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  • Owner of arrested container ship demands its’ release
    Container ship MATHU BHUM has been intercepted by Indonesian Navy patrol ship on May 4 [...]

    Container ship MATHU BHUM has been intercepted by Indonesian Navy patrol ship on May 4 off Belawan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Malacca Strait, shortly after the ship left Belawan, bound for Port Klang, Malaysia. MATHU BHUM was taken back to Belawan and as of May 11, remained in port. The ship is blamed in violating ban of RBD palm oil export from Indonesia, she had on board 34 containers with refined, bleached and deodorized (RBD) palm oil. Ship owner protested the detention, RCL local attorney said company didn’t know what was in containers, because RCL is a transporter, not a freight forwarder. Company and its’ lawyers filed respective protest and understood, appeal, demanding ship’s release.
    Container ship MATHU BHUM, IMO 8813647, dwt 15152, capacity 1248 TEU, built 1990, flag Singapore, owner Regional Container Lines, Thailand.

    11 May 2022
    News
    http://www.maritimebulletin.net/?p=25691
  • Thailand Maritime News, 2022 Feb – Apr Summary
    Apr Thailand cargo turnover and Russian-Ukrainian War So far, Russian aggression in Ukraine didn’t affect [...]

    Apr
    Thailand cargo turnover and Russian-Ukrainian War
    So far, Russian aggression in Ukraine didn’t affect Thailand sea trade and cargo turnover. Containers turnover experienced 10%+ increase in year 2021, while cars exports surged to 1 million, a 22% increase, and there are no signs of decrease. Fuel cost, however, is on the rise, and because this rise is worldwide and is attributed to, mainly, war in Ukraine, it’s the biggest Thailand economical concern, related to the war raging in Eastern Europe. Fuel costs negatively affect not only freight rates, but land transportation costs as well. Government is trying to mitigate negative effect by curbing diesel fuel price, most important for land transportation.

    Mar
    RCL orders 7,000 TEU pair
    Regional Container Lines (RCL) has joined a growing number of ship owners who have ordered 7,000 TEU container ships.
    The Thai liner operator announced on 25 February that it ordered two vessels of this size from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding in China, for a total price of US$170 million. Payments will be made in five installments. Waigaoqiao expects to deliver the ships in October 2024 and May 2025.
    While RCL’s fleet is dominated by feeder and sub-Panamax ships, the company has also acquired a few second-hand Panamax ships. Last year, the company bought two 12,000 TEU newbuildings from Japanese tonnage provider Shoei Kisen Kaisha and has since chartered these ships to the Israeli box carrier ZIM.
    The 7,000 TEU boxships are likely to be deployed to RCL’s Persian Gulf services.
    The newbuilding orders coincided with RCL achieving an all-time high full-year net profit of US$539.45 million in 2021, up 930% from 2020, while net profit in Q4 2021 alone totalled US$243.5 million, which was up 544% from Q4 2020.
    RCL managing director Sumatra Tanthuwanit said that the Q4 earnings exceeded the company’s expectations.
    Martina Li, Asia Correspondent
    Container News

    Feb
    Thailand’s Laem Chabang Deep Seaport to Begin Phase 3 Expansion
    February 11, 2022
    Thailand’s Laem Chabang deep seaport is to begin its Phase 3, 30-billion-baht (US$927 million) expansion that will see the port have a container throughput capacity of 18 million twenty-foot equivalents (TEU) per year once completed in 2029.
    The Laem Chabang Port is strategically located in an area surrounded by Thailand’s primary industrial and economic hub — the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
    Since 1990s, the port has transformed into Thailand’s first deepwater port and one of the busiest in the region, serving as the primary terminal for the export of Thai manufactured goods and imports for consumables and other industrial inputs. According to the World Shipping Council, the Laem Chabang Port was the 20th busiest in the world in 2020 – ahead of other ASEAN ports in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
    The port’s current 13 terminals can cater to the largest classification of container vessels, known as the Post Panamax, in addition to roll-on/roll-off capabilities, necessary for servicing Thailand’s expanding automobile industry. Under Phase 3, the Laem Chabang Port aims to increase car export accommodation from 2 million units to 3 million units per year.
    Currently, approximately 88 percent of transport from the port is via the road system and 9.5 percent by rail. The freight rail hub within Phase 3, called the single rail transfer operator (SRTO), aims to increase the handling capacity of the rail transport from 500,000 TEUs per year to 2 million TEUs per year. This will increase the proportion of container traffic moved by rail to 30 percent.
    The Thailand port authority plans to build the SRTO rail hub on some 960,000 square meters of land, featuring six rail sidings with each accommodating two trains simultaneously.
    ASEAN Briefing, by Dezan Shira & Associates

