Asia Editor, Seatrade Maritime News
Vincent Wee is Seatrade's Asia Editor based in Hong Kong 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.
Leading maritime software provider Hanseaticsoft opened its first Asia office at Fusionopolis Place in Singapore in July as it steps up its expansion and brings its cloud-based ship management solution, Cloud Fleet Manager to the region.
Kuehne + Nagel has won a three-year logistics and supply chain contract from Malaysian national oil company Petronas.
Qinhuangdao Port Co, which manages several ports in northern China, reported a 1.4% rise in throughput for the first half of 2018 to 191.4m tonnes from 188.9m tonnes in the previous corresponding period in 2017.
Record-setting volume of over 1m teu in May helped the Port of Antwerp to gain on a record first quarter to post a 6.5% increase in total throughput to 118.6m tonnes of freight in the first half.
Cosco Shipping Ports (CSP) saw June overall throughput rise 11.5% to 8.24m teu led by strong performances in the Bohai Rim ports and its overseas terminals, which saw growth of 19.0% and 40.5% respectively.
Yinson Holdings is optimistic about its floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) business this year and group ceo Lim Chern Yuan remains positive on the sector as bidding activities have increased after the oil and gas (O&G) industry’s under-investment in the past few years.
More scrubber deals are continuing to be signed, with Wärtsilä announcing a 170m euro ($198m) deal with a major European container shipping line for hybrid exhaust gas cleaning equipment and retrofit services for its container vessels.