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Malaysia-listed bunkering firm Straits Inter Logistics net profit up 27 times

From RM 100,000 to RM 2.7 million on year in 2017, due to diversification into oil bunkering and trading activities.




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Malaysia-listed bunkering firm Straits Inter Logistics (SIL) posted a significant increase in net profit for its financial year ended 31 December 2016 due to diversification into oil bunkering and trading activities.

The company recorded net profit of RM 2.7 million ($690,000) in 2017, representing an increase of 2,606% from net profit of RM 100,000 in 2016, according to its financial statement.

Revenue was RM 134.6 million in 2017, a 96% jump from revenue of RM 68.5 million in 2016.

“Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 has increased by RM 18.75 million to RM 51.70 million, from RM 32.95 million achieved in the preceding quarter. This jump in revenue is mainly due to the commencement of its oil bunkering business,” said SIL.

“In the coming financial year, the group will continue to expand its oil trading and bunkering business by increasing its deliverable tonnage capacities through increasing its vessels base by acquisitions of vessels or chartering third parties' vessels, along with strengthening its operational capabilities and broadening its geographical coverage to capture the growth opportunities in the oil bunkering industry in Malaysia and Asia region.”

SIL commenced oil bunkering operations from the Pasir Gudang Port, Johor in the fourth quarter of 2017 through Selatan Bunker, which has earlier secured the Petroleum Development Act Licence (Malaysian bunker supply license) on 5 September 2016.

On 14 September 2017, SIL entered into a six-month contract for service with Labuan-based bunker supplier Tumpuan Megah Development for a contract sum of RM 45 million.

Moving on, SIL says it will continue to assess the demand from its existing and potential customers through continuous marketing activities to increase its oil bunkering activities in 2018.

“Nevertheless, the group’s operations are dependent on the level of activity in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas, including the level of capital spending in the offshore oil and gas industry,” it explains.

“Despite the relatively positive outlook for the offshore oil and gas industry, the industry competition is expected to intensify further in view of the rising operating costs and fluctuations in foreign exchange rates.

“The group will continue to take all reasonable steps and precautions to mitigate the impact of rising costs and intensifying market competition.”

Manifold Times earlier reported SIL on 18 January 2018 entering into formal talks with Hong Kong-based bunker trading firm Banle Energy International to explore further business opportunities in the marine fuels sector.

Related: Straits Inter Logistics and Banle Energy explore bunker business opportunities
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Published: 27 February, 2018

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.






Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker


Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.






Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.


Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.





Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.


Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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