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Wallem opens offices in South Africa

Wallem has established two offices in South Africa, a key location for the maritime industry. The new offices enable the Group to meet client demand, provide a wide array of services and to provide the Group with a footprint in an important and strategic location.

Located in Durban and Cape Town, the offices provide ship agency and logistics services for all ports in South Africa. The offices will also handle client business for other markets in Africa, including Mozambique, Namibia and other destinations in southern parts of the Indian Ocean.

"Wallem continues to execute well on its strategy to provide more maritime solutions in more locations to meet client needs," said Group Managing Director Simon Doughty. "The Group recently announced a significant milestone by opening its first global hub of expertise in Singapore and the opening of our offices in South Africa illustrates our commitment to continue providing more maritime solutions to our customers in more markets."

The offices will be run by veteran maritime professionals Nils Warner, Director, and Iain Leckie, Regional Manager, who have deep experience in both the industry and the region. They have been working in the South Africa ship agency business and maritime industry for more than 30 years each, forming one of the most experienced teams in the country.
Wallem has also appointed new leadership in Malaysia and Thailand, where the Group has appointed a new CEO and Regional Logistics Manager respectively.  
Afifuddin Shafiee, who is now the CEO of the Malaysia office, has been working in the supply chain management business for more than 20 years. For the last four years, he held the role of CEO for two companies and served as Country General Manager for a U.S.-based logistics company in Malaysia. In this role, he negotiated and secured multi-million dollar contracts with large multinational companies and Government Link Companies.  He replaces Mr Khoo who is retiring; we thank him for his leadership over many years and wish him all the best in the future.
Johan Vermeiren has recently been appointment in a newly created role of Regional Logistics Manager. Before joining the Group he led regional and country logistics organisations most notably for GAC in Thailand. He joined Wallem Ship Agencies on May 1, where he brings more than 20 years of experience in forwarding and logistics. He is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

"Afifuddin Shafiee and Johan Vermeiren’s strong experience and leadership in the maritime industry further strengthens Wallem’s ranks and positions us well for continued success as the most diversified maritime solutions provider in the industry," said Simon Doughty.

Wallem last month announced the opening of a new office in Singapore that marked the company’s first hub of expertise in the world. Deepak Honawar was appointed Singapore Wallem Group Managing Director and heads the office. This new hub office was put into place to bring more of Wallem’s diversified maritime solutions together into one single location to benefit customers, and
reflects the company’s integrated 'Group' approach to servicing clients.

Trimline and Carnival UK agree an on board interior maintenance service for five ships

Trimline has signed an agreement with Carnival UK for five of its UK fleet, including Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, as well as P&O Cruises two largest ships, Azura and Ventura to provide interior maintenance service.

The agreement sees Trimline plan and execute works throughout the year to keep the passenger areas and cabins in exceptional condition. The works are planned and undertaken either whilst “on the run”, in service, or during day turnaround in port. Skilled Trimline personnel will be undertaking extensive on board surveys in order to complete work within the tight time frames, and with minimal disruption to service, achieved by careful planning and good communication between all parties.

Trimline also hosts an online emergency fault reporting system, which gives the ships a direct line of communication with the shore side staff, meaning that requests for maintenance can be planned in to work scopes and dealt with at the next available opportunity. Thereby keeping fault rectification times to a minimum.

Trimline managing director Gary Oliver explains, "This agreement secures an already strong relationship that Trimline has built with Carnival UK over many years of trading. We understand the demands and expectations of passengers and are looking forward to ensuring the ships are in first class condition, cruise after cruise."

Wallem opens first hub of expertise in Singapore as it looks to establish strategic maritime locations around the world

Wallem, one of the most diversified services organization in the maritime industry, has opened a new office in Singapore that marks the company's first hub of expertise in the world. Deepak Honawar was appointed Singapore Wallem Managing Director and will head this important new office. He has responsibility for all of Wallem's associated Group companies in Singapore, including Wallem Shipping Singapore and Wallem Ship Management Singapore. He is also accountable, as Wallem's representative, for the joint venture with Nanjing Tanker Corporation, NW Shipmanagement.

