Thursday again and we are back in your inbox…hopefully. The past week has seen the breakbulk expo in Houston and according to sources that we had including my colleague Cody visiting there it was a good event, albeit not as big or as crowded as previously. Perhaps the events market is becoming saturated and its time to review the amount of expos…still what other solution is there than actually meeting people face to face? Hardly any! Budget may be a factor too of course, but it costs money to make money and our accounts department should sometimes remember that.
I visited one of my children in London and also made a trip to the Isle of Wight last week. Speaking of costs, there is certainly no free lunch in London. According to what I heard from several contacts in the UK the costs are really going up, but services aren’t. From what I could see, from taking the bus/train/ferry, large parts of the UK could do with massive infrastructure investment.
Privatisation is not always the cure that fixes everything I believe. A couple of nuclear power plants are forging ahead, such as Hinkley point, which will mean lots of equipment for the active shipowner and project freight forwarder to look out for. Needless to say, since its a government operation, its behind schedule and above budget! When the government spends our hard earned tax dollars I see little or no accountability, and if there is a sacking it is normally with a golden parachute.
Well you are reading this newsletter hopefully for the content and not my editorial, so here is what we have in store for you today: We can call this week the Viking week as we portray a couple of very dynamic and successful danish shipping personalities, who have been active for many years in shipowning and project shipping on a worldwide scale.
We then have some solid neutral and factual shipping advice from a competent master mariner that I met on my trip to London. For the active sales departments out there we have some interesting sector news that could lead to cargo for you, and we finish off as usual with our photo, video and wise words of the week.
Enjoy this last issue in October and I wish you all a good read.
Bo H. Drewsen
United Heavy Lift – Hamburg, Germany
Mr. Lars Rolner
What are some examples of projects that United Heavy Lift has handled?
Since establishing United Heavy Lift, we have also founded United Wind Logistics and United Engineering Solutions. In 2016 we were awarded the contract to transport the MVH Vestas V164 wind turbines and equipment. It is a very large transport and logistics contract which is based on solid engineering solutions, which contributed to cost savings and optimized the logistics, resulting in a huge gain for our client.
Mr. Svend Andersen
What do you think about the market situation now?
Right now, it’s bad. It’s never been as bad as this year. It’s the lowest market we have seen since many many years. I do believe it will change, I hope so, but it’s not going to return back to what it should be. Maybe it will change a bit next year although I must say that I doubt it.
Solid Shipping Advice to any Project Freight Forwarder from M3 Marine – London, UK
When cargo is being moved, at the customers risk, there is a need for one company to be in control of the shipment, i.e. to fix the carriers to be used and to ensure good practices are followed so that the cargo arrives undamaged and on time. That one company should be the freight forward with the guidance of the customer, the customers cargo insurer and the carriers. Capt. John Carroll offers a details list of best practices. Read more…
Antonov Airlines Transports Giant Compressors To Turkmenistan
Antonov Airlines has transported four compressor skids on behalf of Bolloré Logistics China from Calgary, Canada to Mary, Turkmenistan on one of its seven AN-124-100 aircraft.
The compressor skids were recently transported for a Chinese Oil & Gas Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) company on four separate flights for a gas field in Turkmenistan.
From one of the Smaller Ports in Denmark
Atlantic Amsterdam stacked in Grenaa for SPS and BOP maintenance. The rig is a converted drill rig, which is now a accommodation platform with 136 single cabins. This operation is scheduled to take 6 month in the Port of Grenaa. The rig arrived directly from the Race Bank Offshore Windfarm project and will after stay in Grenaa continue on Borkum Riffgrund 2 Offshore Windfarm. Both Windfarms are currently under construction in North Sea and are owned by Orsted (formerly DONG Energy).
You can also spot two yellow Jacked foundations. These are currently stacked in Grenaa waiting for installation by Seaway Heavylift at Beatrice Offshore Windfarm in the UK.
Mining & Minerals
Mitsui to Build Desalination Plant for BHP’s Spence Copper Mine in Chile
Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. confirmed Thursday it has been selected to build a desalination plant for BHP’s (ASX, NYSE:BHP) Spence copper mine in Chile, as part of a $2.5 billion mine expansion approved earlier this year and which will add another 50 years to the operation’s productive life. Read more…
Ports & Harbours
ICTSI to Double Capacity of Basra Terminal
International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) has agreed to invest US$100m expanding Basra Gateway Terminal.
The Filipino terminal operator will develop two berths incorporating a 20 ha yard area. Read more…
East Canada Terminal Invests in New Lifting Equipment
Halterm International Container Terminal, Eastern Canada’s only facility capable of handling container vessels of 10,000-plus TEU capacity, will extend its container and reefer handling capabilities with $10 million worth of new equipment over the next 12 months. Read more…
Hexcel and Vestas Expand Composite Materials Supply Agreement for Wind Blades
Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Hexcel will supply Vestas with advanced prepreg (glass fiber-reinforced resin systems) manufactured at Hexcel plants in Neumarkt (Austria), Windsor (Colorado, USA) and Tianjin (China). Read more…
Wartsila to Supply Smart Power Generation for 200 MW Arizona Plant
Tucson Electric Power, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., is building the plant on the site of an existing generating station that currently consists of both natural gas-fired and renewable energy assets. TEP selected ten Wartsila 50SG gas-fueled engines…Read more…
Nebras Power to Invest $1bn in 800MW Indonesian Gas-Fired Power Project
Nebras Power along with Indonesian government-owned electric utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and state-owned power producer Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PJB) has inked a heads of agreement (HOA) for what will be a gas to power (GTP) project. Read more…