Business

Fleet

Understanding the trends and opportunities of the industry, Winning International Group developed its own fleet of vessels by purchasing both new and second-hand vessels. Currently, our fleet of 35 vessels comprise 32 Capers, 1 Post-Panamax and 2 Supramax, which are able to carry a total DWT of over 6 million. We are continually expanding and upgrading our fleets.  We aspire to become an environmentally friendly, safe, socially-responsible, efficient and competitive fleet. 

Marketing

Winning International Group is a leading seaborne carrier of bauxite cargo. We operate 80 to 90 self-owned and chartered vessels. Our vessel sizes are mainly Capesize, Panamax and Handysize. Our annual freight volume exceeds 40 million metric tons. The cargo we carry include bauxite, iron ore, coal and bulk cargo. Our port coverage is extensive. Our shipping routes extend to many ports around the world. Our major passages include the import of bauxite from West Africa; iron ore and bauxite from Brazil and Australia; and bauxite and coal from Southeast Asia.

The Group has expanded both at home and abroad. We have grown from our humble beginnings as a shipping business to what we are today – a multi-capability conglomerate undertaking a comprehensive range of businesses from developing mines to seaborne logistics and maritime trade. We have developed excellent relationships with ship owners and cargo owners from around the world. We have built an integrated rapid-response network in the non-ferrous metals industry. We have earned the respect of the industry and established a reputable brand.

Chartering

The chartering department is responsible for:

  • Managing the group’s fleet of vessels
  • Developing and implementing operation strategies
  • Developing new markets
  • Tendering for contracts
  • Negotiating charter leases
  • Arranging voyage schedules
  • Planning the operating budget of each voyage

The department also collects data on industry and markets, analyses demand and supply trends, and makes timely adjustments to ship voyage plans.
It also works with and supports other departments in the company.

Operation

The Operations department is committed to providing quality service to its customers. It is responsible for the safe, efficient and cost- competitive operation of the fleet, through optimized sailing schedules for its vessels with strict adherence to the contract terms.

The department works in accordance with the ship charter contracts to understand the rights and obligations of both charterers and owners; and with the Chartering and Marketing departments to ensure the voyages are completed in the shortest time with optimal profit margins. It maintains information on ports; monitors the progress of cargo preparation, berthing schedule, and loading and discharging operations. It works closely with all relevant parties for efficient dispatch of the vessels. It monitors daily the weather reports, vessel speed and fuel consumption patterns and selects the ports most suited for refueling. It also represents companies to negotiate and manage freight, hire and cargo costs, and to prevent bad debts. It responds to emergencies in a timely manner to control and minimize losses.

Legal & Insurance

The legal department is responsible for matters relating to maritime and shipping law, compliance management, risk control and case handling. It reviews contracts, agreements and legal documents to minimize legal risks during the performance of contracts. It provides legal advice to the other departments and conducts legal training workshops for employees. It provides legal counsel to the group on its day-to-day operations. It arranges insurance for the Group’s fleet of vessels, goods and crew to ensure the group’s operations continue to run smoothly. It represents the company on maritime and shipping affairs, in its dealings with other merchants and in the settlement of general disputes. It provides legal advice on major investment projects and other major cases.

Logistics

With the capacity to deliver more than 40 million DWT of dry bulk cargo per year, Winning Logistics has established itself as a leader in marine dry bulk cargo handling. It has also consolidated its reputation as a cost-competitive and reliable marine logistic solutions provider to customers worldwide.

Winning Logistics operates one of the world’s largest transhipment system, comprising floating cranes (FC), floating commodity terminals (FCT), tug, barge and support boats.  Its systems were designed and constructed using in-house and cumulative know-how. The team is staffed with experts with decades of transhipment experience, supported by a pool of well-trained crew from Indonesia and other nations.