The new office illustrates Wallem's strategy to bring its diversified maritime solutions together into single locations to benefit customers where demand is the greatest. Singapore will serve as a hub that provides customers in Singapore and Southeast Asia with access to all of Wallem's maritime solutions and reflects the company's integrated 'Group' approach to servicing clients in Singapore and the surrounding markets.

'The opening of Wallem's new Singapore office marks a significant milestone in Wallem's development as we execute upon our strategy to provide more offerings closer to where customers operate and want to do business," said Simon Doughty, Wallem's Group Managing Director. "Deepak Honawar's leadership and experience make him well-suited to run Wallem's first hub of expertise outside of Hong Kong and positions us well for future growth."

In connection with Wallem's expertise hub approach, the Group is announcing four additional appointments:
Frankie Tan, General Manager, will assume the leadership role of Wallem Shipping Singapore. Frankie has led the Singapore Agency team since October 2012 and will support Ashley Mawby (Managing Director, Wallem Ship Agencies) in helping Wallem Ship Agencies to widen its client base in Singapore and within the Southeast Asia region.

Agnes Yue will assume the role of Singapore Wallem Financial Controller. Agnes, who joined Wallem in 2006, has been a pillar of stability and has now been promoted to the Singapore Wallem Group team.

Jamie Wrightson is promoted to the role of Regional Sales Manager Singapore. Jamie joined the Wallem Shanghai team in 2009 as Commercial Manager for China and has helped to build and widen the company's relationships with key overseas clients with a China presence. In this new role, he is tasked with driving a Group and solutions-based approach to winning new business. He will work closely with Nigel Moore (General Manager, Business Development) and will sit in the Singapore Wallem Group team.

Praveen Shukla, will now serve as Fleet Manager for Wallem Ship Management Singapore. Praveen joined Wallem in 2007 and in his new role, will lead the operations and development of Wallem Ship Management Singapore fleet.

Each of these key appointments will report directly to Deepak Honawar and will continue to report functionally to the existing Managing Directors and Financial Controllers of Wallem Ship Management and Wallem Ship Agencies in Hong Kong.

"Wallem has had a presence in Singapore for more than 50 years. With our ship agency business, which is very well-established in this market, and our NW Shipmanagement joint venture, we offer a full range of services to existing and potential clients in Singapore and Southeast Asia," said Deepak Honawar.

Singapore was selected as Wallem's first expertise hub for its strategic location, which provides access to clients with diverse maritime needs and serves as a cross-road for the north/south and east/west trades in the Asia.

Wärtsilä Aquarius ballast water system received final approval

Wärtsilä, a leading solutions and services provider to the maritime industry, says it has received the Final Approval status from the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) for its Wärtsilä Aquarius ® EC Ballast Water Management System. The approval was granted at the MEPC's 65th session held at the IMO headquarters in London on 13th May 2013. The Basic Approval had been granted in October 2012.

The approval submission was taken into consideration as part of the MEPC 65's agenda covering "harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water". Final Approval is required for systems using an active substance, and is based upon examination of full scale prototype test data and all required supporting documentation on aspects such as risk and safety to the ship, crew, general public, and the environment.

The documented information was reviewed and approved by a joint panel of experts from the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environment Protection ballast water working group. The application was submitted to the IMO by the Dutch Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate. A key element of the Final Approval submission was an investigation covering the impact of treated ballast water on coated and uncoated materials. A full Type Approval certificate for the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC system is expected by end of July this year.

"Gaining IMO Final Approval status has involved an extremely stringent review and investigation process, and we are naturally very delighted that the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System has successfully met all the requirements of the process. This represents an essential and extremely significant milestone in offering the marine industry a safe, flexible, and extremely efficient means of treating ballast water," says Joe Thomas, Director, Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management Systems.