    New Asia-EU direct container line bypassing container majors
    February 6, 2022
    Container ship SONGA CHEETAH arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, on Feb 5, from Civitavecchia, Italy, her call being the official launch of a new, direct container service between Bangladesh and Italy. RifLine Worldwide Logistics, a freight forwarder based in Rome, Italy, initiated the creation of new service, providing via its’ sister shipping company, Kalypso Compagnia di Navigazione SPA, Italy, two feeder-type container ships, for starters. If first trips are success, more ships are to follow, expanding service geography. Presently, goods exported from Bangladesh are transshipped via four hubs: Colombo, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas and Port Klang. One of Bangladesh main export items are garments, produced in Bangladesh. Direct line will benefit each involved party, and – last but not least – this service will be cheaper and more reliable, than major container services, releasing the participants from the unreliable and insanely costly services of major container companies.
    Hopefully, a new service will be a success, an example to be followed by other nations in South East Asia, presently suffering from artificial container crisis and container majors’ tyranny.
    SONGA CHEETAH brought from Italy 945 empty TEUs and 7 TEUs with raw materials for garment factories. The ship is to be loaded with 1,100 TEUs of export goods, mostly readymade garments, destined for Italy/EU.
    Container ship SONGA CHEETAH, IMO 9405100, dwt 13760, capacity 1118 TEU, built 2008, flag Liberia, operator Kalypso Compagnia di Navigazione Srl.

    New Asia-EU direct container line bypassing container majors


    https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2022/37145/new-asia-eu-direct-container-line-bypassing-contai/

    10 May 2022
    Thailand
    http://www.maritimebulletin.net/?p=25674
  • Tanker explosion, fire, Bangkok. 1 crew killed, 3 injured. VIDEO
    Product tanker AMPAR 8 suffered explosion, followed by fire, in the afternoon Mar 27 in [...]

    Product tanker AMPAR 8 suffered explosion, followed by fire, in the afternoon Mar 27 in Chao Praya river mouth, Bangkok area, Thailand, while mooring at the Bangchak depot in Phra Khanong district. The ship arrived from Koh Si Chang Anchorage with cargo of some 3,000 tons of reportedly, crude oil (offloaded from large tanker). One crew died in the explosion, three were injured. Tanker drifted downstream for some 3 miles, and finally, managed to drop anchor. Fire was extinguished by firefighters in about an hour.
    Product tanker AMPAR 8, IMO 8740101, dwt 3500, built 2007, flag Thailand, manager AYUDHYA DEVELOPMENT LEASING CO.

    27 March 2022
    News
    http://www.maritimebulletin.net/?p=25238
  • How to destroy the monopoly of container majors
    Freight forwarders relish the hope of exports recover in year 2022, though all the problems, [...]

