Container vessel has arrived in the country for lay-up services, as the world economy still suffers from steep cargo-volume decline.
Another container vessel has arrived in the country for lay-up services, as the world economy still suffers from steep cargo-volume decline. According to Relinic International Trading Corp., the 12,000-gross-ton MV Vega Turmalin has arrived in its lay-up site in San Carlos City in Negros Occidental on Saturday for a cold lay-up.
Relinic president Danny David said this is only the second vessel that they have serviced for the past few months since the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) started giving out licenses for lay-up services.
The said container vessel has a capacity of 1,116 twenty-foot-equivalent units and is fitted and equipped for worldwide trade under the flag of Antigua and Barbuda.
?There are a lot of inquiries from known ship managers, and I think by November or December [we] expect to have heavy influx,? David said in an earlier interview.
The said lay-up site in Negros can only accept cold lay-up as there are environmental issues with the local government, David said.
PPA admitted that the country has limited success in ship lay-up services compared with regional peers in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, where more than a hundred to a thousand vessels of different types are being parked as a result of lower cargo volume.
?The Philippines has scored limited success in ship lay-up services, with only about 100 vessels moored in the country and mostly in Subic Bay. This remains a big challenge for the PPA,? said Raul Santos, PPA"s assistant to the general manager.
Estimates showed that there are about 1,000 vessels in either hot or cold lay-up, and about half of these are container vessels and 200 are bulkers. The rest are various types of vessels, except for tankers, since the world economy still needs petroleum products to operate.
Operators have three schemes in laying up their vessels. The cold lay-up method calls for the disembarkation of all crew members and stopping of the engines during the mooring period, while the hot lay-up still employs complete set of crew members onboard while idle. The third method according to experts is slowing down the ship"s operation by at least 50 percent to save on operational cost.
Both PPA and Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), however, have been accrediting their own lay-up agents, some of which are at the same area, a move that could confuse international vessel operators.
Marina, through Advisory 2009-16, has declared as a lay-up site the harbor of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental along Tanon Strait, an area very near to Relinic"s lay-up site.