Libya: Mellitah tender for 3 Rotary-wing Helicopters

Provision of rotary –wing air transportation Services to offshore Fields (Oil & Gas) – Tender No. (795)

Mellitah Oil & Gas Company (Oil Division), intends to issue the below tender and wish to invite for pre-qualification interested, experienced and reputable Companies specialized in providing similar services stated below to submit all requirements for inclusion in the bidders list to be invited to participate in the following tender: Tender No. (795)
Provision of rotary –wing air transportation Services to offshore Fields (Oil & Gas )
Scope of Work :
Provision of (3) newly manufactured helicopter services for commercial transportation of passengers to offshore fields with a capacity of 18 (eighteen) seats maximum for each of the helicopter. (Seat capacity of Tripoli (Mitiga) to offshore route “subject to change”.

1. The first helicopter is based in Tripoli and mainly required for offshore staff transportation from Tripoli (Mitiga) to:
• DP4 Platform
• DP3 Platform
• FSO Sloug
• Sabratha Platform
• Mellitah complex
• Drilling rig(s), if any

2. The second helicopter is based in Malta and mainly required for offshore staff transportation from Malta to:
• DP4 Platform
• DP3 Platform
• FSO Sloug
• Sabratha Platform
• Mellitah complex
• Drilling rig(s), if any

3. The third helicopter is based in Malta for Back-up, this helicopter will be used for both operational basis (Malta and Mitiga) with capabilities to cover both helicopters regularly.
• Helicopter age must not be over 10 years until the end period of the contract.
Interested companies for the above tender must satisfy the stipulated requirements and submit the required information below. Failure to submit any of the under listed documents will render automatic disqualification:
1. Letter on Company’s letterhead Addressed to the “Contracts Dept. Manager – Oil Division” stating expression of interest on the respective tender.
2. Copy of Company Registration in Libya, if already registered, or details of Branch Office, Representative or Agent in Libya.
3. A valid operating permission from Libya Civil Aviation Authority.
4. Company profile with full details of similar contracts performed with relevant verifiable reference list of clients where the works had been undertaken Literature/Catalogue of the entire range of work service/equipment and any additional information that will enhance the potential /consortium.
5. Submission of financial Status document of the Company turnover for the last 3 years and the Organization Chart.
6. ISO 9001 Certificate.
7. Foreign Companies shall submit official evidence of establishment of partnership with a local company (Stockholding Company) specialized in providing similar services. This partnership shall be in the form of a new company with a separate legal entity.
8. Two copies of the prequalification Documents containing the above stated requirements shall be submitted in sealed envelopes and marked:
Tender No. (795 )
Provision of Rotary –Wing Air Transportation Services to Offshore Fields (Oil & Gas )
Mellitah Oil & Gas Company ( Oil Division)
Dahra Kebira
P.O. Box 346, Tripoli –Libya
Electronic copy shall be submitted through email
9. The prequalification documents shall be submitted not later than 20/09/2015

Important Notes:
• The pre-qualification request is not an invitation to tender. Company is neither committed nor obligated to undertake the work described above or to issue any call for tender or to include any respondent to this invitation or other company on any Bidders List or to award any form of contract.
• The Invitation to Tender (ITT) Package will only be issued to qualified companies that have been pre-qualified.
• Company will not be responsible for whatsoever costs incurred for preparation and submission presented in response to this notice.
• Company shall deal only with authorized officers of the bidding companies and not through individuals or agents.
• Company shall not consider any pre-qualification request unless the foreign bidding companies submit proof of a partnership with a local company as stated in point no.7 of the Qualifications and Requirements.
Important Notes:
As soon as the security situation in Libya improves and backs to normal, the requirement will be reduced into (2) choppers only and the services will be done from Mitiga based Tripoli only.

Dated: 2015-08-18



Asia-Europe Containers Rates: Continuous downward trend – falling $193 to $640 per TEU


Rates took another battering this week on the Asia-Europe trade, falling $193 to $640 per TEU. The last two weeks alone have seen rates on the key East-West route fall a staggering 42%, highlighting the farce that is GRI’s. Rates year to date are now on average 47% lower than the corresponding period of 2014, at $673 per TEU.
Alternatively at the start of 2015 carriers could of utilized hedging tools to protect themselves from rate erosion. The forward curve from January 2015 highlights that carriers had an opportunity to lock in a proportion of their income at levels substantially higher than the year to date average. Moreover by securing a proportion of their income in advance they could have removed or limited the effects of rate volatility on their business.

