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MMEA ‘Ops Jangka Haram’ a success, plans collaboration to increase region security

71 vessels were evicted, 18 detained, 9 chose to pay the anchorage fee and MMEA awaits further instructions for 7 vessels which ‘stubbornly’ remain.

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The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Wednesday (31 March) reported the results of its ‘Ops Jangka Haram’, a special operation to crack down on foreign vessels anchored illegally in eastern Johor waters.

‘Ops Jangka Haram’ was launched when the MMEA discovered that waters east of Johor has become a “hotspot” for foreign vessels to anchor illegally and conduct unlawful activities such as  illegally releasing oil into the ocean. In a single sweep, the patrol team detected 105 vessels anchoring illegally.

It was conducted over seven days from 24 to 30 March and involved five of MMEA’s ships, four patrol teams, two helicopters and two teams from the Special Task and Rescue Force (PTK).

“The location is attractive to these vessels as the waters are deep enough for them to anchor as they wait to enter a port lay-up as operating procedures for the shipping industry have changed due to Covid-19 related issues,” said the MMEA. 

“However, the vessels are meant to pay an anchoring fee should they choose to anchor in the area and the number of illegal vessels pose a threat to the safety of the community as well as the environment.” 

In total, MMEA reported it has detained 18 vessels, almost all of which are foreign flagged vessels. After being warned by the patrol team, nine vessels chose to pay the anchorage fee, and 71 other vessels left the area.

 At present, the MMEA is waiting on a decision by the Malaysian Marine Department as to which course of action is to be taken for seven remaining vessels that ‘stubbornly’ choose to remain. The detained vessels will be brought to court for further investigations under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.

While ‘Ops Jangka Haram’ managed to effectively curb the number of vessels anchored illegally in eastern Johor waters, MMEA said it believes this to be a potentially recurring issue as the area is a high traffic location with merchant vessels and passenger ferries crossing the Singapore Strait. 

Therefore, it plans to propose the following including some collaborations with neighbouring countries to manage the security of the region in a ‘holistic’ way:

  • Establish trans-border data to track the movement of vessels between borders
  • Amendment of the law to invoke heavier penalties on offenders
  • To pool information with neighbouring countries and conduct joint operations
  • To increase awareness of the law amongst the maritime industry
  • To obtain more assets and increase man power for its operations

A series of earlier MMEA detentions have been reported by Manifold Times (below):

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Published: 1 April, 2021

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Singapore: Annual general meetings scheduled for Xihe Holdings subsidiaries

Annual general meetings of companies/creditors will be held for Xin Chun Shipping (Pte) Ltd and Xin Dun Shipping (Pte) Ltd on 11 July and 9 July respectively, according to Government Gazette notices.

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Notices were published on the Government Gazette on Friday (21 June) regarding scheduled annual meetings for two Xihe Holdings subsidiaries Xin Chun Shipping (Pte) Ltd and Xin Dun Shipping (Pte) Ltd.

Annual general meetings for Xin Chun Shipping are to be held on 11 July at the following times:

For the company: 10.00 am
For the creditors: 11.00 am 

Annual general meeting for Xin Dun Shipping are to be held on 9 July at the following times:

For the company: 10.00 am
For the creditors: 11.00 am

AGENDA

  1. To receive an update on the liquidation.
  2. To receive an account of the Liquidators’ acts and dealings, and of the conduct of the winding up.

The following are the details of the liquidator:

Ho May Kee
Liquidator
c/o 8 Marina View
#40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1
Singapore 018960

Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries are owned by the Lim family, who are also the owners of the embattled Hin Leong Trading.

Related: JMs: First creditors meeting of Xihe Holdings subsidiaries to be held in January 2021

 

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Published: 24 June, 2024

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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (20 June 2024)

Tropical Storm Alberto disrupts US Gulf Coast bunkering; good demand in Baltimore; muted demand in Rio Grande.