Wärtsilä Aquarius EC is a modular ballast water management system, providing a safe, flexible and economical process for the treatment of ballast water. Ballast water treatment with an Wärtsilä Aquarius EC system is achieved through a simple and efficient two stage process. Upon uptake the sea water is first passed through a back washing filter (1st Stage) and then the filtered sea water passes through a static mixer, where the disinfectant generated from the side stream electrolysis unit (2nd stage) is injected to ensure a maximum level of 10 parts per million (ppm) in the treated ballast water.

During discharge the filter is bypassed and any residual oxidant in treated ballast water is monitored before being discharged overboard. If required, treated ballast water is neutralised by injecting sodium bisulfite into the main ballast line during discharge. Neutralisation effectiveness is continuously monitored to ensure compliance with MARPOL discharge limits, the company said in a statement.

AIDA calls at Lloyd Werft for the first time

"She’s an eye-catching ship but not a big job," says Rüdiger Pallentin. That however will not be the most important thing for the Member of the Executive Board of Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG when the 69,203 GT cruise liner AIDAbella arrives in the Kaiserhafen on April 2nd to spend nine days in the big Kaiser Dock. It will be the first time that a ship belonging to the big AIDA fleet has called at Lloyd Werft for technical work. And for Pallentin that’s what counts most in order to illustrate the wider spectrum of capabilities now available to the yard in the wake of yard restructuring. Just a few metres away from where the cruise ship will dock the drilling platform supply vessel Island Centurion has been docked for several months for conversion up to August into a highly specialised well service vessel for oil and gas reserves in deep North Sea waters. For Rüdiger Pallentin the two vessels, taken together, demonstrate the wide breadth of work which the future Lloyd Werft will be in a position to cope with.

AIDAbella, 251.5 metres long, 32.2 metres wide and carrying more than 2,000 passengers, is one of the biggest luxury cruise liners in the AIDA fleet; the 93 metre long and 20 metre wide Island Centurion on the other hand looks, at least from the outside, like any other ordinary drilling platform supply ship. Island Centurion however embodies future potential on which Rüdiger Pallentin is pinning his hopes. "This job demands all our know-how, experience, flexibility and engineering knowledge," he says. "It will be a complicated conversion into a specialised vessel of the highest quality – just the kind of job we like and one which will demonstrate our capabilities," he adds.

Also still part of Lloyd Werft’s portfolio in future, however, is the repair, maintenance, conversion and completion of cruise liners. It is in this sector especially that the yard has earned its outstanding reputation internationally over nearly 40 years and there are no plans to change this in future. "AIDA Cruises is a new customer for us and it does not matter how big the job is," says Rüdiger Pallentin. After all the other nine cruise liners belonging to AIDA are also of a size which can be handled by Lloyd Werft.

The first three smaller ships were built in Turku and Wismar while all seven AIDA liners built from 2007 onwards were built at Meyer Werft in Papenburg. AIDAbella - built in 2008 and a sister ship to AIDAdiva and AIDAluna – is coming to Lloyd Werft as the third of that Meyer series for a range of diverse work. It will include hull conservation, tank cleaning, crankshaft and rudder work, gangway weight tests and valve maintenance. The yard has just nine days before AIDAbella leave for her next cruise on April 11th.

AIDA Cruises is a subsidiary of Carnival Cruises, for which owner Lloyd Werft has already repaired Queen Victoria, and AIDAbella will not be the only cruise liner to call at the shipyard this year. That’s because despite the re-orientation of shipbuilding in Bremerhaven’s Kaiserhafen, Lloyd Werft’s main activities have changed little. Still the centre of attention are passenger ships, ferries and conversion and newbuilding of ships and specialised offshore vessels. "We continue to focus on our strong points," stresses Rüdiger Pallentin.

With its partners in German Dry Docks GmbH & Co. KG – an amalgamation of former Lloyd Werft subsidiary Rickmers Lloyd and the shipbuilding sector of Motorenwerke Bremerhaven – Lloyd Werft can now operate on the international market with four floating docks and two dry docks. "This is a very clear improvement in our technical potential and above all an important structural improvement in the acquisition of orders," says a delighted Pallentin. For him this fusion of technical capabilities is "an invaluable advantage over earlier times and a chance which we would often have been happy to have in the past."