The company was started in South East Asia and currently has its head office in Singapore. A part of its Worldwide Business Road Map, it has made significant inroads into West Africa. Its shipyard, Winning Africa Shipyard and Engineering (WASE) operational since 2017, is the largest modern yard in West Africa. Besides guaranteeing sustainable and interruption-free operation for its fleets, the operation centre at West Africa has the potential to service the coastline of the whole of Africa and Latin America, as well as other areas currently still unreachable. 

With its regular shipment of large dry bulk cargo from West Africa to China, Winning Logistics has founded a new Maritime Corridor linking West Africa and Asia.

Customised Solution

Logistics Introduction

Our offshore transshipment platforms, the Floating Commodity Terminals (FCTs) are in operation since 2013. The effective loading rate is 4,000 tons per hour (for coal) and 3,000 tons per hour (for bauxite) with a 2m swell-operational stability. This design allows the FCTs to operate under adverse sea conditions. Its other functions include self-trimming, customized blending of cargo and sampling options, as well as a flow tube for wet goods.

The FCTs form a critical part of our earlier work in Indonesia’s first traditional floating loading system, effectively resolving our customers’ logistical bottlenecks in bauxite transportation. This has expanded our capability to reliably deliver bauxite in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Since early 2017, the FCTs are deployed at Guinea, West Africa for bauxite loading. In the pipeline is an improved second-generation FCT which will boast new capabilities such as better maneuverability, storage and fast-scale blending.

Besides the FCTs, we have 4 sets of Floating Crane Barge (FC) deployed at Guinea, West Africa for bauxite loading since 2015. Meanwhile, we have finalized the design for four (4) new FCs to be built and delivered from late 2018 to 2019 to further improve our future loading capacity and efficiency.

Moving forward, we plan to expand our transshipment solutions (barge jetty-feeders-transhippers) in five areas:

  • Geographical: From Guinea, Africa to other parts of Africa or the world that are rich in natural resources but lack customized solutions. Four (4) additional tailor-made Floating Crane Barge are being built for sending to such area like Guinea, Ghana, Liberia and so on.
  • Material: From bauxite to other major bulk commodities including alumina, iron ore, coal, nickel ore and grain.
  • Value-added services: These include storage and blending, which will help ensure the smooth flow of the supply chain and minimize delays.
  • Transshipment alternatives: Tailor-made to project-specific operations and the regulation environment, such alternatives cover self-unloaders, pusher barges, offshore floating terminals, bulker converted transhippers, and others.
  • Logistics chain vertical integration: Stockpiling, processing and distribution centers.

FCT & FC

Winning Logistics, the marine logistics division of Winning International Group, had started coal and bauxite transshipment services since 2013.

Fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, Winning Logistics’ Floating Commodity Terminals (FCTs), named “Winning Unity” and “Winning Power” and Floating Crane Barges named “Winning Giant”, “Winning Titan”, “Boke Winning Star” and “Winning Sunrise” are the most efficient and reliable transshipment terminals operating in West Africa. They are currently all operating in Guinea, West Africa.

High-performance, Blending, Sampling, and more (FCT)

Featuring two Iknow 45-ton SWL cranes and a cargo specific conveyor system, each FCT is capable of loading vessels at rate of 40,000 tonnes per day per FCT or more for coal and 30,000 tonnes per day for bauxite. Highly stable, the FCT can load a Capesize vessel smoothly even with swells of up to two meters high. Each terminal is fitted with two sets of cranes with 35m3 grabs, a conveyor belt system and a loader with a 360-degree loading chute, allowing it to reach all corners of a ship’s hold. Its loading arm is equipped with a 180-degree swing which can be extended up to 37 meters, permitting it to span a Capesize ship with a breadth of 52 meters.

The FCTs are built to operate even in severe weather conditions. They are equipped with an enhanced fender system that helps keep risk to a minimum.

In addition, their fully integrated loading system is engineered to support quicker, more efficient loading cycles. The short crane cycles and reduced haul distance of the grab translate into reduced cargo spillage and pollution, and hence a more eco-friendly system.

