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Malaysia Needs 43,000 More Seamen To Remain Competitive

Booming local shipping industry is crucial for Malaysia's international commerce Malaysia needs 43,000 seamen for the booming local shipping industry which is crucial for her international commerce.Malaysian Marine Department director-general Datuk Capt Ahmad Othman said, currently, there were 49,000 local seamen in the local shipping industry while another 43,000 places were filled by foreign seamen.He said this to reporters after launching the 2012 National Seaman Day Celebration, here, Monday.He said among the benefits that could be obtained as a seaman was visiting foreign countries, wherever and wherever their ships docked, without needing visas.They only use their Seafarers' Identity Documents issued by the Marine Department, valid for five years for local seamen, and one year for foreign nationals working on Malaysian ships, he said.Source: BERNAMA

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Technip-Daewoo Consortium awarded a key contract for a Floating LNG unit in Malaysia

The 300 meter-long and 60 meter-wide FLNG facility will be located offshore Malaysia Technip, in a consortium with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) Co. Ltd., the Technip-Daewoo Consortium (TDC), was awarded by Petronas Floating LNG 1 (Labuan) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) a services contract for engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning for floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility of 1.2 million ton per year maximun capacity. The 300 meter-long and 60 meter-wide FLNG facility will be located offshore Malaysia. The contract is an Alliance between TDC, led by Technip, and Petronas. Technip's portion is composed of project management services and lump sum for engineering.The detailed design of the topsides(1) will be executed by Technip's operating centers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Paris, France. Engineering of the hull and building of the FLNG facility will take place at Daewoo's shipyard in Okpo, South Korea. This contract follows the successful completion of the front-end engineering design phase awarded to TDC in December 2010.Thierry Pilenko, Chairman and CEO of Technip, declared: "This new contract, led by our Kuala Lumpur operating center, confirms Technip leadership in the very promising market of offshore natural gas liquefaction. The award ...

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Two Tankers and Crew Detained Following Illegal Oil Transfer in Malaysia

The tankers attempted to transfer 130,000 liters of illegal fuel Two vessels have been seized by the Southern Region of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). The ships are believed by authorities to have been attempting to transfer 130,000 liters of illegal fuel in the waters near Pengerang. The Malaysian government has been trying to crack down on this issue for some time.Officials said that during operations carried out in early morning hours, an MMEA vessel detected the two ships coinciding suspiciously. Upon inspection, five members of the MT Urban Lima crew were transferring 130,000 liters of petrol to the MT 18 Heaven. During the inspection, almost 57,000 liters were transferred. Each captain failed to provide any documentation that allows oil transfer from ship to ship without permission.The MT Urban Lima is registered in Sierra Leone; the MT 18 Heaven is registered in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Both are being detained for further questioning and investigation. 22 crewmen have also been taken into custody, mainly Indonesians.Samples of the gasoline were taken to the Department of Chemistry in Johor to confirm the oil's status. If convicted, the ship-owners can be fined and/or imprisoned for up to 2 years.Source: Maritime Executive

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Tanjung Pelepas posts strong growth

Container traffic at Malaysia's leading container port increased Container traffic at Malaysia's leading container port increased 15% in 2011. The Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in Johor handled 7.5M TEU in 2011, representing an increase of 15% over 2010, outperforming the reported global volume growth of 7%."This sharp increase was driven by strong organic growth from existing customers as well as volume from new customers," said Azlan Shahrim, Deputy CEO."Container volume from PTP's main existing customers, Maersk Line and Evergreen, increased by 16% over the previous year. The port has also seen new shipping lines during the year, including Hanjin and STX Pan Ocean of Korea, Mitsui and K-Line of Japan and China Shipping."From just two shipping lines in our early days, we now have 26 shipping lines and container operators. This has vastly improved connectivity and frequency, and enables us to provide shippers better access to the global market."PTP is one of seven ports worldwide chosen by Maersk Line for its new "Daily Maersk" service, a daily service between the Far East and North Europe involving 70 vessels operating between four mega ports in Asia and three ports in Europe.PTP is a joint venture between MMC Corporation (70%), a ...

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End pirate attacks off Somalia

Transport Minister Kong says there was a need for a sustainable solution Malaysia has called on the International Maritime Organisation to find a permanent solution to piracy off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden.Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said there was a need for a "sustainable solution to conclude this long-running menace to international shipping and trade."He also expressed Malaysia's concern that despite so many initiatives, piracy there remained unresolved.Kong said the country had two Malaysian naval vessels in the area and had even captured some of the pirates who were awaiting trial in Malaysia"We would recommend that this year's World Maritime Day's theme of Piracy - Orchestrating the Response be continued to demonstrate IMO's resolve and efforts to eliminate the scourge of piracy and for international shipping to continue to serve the world's community safely, securely and peacefully," he said at the 27th IMO Assembly here on Monday.Kong also informed the assembly that the cooperative mechanism to enhance safety of navigation and environmental protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore was now into its second phase of operation. He also announced that Malaysia had submitted its candidature for re-election to the IMO council.Source: ...

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Malaysia rescues hijacked tanker and barge

The tanker was carrying oil and gas worth of $4.6 million Malaysia maritime authorities have rescued a tanker and a barge which were hijacked in the latest South China Sea pirate attacks, according to officials. A tanker carrying oil and gas worth 14 million ringgit ($4.6 million) was hijacked Thursday in the Straits of Singapore, said Syed Mohamad Fuzi Syed Hasan, a regional operations director with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.Authorities located the Malaysian-registered MT Nautica Johor Bahru off the country's east coast Friday after an alert from the shipping company that the vessel was no longer contactable.Navy ships from Malaysia and neighbouring Indonesia managed to intercept the vessel in Indonesian waters though the pirates, about 10 men armed with a pistol and machetes, got away in a speedboat, Syed Mohamad Fuzi said.None of the 19 crew members was injured but their belongings were stolen.The tanker was on its way from peninsular Malaysia to Borneo island, he said.Meanwhile, authorities also rescued a barge with two crew and palm oil worth eight million ringgit on board Thursday off southern Malaysia, said maritime enforcement agency regional commander Zulkifli Abu Bakar.The barge was hijacked from a fishing boat in Indonesian waters Wednesday while ...

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Japan to deepen cooperation in maritime security and trade with Malaysia

Views on piracy in Somalia, climate change and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement Japan and Malaysia agreed to deepen their cooperation in maritime security and trade and investment in a meeting between Japanese foreign minister, Koichiro Gemba and his Malaysian counterpart, Anifah Aman at the latter's office on Thursday.They have also exchanged views on North Korea, the United National Security Council reform, South China Sea, piracy in Somalia, climate change and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the ministers said at a joint press conference after their meeting."We agreed to cooperate in ensuring the safety of maritime navigation in the Strait of Melaka," Gemba told the press.Gemba is on a four-day visit to Southeast Asian countries including Singapore and Indonesia through Friday.Anifah meanwhile assured Gemba that Malaysia would remain a "reliable friend and partner to Japan in the region and the world."Both ministers also pledged to cooperate further to assist Palestine.Gemba's visit in Malaysia came before the East Asia Summit to be held in Indonesia in November, where Japan plans to call for a multi-lateral negotiation framework in the Association of South East Asian Nation.Source: Xinhua

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