Since January the forward curve has subsequently moved lower in line with the collapse in freight rates. Today the curve, although lower, can still provide carriers with a tool to secure a proportion of their income in advance and therefore remove the uncertainty surrounding freight rate developments. With Maersk Line again reiterating its view that the market will remain under pressure due to overcapacity and weak demand, being able to accurately forecast future freight income should serve as a useful tool to the carrier community.

Even Maersk Line was unable to fully protect itself from the most recent declines in freight rates. The Danish carrier saw its average freight rate per FEU fall by over 14% year on year during Q2 resulting in a reduction in income of 9.2% or $639m. This was despite an increase in lifting’s of 3.7% to 2.5m FEU.
The saving grace once again came through cost reductions, which saw unit costs decline by 13% ($338) to $2,246. However the reduction was not due to operational efficiencies with the fall in bunker costs resulting in a saving per FEU of $220. The remaining savings were predominately attributed to the appreciation of the USD.

Also interest of note was that Maersk Line decided to adjust its growth target from growing in line with the market to growing at least with the market to defend its market leading position. As seen during Q2 the Danish line is prepared to lower the rates it offers to customers if it results in a retention of market share. This adjustment should send warning signals to other carriers who may have been thinking about increasing their own market share at the expense of Maersk Line.



FIS 18/08/2015


Libya: Empty Containers For Foreign Currency Scams & Fraud – Warning !

We wish to advise and warn our clients to be extra careful in getting involved or  being part of current scams happening in Libya.

Libyan Lines and/or its associated Companies will refuse loading any shipment(s) by Container(s) from anywhere in the world to Libya unless and until the cargo contents of such container(s) are verifiable and true as declared by Shippers.

For easy reference, we re-publish here-below some latest, self-explanatory news from Libya:

… Acting in cooperation with the Public Prosecution’s Office, the Audit Bureau revealed a list of eleven companies that had fraudulently smuggled foreign currency abroad through fake import transactions. The named companies had opened Letters of Credit (LC) to import goods, but had shipped empty containers into Libya.

Questions are being asked about the ports, customs and inspection authorities for failing to notice that the containers were empty.

The Audit Bureau listed the eleven accused companies with the number of empty containers imported into Libya. The company with the least empty containers had just one container but the worst offender was a company that had fraudulently sent 18 empty containers to Libya in return for LC’s opened.

LC’s are opened through banks at the official low bank exchange rate of US$ 1 to LD 1.30 instead of the (today’s) black market rate of LD 2.50. The whole operations were basically a currency exchange scam.

This latest move comes on the back of the Audit Bureau freezing the bank accounts of a total of 79 Libyan and foreign companies as well as individuals from either transferring foreign currency, opening Letters of Credit (LCs) or being the recipients of Libyan LCs.

The suspension announced last week, was as a result of their ‘’questionable’’ banking transactions manipulating LCs, the Audit Bureau said.

In total there were 25 Libyan companies, 42 Libyan individuals and 12 foreign recipient companies suspended”” (LH 9.08.2015)



Turkey: Building New Ro/Ro Port


A harbor will be built for roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ships on the European side of Istanbul, which will help eliminate the number of semi-trailer trucks clogging up the streets and highways of the metropolis and ease traffic in the region.

The Ro-Ro port, which will transport long-haul trucks from Istanbul’s southwestern Ambarlı district to Yalova’s Topçular district in the east of the Marmara Sea, will be constructed after the Environmental Impact Report (ÇED) for the project, which was presented to Istanbul’s Environment and Urbanization Directorate, is accepted.

The project, which is estimated to be constructed within three years and will cost a total of 110 million Turkish Liras, aims to decrease the strain on Istanbul’s clogged roads by some 2,000 semi-trailer trucks or 3,500 trucks, the estimated carriage figures for the Ro-Ro ships which will operate between Ambarlı and Topçular on a daily basis.

The trucks will travel from Europe to Asia by means of a two-hour sea voyage, plus a half-an-hour loading time, greatly reducing the 300-kilometer trip by road which can take up to seven hours. The project also aims to reduce wear and tear on the roads between the two cities.

The Ro-Ro port at Ambarlı will be built on a total of 162,373 square meters of land which belongs to the Treasury and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. A part of sea will be filled within the scope of the project, which will be conducted by Istanbul Fast Ferries Co. Inc. (İDO A.Ş.), which was purchased by the Tepe–Akfen–Souter-Sera joint venture after it was privatized in 2011.

The Environment and Urbanization Ministry will hold a meeting on Aug. 20 to inform citizens about the project and its possible effects regarding the ÇED report.

HDN 10/08/2015