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The historic port of Chittagong on the Bay
of Bengal is undergoing a renaissance as
infrastructure and economic development
in the region drive rapidly expanding
trade volumes through this major
export/import centre of Bangladesh.
The bustling city of 3.5 million has
seen container volumes treble to
more than a million containers a year
over the past decade as the emerging
economies of Asia -- including
neighbouring giant India -- power their
way into the 21st Century.
"We can see container volumes easily
trebling again in the next five years,
reaching two, three or four million
containers or more," said local business
leader and former Chittagong Ports
Authority senior engineer Mr Zahirul Hoq.
Konecranes is integrally involved in
the expansion of the port through major
Bangladeshi company KDS Logistics.
The Konecranes fleet currently
employed on the site includes a fleet
of four SMV 7/8 ECB 90 empty
container handlers and three SMV 4531
TB 5 reach stackers.
"Konecranes technology may not
always be the cheapest when looked at
from the point of view of initial
purchase price, but when you go deeper
you find they are clearly the most
competitive on a day-to-day cost," said
KDS Logistics Ltd Executive Director,
Operations, Quazi Murad Hossain.
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Global ports and materials handling leaders focus efficiencies
on growing renaissance of Chittagong
Konecranes technology is a critical part of the
development of Chittagong Port into a
RightShip scoops 2009 Governor of Victoria Export Award for its maritime ser vice
Melbourne, Australia based ship vetting
agency, RightShip, has been awarded a
prestigious 2009 Governor of Victoria
Export Award in the Large Services
category, proving that Australian small
businesses can have a big impact in the
RightShip is the world's leading ship
vetting agency and has built an outstanding
reputation providing accurate and
up-to-date information about some 70,000
ships to the global maritime industry.
With just 17 staff, RightShip now
supplies information services to around 140
organisations in 52 countries primarily
through sophisticated subscription based
software, which provides online data and
evaluations to customers.
Andrew Ferrington, Executive Director,
Trade for the Victorian Government, said,
"This award recognises RightShip's
reputation as a major player in the ship
vetting industry around the world and the
impact that it has had on the safety and
success of international trade."
RightShip CEO, Warwick Norman,
said: "The award came as a bit of a
surprise as we are not a big company but
it reinforces the work our small team
carries out to maximise the safety and
standards of shipping around the world."
Smooth sailing for small company
RightShip initially started as a boutique
joint venture company, operating
independently but backed by the
resources of major shippers BHP Billiton
and Rio Tinto. Since being formed in
2001, RightShip has grown substantially
to serve a global client base far beyond its
Warwick describes what his company
does for the shipping industry as similar
to what the Michelin Star rating does for
restaurants and hotels.
"We are about gathering information
about ships and distilling it in such a way
that we can provide our clients with an
instant and reliable evaluation for using a
particular vessel for a specified trade.
"Aspects such as structural integrity
and the competence of owners, managers
and crew are critical to the safety and
success of international trade. We know
that our information is critical for people
making multi-million dollar decisions and
therefore it is important we get it right."
Although not traditionally a massive
player in the maritime scene, Australia
(being an island nation) has a strong
tradition of shipping.
But one of the challenges for RightShip
from an export point of view was
developing relationships with nations
with stronger shipping origins.
In 2007, RightShip joined the then
Major Projects Minister on a trade
delegation to Greece, which is renowned as
the biggest shipping nation in the world.
"The result was significant growth for
our company out of the Greek shipping
community. The delegation opened doors
for us at a senior level and provided us
with consultation and advice into those
markets," Warwick said.
"The maritime industry is steeped in
tradition and to tap into giant players
like Greece, you have to know what
you're talking about and be able to
Since then, Greece has been a real
focus for RightShip. Strong marketing
and sales activity has been conducted
in the region, including attendance
at conferences, frequent visits, and
the setting-up of a European office
A second office outside of Melbourne
has also been established in Houston to
ensure that 24-hour service can be
provided to clients around the world.
RightShip also plans to conduct
marketing and sales activity in the near
future in India and China, as trade with
these countries continues to grow.
According to Warwick, establishing a
presence in these markets is important as
cheaper or substandard vessels may be an
attractive proposition for businesses in
"It is important that sub-standard
vessels are removed from the industry and
not simply redirected to countries who do
not enforce the same tough standards as
we do in Australia," he said.
Future of shipping
One of the key areas impacting the
future business of ship vetting is the
consideration of the environmental impact
To provide relevant information about
the environmental effect, RightShip has
recently launched its environmental
ship rating which allows clients to see
how environmentally friendly certain
"Shipping currently contributes about
three per cent to greenhouse gas emissions,"
Warwick said. "The environment is
becoming a real part of people's decision
making as corporations take more
responsibility for their emissions.
"The information we provide is
distilled so clients can make rapid,
enlightened decisions about the impact of
vessels on the environment," he said.
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RightShip Market Development Manager, Wayne
Blumenthal (left) accepts the 2009 Governor of
Victoria Export Award for excellence in the Large
Services category from Governor of Victoria,
Professor David de Kretser, AC
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