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Tank Cleaning Operations on Chemical Tankers. Why Waste Money?

The expectations required of ship managers are becoming more and more challenging these days. Ballas Water Management, Scrubbers among others, are causing significant impact to the budget of vessels. In the past years I have been involved in innumerable tank cleaning operations including optimising tank cleaning processes. It was interesting to observe that even sister…

18 Jan 2019, by IBC Asia Insights

Healthcare

Patient Care and Productivity: What Really Matters in The Long Run – A Perspective by Jacob Jacob

Healthcare Organisations over the world are grappling with productivity and experimenting with various means by which one can eventually get to the right manning standards. Let us practically look at the healthcare scenario and the various variables that come into play when dealing with patients. Healthcare and care givers who work in the healthcare space need to work…

16 Jan 2019, by IBC Asia Insights

Maritime

Four Important Prerequisites For Effective Ballast Water Compliance Strategy

Regulatory understanding & Accurate information; Installation Timeline; Technical Feasibilities; Compliance Maintenance  The various surveys with early adopters of Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) have shown that the majority of systems installed to date face operability challenges, either due to installation, operational sequence or even non-marine-grade system selection. Given that Ballast Water Management (BWM) is a…

14 Jan 2019, by IBC Asia Insights

Healthcare

The Impact of BPJS Health Program on Hospitals in Indonesia

The Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Program in Indonesia  In 2014, the government of Indonesia launched a Universal Health Coverage (UHC) that aims to provide health insurance coverage for all citizens in Indonesia. Operated by BPJS (Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial), the project was named JKN (Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional), whereby Indonesian citizens are required to pay a premium monthly to support needy citizens in need of healthcare services…

2 Jan 2019, by IBC Asia Insights

Maritime

Bill of Lading Problems No. 1 – ‘Clean’ and ‘Dirty’ B/L’s & Letters of Indemnity (LOI’s)

The demand by shippers for the issue of a ‘Clean’ B/L by a shipowner/carrier, despite observed damage to cargo, is a global problem. It undoubtedly occurs hundreds of times or more each day. Such circumstances actually oblige the Master to state the nature of the observed damage on the face of the relevant B/L. However, if he does this, the B/L will become a ‘Dirty’ B/L and is effectively worthless to a seller/ shipper as the…

18 Dec 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Maritime

IMO 2020 Impacts to The Shipping Industry – An Expert’s Perspective

On 1 January 2020 the final piece of the jigsaw that is the amended International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) MARPOL Annex VI will fall into place. Ships will be required to consume fuel with a sulfur content of 0.5% m/m or less globally. This event has been widely referred to as IMO 2020. What impact is this going to have?  When…

18 Dec 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Energy

South Korea Plans To Make Renewable Energy Push With 3020 – An Interview With Woo Jin Choi

What current issues are impacting your industry?  In December 2017, South Korea announced the Renewable Energy 3020 Implementation Plan (“RE3020”), an ambitious roadmap to produce 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 (renewable currently accounts for 7% of the total energy mix), and is now in the process of enacting laws to mandate the government to abide by the RE3020. In response to this, we understand that market players (i.e., local developers, investors, and generation companies) are revising their…

18 Dec 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Life Science

Stem Cells Market: Challenges, Opportunities And Growth Prospects

High Costs of Clinical Trials Poses A Major Challenge for The Stem Cells Industry  Human embryonic/Adult stem cells have been known to have the remarkable potency to mature into different body cell types like skin, bone, nerve, blood, heart etc. This property of stem cells creates great promise for treating many diseases/disorders like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, osteoarthritis, diabetes…

18 Dec 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Education

Rising Middle Class in Vietnam Brings Rising Demands for Quality Education

New Regulations Set to Stimulate Growth of Education Sector We see greater impetus by governments to review regulatory frameworks for education. In June 2018, the Vietnam Government issued the Decree 86 on foreign cooperation and investment in education sector, which came into effect and replaced the previous Decree 73 from 1 August 2018. Previously under…

11 Dec 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Maritime

Technical and Economic Considerations in Marine Scrubbers Investment Decisions

The scrubber business is getting increased momentum due to the upcoming enforcement of the global sulphur cap. DNV-GL has recently estimated that there are 1850 ships with scrubbers already installed or on order.  However, as the market is developing so rapidly, no one really know how many scrubbers are actually up and running on a daily basis without any major issues, such as false alarms, sensor problems, unintended switching of operations between open/closed loop, back-pressure alarms when turning on/off engines and boilers going into the same scrubber – just to mention a few of…

10 Dec 2018, by IBC Asia Insights
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