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Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) 2009 Finalists List
Best Airport Asia
Hong Kong International Airport
Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Singapore Changi Airport

Best Airport -North America
JFK International Airport, New York
Los Angeles World Airport
O'Hare International Airport, Chicago

Best Airport Europe
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands
Frankfurt Airport, Germany
London Heathrow Airport, UK

Best Airport -Middle East
Bahrain International Airport, Bahrain
Dubai International Airport, UAE
Doha International Airport
Sharjah International Airport, UAE

Best Emerging Airport -Asia - (less than 500,000 tonnes per year)
Macau International Airport, Macau
Penang International Airport, Malaysia
Senai International Airport, Malaysia


Best Air Cargo Terminal Asia
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (HACTL), Hong Kong
MASKargo Super Terminal Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS), Singapore

Best Air Cargo Terminal Europe
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands
British Airways World Cargo Centre, UK
Frankfurt Air Freight Terminal, Germany

Best Air Cargo Carrier Asia
Cathay Pacific Cargo
MASkargo
Singapore Airlines Cargo

Best Air Cargo Carrier -North America
Continental Airlines
FedEx
UPS

Best Air Cargo Carrier Europe
Air France-KLM Cargo
British Airways World Cargo
Lufthansa Cargo

Best Air Cargo Carrier -Middle East
Emirates SkyCargo
Gulf Air Cargo
Qatar Airways Cargo

Best All Freighter Airline
Cargolux Airlines
FedEx
UPS

Best Air Freight Alliance
SkyTeam Cargo
WOW Cargo Terminal

Best Seaport Asia
Port of Hong Kong
Port Klang, Malaysia
Port of Singapore

Best Seaport -North America
Port of Long Beach
Port of Los Angeles
Port of New York & New Jersey

Best Seaport Europe
Port of Antwerp, Belgium
Port of Hamburg, Germany
Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Best Seaport -Middle East
Port of Jebel Ali, UAE
Port of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Sharjah Port, UAE

Best Container Terminal - Asia - (Over 4 million TEUs per annum)
Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT)
PSA Singapore Terminals
Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia

Best Container Terminal - Asia - (Under 4 million TEUs per annum)
Asia Container Terminal, Hong Kong
Northport, Malaysia
Shanghai Container Terminals

Best Container Terminal - Asia - (Under 1 million TEUs per annum)
Bintulu Port, Malaysia
Jurong Port, Singapore
Penang Port, Malaysia

Best Container Terminal กV Europe
ECT, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Hamburger-Hafen-und Logistik (HHLA), Germany
PSA HNN Antwerp, Belgium

Best Global Container Terminal Operating Company
DP World
Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH)
PSA International

Best Reefer Cargo Equipment Provider - Sea Freight
Carrier Transicold
Daikin Industries
Thermo King

Best Shipping Line กV Transpacific
APL
China Ocean Shipping (COSCO)
Maersk Line

Best Shipping Line - Asia-Europe
Evergreen
Maersk Line
Hapag-Lloyd

Best Shipping Line - Intra-Asia
Evergreen
Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC)
Wan Hai Lines

Best Shipping Line - Project Cargo
Austral Asia Line
Rickmers-Linie
Intermarine

Best Global Shipping Line
Evergreen Marine
Maersk Line
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)

Best Container - Shipping Alliance
The CKYH Alliance
The Grand Alliance
The New World Alliance

Best Rail Operator
Canadian National Railway
Far Eastern Transport Group
KTM Malaysia

Best Road Haulier Asia
DHL
FedEx
DB Schenker

Best Lead Logistics Provider
APL Logistics
DHL Supply Chain
Kuehne + Nagel

Best 3PL
DHL Supply Chain
Kuehne + Nagel
DB Schenker

Best Logistics Service Provider Air Freight
DHL Global Forwarding
FedEx
DB Schenker

Best Logistics Service Provider Sea Freight
APL Logistics
DB Schenker
OOCL Logistics

Best Logistics Service Provider Project Cargo
DHL Global Forwarding
Kuehne + Nagel
DB Schenker

