Vincent Wee

Vincent Wee

Hong Kong and SE Asia Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News

Vincent Wee is Seatrade's Hong Kong correspondent covering Hong Kong and South China while also making use of his Malay language skills to cover the Malaysia and Indonesia markets. He has gained a keen insight and extensive knowledge of the offshore oil and gas markets gleaned while covering major rig builders and offshore supply vessel providers.

Vincent has been a journalist for over 15 years, spending the bulk of his career with Singapore's biggest business daily the Business Times, and covering shipping and logistics since 2007. Prior to that he spent several years working for Brunei's main English language daily as well as various other trade publications.

Malaysian offshore services company Alam Maritim Resources hopes to at least maintain its current revenue of MYR200m ($46.8m) to MYR300m for 2017, however warned that it would take two to three years to return to profitability.

Domestic focussed Malaysian line PDZ Holdings saw the full impact of its troubles hit in the first quarter of 2017, with revenue plunging to just MYR2.57m ($600,695) from MYR28.05m previously.

Sabah's Suria Capital Holdings is on track with its expansion programme, which will start next year, at Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCT), and is expected to be completed by 2023, while also trying to update port tariffs to contemporary levels, local media reported.

Malaysian offshore marine support services provider Perdana Petroleum aims to be re-listed on the Malaysian stock exchange by mid-August.

Keen to ensure security of their vehicle exports business in Indonesia, Japanese auto giants Toyota Motor Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation are among the leading bidders to operate the new Patimban port in West Java, local reports said.

Malaysia’s UMW Oil and Gas (UMW-OG) is putting in all efforts to return to the black this year and aims to strengthen its financials, maximise rig utilisation and get better day rates, president Rohaizad Darus was quoted as saying in local media.

Yinson Holdings said its FPSO unit has produced first oil in record time-to-market for its client in Ghana.

Malaysian oil and gas services provider Petra Energy turned to a profit in the first quarter with a net gain of MYR5.3m ($1.2m) from a loss of MYR7m in the previous corresponding quarter, it said in a stock market announcement.

While UMW Oil & Gas Corp (UMW-OG) will achieve full utilisation of its seven jack-up drilling rigs by the second half of this year, the oil and gas (O&G) service provider expects its earnings to remain under pressure due to subdued charter day rates, local reports said.

Malaysia's Northport is set to boost its connections in China after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the China unit of fellow Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby's Weifang Sime Darby Port to develop a sister port relationship, local media reported.

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