Friends, it is Thursday 13th September and we are here again in your in-box. Let me first of all be a businessman and remind you all that you are welcome to contact us to place a banner ad or a video in our newsletter. We allow only four per newsletter, so you will be noticed.
Today for example we have a German company looking for competent German speaking staffs advertising with us and we have a reputable Ro-Ro carrier showing their services, so feel free to click on their banners for further information.
Now, before I start sounding like an American TV channel with “we will be back right after these short messages” one of the issues I wanted to raise today is the value of democracy.
I must admit that sometimes I dislike when our western style democracy seems to bicker endlessly and we are unable to find a solution, let alone take a decision, however having just cast my vote in the Swedish election held on Sunday I did get reminded what a privilege it is, after all, to be able to vote.
I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the TV debates between our politicians and I asked my Chinese wife if she could imagine the Chinese leaders debating on live television about the defense budget, immigration or renewable energy and such.
Different strokes for different folks and our western way of democracy may not be ideal for other countries, most importantly we should not stuff our values down other peoples throats nor should they try to turn our traditions and equality on it’s head.
The subject of politics is always volatile and can set-off the most heated debates, create discord in the family and disturb friendships or even scare-away would be advertisers…:-)
So I now turn my focus to the business news that we have in store for you today:
First of all we visit South Korea, famous for great industrial products, beautiful women and the question; where did you Park, Kim? 🙂
We speak to a competent project freight forwarder always active, then we speak to a Danish-owned multipurpose vessel operator operating worldwide with owners that have a proven track record.
We finally stop by the Black Sea where we visit the countries of Bulgaria and Romania, famous for sandy beaches and Dracula from Transylvania.
The forwarder we speak to is a newly established shipping agent and project freight forwarder. They inform us that more and more cargo movements (also of a project nature) are moving via the Black Sea to/from inland Europe using the river Danube and the port of Constanta.
We also have some interesting shipping news for you today and I point your direction at all of the videos in this week’s issue. They have been carefully chosen.
Until next week, I remain,
Bo H. Drewsen
Sunjin Logistics – Seoul, South Korea
Mr. W.T. Jang
Please tell us about Sunjin Logistics. When was the company established, who owns it and what is your main focus in shipping & logistics?
Sunjin Logistics was established in 1978 and started its business in Seoul as freight forwarder. Now Sunjin has grown into a total logistics group, providing the best solutions to our customers with air & sea freight service, breakbulk/project, warehousing and 4PL, trucking, exhibition, military goods handling, and special cargo etc. We have over six hundred dedicated staff members in Korea, the USA and China all working under the strong leadership of Mr. Eugene Chung, our C.E.O. and owner.
WeShip – Copenhagen, Denmark
Mr. Lars S. Rasmussen
You are well known in project cargo shipping. Could you elaborate a bit on your career?
My background is deeply rooted in the shipping company Nordana, previously owned by Denmark’s first ever ship-owning company, Dannebrog Rederi. My partners in WeShip Projects also spent decades navigating through the shipping industry, of which many years also were spent as part of the management team in Nordana Project & Chartering.
EVO Maritime Services – Bulgaria & Romania
Mr. Dragomir Yordanov
Outline for us your main activities in the Black Sea area. Where is your head office located and do you have branch offices in other countries?
We are headquartered in Varna, Bulgaria and cover the main Bulgarian and Romanian sea & river ports as well as airports, offering the following services:
Overland transport (LTL & FTL, OoG & heavy, rail)
River transport (bulk, break-bulk, project cargoes)
Ocean & coaster chartering (bulk, break-bulk, project, IMO cargoes)
Ocean liner shipping (LCL, FCL, break-bulk & project cargoes, Ro-Ro)
The majority of our customers are local and global freight forwarders, charterers, truckers and other transport parties who value and rely on our honest and professional attitude.