    Freight forwarders relish the hope of exports recover in year 2022, though all the problems, which hit shipping after the “pandemic” was declared, remain and continue to deteriorate: skyrocketing freight rates and fuel costs; severe empty containers shortages; bottlenecks in US/EU main container ports (plus China’s sudden irrational “zero-covid” policy). The fundamentals of their optimism therefore, remain a mystery. Freight rates increased by 200-300%, so that the cost of FEU transportation on Thai-USA routes jumped from $5,000 to $15,000. High fuel costs and the impact of “pandemic” will remain in 2022, they will only increase in their negative effects, with no mitigation in sight. “Pandemic” is forever, that is to say, it will continue as long, as we comply with it.
    Again, like they did in early 2020 with the beginning of mass vaccination, shipping experts forecast world economy recovery, thanks to miraculous vaccines and herd immunity they’re supposed to bless us with. Again, they can’t be further away from the reality – there’s no recovery in foreseen future; as well as no herd immunity – each new “booster” brings immunity down, not up.

    “Zero-emission shipping” cost – who’s to pay? Not majors, of course.
    “Climate Change” Agenda is gathering way, pushing all costs up, and the way it goes, will soon land final blows on already collapsing Western economies, so many Asian producers will, in all probability, face a new emerging problem in year 2022 – collapse of the demand. Shippers, freight forwarders and final buyers are to pay the “zero-emission shipping” price, not major shipping corporations. For how much longer will global economy be able to withstand this non-stop insanity, called “Great Reset” or “Agenda-2030”? It’s impossible to forecast.

    Climate Change, covid and bottlenecks are not enough, here comes new blow
    As if all listed above not enough, major container companies are about to strike SME shippers/forwarders with a new, powerful, blow:
    “Thousands” of small freight forwarders fear for their survival following Maersk’s decision to offer them only its Maersk Spot product. Larger forwarders have secured long-term contracts with other lines, but smaller forwarders are unable to follow suit.
    “This situation for sure will create disruption in the market, because the game’s rules are changing and there will be a new natural selection in our industry.
    “We should think of how to join forces and resources to deal with the situation. The year will be very difficult to survive.”
    Full article: https://theloadstar.com/maersk-space-ban-means-a-dark-future-maybe-the-end-for-small-forwarders/
    Don’t be naïve and hope it’s Maersk only – of course no, of course other giants will follow the lead, it’s their tactics in the war against SMEs, be they shippers, of forwarders, or shipowners, or producers, or retailers. It’s all in Great Reset roadmap, and if you still consider it a “conspiracy theory”, not a reality, go get your next booster shot, to meet your bankruptcy in relaxed, care me not, manner. SMEs are the main enemies of Great Reset, while transnational monopolistic corporations are the main instruments of implementing globalists anti human plans, it’s all very simple, as everything with Evil, in the long run. Maersk doesn’t cut off SME on a whim, Maersk is simply carrying orders.

    But it’s not the end of the world, here’s the bright side: How to kill the monopoly of container majors
    Everywhere – and specifically, in Asia – shippers are actively looking for other options, to dodge liner majors “services”. And they’re finding such options, undermining majors (ONE Alliance on top of the list) in a basic way. Thai producers, for example, ship their goods by bulk carriers and general cargo ships, in containers or boxes, or in bulk. Perishable goods are moving from reefer containers to conventional reefers – bye-bye ONE, and your refer “services”. About any type of transportation is proving to be less costly, than majors brandished “efficiency”. Their “services” are exorbitantly costly, unreliable, and on top of it, unsafe. If there is antithesis to “efficiency”, it’s definitely, majors’ liner service.
    In Russian Far East, shippers and shipowners establish new container mini-lines, transporting containers to/from Korea, Japan and China; and North American ports. Shippers go so far in some cases, that they charter tweendeckers or bulkers, and pay for their refit, for one-way shipment only – some several hundred containers to the US. It’s still coming out cheaper, safer and more reliable, than liner majors bolschevik-style (or mob-style, which is essentially, of the same character) “services”. Thank you majors, now get lost.
    Thai shippers and producers, as any other nation in the region, must think about future – and prosperous, safe and sovereign future lies with national carriers, State/Private owned and operated. Nations can’t rely on monopolistic giants, if they want to secure their economical stability, and keep it this way. Nation’s sovereignty is incompatible with transnational monsters.
    There are other ways besides establishing national carriers, regional cooperation being probably, most promising in this respect. What about say, Thai-Russian shipping lines? Russian Far East Ports are effectively, the North Pacific gates, the hubs, capable of transshipping the goods destined for North America, or Japan, or Korea, or China, avoiding the bottlenecks and basically, the disaster of “major liner services”. Let’s not forget about Trans-Siberian Railway Bridge – goods may be shipped to the EU, though TSRB capacity is rather restricted, so it needs scheduling and due considerations.