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The following article regarding bunker fuel availability in the Americas region has been provided by online marine fuel procurement platform ENGINE for post on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times:

  • Tropical Storm Alberto disrupts US Gulf Coast bunkering
  • Good demand in Baltimore
  • Muted demand in Rio Grande

North America

Bunker demand has slowed in Houston and several other locations along the US Gulf Coast due to adverse weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Alberto. Since Wednesday morning, all vessel traffic through the Houston Ship Channel has been suspended. The storm has brought heavy rain and high winds to the region, impacting vessel navigation.

Bunker barges can still operate in the northern part of the channel but are unable to head south. This is expected to delay bunker deliveries in Houston, Bolivar Roads, Freeport, Beaumont and Lake Charles.

Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall on the northeastern coast of Mexico on Thursday. All operations have been suspended at Mexico's Tampico port, where bunker demand is usually very low due to the high prices of all fuel grades.

The Corpus Christi area is also experiencing heavy rainfall, and the storm is likely to upgrade to Tropical Cyclone Category 1. This may cause further delays for barges heading to Point Comfort.

Despite weather challenges, availability has been normal in Houston across grades. Several suppliers in Houston have ample VLSFO and LSMGO supplies and can offer prompt deliveries, depending on the weather conditions.

Demand in the New Orleans Outer Anchorage (NOLA) has picked up this week amid disruptions in most of the Gulf Coast ports. Several suppliers are able to offer VLSFO and LSMGO stems with a lead time of 4–7 days.

Bunkering has been suspended in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) since Monday amid extremely rough weather conditions. The region is currently facing gale-force wind gusts of 41 knots, and the weather is forecasted to remain severe until Sunday.

Demand has remained low in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles this week. Availability of all grades is normal, with lead times of around 5-7 days recommended in both ports.

On the other hand, San Francisco on the West Coast has seen an uptick in demand this week.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is normal in the East Coast port of New York. Overall, bunker demand has been slow in New York so far this week.

Baltimore has seen a steady flow of enquiries this week. The port's bunker demand is gradually picking up after the channel reopened fully earlier this month.

Caribbean and Latin America

Bunker fuel demand has been good in Panama's Balboa and Cristobal. Product availability is also good in both locations, with several suppliers able to supply all fuel grades with a lead time of 5-7 days.

As of now, the Panama Canal Authority allows 32 daily transits. This number will be increased to 33 starting 11 July and further to 34 transits from 22 July.

VLSFO and LSMGO grades are available at Argentina’s Zona Comun anchorage, with recommended lead times of 5-7 days. Bunker demand has been low in the past week. However, strong wind gusts are forecast to hit the anchorage on Thursday evening, potentially affecting bunker operations in Zona Comun.

Bunker fuel availability has been normal in the Brazilian ports of Santos. Several suppliers are able to offer LSMGO stems with a lead time of 5-6 days.

Bunker demand remains muted in Rio Grande. Bunker buyers are still cautious about lifting bunkers there, a source says.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 21 June, 2024

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Singapore: Notice of intended dividend for An Hui Shipping, Nan Yi Maritime

Creditors of both companies will need to produce proofs of debt to liquidators of the companies by 21 June 2024 at 5pm, according to Government Gazette notices.

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Notices of intended dividend for An Hui Shipping Pte. Ltd and Nan Yi Maritime (Pte.) Ltd., that are being wound up voluntarily, were published on the Government Gazette on Friday (7 June).

The following are the details:

Name of Company : Nan Yi Maritime (Pte.) Ltd. (In Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation)
Unique Entity No. / Registration No. : 200814293G
Address of Registered Office : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited 8 Marina View #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1 Singapore 018960
Last Day for Receiving Proofs : 21 June 2024 at 5:00 pm by email to [email protected]
Name of Liquidators : Paresh Tribhovan Jotangia and Ho May Kee
Address : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View, #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960

 

Name of Company : An Hui Shipping Pte. Ltd. (In Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation)
Unique Entity No. / Registration No.: 201207031N
Address of Registered Office : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View
#40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960
Last Day for Receiving Proofs : 21 June 2024 at 5:00 pm by email to [email protected]
Name of Liquidators : Paresh Tribhovan Jotangia and Ho May Kee
Address : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View, #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960

 

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Published: 10 June, 2024

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