With traditional shipping and shipbuilding industry in the doldrums, many financial institutions are giving shipping a wide berth. However, Diao Gang, director of ship finance at International Far Eastern Leasing Co, suggested some niche opportunities at Marine Money’s conference in Tianjin earlier this week.
“With global warming, the Arctic ice areas are shrinking, the Arctic route is expected to open for navigation in the years ahead, and the development of Arctic routes will lead to a growth in demand for ice breakers,” Diao said.
Another reason for optimism was closer to home, according to Diao. China’s ongoing ‘Yangtze River Gasification’ project which is to develop LNG fuelled vessels along the river, will bring innovation. “It could be a new hot spot for investment and bring new opportunities for the depressed market,” Diao reckoned.
Diao also suggested financing institutions should strengthen their capabilities in risk forecasting and analysis and provide more patient support to shipowners.
Ships and offshore units are specialist structures with high requirements for efficiency and availability throughout their entire life cycle. Many of the processes, from draft via production all the way to operation, can be supported by 3D models and computer graphics. How can the actual dimensions of a compartment be measured efficiently in case of retrofit e.g. for ballast water treatment or ILO MLC? How can the location of a structural crack be reported to onshore colleagues? How can the design of a vessel be communicated for review by owner or class? These themes were reflected in the presentations and discussions at the GL Exchange Forum "3D Technology in Shipbuilding and Shipping" held at Germanischer Lloyd's Head Office last week.
50 representatives from the maritime industry, shipping companies, ship management agencies, shipyards, and stakeholders met to consider the future of the industry and hear presentations from GL experts and industry representatives. The GL Forum focused on the potential for the application of 3D technology in shipbuilding, ship operation, offshore and maritime technology and provided as well an opportunity to discuss the associated challenges, such as the protection of intellectual property.
The guests were welcomed to the Forum by GL's Hans-Günther Albers, who introduced the themes for the evening. He noted that the complexity of the data and the specific boundary conditions in the maritime industry require customized IT solutions.
Dr Christian Cabos, responsible for Information Management and Tools at GL Classification, held a presentation which gave a detailed survey of Lifecycle Management in Shipping and the Use of Ship Models to improve Communication. He explained the extent to which 3D models are already in use during a ship's lifecycle, from simple 3D geometric models for stability approval to more complex 3D production models. GL's software GL HullManager for example uses a 3-D computer model of the specific vessel, to support the hull condition inspection and assessment process. Dr Cabos also discussed options and challenges when using 3D models provided by the yard to support the class approval process.
Matthias Roth, Siemens Industry Software, and Dr Christian Hesse, dhp:I, reported about "Modern Refit - from Point Clouds to effective MRO Use Cases." Their presentation examined the possibility of using laser scans of existing vessels. Laser scans could be a useful tool for structural works, refit, repair, overhaul, ship extensions, and modifications such as a change in purpose from an offshore support ship to a cable-laying vessel, the integration of a new davit crane, or the fitting of new pipings into an existing machine room.
Dr Matthias Grau, PROSTEP, looked at the Practical Applications of Intellectual Property Protection when communicating 3D Data between Yard and Owner. Ship design expertise and engineering details require adequate protection, he said. The shipyard must ensure safe transmission of data packages, in particular when exchanging 3D information, while balancing the recipient's need for full access to the information .
GL's Uwe Langbecker, held a presentation examining how 3D models could support Computer Aided Maintenance, Inspection and Repair. 3D models of a vessel's geometry can help to prepare, implement and document maintenance tasks in various ways. They are used to visualize, identify and relocate individual hull components and systems as well as inspection findings attached to them.
Finally, Prof. Dr Freiherr von Lukas, Head of Competence Center Maritime Graphics, at Fraunhofer IGD, gave an overview on the "Potentials of 3D Computer Graphics in the Maritime Industry". In his presentation, he spoke about 3D as an enabling technology through the complete lifecycle of a ship and gave some examples of maritime 3D applications. This concept also emerged in discussions following the presentation, where the attendees discussed the idea of a virtual ship model which could accompany a vessel throughout its lifecycle, from design to production, operation, retrofit and scrapping.
Name: Intermodal Europe 2012
Dates: 27-29 November, 2012
Venue: Amsterdam RAI
Address: 5th Floor, 29 Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5EW
Contact: Sophie Ahmed / Event Director
Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 5112
Fax: +44 (0)20 7017 7818
Charlie Howard / Senior Sales Executive
Tel: +44 (20) 701 76798
Fax: +44 (0)20 7017 7818
More than 5,000 professionals involved in the container supply chain are expected to meet at the Amsterdam RAI on 27-29 November for Intermodal Europe 2012. Now in its 36th year, the conference and exhibition is one of the most important events in the container shipping calendar, attended by all levels of the global supply chain.