Best Express Operator
UPS
DHL
FedEx

Best Contract Logistics Provider
DHL Supply Chain
Kuehne + Nagel
DB Schenker

Best Educational Course Provider
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific, Singapore

Best Trade-Finance Bank
Deutsche Bank
HSBC
Standard Chartered

Best Green Service Provider กV Seaport
Port of Los Angeles
Port of Brisbane
Port of Rotterdam

Best Green Service Provider Airport
Amsterdam Schiphol
Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia
Narita International Airport, Japan

Best Green Service Provider Airline
Cathay Pacific
Malaysia Airlines
Singapore Airlines

Best Green Service Provider - Shipping Line
Evergreen Marine
Maersk Line
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)
Best Green Service Provider - Logistics Operator

Agility
Kerry Logistics
DB Schenker

AFSCA 2009 Winner list
Date: 22nd April 09

Best Airport Asia
Singapore Changi Airport

Best Airport -North America
JFK International Airport, New York

Best Airport Europe
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands

Best Airport -Middle East
Dubai International Airport, UAE

Best Emerging Airport -Asia - (less than 500,000 tonnes per year)
Penang International Airport, Malaysia

Best Air Cargo Terminal Asia
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (HACTL)

Best Air Cargo Terminal Europe
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands

Best Air Cargo Carrier กVAsia
MASkargo

Best Air Cargo Carrier -North America
FedEx

Best Air Cargo Carrier กVEurope
Lufthansa Cargo

Best Air Cargo Carrier -Middle East
Emirates SkyCargo

Best All Freighter Airline
FedEx

Best Air Freight Alliance
SkyTeam Cargo

Best Seaport Asia
Port of Singapore

Best Seaport -North America
Port of Long Beach

Best Seaport Europe
Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Best Seaport -Middle East
Port of Jebel Ali, UAE

Best Container Terminal - Asia - (Over 4 million TEUs per annum)
PSA Singapore Terminals

Best Container Terminal - Asia - (Under 4 million TEUs per annum)
Northport, Malaysia

Best Container Terminal - Asia - (Under 1 million TEUs per annum)
Jurong Port, Singapore

Best Container Terminal Europe
ECT, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Best Global Container Terminal Operating Company
DP World

Best Reefer Cargo Equipment Provider - Sea Freight
Thermo King

Best Shipping Line Transpacific
China Ocean Shipping (COSCO)

Best Shipping Line - Asia-Europe
Maersk Line

Best Shipping Line - Intra-Asia
Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC)

Best Shipping Line - Project Cargo
Rickmers-Linie

Best Global Shipping Line
Maersk Line

Best Container - Shipping Alliance
The Grand Alliance

Best Rail Operator
KTM Malaysia

Best Road Haulier Asia
DHL

Best Lead Logistics Provider
DHL Supply Chain

Best 3PL
DHL Supply Chain

Best Logistics Service Provider Air Freight
FedEx

Best Logistics Service Provider Sea Freight
OOCL Logistics

Best Logistics Service Provider Project Cargo
Kuehne + Nagel

Best Express Operator
DHL

Best Contract Logistics Provider
DHL Supply Chain

Best Educational Course Provider
The Logistics Institute Asia Pacific, Singapore

Best Trade-Finance Bank
HSBC

Best Green Service Provider Seaport
Port of Rotterdam

Best Green Service Provider Airport
Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia

Best Green Service Provider Airline
Singapore Airlines

Best Green Service Provider - Shipping Line
Maersk Line

Best Green Service Provider - Logistics Operator
Schenker

Source: http://www.cargonewsasia.com/afsca/2009/
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Northport Wins AFSCA Award
April 29, 2009 21:12 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 (Bernama) -- Northport (Malaysia) Bhd won The Best Container Terminal Award (Asia) at the recent Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards 2009 (AFSCA) held in Hong Kong.

Northport, located in Port Klang handled a total of three million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last year, the company said in a statement.

"Northport is committed to maintaining high standards in performance and productivity as leading shipping lines which call at it, require a demonstration of standards comparable with other major global ports to which they are linked," said the company's managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Basheer Hassan Abdul Kader, after receiving the award.

