It is Thursday the 12th April and time for our newsletter. This past week has seen quite a media uproar in Europe since it became evident that Viktor Orban and his party in Hungary was elected with an overwhelming majority. Mr. Orban does not belong to the “politically correct” segment of EU politics. No, he is a man that is able to stand on his own and is not necessarily looking for a well-paid job in the EU after his national career is finished, like where so many others end their career. He has without a doubt, his faults, but Hungary is a democracy and the mainstream media (where most journalists seem to have been educated) better accept the voter’s decision even when it goes against their opinion. Orban was elected; our commissars in the EU were not and likely never will be.
Spring has finally arrived here in the north of Europe, people say that its the latest arrival of spring in the last 100 years. The mood noticeably changes for the better with the sunshine and blue skies. My energy also seems to have returned now that jetlag has subsided and spring has emerged, enabling me to provide you with 3 excellent interviews this week.
First, we have an interesting interview with a Japanese owned and very reputable breakbulk shipowner with technical expertise that has started a new route into Africa. Then we visit India to speak to a shipowner with h/l tonnage who is strong in Asia and we finish with an Indian freight forwarder giving us insights on changes to the Indian logistics and customs procedures.
We hope you will enjoy this week’s newsletter and please don’t forget to see this week’s great featured video.
Wishing you a good read and until next week…
Bo H. Drewsen
SAL Heavy Lift GmbH – Germany
Mr. Jürgen Kuntz
Senior Manager, Head of Africa Chartering Desk
Tell us about your new service featuring Africa.
Our new Africa service is an extension of our existing Far East – Europe services, we call it SEMI LINER service. It is regular, but it does not feature fixed base ports or a schedule you would find with liner services. We aim to do 1 – 2 sailings per month from Europe and Asia. Asia will be a possible combination with shipments into the Middle East.
Hanssy Shipping Pte Ltd – Singapore
Mr. Dinesh V. Tek
Sales Head Indian Subcontinent
What type of ships do you currently employ in your service? Are they geared, tween-deckers etc.?
We currently own about 12 heavy lift ships and about 8 to 10 other ships which we have employed on a long-term time charter basis.
All our vessels are geared, ranging from 100 mt to 800 mt max lifting capacity in good condition, tween decker box type. They all have well-equipped gear and at any given point can load cargo measuring 50 to 65 meters in length.
Global Projekt Logistique Private Ltd, – India
Mr. Supratim Majumdar
How about customs clearance in India. Is that a very difficult task?
In India, border compliance takes 267 hours (more than 11 days) for imports against 8.7 hours for OECD countries and instant clearance in as many as 21 countries.
The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has substantially brought down the documentation requirements and now the importer is required to file only three documents — Declaration of Goods, Invoice, and Packing List — at the time of Bill of Entry. Earlier, importers had to file 18 such documents.
Viking Grace Transforms into a Sailing Ship
Helsinki, Finland – 11 April 2018 – The M/S Viking Grace sets sail on her first voyage as the only passenger ship in the world equipped with a Rotor Sail to harness wind power for propulsion. Developed by Finnish clean technology and engineering company Norsepower Oy Ltd., the Rotor Sail Solution will cut fuel consumption and reduce carbon emissions by up to 900 tonnes annually. Viking Line will operate the Viking Grace on wind-assisted voyages between Turku (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden) from April 12th 2018.
Ocean Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 Reopens as Floating Hotel
The famed ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 has been refurbished and shifted to a permanent berth at Port Rashid, Dubai, where she will enter a new phase of life as a floating hotel. The QE2 exited service with Cunard Line in 2008 and has been in layup in Dubai ever since. This month, after a deep cleaning, paint touchups, new livery on her bow and the removal of her propeller, tugs moved the QE2 to Dubai’s old cruise terminal. According to her new operator, QE2 Dubai, the venerable vessel will have 12 attractions, including fine restaurants, theaters and nightclubs.
VirTra Awarded $4.6 Million Training Simulators Contract by U.S. Department of State for International Partner
VirTra, Inc. (OTCQX:VTSI) (OTCQX:VTSID), a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets, today announced that it has received three delivery orders for law enforcement simulators under the previously announced indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Department of State (DOS). Read more…
Pulp & Paper
Klippans Bruk AB Chooses Recard for its Facilities in Sweden
Recard will supply the new 30,000-tpy tissue machine to the historic company Klippans Bruk AB for its Klippan facilities in Sweden. Start-up of the complete turnkey plant, in a 3200-mm format and a speed of 1700m/min, is scheduled for summer 2019. Read more…
Plants & Processing
Mitsubishi Chemical to Build New Plant in Thailand to Produce Multilayer Co-Extruded Film
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC; Tokyo; www.m-chemical.co.jp) has decided to build a plant in Thailand to produce its Diamiron multilayer co-extruded film, which is used in food packaging, medical supplies and devices, and a wide range of other fields. The plant will be located at an industrial park. Commercial operation is slated to start in April 2020. Read more…
Black Country Manufacturer Secures £25m Middle East Order
A Black Country manufacturer has created 20 new jobs after securing a £25 million order from a firm in Bahrain. Mechatherm International is based in Kingswinford and specialises in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of bespoke furnaces used to produce aluminium. Read more…
Jolywood and Golden Invest Eye 100MW of Australia Solar Projects using N-type Bifacial Modules
Major PV module materials and N-type mono IBC (Interdigitated Back Contact) bifacial module manufacturer Jolywood has signed a partnership agreement with Adelaide-headquartered solar company Golden Invest to develop 100MW of PV projects in Australia using N-type bifacial solar cells. Read more…