Following the unprecedented success in 2011, Intermodal Europe 2012 - the ‘free to attend’ three day event, which covers all areas of container transport and logistics across road, rail and sea – is set to bigger and better. This year will build on the success of previous shows, which have attracted visitors from more than 100 countries.
“Intermodal Europe brings container transport and logistics professionals together from all over the world providing the opportunity to share the latest industry developments, to network and to do business” says Event Director Sophie Ahmed. “Once again, there are high-quality speakers and exhibitors and we expect an excellent turnout in Amsterdam.”
With over 50 free conference sessions, Intermodal Europe 2012 will be a valuable forum to share current industry-specific challenges and solutions from all areas of the supply chain, including the challenges faced by shippers. Conference sessions at the 2011 event featured presentations from leading figures including Proctor & Gamble’s Frank Arendt and Søren Toft, Vice President at Maersk Line and visitors this year will see similar high profile speakers.
“The sessions will feature up to 50 high profile expert speakers with topics that will stimulate debate and provide insight to help businesses operate their supply chain more efficiently and with reduced costs, shaping the future of importing and exporting.” - confirms Sophie Ahmed.
The exhibition will also provide insight into the future of the container and intermodal industry, as exhibitors showcase the latest equipment, systems, technology and services designed to improve operational productivity and efficiency. Companies such as Carrier Transicold, Maersk Container Industry, Cargotec, Cronos Container Group, Florens Container Services, TOUAX Group, TAL International Container Corporation, Daikin Industries Ltd, COA, CAI International (Container Applications International (UK) Limited), Valspar, Thermo King and Seaco already confirmed on the exhibition floor.
Jonathan Shaw, Global Communications, Carrier Transicold said, “Intermodal Europe is the premier event for the intermodal industry and all of our customers visit the exhibition. The 2011 edition of the event was extremely well attended and we are looking forward to Amsterdam in 2012.”
Intermodal Europe helps visitors make efficient use of their time. In 2011, an average of £1.4m of business was generated per exhibitor, according to independent research conducted. Sophie Ahmed adds “The focus at our 2011 event was all about business. Intermodal Europe is not just about networking; it provides the perfect opportunity to do business and to gain comprehensive insight at the free to attend conference all under one roof.”
For further information or to register, visit http://www.intermodal-events.com
Name: CILE 2013
Dates: May 9-11, 2013
Venue: China International Exhibition Center. Beijing
Contact: Mr.Zheng Zhang / Jinzhenfa (Beijing) Consultation Planning Inc.
“China International Logistics Expo (abbreviated as “CILE”), initiated with the fast development of China modern logistics industry which is continuously growing up, now has become one of the most professional and authoritative great-events with largest scale in the industrial field of service, management, facilities, equipment and technology of Beijing or even China Logistics.
Learning from the successful experience of previous sessions of the expo, The 6th China International Logistics Expo is determined to be held from May 9, 2013 to May 11, 2013 at China International Exhibition Centerin Beijing. It is predicted that the exhibition area is20,000 m2, and several professional sections will be set up to make the expo a comprehensive platform covering commercial opportunities in the modern logistics industrial chain. At the same period of holding China International Logistics Expo, such top-end logistics industry conventions of warehouse and storage as “IFWLA 2013 Beijing Annual Conference and the 8th CAWS Annual Conference” and “the 2th China Storage Facilities and Technology Applications Convention” will also be held. Theses conventions will attract more exhibition-visitors to attend the expo and become the cornerstone attracting more enterprises. Hereon, expo organizers welcome the attendance of industrial enterprises with sincere enthusiasm.