Last year, 81 shipping lines as well as 44 conventional and 502 container vessles made approximately 8,000 ship calls at Northport.

The AFSCA awards are designed to honour the respective winning organisations for demonstrating leadership as well as consistency in service quality, innovation, customer relationship management and reliability.

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Northport wins Asia’s best container terminal award
Monday May 11, 2009

NORTHPORT (M) Bhd bagged The Best Container Terminal Award (Asia) at the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards 2009 held in Hong Kong recently.

Northport, a multi-purpose terminal, was selected for the award from a list which included other top container terminals in Asia.

The selection was based on a list of criteria, which included crane productivity, timely and adequate investment in new terminal infrastructure to meet future demand, effective use of information technology and efficient turn-around of trucks delivering and picking up containers.

Northport, which handled three million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last year, offers one of the widest shipping connectivity among ports in Malaysia with about 123 container shipping lines linking it to some 300 ports worldwide.

Managing director Datuk Basheer Hassan Abdul Kader said in a statement that Northport was committed to maintaining high performance and productivity because leading shipping lines that called at the port required standards comparable with other major global ports to which they were linked.

Last year, 81 shipping lines as well as 44 conventional and 502 container vessels made about 8,000 ship calls at Northport.

On the impact on the global economic downturn, Basheer said container cargo through Northport dropped 15% (year-on-year) in the first quarter of this year.

Northport is one of the major hubs in Malaysia for exporting cargos and this moderate decrease was within expectation.
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Bintulu Port embarks on RM600mil expansion
Wednesday April 29, 2009
By JACK WONG

Ten new palm oil storage tanks to be constructed

KUCHING: Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd (BPHB) is embarking on a RM600mil expansion programme to boost Bintulu Port’s cargo handling capacity.

Chief executive officer Mior Ahmad Baiti Mior Lub Ahmad said the expansion of the container terminal, which started seven months ago, would raise annual handling capacity by 250,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) to 650,000 TEUs when completed next year.

Also under implementation is the expansion of the multi-purpose terminal for dry bulk cargo.

Mior Ahmad said the construction of the proposed RM14.9mil container freight station was awarded last week.

To be awarded soon was a contract to build 10 new storage tanks for palm oil, he said. The proposed RM25mil project will boost storage capacity by 26,000 tonnes from 76,000 tonnes.

Also in the pipeline are the proposed development of 19.1ha for port operation buildings and yard and an additional berth for the edible oil terminal.

Other planned projects included the conversion of the existing 200m general cargo wharf into a containerised cargo wharf and the purchase of more cargo handling equipment, Mior Ahmad said after the company AGM yesterday.

“All these projects are expected to be completed by 2011,” he said.

Chairman Tun Mohd Eusoff Chin said in a statement that the company would expand the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities if the need arose.

“Currently, the LNG segment contributes 78% to the group’s total operating revenue,” he said, adding that in the next five years, LNG cargo would account for 60% of operating revenue.

Mior Ahmad said LNG handling contributed about RM330mil to revenue last year while containerised cargo and palm oil accounted for some RM33mil and RM22mil respectively.

BPHB recorded group operating revenue of RM448.8mil for the year ended Dec 31, up by RM31.6mil from 2007. Group pre-tax profit jumped to RM205.9mil against RM189.2mil in 2007.

Statistics have shown that container volume grew by over 15% to 290,167 TEUs last year from 251,800 TEUs in 2007.

Mior Ahmad said the economic slowdown had adversely affected Bintulu Port’s container cargo traffic, which dropped by about 30% for the first three months of this year against the same period last year.

However, he said there were positive signs that the situation had steadily improved.

“For dry bulk fertiliser there was zero import in the first quarter this year. But there are two shipments coming in this month,’’ he added.

LNG export volume, however, had sustained, he said.

He said 15 shipping lines (container cargo) were now calling at Bintulu Port.
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Westports, chairman walk away with Brand Laureate Awards
Published: 2009/04/06



PORT operator Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd and its executive chairman Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam each walked away with an award this year at the Brand Laureate Awards held in Kuala Lumpur on March 31.

