Week #21 – 2017

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Week #21 | 25th May 2017

Dear Readers,

Bo H. DrewsenThursday has arrived again and it is time for another newsletter. It seems that the Hapag Lloyd/UASC merger is now finally going through and it will create a strong shipowner in the market also for project cargo – we will speak to Hapag Lloyd soon and report back our findings.

Summer is just around the corner and in a few weeks school holidays are starting (at least here in Northern Europe). People are scrambling to plan their holidays. I shall be onboard a container vessel for 35 days this year, luckily that is my holiday. I rented a cabin, not a container, although it would have been cheaper (unless they regard me as IMO cargo).

The trip starting on 30th of June takes me from Malta to Busan via Beirut, Jeddah, Jebel Ali, Port Kelang, Xiamen, Qingdao with an eta of August 4th in Busan.

This means that we will send out only 1 issue in the month of July.

The main thing I am looking forward to is reading books. There should be plenty of time for that in between ports, walking around the ship, playing ping pong in the gym and talking to my teenage daughter who will be joining me. And yes, I did warn her that her iphone will be out of range while at sea.

But there is still a month to go, so back to the newsletter.

This week we have:

– An interview with Global Trans Nusa Indonesia – a project freight forwarder with hq in Jakarta. Indonesia is growing big time and with more than 17,000 islands and 200 million people it is a country that cannot be ignored. Lots of infrastructural headaches remain, thus connections are vital. I actually lived on the island of Lombok from 1997-2000!
– An introduction to a logistics professional specialised in North Africa. A contact of mine Mr. Etienne Vassallo from Malta tells us about his past and his experience working in Libya. It’s interesting, amazing and kind of scary at the same time.  Malta was for years the “gateway to Libya” during the embargo.
– Sector news that any active freight forwarder or shipowner should read and act upon.
– Shipment, Video and Photo of the week.
– Quote of the week. Here I should add that we don’t publish quotes from EU politicians because they lack wisdom and are the same after each “event”.

Wishing you a good read and until next week, I remain,

Yours sincerely,
Bo H. Drewsen


Pt. Global Trans Nusa – An Indonesian Project Freight Forwarding Company

Interview with

Mr. Holden Tambunan

Do you feel that Indonesia is developing positively these days? How about the ports and the infrastructure?

Starting with the new president Mr. Jokowi all of the infrastructure is more active and many new ports in all locations will be built. In Sumatra the port location is Kuala Tanjung (the biggest one) and most likely it will be developed into a major transshipment hub for other places in Sumatra in the future.

Profile of a Shipping & Logistics Person

Interview with

Mr. Etienne Vassallo
A Maltese Expert in Libya & North Africa

Tell us about when you first visited Libya.

My first visit to Libya was in early 2005. Initially it was a culture shock. Work traditions and social backgrounds are quite different from those in the western world. As time passed I began to better understand the way of life, and I started to adapt accordingly. With each passing work hitch, I could look back and appreciate what was achieved in such difficult circumstances.

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Oil & Gas

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Pulp & Paper

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CTIEC To Build Gezhouba Shieli Cement’s Plant In Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan

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Ursviken wins new order for a 640 ton press brake to the USA

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Magni signs up Maruka in Japan

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Featured Project Shipment

Modern Freight Company LLC

Modern Freight Company LLC

MFC has completed phase 1 of the Hassyan Clean Coal Project. The cargo has cleared customs and 4200 CBM/1800 tons of steel structures from Jebel Ali port have been delivered to the Hassyan Energy Project site in Dubai.

Modern Freight Company LLC

PCW-Featured Video

Discharging operations at Callao Container Terminal Peru

Peru harbour
PCW-Featured Photo
APL Merlion
Close up picture of mv APL Merlion, a 14,000 teu vessel here alongside at Cai Mep International Terminal, Vietnam.
PCW-Wise Words

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