Schedule: Checking in and Setting up:May 7-8, 2013(8:30 – 17:00)
Opening Ceremony:May 9, 2013 (9:00)
Exhibition Time:May 9-11, 2013(9:30 – 16:30)
Closing Ceremony:May 11. 2013 (14:30)
1. Service：GLP、ProLogis、Mapletree、Agility Logistics、DB、TNT、CEVA、Lithuanian Railways、MAERSK、APL、Hapag-Lloyd、Danube–Group、Varamar、UAB VPA LOGISTICS、STS Asia、“SIBERIA” Group、Cma、Orient Express、Global Container Logistics、Port of Antwerp、Port of RIGA、Ahlers、TURKISH CARGO、Chapman-Freeborn、DPD、Lithuanian Railways、Kaztranslogistic、ITD Hungary、Cosco Logistics、Southern Cargo、China Postal Express & Logistics Company、CRE、SF-Express、ZPMC、Huayou logistics、Smart Cargo、Sunjet Logistics、Jaypie Logistics、Forever Freight、Chunyuan Logistics、Realogistics、Naya Logistics、Wangtong Logistics、Shijixinghe Logistics
2. Equipments：KSEC、Toyota Forklift、Linde、Jungheinrich、Hyundai、HELI、HANGCHA、Noblelift、XILIN、Goodsenseforklift、DALIAN、Konecranes、KNAPP、NTI、TOP TIGER、Hoermann、USAS、Cordstrap、Stanley、TWIN TOWER、Kardex、Botoracks、VAHLE、Jwrack、Aivisrack、Informrack、LIKA、LOSCAM、UPC、SIEMENS、Cognex、LXE、Schmidt
The OFFSHORE KOREA 2012 (OK2012), Korea's first ever offshore plant-dedicated exhibition opens today, taking "the first giant steps"
This morning, Mr. Huh Nam-sik, Busan Metropolitan City Mayor, Mr. Go Jae-ho, Korea Shipbuilders' Association Chairman, Mr. Lee Dong-Hyung, Busan Marine Equipment Association Chairman, Mr. Gert Aiglstorfer, Pacific Drilling Company's Newbuilding General Manager among 30 VIPs attend the tape-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of OK2012.
The OK2012 technical conference, with a subject 'The Giant Steps to Deep Water' will start the exhibition. A Program chairperson Park Jong-Bong, an executive director of Hyundai Heavy Industries, will give an opening address at 10 AM.
Chairman John Westwood of Douglas Westwood in UK will deliver the keynote address on global offshore market trend and executives from Major 4 Korean shipyards, National Oilwell Varco, etc., will give presentations about overall 17 subjects regarding offshore fabrication and equipment.
Another important events include the Vendor List Registry Presentation by Shell, Inpex and Pacific Drilling senior executives, and the Technology Cooperation Sourcing Consultation joined by around 50 foreign equipment makers like Thrustmaster and about 120 Korean equipment makers.
We live in a time of constant change and change is very much the topic of the 2nd Annual IMarEST Founders’ Lecture, in association with ClassNK, being given by Dr Martin Stopford, President, Clarkson Research, on Tuesday 20 November 2012.
“Dr Stopford is taking the question ‘Can shipping meet the challenge of change?’ as his topic,” explains IMarEST Chief Executive, David Loosley. “After all, it is 50 years since we have had a major change in the way goods are shipped, and during this period the world has moved on.
“He will focus on three issues: energy, environment and e-technology, and discuss how economics and technology must both play a part in producing the next great leap forward in sea transport. We can certainly expect much discussion following what I know will be a stimulating lecture.”
The lecture is taking place at the America Square Conference Centre in London, at the end of the first day of IMarEST’s 3rd Ship Propulsion Systems Conference (SPS).
Name: Europort 2013
Dates: November 5-8, 2012
Address: Ahoy-weg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam P.O BOX 5106 3008 AC Rotterdam
Contact:Ahoy Rotterdam nv
T: +31 10 293 32 50
F: + 31 10 293 32 09
Europort is without a doubt the most complete maritime exhibition in the world. Over 31,000 maritime professionals from all segments of the shipbuilding industry, from naval to dredging and from fishery to offshore, are brought together in one state-of-art exhibition.
The platform for maritime pioneers
Advanced technology and innovative concepts are essential to remain in the lead in the maritime market. The Netherlands is renowned for its maritime knowledge, advanced technology and innovative shipyards. That is why ‘Pioneers in maritime technology’ will be the 2013 theme of the international maritime exhibition Europort. From 5 to 8 November 2013, more than 1,000 exhibitors will present their solutions for the future in Ahoy Rotterdam. Maritime professionals from all over the world will visit the exhibition for innovative technology, smart solutions and complex shipbuilding. Europort 2013 is the meeting place for pioneers in maritime technology.
The slogan ‘Pioneers in Maritime Technology’ goes further along the path set upon by the theme ‘Advanced Technology’ which was the campaign slogan the last two editions of Europort. In this way Europort carries on building on a strengthening position of the exhibition as an international leading platform for maritime technology. In the new campaign the nine icons, that symbolize the focus markets of the exhibition, will be utilized again.
Focus on the specialised ships and innovative technologies that are proving resilient in difficult economic times in the maritime and offshore industries is ensuring that exhibition space at Europort 2013 (5-8 November 2013, Ahoy Rotterdam) is fast selling out.
Increasingly, investors are backing specialised niches as the growth areas in an industry whose mainstream activities continue to stagnate. Europort is consolidating its international reputation as the main event for the innovative technology developed to tap into the most promising market opportunities.