Westports won the award for the Best Brand in Logistics - Ports while Gnanalingam won the award for Brand Personality.

Presented by the Asia-Pacific Brands Foundation, the Brand Personality is equivalent to the Grammy Award for Branding.

The award was presented by former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

In a statement issued last week, Gnanalingam attributed the two awards to his staff who "have continued to innovate and provided the best services to our customers".

He said winning the awards was further proof of the port's capabilities and a testament to its quality of work.

"Westports was founded around innovation and the pursuit of excellence, and those core values have continued to be at the heart of everything we do," he added.
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Rejang port upgrades facilities
Monday May 25, 2009
By JACK WONG

RM18mil exercise at Sibu Centre will be completed in March next year.

KUCHING: The Rejang Port Authority (RPA) is investing about RM18mil to upgrade facilities at its Sibu Centre.

Sarawak Second Finance Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh said the upgrading work involved the refurbishment of the old wharf and demolition of a transit shed.

“The project started three months ago and is expected to be completed by March 15 next year,” he told the state assembly last Wednesday.

Wong said the RPA had appointed Tanjung Manis Integrated Port Sdn Bhd (TIPs) to operate, manage and administer its port facilities at Tanjung Manis in Mukah on a temporary basis.

Tanjung Manis has the country’s largest integrated timber complex. A halal hub is being developed there.

Wong said RPA and TIPs would complement each other to provide efficient port services in Sibu, Mukah and the region.

On the state’s three major ports, Kuching Port Authority, RPA and Miri Port Authority, he said cargo throughput plunged by 23% to 40% in the first three months of this year due to the economic slowdown.

He said Miri Port was the worst hit, with its cargo volume dropping 40% to 126,777 tonnes during that period from 210,531 tonnes in the first quarter of last year.

Wong said exports of timber logs declined by 51% to some 131,000 tonnes while crude petroleum exports dropped 38% to 668,000 tonnes.

“Cargo traffic passing through the Sungai Tujuh checkpoint recorded a decrease of 36% to 5,921 tonnes from 9,214 due to a drop in the export of heavy machinery, building materials and iron and steel to Brunei.’’

Wong said Kuching Port Authority handled 1.46 million tonnes of cargo compared with 1.92 million in the first quarter of 2008, a drop of 24%.

All types of cargo suffered a drop in volume, with the exception of the export of bulk oil, which shot up by 67%. The port’s container cargo volume decreased by 21.8% to over 34,000 tonnes.

As for RPA, Wong said its total cargo throughput fell by 23% to 981,000 tonnes. Containerised cargo dropped by 28% to nearly 229,000 tonnes.

He said the decrease was mainly due to lower exports of logs and timber products.
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Sindora unit to build RM30mil shipyward
Tuesday May 26, 2009
By ZAZALI MUSA

JOHOR BARU: Sindora Bhd subsidiary EA Technique (M) Sdn Bhd is investing RM30mil to build its own shipyard in Johor.

Sindora chairman Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim said work on the 8.09ha shipyard at the Tanjung Langsat industrial estate would probably start in the third quarter.

“The shipyard will support the company’s fleet expansion plan as well as provide related services to other parties,’’ he said after the company AGM yesterday.

Ali said the location of the shipyard in the middle of the busiest shipping route in the region – the Straits of Malacca – would augur well for the shipyard where requests for ship repair were high.

He said it would be better for EA Technique to have its own shipyard where it could conduct shipbuilding and repair activities rather than send its vessels elsewhere for repair.

Tanjung Langsat’s close proximity to Singapore would be another advantage for the shipyard to attract clients from the republic, he said, adding: “Ship repair is costly in Singapore and the waiting list is long at the shipyards there, so Johor offers an alternative for shipping companies.’’

The 1,400ha Tanjung Langsat industrial estate, located near the Pasir Gudang industrial estate, is being developed by Johor Corp (JCorp) subsidiary TMP Technopark Sdn Bhd. Presently, there are 21 local and foreign companies operating in the estate with a combined total investment of RM10bil, including infrastructure.