    25 January 2022
    Thailand
    http://www.maritimebulletin.net/?p=24537
  • Tanker sank in Gulf of Siam, oil leak reported
    Product tanker POR ANDAMAN 2 sank in the evening Jan 22 in Gulf of Siam [...]

    Product tanker POR ANDAMAN 2 sank in the evening Jan 22 in Gulf of Siam 62 nm north of Koh Samuiisland, Thailand, cause unclear. 6 crew rescued, all are safe. Tanker has some 450-500 tons of fuel on board, oil leak occurred. Stain some 10 kilometers long, up to 200 meters wide, reported drifting in northern direction, but it’s a thin oil film, expected to dissolve naturally. Thai Navy is monitoring stain drift, and situation in wreckage are.
    Product tanker POR ANDAMAN 2, Call sign HSB9038, length 44 meters, flag Thailand.

    23 January 2022
    Thailand
    http://www.maritimebulletin.net/?p=24522
  • Thailand Maritime News, 2021 Nov-Dec Summary
    State shipping company to fly ‘hub’ flag 20 Dec 2021 The government plans to set [...]

    State shipping company to fly ‘hub’ flag
    20 Dec 2021
    The government plans to set up a national shipping line company to promote Thailand as a regional logistics hub for maritime trade.
    Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said on Sunday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha instructed state agencies to study the possibility and cost-effectiveness of setting a shipping line company.
    The project would be in line with the Southern Land Bridge project that will enable cargo transport between the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea.
    A working panel preparing for the setting up of the company, led by Deputy Transport Minister Atirat Ratanasate, is now in talks with the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) to commission the PAT to conduct a feasibility study into the matter, Mr Thanakorn said.
    An agreement is expected next month and the study is expected to be finished in May before being presented for cabinet in September next year, he said, adding the company will then be set up within a year.
    The panel instructed the Marine Department and the PAT to study the possibility of offering privileges to the private sector to persuade more operators to hoist their ships with Thai national flags, he said.
    “The PM has a policy to boost Thailand’s competitiveness in marine transport to scale down its dependence on foreign-owned ships, reduce transport costs and the trade deficit resulting from freight costs charged by foreign-owned ships for sending cargo,” Mr Thanakorn said.
    The PM also plans to support efforts to establish a national fleet of commercial vessels, and related industries, such as shipyards. Another aim is to improve the skills of commercial shipping personnel to push for Thailand to become a marine logistics hub, Mr Thanakorn said.
    https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/2234563/state-shipping-company-to-fly-hub-flag

    COMMENT:
    Thailand needs national carrier, probably more than one
    It is not clear yet, how final decisions will look like, with regards to Thailand plan to boost three-dimensional sea trade: Domestic in Gulf of Thailand all along the Gulf of Thailand, from the south to central regions and the east; East-oriented shipping to Vietnam, Cambodia, South Korea, Japan and eastern China; and West-oriented international route from Ranong to the Bay of Bengal region, embracing services which ill connect Thailand with Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and onwards to Africa and Europe. Plan is aiming at establishing national shipping carrier, probably not one but three, to cover all three direction and regions. Feasibility studies are under way, and hopefully, during 2022 we’ll see something resolute and decisive. One issue should be acknowledged unequivocally – Thailand needs national carrier for all types of shipping – regional as well as trans-continental. Last decade and of course, freight rates insane jump during last two years, demonstrated the fragility and lack of reliability of “conventional” shipping, driven by major multinational corporations. Nations economies just can’t depend on the whims or greed or other issues, which dictate corporations rates and carrier-client policies.