With exhibitors spanning interests in commercial inland and sea shipping, offshore, workboats and construction vessels, dredgers, fishing boats, mega yachts and the naval sector, Europort gathers together the trendsetters of the maritime sector. Visitors are offered a unique opportunity to investigate latest industry developments ranging from the remotest deepsea operations to shallow water ship design, and all points in between.
World Port City Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, is also the de facto hub for the continent’s marine equipment export industry. Attracting over 30,000 maritime professionals, Europort is a magnet for those in the global maritime chain seeking a competitive edge through advanced maritime technology.
With more than a year to go until its doors open, Europort exhibition bookings have been placed for more than 75% of the 40,000m2floorspace,andRaymond Siliakus, Exhibition Manager of Europort, believes that the concentration on specialised ships is the key.
“In 2013 Europort will welcome participants to ‘The Platform for Maritime Pioneers’, he says. “As well as attracting the financiers backing the industry, the exhibition is themed to highlight innovation, cost efficiency, and sustainability. Visitors with ‘the environment’ high on their agendas can even follow a specially-designated ‘green route’ of exhibitors making demonstrable contributions to reducing environmental burdens.
“Europort visitors attend because the event showcases industry innovation, but also because they recognise that owners, designers and equipment makers depend on each other to turn aspirations on efficiency, environmental responsibility and safety into reality.”
In 2011, Europort’s 1,000-plus exhibitors attracted visitors from 39 maritime nations. They included leading owners, brokers, charterers and policy makers, as well as the big names in shipbuilding, propulsion, auxiliary equipment, communication technology, classification and research. Already, 13 country pavilions have been announced for 2013.
Europort has evolved around an equally targeted conference programme and related ‘free of charge’ workshops on the theme of ‘Advanced Technology’ that will allow cutting edge views to be exchanged. Core themes include cost efficiency, sustainability and deep sea mining. The programme will also focus on the upgrading of ships, limitation of emissions and fuel consumption, use of LNG, ballast water management systems and safety concepts.
“Europort also benefits from its location at the heart of one of the world’s leading maritime clusters, with a well-justified ‘state of the art’ reputation”, says Mr Siliakus. “The Netherlands has the largest order book for new ships in Europe (112 ships), all of which are special purpose vessels. It is also home to the largest fleet of inland vessels in Europe, the second largest builder of mega yachts in the world and one of the top five producers of offshore vessels. The four largest dredging companies in the world are also located in the Benelux countries.
“Earlier this month, Port of Rotterdam and Port of Gothenburg signed a strategic agreement to encourage the development of liquefied natural gas as a maritime fuel. Both ports emphasised the important opportunity that emissions regulations represent for the maritime industry innovators. It is no coincidence that one of the key conference streams at Europort 2013 focuses on LNG, with contributions from specialists in ship design and technology and inland logistics.
“No other industry event has a comparable track record in complex special-purpose ships.”
New order declines, profit narrows - global ship enterprises all confront these problems in the depressed market. However, ship trading activities have kept the increasing momentum since the beginning of the year in the context of global industry slack and economic recession. Some market sectors have seen the light of recovery……
In order to set up an open platform for ship industry and to promote more ship-related cooperation. WWW.ESHIPTRADING.COM is going to held its third member salon in Shanghai International Shipping Service Center I n this December.
The salon will mainly focus on ship-related cooperation, including following topics:
Exchange on ship-related projects as secondhand S&P, newbuilding, ship financing, ship recycling, scrapping and ship management, etc.;
Reviews on ship industry of H2 2012 and prospects for ship trading in 2013;
Discussion among ship owners, shipyard operators, shipbrokers and ship-related web media.
Global shipbrokers, directors and business executives from ship enterprises with supply and demand information listed in Topic 1 are warmly welcomed to attend the salon.
Online registration: www.eshiptrading.com
Ms. Yan: +86-21-68867262
Mr. Yang: +86-21-68887261
China has big capacity and resources for the marine industry. Under the current depressed shipbuilding market, the nation should greatly develop the ocean economy to better use the facilities, Fang Shujia, vice president of the Chinese Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (CSNAME) said during the 2012 Shiptec in Dalian yesterday.
The ocean economy should be a new development trend for China shipbuilding industry. The nation has 6,200 non-residential islands, which are big resources to develop offshore, yacht, cruise, passenger-roro vessels, fishing boats and tourism. Fang said: “The shipbuilding downturn makes many facilities stop operation, that is a waste of resources, and that is why we should develop ocean economy to make the capacity work again.” He added: “The shipbuilding industry is difficult at present, we should support the development of relevant industries, and that would be a long-term strategy.