Some RM500mil had been invested since 2000 in the port at Tanjung Langsat and JCorp is investing another RM500mil under the second phase of the Tanjung Langsat Port expansion plan this year.

Two new berths, measuring 500m each, dedicated to the handling of general cargo will be built at the port this year. Under the port’s long-term expansion plan to handle liquid petroleum-related cargo, general and dry cargo, it will have a total of 12 to 14 berths.

For the financial year ended Dec 31 (FY08), Sindora registered a net profit of RM27.78mil on revenue of RM351.19mil, from RM26.58mil and RM295.16mil respectively in FY07.

Ali said Sindora would continue to look for companies, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to be part of its Intrapreneur Venture Business (IVB) scheme.

He said there were many SMEs nationwide that could be further nurtured and developed and it was proven by its 10 IVB subsidiaries and associate companies that had contributed significantly to the company.
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Malaysia mulls financing options to deepen Penang Port
By Audrey Dermawan Published: 2009/06/08

Besides the private finance initiative model, the government may opt to use its own coffers for the project

THE government is exploring the possibility of using a private finance initiative (PFI) model to deepen the north channel of Penang Port.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said besides the PFI model, another alternative is for the government to use its own coffers for the project, which is estimated to cost RM1 billion.

He said a study is being carried out to determine the feasibility and suitability of both models.

"We will decide on the matter based on the outcome of the study. This is top on my priority list and I hope the engineering working proper will kick off before September this year," he told reporters in Penang yesterday after launching the Penang MCA's 60th party anniversary celebration.

The government had announced last November that it would resume work on the project, which had been shelved under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) mid-term review.

Ong had said then that after studying the benefits in dredging Penang Port's channel, his ministry felt that the project should proceed in order to enhance the port's competitiveness.

"The Penang Port is currently a feeder port. We should not forget its glorious past and the importance of the port to the country, the state and its people," he said, adding that what worried him was the depth of the current port, which is between 9m and 11m.

"We hope to deepen the depth to between 15m and 17m to enhance the port's competitiveness," he said, adding that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report will also be carried out before the project proper.

Operator Penang Port Sdn Bhd is targeting to develop Penang Port into a premier port by 2012 if the deepening of the north channel proceeds.

The Penang Port expansion and upgrading are outlined in the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) blueprint to promote it as the leading port in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle.

Meanwhile, Ong who was also asked on a proposal by Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong for the Penang state government to take over the ferry operations which were reported to have suffered RM20 million losses last year.

"Anyone can propose anything but it should not be just a mere statement. Show us the proposal and we will see whether its viable or not," Ong said, adding that he had received numerous inputs on the matter by various parties including the state MCA and individuals.

He added that so long as the proposal was genuine and for the benefit of the people, he was willing to consider it.
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PTP to handle extra throughput volume
Published: 2009/06/1

PELABUHAN Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is set to handle an additional 500,000 twenty foot equivalent units through an agreement it signed with CMA-CGM two weeks ago.

On June 2 2009, PTP, a 70 per cent owned subsidiary of MMC, agreed to provide container terminal services to CMA CGM, an international operator serving maritime shipping routes around the world.

The additional volume is expected to contribute positively to the earnings and net assets of the MMC Group for the financial year ending December 31 2009.
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Biggest container ship calls at Westports
Published: 2009/06/16

THE CMA CGM Andromeda has set a new record for the largest container ship to ever be handled at Westports, one of the world’s most productive ports, located in Port Klang.

CMA CGM is France's largest and the world’s third largest container shipping group.

The 11,400 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) container ship arrived last Thursday as part of an inaugural deployment in the French Asia Line (FAL) Westbound service between Asia and Europe, CMA CGM and Westports said in a joint statement today.

The CMA CGM Andromeda is 131,000 gross tonnes and 363 metres in length.

It is the world’s first container ship to be equipped with the state-of-the-art "Fast Oil Recovery System" designed to prevent marine pollution.

