- Visit to Barry Callebaut
- HE Jean-Claude Marcourt visits Singapore
- Visit to Callataÿ & Wouters
- Financial Services in Asia and Europe: Opportunities and Challenges
- Launching of fallpipe vessel Flintstone gives boost to DEME oil & gas business
- PSA HNN becomes PSA Antwerp
- Agfa Graphics signs contract with Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
- Vyncke Energietechniek secures 3 more green energy projects in Singapore
- AWEX ASEAN Mission 2010
- Singapore Air Show 2010
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The Ambassador, seen here with Managing Director Mohan Krishnan, visited the production site of Barry Callebaut in Singapore on 23 February 2011.
|Visit to Callataÿ & Wouters|
H.E. Roland Van Remoortele, seen here with Managing Director Anselm de Souza and Client Service Partner Bruno Sohier and Deputy Head of Mission Matthieu Branders, visited recently the office of Callataÿ & Wouters in Singapore.
Callataÿ & Wouters is a leading provider of innovative IT solutions and services to retail, private, and direct banks. Our success is built on the quality of our products, our focus on the financial industry, and extensive experience with customers that include international institutions such as BNP-Paribas, Rabobank, Record Bank ING, Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Our skilled personnel and strong partnerships have further contributed to a well-established reputation for quality and professionalism.
|Financial Services in Asia and Europe: Opportunities and Challenges|
In the framework of the Asia-Europe Business Forum and the INSEAD Benelux Week, the Embassy organized on October 13th a conference on the opportunities and challenges in financial services in Asia and Europe.
P. Gupta, CEO of DBS Bank and JP. Bernard, Singapore CEO and Regional Head South-East Asia for BNP Paribas, were the two guest speakers of this conference moderated by INSEAD Professor G. Hawawini. Belgian Ambassador R. Van Remoortele opened the debates, which were closed by EU Ambassador H. Standertskjoeld.
A networking reception followed the conference.
|Launching of fallpipe vessel Flintstone gives boost to DEME oil & gas business|
|Today a brand-new fallpipe vessel for the next generation was launched at Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. The ‘Flintstone’ is built on behalf of Tideway, the offshore subsidiary for oil & gas activities of Belgium’s ‘Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering’ (DEME) Group. The Flintstone has a carrying capacity of 19,000 tonnes and can place rock with high accuracy at absolute record depths of up to 2,000 m – thanks to highly sophisticated state-of-the art equipment. The vessel is built under Ice Class Notation.
The launching ceremony was presided by Mrs. Nora Kassam, the Lady Sponsor of the day. The Flintstone is the third and biggest fallpipe vessel of Tideway, after the 11,500 tonnes Rollingstone and the 17,500 tonnes Seahorse.
A fallpipe vessel is a very specialised ship consisting of a hold in which graded rock is stocked. The rock material is placed with utmost accuracy onto pipelines or the sea bottom through a ‘fallpipe’, at the lower end of which a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) is fixed. This ROV is operated from the deck and controls the rock placement in three dimensions. Offshore rock placement is applied mostly to stabilise and protect pipelines, flowlines and (power) cables and for erosion protection purposes. Tideway’s new fallpipe vessel is able to carry out rock placement works at a depth of no less than 2,000 m.
The € 115 million investment will provide a further boost the oil & gas activities of Tideway. DEME CEO Alain Bernard was recently on the record as saying that in the next years the Group will focus amongst others on oil & gas related activities, the mining industry and energy utilities. Recent trends in the market (including the increased price of crude oil) have made deep sea pipe laying and deep sea pipeline protection better affordable. The search for deeper offshore oilfields in Brazil, West Africa and the arctic regions is offering new unseen opportunities. In this respect, Flintstone has some very important features.
Flintstone is equipped with Dynamic Positioning (DP2); a highly sophisticated active heave compensated Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV); and state-of-the art survey equipment. The vessel is fully certified for working in arctic conditions by means of its Ice Class notation. The capability to place rock with high accuracy to depths of up to 2,000 m, is a competitive advantage in itself. Her cruising speed of 15 knots is also a valuable asset, since the run to and from the quarry becomes less time consuming – leaving more operational time on the project site. The ‘green design’ Flintstone was built under Lloyds Environmental Protection Code, which means amongst others the full implementation of energy-saving measures and the limitation of NOx to the absolute minimum.
The final delivery of the Flintstone and the Namegiving Ceremony are expected for the first quarter of 2011. Already now a first assignment has been secured for the Flintstone with the Russian company Sevmash: the installation of scour protection around the Prirazlomnaya Platform in the Barents Sea southwest of Novaya Zemlya.
Additional information: please contact Mr. Bert Eversdijk at tel. +31 76 5204140.
|PSA HNN becomes PSA Antwerp|
According to the Belgian Newspaper De Standaard, PSA Hesse Noord Natie NV, one of the most important player in the port of Antwerp, will change its name to PSA Antwerp NV on 15th April.
Hesse-Noord Natie (HNN) come to existence in 2002 after the fusion of Hessenatie and Noord Natie, two established companies in the field of port management. Immediately after the fusion, HNN was taken over by PSA International, one of the largest port operator in the world, based in Singapore. Now, eight years later the name is changed to PSA Antwerp NV.
The Belgian Aerospace industry was again strongly represented at this year’s edition of the Singapore Air Show. On Wednesday 03 February, the Belgian aerospace industry cluster (SKYWIN and FLAG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries (SIATI).
During the weekend, public visitors had the chance to get a taste of Belgian traditions at the Carnival Village held on the sidelines of the Air Show. The Embassy’s booth featured specifically the carnival celebrations in Belgium, with masks and illustrations of the Gilles de Binche and of the Blanc-Moussis of Stavelot.