    Nov
    Rubber producers found the way to bypass container crisis, good for them!
    Thailand rubber producers found a way out of container crisis, by using instead of containers, steel boxes, to storage product, and bulk carriers to transport the goods to buyers. Most convenient port for this shift happened to be Southern Logistics Port, Songkhla District, so now 4 main rubber producers in southern regions of Thailand, turned to the new method. There’s bonus in steel boxes cost, to start with, it’s 40-50% less than standard container.
    November 20, 2021

    GPC Consortium signs PPP contract for Laem Chabang Port Phase III Project
    Nov 25, 2021
    GPC International Terminal Ltd. (GPC) has signed a public-private partnership (PPP) contract with the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) to develop and operate the Laem Chabang Port Phase 3, Terminal F project in Chonburi province. The investment value in terms of the berth structure development is 30,871 million baht. This joint endeavor aims to push the Laem Chabang Port towards the gateway of trade and investment, which will potentially drive Thailand towards becoming a regional hub and increase the country’s competitive edge. The port is expected to open for commercial operations by 2025.
    GPC is a joint venture between Gulf Energy Development plc (GULF), PTT Tank Terminal Company Limited (PTT TANK) and CHEC OVERSEA INFRASTRUCTURE HOLDING PTE. LTD. (CHEC OVERSEA) where GULF holds a 40% stake, while PPT TANK and CHEC OVERSEA hold 30% of the shares respectively.
    For the development of the Laem Chabang Port Phase 3, PAT will be in charge of sea reclamation while GPC will be responsible for the design, construction, and operation and maintenance (O&M) services for F1 and F2 container berths to accommodate container throughput and implement automation technology for the operation of the project. The port can handle a container throughput capacity of 4 million TEU/year. GPC will receive remuneration as income from port operations such as berth hire, wharf handling charges, container wharfage and other related fees according to the scope and conditions of the 35-year PPP contract. Construction will begin on the F1 container berth in 2023 and commercial operations are scheduled for 2025 while construction will begin on the F2 container berth in 2027 and scheduled for commercial operations by 2029.
    gulf.co.th

    17 January 2022
    Thailand
    http://www.maritimebulletin.net/?p=24448
  • Two luxury yachts devastated by fire, in Italy and in Thailand VIDEOS
    Two luxury yachts burned out in one day, on Jan 11, in different parts of [...]

    Two luxury yachts burned out in one day, on Jan 11, in different parts of the world. Luxury 30-meter yacht soon to be delivered to owner, burned out or was heavily damaged, at Ferretti shipyard, Cattolica, Italy. Luxury catamaran CHIRAT, belonging to understood, Thai person or company, burned out at Sattahip Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya, Thailand. Luckily, nobody was injured, in both accidents.

    12 January 2022
    Thailand
    http://www.maritimebulletin.net/?p=24389
  • Ghost cargo ship drifted into Gulf of Siam, no traces of crew or owner UPDATE
    Jan 9 UPDATE: The ship sank while under tow at night Jan 8, some 30 [...]

    Jan 9 UPDATE: The ship sank while under tow at night Jan 8, some 30 nm off Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, south of Koh Samui, at some 30 meters depth. Oil leak reported, cleansing operation launched.

    Royal Navy Command, Thailand, responded after being informed about ghost ship found some 70 nm southeast of Koh Samui island, Gilf of Siam, on Jan 5 or 7, exact date unclear. Abandoned cargo ship of some 80 meters length was adrift, with aft tilt and portside list. She was abandoned for quite some time, from the looks of her. No signs or traces which could help in solving her mystery were found, except Chinese name, which when published, was obviously misspelled, reading as FIN SHUL YUEN 2. Navy boarded the ship, salvage under way, because she can’t be left drifting in waters of Gulf of Siam, in close proximity to traffic lanes, oil rigs and resort areas. Salvors plan to right her by pumping out water and ballasting, and after that, to tow her to shelter.

    8 January 2022
    News
    http://www.maritimebulletin.net/?p=24341