Friends, today is Thursday 30th March 2017 and on this day eighty years ago my father was born, so I am using a couple of lines to pay tribute to my fathern who has had a career spanning some sixty years in shipping. He originally talked me out of (or rather ordered me out of) thinking to become a journalist but instead got me into a shipping trainee job in 1980, working for the local agent of Ben Line. My father’s career started in the mid fifties and I have written a short resume below for the photo of the week that includes a bit of my fathers long and distinguished career. There is no business like….shipping business. Read about Bue’s illustrious shipping career here.
In this week’s newsletter you will find that we have been in touch with a couple of reputable project freight forwarders, one headquartered in Denmark and one headquartered in Germany. There is no doubt that Europeans are if anything good at freight forwarding and you will find them in all corners of the globe.
Wishing you a continued good week and take care until we get in touch again next week. Until then, I remain,
Bo H. Drewsen
Scan Global Logistics: Industrial Projects & Renewable Energy Division
Mr. Kim Sønderby Hansen
Global Head of Industrial Projects & Renewable Energy
Scan Global is known as a versatile freight forwarder, tell us about the reasons for now focusing heavily on renewables.
OSGL has been involved in Renewable Energy for many years. Project wise the company lacked the global infrastructure, but this has now changed & significant investment is taking place. In addition, we are looking at a number of other opportunities commensurate to our business model & strategy.
Röhlig Projects Ltd. – London
Mr. Richard Jones
Director of Projects
What is your main focus in moving project cargo? Do you specialise in renewable projects or do you cater to any project cargo in the market generally?
We are targeting the EPC and the OEM markets and concentrating on areas where we have strengths. The renewable market is a cover-all these days and can cover anything from wind to biomass and all points in between. The wind market seems quite mature in Europe, but we are looking at newer markets for wind.
Plants & Processing
Firmenich Building Flavors Manufacturing Plant in China
Expected to open in 2019, the firm said the facility will support Firmenich’s existing manufacturing operations in Shanghai and Kunming, as well as the company’s R&D site in Shanghai and commercial offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou. Read more…
Ports & Harbours
Kalmar to Deliver Order to Qatar
Finnish manufacturer Kalmar is set to deliver a total of 21 forklifts, five empty container handlers, and four reachstackers for the New Port Project (NPP) in Qatar. The order, which also includes training to serve port operations and equipment handling, was booked into the 2016 third quarter intake with deliveries starting in the first quarter of 2017.C. Read more…
Oil & Gas
Petrofac Secures $1.3bn EPC Contract for Kuwait Oil Company’s Project
The contract scope included engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning and commissioning of GC29, which is one of three planned gathering centers each capable of producing around 100,000 barrels of oil per day together with associated water and gas. Read more…
Sumitomo Begins Construction on New 80MW Geothermal Power Facility in Indonesia
Sumitomo and PT. Rekayasa Industri will carry out the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work on the project, while Fuji Electric will supply the main equipment such as geothermal steam turbine and generator. Read more…
Hanwha-Kalyon Consortium Wins Contract to build 1GW solar park in Turkey
A 50-50 joint venture formed by Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji has won Turkey’s tender for the construction of 1GW solar park in Karapınar. Read more…
TerniEnergia to Build 10-MW Solar Plant in Tunisia
TerniEnergia will construct the photovoltaic (PV) facility on behalf of Societe Tunisienne de l’Electricite et du Gaz (STEG) as part of a USD-1-billion government pipeline with a total capacity of 1 GW. Read more…
The shipping experience of Bue Drewsen:
In January 1956, Bue went to sea at 18 years old as an apprentice. First to New York onboard steamer “S/S AGGERSBORG” on charter to United Fruit Company. The ship was trading along the North and South Coast of America. The Aggersborg was also in charter to West Coast Line – owned by Danish company “Lauritzen Lines” trading in the American Gulf Ports and the West Coast of South America. Later the vessel was carrying paper rolls from British Colombia to San Fransisco and Long Beach.
In 1958 Bue was an AB on a Tanker the Dansborg and later Christiansborg trading in the Persian Gulf and North Europe. The vessel even sailed to Perth in Australia, and Balik Papan in Indonesia. After 9 months the captain kicked him off the vessel. The captain was not very friendly with his 50 underlings and with his tough sailing ship experience he was accustomed to looking down on the crew. He inssisted that Bue go to navigation school but Bue needed 9 months sailing experience in order to enter.
1961 Bue joined the Royal Danish Navy.
1965 Bue went to school – studying to become a nautical deck officer.
1967 Bue was an officer at the Johnson Line a Swedish company trading between Scandinavia and Latin America. Both East Coast and West Coast, through the Panama Canal several times.
1968 Bue was an officer with “Torm Lines” onboard the ship named Thyra Torm in charter to K-Line – running between the Far East and Central America.
1970 Bue was a stevedore at the port of Aarhus Denmark, after 3 years he became tired of the job and went back to sea.
1973 Bue was Chief Mate on “Alice Torm” – trading between the US East Coast and The Mediterranean.
1975 Bue was re-employed as stevedore at the Port of Aarhus, at the request of the other stevedores because Bue was popular with them with his experience in the real world.
1977 Bue was Chief Mate and Captain onboard Pep Nautica which went bankrupt in 1984. They owed him 50,000 danish kroner which he eventually received.
Bue then joined Elite Shipping as Captain – in 1986 he was asked to find a crew for a School Ship built for the Thailand Government, and he was chosen as Master of this ship Called “Visud Sakorn”, which means “the goodness of the sea” in English. When Bue was 58 he sailed Visud Sakorn through the Suez Canal and via Singapore to Bangkok, where the ship was handed over to the Thailand Government.
Before retiring at 60 years old Bue was employed as “Ship´s Inspector” with a Danish Company – “Elite Shipping”.
Today Bue is turning 80 year old. An old dog, but still going strong, enjoying every day at home with his swedish wife who he married in 1961.