Other innovations include a waste compactor instead of an incinerator to process shipboard waste, an electronic engine and cold ironing connections that should eliminate exhaust smoke while tied up at berth.

The statement said CMA CGM has made Westports its transshipment hub for South East Asia, with throughput expected to reach about 2.0 million TEUs this year.

"The arrival of the CMA CGM Andromeda is not only a commitment by the French Liner to Westports, but also an expression of confidence in the terminal’s ability to perform on this mega size vessel," the companies said.

In November last year, the CMA CGM Vela with a 11,000 TEU was the longest and biggest-ever vessel to call in at Westports, it said.

"The vessel is four metres longer than the CMA CGM Andromeda but has less carrying capacity," it said.

CMA CGM Malaysia said the arrival of the CMA CGM Andromeda showed the group’s commitment to strengthening its services and volume at Westports.

Currently, most of the large mainline container ships at Westports stand in the 8,000 to 10,000 TEU range.

Such vessels have a length of 335 to 350 metres, while the new breed of CMA CGM vessels of 11,300 to 14,000 TEU will measure about 365 metres in length, the statement said. -- Bernama
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Malaysia's First Fully-automated Shipyard To Operate In 2013
June 20, 2009 17:35 PM

PEKAN, June 20 (Bernama) -- The country's first fully-automated shipyard will be in operation at the Tanjung Agas Oil and Gas and Maritime Industrial Park here in 2013.

It will be part of a RM4.8 billion project that comprises a fabrication and engineering yard, and marine repair and ship-building facilities on a 320-hectare site.

Vantech Dockyard (M) Sdn Bhd's managing director Azlan Sidol said the company would build and operate the facilities under a joint-venture effort with two South Korean giants, namely Daewoo and Handong.

"The construction of the shipyard will begin next year and it takes three years to complete," he told reporters after the ground-breaking ceremony of the industrial park here today.

Azlan said the company had already received advance bookings for the construction of eight ships worth RM7 billion.

The bookings, he said, came from local companies but enquiries have also been received from neighbouring countries, the Middle East and Europe.

Azlan also said that the company planned to cooperate with a leading university from South Korea to set up an academy for shipbuilding in Tanjung Agas.

"The academy is an important component as we required about 8,000 workers with 30 percent of them being engineers," he said.

The company, he added, will specialise in the construction of large ships weighing more than 100,000 metric tonnes, particularly liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers.

According to Azlan, Vantech Dockyard's facilities will be capable of repairing 100 ships annually.

"We will also build other types of vessels, including battleships if there is a demand from customers," he said.

-- BERNAMA
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New Regulation For Operators Of Private Jetties At Port Klang
June 19, 2009 22:16 PM

SHAH ALAM, June 19 (Bernama) -- Operators of private jetties at the Port Klang will now be allowed to handle only specified cargoes in keeping with the security and control measures taken at the port, said a statement issued by the Port Klang Authority (PKA) here Friday.

PKA said the regulation, which came into effect on Tuesday (June 16), was to ensure that private jetties helped with more efficiency in the handling of cargo through Port Klang and avoid any clash in operations between the private jetty operators and the terminal operators, Northport (M) Bhd and Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

"The activities and cargo that cannot be operated at private jetties include certain bulk items like (loose fertilizers), iron scrap, heavy machinery and cargo for own use from Sabah or Sarawak and vice versa.

"All the private jetty operators had been previously given a six month period from January as preparation towards the regulation," he said.

As for handling heavy machinery, PKA said the jetty operators are allowed to only handle cargo for barge operations to Sabah and Sarawak for a limited period until the terminal operator gets ready the facilities for the operation.

Apart from that, PKA said only ships measuring not longer than 30 metres and barge not exceeding 100 metres will be allowed to be used at the private jetties.

Composite vessels will not be allowed to be used at the jetties and all cargoes that cannot be undertaken by the private jetties would have to be handled at the West Port, North Port and South Port.

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Hanjing Shipping Launches New Services From Westports
June 21, 2009 15:58 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 (Bernama) -- Hanjin Shipping, South Korea's largest carrier, is launching a direct service between Southeast Asia and the United States starting June 21 from Westports in Port Klang.

