A vessel and its crew were freed hours after a pirate hijack of a Thai-tanker off the west coast of Malaysia on Wednesday evening.

Malaysia's ports alliance with China is set to get even stronger with another five ports in both countries set to sign up, bringing the total number in the partnership to 21.

Malaysia is aiming for a IMO Council seat for the 2018-2019 term, local reports cited Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai as saying.

Sembcorp Marine’s (Sembmarine) PPL Shipyard has terminated contracts for two jack-up rig newbuildings with Perisai Petroleum Teknologi, which the financially strapped Malaysian owner has failed to take delivery of.

Jack-up rig operator and oil and gas services player UMW Oil and Gas Corp (UMW-OG) is expecting that positive sentiment and more optimism in the sector will lead to higher utilisation rates for its drilling rigs beginning next year.

Fresh from an endorsement by the government with the granting of approval for capacity expansion, Malaysian port operator Westports Holdings is expected to invest up to MYR10bn ($2.3bn) to double its capacity.

UMW Oil & Gas (UMW-OG) is slowly getting some reprieve, winning a MYR113m ($26.4m) rig contract with from Repsol.

There is an oil spill off the Southern peninsula state of Johor after a tanker and bulker collided last Thursday.

Sarawak-based shipyard, Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation, has been awarded Petronas contracts worth MYR480m ($112m) for construction work for two offshore Sarawak projects, local media reported.

Underscoring an upturn in container shipping global boxport volumes grew 6.7% in the first half of 2017, and forecast at 6% for the year as a whole by Alphaliner.

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