Chain Logistics Co., Ltd was established in 2009. It is a joint venture between Sinotrans, Preferred Freezer Service(PFS), Yang Ming and YIDA Group.

Featured Project Shipment

Arbour Shipping Ltd. Moved 18 Pieces of Oil Well Equipment from the U.A.E. to Nigeria

Cargo specifics:
2 x 50 tonne Slug Catcher Vessel Skids @ 10m x 4m x 4.8m each
1 x 32 tonne wooden case stc Inlet Manifold Skid @ 15.42m x 4.10m x 3.81m
1 x 28 tonne wooden case stc Inlet Manifold Skid @ 13.81m x 4.20m x 3.42m
1 x 24 tonne wooden case stc Crude Degasser Skid @ 10.07m x 4.21m x 4.46m
1 x 22 tonne Heat Test Separator Valve Skid @ 6.25m x 2.70m x 4.80m
1 x 15 tonne wooden case stc Separator Crude Oil Pump @ 7.60m x 3.20m x 2.30m
2 x 18 tonne Slug Catcher Piping Skids @ 10m x 2.60m x 2.30m each
9 assorted items of parts, pipes and equipment.

Featured Project Shipment

Featured Book: Liner Shipping 2025 – How to Survive & Thrive

Global Liner Shipping is undergoing the largest transformation since the invention of the container itself. The core business models and business cultures which made the shipping lines successful are now failing. Shipping lines are facing a critical few years in which to begin their transformation, otherwise they will likely not be part of the landscape in 2025. Read more…

Legal News from Thomas Cooper Law in Singapore

Winter 2017 edition of Shipping Focus, the e-update from Thomas Cooper’s Shipping Group, in which you can review the latest legal developments in your area of Shipping and keep up to date with Thomas Cooper’s news and events. Read more…

PCW-Shipping News

Plant Construction

Hyundai Elevator to Open Plant in Turkey, Add Office in India

Hyundai Elevator Co., South Korea’s top manufacturer of elevators and escalators, plans to acquire or build a plant in Turkey where it opened up a unit last year and enter India either in joint-venture or independently this year. Read more…

Ports & Harbours

Kalmar Secures Massive Terminal Contract

Kalmar’s biggest single order of horizontal transportation to date will see 30 of its Hybrid Shuttle Carriers delivered to APM Terminals for its MedPort Terminal in Tangier, Marocco, at the end of 2018. Read more…


Investor to Build 40MW Solar Power Plant and Battery in Siaya

A Nairobi-based company is set to construct Kenya’s first large-scale solar energy storage battery to be connected to the national power grid. Read more…


J L Morison to Invest US$ 13.5m in New Pharma Plant

This research and manufacturing facility will be located within the SLINTEC Nano Technology Park in Pitipana, Homagama, Sri Lanka. Read more…

Minerals & Mining

Sandvik Secures Egypt Projects

Sandvik will be providing Super Duplex steel umbilical tubing; SANICRO 28, a high-alloy, high strength austenitic stainless steel for OCTG downhole production tubing together with alliance partner Tenaris; seamless alloy 625 control line and chemical injection lines encapsulated with tubing encased conductor (TEC lines). Read more…

Wastewater Treatment

ACCIONA to Modernise Sewer Network in Guayaquil (Ecuador)

Acciona Water has won the contract to modernise the sewer network in Guayaquil, Ecuador from the The Municipal Drinking Water and Sewage Company of Guayaquil. Read more…

Defense Contracts

UMS Skeldar Announced the First Contract for its Skeldar V-200 Rotary-Wing UAV, with the Indonesian Ministry of Defence

Indonesia is acquiring the Skeldar V-200 for surveillance of the country’s long coastline, the system having proven its itself for both maritime and overland reconnaissance. Read more…

PCW-Featured Video
MV LUtetia
Few people believe that the Atlantic can be as calm as the water in a bottle, but here is the proof. This footage was shot while leaning over the railing to capture the bulbous bow of the ship while sailing at some 16 knots. The journey was from the Atlantic en-route to Kingston, Jamaica.
PCW-Featured Photo
Featured photo
This picture was taken from the isle of Skye looking across towards the outer Hebrides, with a bulk carrier passing at the same time. Fantastic scenery overall in Scotland and indeed seldom to have that kind of “near mill pond” conditions. The Isle of Skye and the Hebrides are certainly worth a visit.