It is week 22 and I am attending the Breakbulk Expo in Bremen which takes place between 29-31th May. It is normally held in Antwerp however this year it takes place in the German port city of Bremen. It is the biggest event in the world for break bulk and project cargo and thus there is a need to be there to meet and greet and hopefully catch up with old friendships whilst also forging new ones.
Therefore for this week’s issue of Project Cargo Weekly I have compiled 5 interesting interviews that we have had in the last year. It is a mix of shipowners, freight forwarders and also a geographical mix spanning from Nepal to Africa and from Scandinavia to Australia. We also have trade sector news, video, history and other informations for you as usual.
Meantime a general notice to you all that:
Project Cargo Weekly will be “closed” for holiday between June 15 and August 02 meaning our last issue before the summer will be June 14 and our first issue after summer will be August 02.
Enjoy and have a great rest of the week…end.
Bo H. Drewsen
Torecom Transit, a Togo based Freight Forwarder
Mr. Emmanuel Hounkpe
What are the main export commodities of your country and who are the major trading partners around the world?
The main export commodities of Togo are phosphate, cotton, coffee & cocoa.
Actually, we have individual economic operators who travel to China, India and Dubai handling the trading business between Togo and the rest of the world.
ANL Container Line
Mr. Chris Schultz
General Manager – Business Development
Does ANL carry project cargo on its own, considering that ANL is part of the larger CMA CGM group?
Yes we carry many project cargoes working with freight forwarders or in our own right with our own logistics company ANL Logistics offering full door-to-door solutions. http://www.anllogistics.com.au/. In addition we have our own container hire business, ANL Container Hire & Sales where we can supply containers for project cargoes on a hire or sales basis. This is particularly relevant for project cargo to remote areas where containers may not be returned quickly, for example in PNG.
Ultrabulk AS – Copenhagen, Denmark
Ms. Saskia Hochstein
Head of Parcel Service
Who are the owners of Ultrabulk? Tell us about your history, when was the company established and what kind of breakbulk service do you provide?
Ultrabulk is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ultranav, and thus part of the Ultramar Group of Chile that was founded in 1952. Ultramar is a diverse group, with shipping activities ranging from terminals, coastal trading, containers, gas, and chemicals to the dry cargo segments where Ultrabulk operates today. The dry bulk activities of Ultrabulk commenced in 1982 and was originally focused exclusively on handy size vessels, however, through growth and acquisitions, not least the 2010 acquisition of Eitzen Bulk, the company have expanded into the Panamax and Supramax segments as well, and operates today well over 150 vessels.
Sea Sky Cargo Service (P) Ltd, Kathmandu, Nepal
Mr. Pankaj Sharma
Tell us when you started your company and who owns it today? Where do you have offices? What is your main line of business?
Sea Sky Cargo Service (P) Ltd was founded in 1988 in Kathmandu on the principal of providing personalized service to the customers worldwide and making use of its vast experience in the freight forwarding and transportation industry. I am the sole owner of the company which is a private limited company duly registered with the Ministry of Industry, Department of Industry, His Majesty’s Govt. of Nepal (registration number 4348/047/048).
GPO Heavylift – Oslo, Norway
Mr. Torbjorn Holthe
Would your clientele mainly be project freight forwarders or shippers direct, given the very special nature and capability of your vessels?
It depends on the charterers. Clients who use vessels like ours on a regular basis to transport their own cargo tend to come direct, but we also get a lot of requests from freight forwarders and brokers. We do not have a special preference, as it’s up to our clients to decide how to organize their transports internally. Our vessels are also ideal for offshore development and installation projects. We are purely a shipping company, so when it comes to T&I contracts we would rather work with the T&I contractors than compete with them.
ENVAC to Install Major Underground Waste & Recycling Collection System in Seoul
ENVAC, is to install its automated waste collection system n Seoul’s vibrant Seocho Gu district. The installation will collect waste from community facilities and mixed use apartments when it goes live in 2022.
Wärtsilä Hamworthy wins MBR Contract for UK’s Largest cruise ship
Wärtsilä Hamworthy has won a contract from Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. to supply two Membrane BioReactors (MBRs) to the 141,000gt newbuilding under construction for Carnival group member P&O Cruises.
Capstone Turbine Corporation Announced a New 1.4 Megawatt (MW) Order in the United Kingdom Commercial and Industrial Sector
The order consists of one C1000 Signature Series low-pressure microturbine and two traditional C200 low-pressure systems that will be installed and commissioned this summer. Pure World Energy, (PWE), (www.pureworldenergy.com) Capstone’s distributor for the United Kingdom, secured the sizable order which is the first Capstone Signature Series C1000 configuration to be sold in the United Kingdom.
This Week in Shipping History
1997 on the Island of Lombok, Indonesia visiting the local port. I lived there 3 years.