The service, named SJX (Southeast & Japan Express), is targeted at Southeast Asian markets, including Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore, which are showing constant growth despite of the global economic recession, Westports said in a statement.

"This direct service will be able to satisfy growing customers' needs as well as provide customers with stable service," said Hanjin Shipping Line (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd's country manager Brian J.H. You.

With six of 4,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) class ships deployed, You said the SJX service will be calling Port Klang, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yantian, Osaka, Tokyo, Long Beach and Oakland.

He said that beginning July 7, Hong Kong will be replaced by Ho Chi Minh City.

Additionally, Hanjin Shipping is also starting to call at Westports on its CMX (China-Mediterranean Express) service from June 30.

The company, one of Westports' top 10 customers, foresees container volume picking up in the second half of this year.

Last year, Hanjin moved about 130,000 TEUs at Westports.

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Malaysia has the best maritime agency
NST Online » NewsBreak 2009/01/23
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SUBANG, Fri: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has been named the best maritime agency in Asia Pacific.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced this after witnessing the handing over of the Bombardier CL415 amphibious aircraft to MMEA at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport here yesterday.

“I have been informed that MMEA has won the ‘Maritime Security Agency of the Year’ at the ’2009 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace & Defense Awards’.

The award will be presented on March 5 in Singapore.

Najib said that this was a testament to MMEA becoming a credible maritime enforcement agency in the region.

On the handing over of the two amphibious Bombardier CL415 yesterday, the aircraft was surrendered by Bombardier Inc Canada president Michelle Bourgeois to MMEA director general Datuk Mohd Amdan Kurish at the old Subang airport.

Malaysia’s use of the amphibious aircraft would go down in history as the first Southeast Asian country to use an amphibious aircraft for maritime enforcement.

Malaysia signed a deal with Bombardier in mid-2008 to purchase two of its CL415 amphibious aircraft, with the first aircraft delivered early this year, while the second to be delivered by end 2009.

“We have a vast coastline which has to be guarded and secured and this aircraft will help us achieve that somewhat. We have also set aside allocation to buy three medium sized helicopters and two of the amphibious aircraft. All are now being built,” said Najib during his speech at the handing over.

“With these, the MMEA would be world class. This amphibious aircraft is unique because it can suck-in 4,000 litres of water in just 12 seconds. Apart from maritime enforcement, it can also be used to put out forest fires or big fires elsewhere,” he added.
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Dutch Institute to boost maritime studies in SE Asia
Published: 2009/01/26

A DUTCH Maritime Institute will be set up in Malaysia to offer studies to Malaysians and students from other Southeast Asian countries.

The location of the institute will be identified in July while two branch campuses are expected to be set up in Sabah and Sarawak early 2010.

The plan has its origins in a memorandum of agreement signed on August 25 last year between the world-renowned Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz (MIWB) and Maritiem Institute De Ruyter (MIR) from Netherlands And Maritime Innovative Technology Services Sdn Bhd (MITS).

The International Dutch Maritime Institute will bring along the various internationally reputable organisations and universities from the Netherlands and their worldwide partners to offer sought-after programmes that are unique and special to the industry.

The world's best professors and professionals from Europe will spend more time in Malaysia doing research, water management, marinas, leisure, disaster management, maritime simulation, military, salvage and dredging.

MITS executive director John Legierse believes that this Dutch Maritime Institute will be a power house; a one-stop centre solutions provider for many large corporations, universities and institutions in Malaysia that want world-class services.

Currently there are already enquiries from various sectors of the industry from Malaysia and the region to engage MITS as consultants for several projects.

This will all be linked to the International Institute that has enormous capabilities to deliver the required depth and breadth of any challenging endeavours.

The Dutch group with MITS will ensure that the unconventional services offered will be a class above the rest, putting Malaysia in the league of the high-end contributor of professional services in the world map.