Wallem Ro-Ro Assists with Rescue in the Med
The Wallem-managed vessel the Coral Leader was involved in the rescue of the crew from a sailing yacht last week. The yacht was in distress in the Mediterranean Sea, just off Corsica. On the 26th August, the Coral Leader was on route to Tarragona in Spain when the Master received a call from the French Coastguard asking for help with the rescue of a yacht with five persons onboard. The Coral Leader diverted course to help. The yacht was eventually spotted by the Wallem crew and a French navy rescue helicopter arrived onsite shortly after.
Inland transport in China
Everything is going green and some are more green than others…or so it would seem. Still it is good for the project cargo business. Watch this video from CIMC showing impressive inland transport of parts for a wind turbine park in China.
Zeamarine Granted Clearance; Zeaborn And Intermarine Joint Venture Underway.
Zeamarine a joint venture between Zeaborn (who took over Rickmers) and Intermarine. It means a much bigger player is now on the market competing.
Delivery of 14,000-TEU Container Ship “One Aquila”
Although the launch of a 14,000 teu vessel these days sounds like the launch of yet another “feeder vessel” it is still impressive in size and it has distinct colours, just take a look. I have no doubt that it will stand out both in port and at sea! If the electricity goes out onboard the ship can still be found…
Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (“ONE”) is pleased to announce that ONE AQUILA with a carrying capacity of 14,000 TEU, has been successfully delivered at Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation.
China, Nepal Strike New Port Usage Deal
We were informed by Sea Sky Cargo in Nepal (member of the CLC Projects Network) that a new deal has been struck between China and Nepal to facilitate the movement of goods from this landlocked country in the Himalayas.
Good afternoon from Nepal,
Please note that China has agreed to allow Nepal to use four seaports and three land ports for the third country trade. Now Nepal can use Shenzhen, Lianyungang, Zhanjiang and Tianjin, the latter one being the nearest sea port at the distance of around 3,300 Kilometers from the Nepali border.
Likewise, Nepal has been allowed to use Lanzhou, Lhasa, and Xigatse Port (dry Ports). It has been agreed that Chinese authorities will provide permits to the trucks and containers in Nepal carrying Nepal Bound Cargo to and from Xigatse of Tibet. Nepali trailers will be allowed to use any mode of transport, rail and/or road to access sea ports for the third country trade. It has also been decided to access the Chinese territory from six points in Nepal, namely Rasuwa, Tatopani, Koarala, Kimthanka, Yari and Olanchung Gola.
It has also been reported that the protocol will be exchanged during the high level visit to from Nepal to china or vice versa and will come into force immediately after the protocol is signed, hence now after sometime all Chinese project cargo is expected to come through this route. Shipment from third countries, specially Japan and Korea etc. are also supposed to move through these points.
Plants & Processing
GF Machining Solutions held a ground-breaking ceremony for its new Phase II project in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District. The US$48 million, 32,000-square-meter facility, built on a 5.14 hectare plot of land, will be equipped with a manufacturing workshop and offices. The main focus will be the research, development and production of high-end machine tools, with the aim of establishing GF Machining Solutions as the world-class manufacturing base and R&D center for such tools. Read more…
Singapore’s CG Corp Global acquires Kazakh instant noodles plant Singapore’s transnational corporation CG Corp Global has finalized talks on the acquisition of the Kazakh instant noodles plant Lotus for approximately $15 million in Turkestan region, the Kazakh Invest press office has said. Read more…
Shizuoka tea company invests in Morocco to spread Japanese product worldwide A tea manufacturer in this central Japan city famous for green tea production has become the first Japanese company to invest in the North African country of Morocco to make tea products with a local enterprise in a bid to promote green tea in European and American markets. Read more…
Severstal select Danieli Centro for Supply of New Coal Test Oven
Pao Severstal has selected Danieli Centro Combustion for the supply of a new coal test oven to be installed in the coke sinter BF shop. Read more…
Anyone can get tired of business and on Cook Islands they have the remedy for that. Watch this video and book your ticket – I certainly am close to doing it after watching,. but then it will likely result in another ex-wife…:-)
Project cargo can be rolling stock but it can also be…livestock! See this unique footage from a livestock carrier loading for the Middle East in Australia.