The Dutch Maritime Institute will bridge the existing gaps of the maritime-related industry in the region and provide them with market-ready graduates, professionals and the specialised services urgent in demand.
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More help from Japan to protect Straits of Malacca
Published: 2009/02/04

JAPAN, among the world's top trading nations and with the bulk of its cargo plying the busy Straits of Malacca, is committed to protecting the waterway.

Its Ambassador to Malaysia, Masahiko Horie, said that Japan's efforts will focus on providing adequate assistance to the relevant agencies in Malaysia.

He added that Japan, having supplied equipment to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to fight piracy in the strait, would provide more help in future.

Japan has been supporting anti-piracy, anti-terrorism and safety measures in the region, especially in the strait.

"We have been supporting different sectors, but last year we agreed to support the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

"We provided the radars, cameras, laser cameras and radio direction finders system, which are very important for anti-piracy enforcement," Horie said yesterday in Kuala Lumpur.

"This is the first, but we are thinking of other support for the Malaysian Royal Police, like night vision goggles or binocular range finders, digital portable radios or inflatable boats." - Bernama
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EU to resume marine imports from Malaysia
Updated: Sunday February 22, 2009 MYT 4:22:30 PM
By RUBEN SARIO

KOTA KINABALU: The European Union is expected to resume imports of marine products from Malaysia soon.

European Commission Health and Consumer Protection director general Jerome Lepeintre said steps were being taken by fish exporters to improve their standard of hygiene of the fish products exported to EU.

He said EU banned fish imports from Malaysia following an inspection by its food and veterinarian officers a few months ago who found significant deficiencies in hygiene by certain fish exporters.

We were obliged to stop fish exports from Malaysia to the EU at that time, but our experts are helping the Malaysians to improve on these deficiencies, he said.

We need to import fish from Malaysia so it is better to help out and put in place a mechanism for Malaysian fish exporters to maintain certain standards so that they can resume exports, he adding that he expecteded imports to resume soon.

He was speaking to reporters said after chairing a one day forum on EU-ASEAN cooperation on Codex Matters here that ended on Saturday.

Lepeintre explained that the EU ban was not aimed at stifling exports of food from Asean countries but exporting countries must comply with the stringent safety requirements in force.

He said that, like in Malaysia, EU would assist any Asean country with technical assistance to help improve hygiene deficiencies which could prevent their foodstuff from being banned from the EU.

“Our main concern is that all food exported to the EU must be safe for human consumption.

“We are open and transparent, and not like other countries when it comes to food imports, and Asean is a major food exporter to the EU. Our import bill is US$40 billion a year and growing fast, he said.

Lepeintre said EU did not want to stop any nation, including Asean countries, from exporting food as the food imports were required by member countries.

The EU realised that meeting these high standards could be difficult and costly for developing countries, so it provided technical assistance to help them meet its own standards, he added.

The forum was held in conjunction with the CodexAlimentarius Committee on Fats and Oils Meeting organised by Malaysia 's Health Ministry.

Some 30 delegates from Asean countries EU officials, a representative from the Food and Agriculture Organisation and a representative from the French embassy attended the forum.

Touching on genetically modified food, Lepeintre said all foods must be labelled as such that it contains GMO, something which the United States of America has resisted all these while.

Earlier in a speech, Vincent Piket, Head of European Commission Delegation to Malaysia said the EU would continue to cooperate with Asean and had set aside EUR70mil for the period 2007-2013 to enhance economic and trade relations.

Piket, whose speech was read by Pablo Iglesias, said it was important to systematically review cooperation in the light of increasingly complex and dynamic trade and economic relations.

In the areas of food, scientific and technological advances as well as evolving consumer demand underline the importance of a productive and stable dialogue that can keep pace with market changes, he said.

Intense dialogue on Codex matters will help to ensure smooth trade flows and prosperity without losing sight of the need to address environmental concerns, animal welfare or provide a high level of protection of human health.

The forum was aimed to initiate dialogue on risk assessment matters and build on the EU's "Better Training for Safer Food Programme" which helped developing countries such as Malaysia to comply with EU food laws.

This is achieved through training, information and communication activities organised by the EU, and since early 2006, 10 workshops have been held in the Asean region and attended by over 1,000 people.
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