With a loading rate of 4,000 tonnes per hour (for coal), the FCTs’ loading boom is fully capable of transferring a bulldozer to the main vessel for trimming, which can enhance the stowage factor of coal to 42 cubic feet per ton. The terminals’ conveyor belt systems come with metal removers, belt scales and sampling devices.

Optimizing loading times while ensuring safety, the FCTs each house two thrusters for accurate and effective maneuverability as well as a powerful tug boat.

In particular, the FCTs cranes that come with long reach which gives the FCT homogenous blending capabilities. Two side-by-side barges with different coal qualities can be unloaded simultaneously, and the adjustable hopper outlet allows customers to blend offshore without the need for double-handling. Both FCTs also carry automatic sampling equipment so that sellers know the precise type of coal being loaded and blended onto the vessel.

Imbued with state-of-the-art equipment and capabilities, each FCT is able to load bauxite into a Panamax vessel in less than 3 days and a Capesize vessel in about 5 days.

Floating Crane Barge (FC)

Four Floating Crane Barges (FC) capable of loading vessels at a rate of 1,500 tonnes per hour per FC with swells upto 2m height.

Each FC is fitted with one (1) 65 ton SWL Konecranes Gottwald Crane, Verstagen trimming grabs and wheel loaders (for trimming purpose) and built to operate continuously even under severe weather conditions all year round.

The floating cranes contribute to the continuing growth of Winning’s bauxite handling activities off the coast of Guinea, Africa. They play a key role in the supply chain, transshipping bauxite from river barges to Capesize vessels on the open sea.

World-Class Environmental and Safety Systems

Reflecting Winning International Group’s pedigree as a bulk operator for clients such as Weiqiao and Chalco, the FCTs and FCs have been designed with a strong emphasis on safety and environmental protection. Verstegen trimming grabs, over-sized hoppers with spill plates, covered conveyors and dust suppression systems work to minimize spillage and prevent cargo contamination.

Big Plans in Bauxite and other Ores Logistics

The launch of “Winning Unity” and “Winning Power” marked Winning International Group’s formal entry into Indonesia’s coal logistics sector.

Winning Logistics has already commissioned a second generation transshipment vessel, and tailor-made transshipment system for bauxite and alumina. The Group is moving towards offering door-to-door logistics solutions and supporting our clients by providing optimal barging, transshipment and bulk shipping solutions.

In 2017, with two (2) sets of FCTs and four (4) sets of FCs, we loaded in excess of 32,000,000 mt of bauxite at Guinea, West Africa exceeding our target and expectation.

Wase Shipyard

Winning’s shipyard in Africa, or WASE, is part of the Singapore Winning International Group. Registered in Guinea, the shipyard is located in the Port of Boke. It can accommodate vessels of up to 116m in length and up to 10,000 DWT. Services it can provide include general ship repairs, repairs to propeller shaft system, ship surface sandblasting, painting, gantry crane and machine repair.

WINNING DREAMDOCK is a newly constructed floating dock with full capabilities which include building and repair of floating cranes, tugboats, barges, fishing boats, and other seagoing vessels. It measures 116x43m and has a lifting capacity 5,000 tonnes. It is the first modern floating dock custom-made by Winning International Group for its projects in Africa. It will be delivered to Guinea on completion. As the first modern floating dock in the West African region, WINNING DREAMDOCK signals the region’s capabilities in shipbuilding and ship repair.


Caption – WINNING NUNES 13 at WASE shipyard. It was successfully repaired and launched on 10 Feb 2018. There are 2 105mx 32m slipways.


Caption – The beam-raising ceremony at WASE shipyard’s integrated workshop on January 1, 2018.

The integrated workshop is fully equipped and has a fabrication yard with capabilities for steel works and propeller shaft system repair. The workshop has plasma cutting machines, hydraulic presses, hydraulic shearing machines, rolling machine, and steel fabrication equipment. It has 10 units of 1.25m length large-scale lathes, grinders, drills, elbow bending machines and other repair equipment. The workshop also carries out motor winding repair and chemical cleaning.

Ship Management

Winning International Group has its own fleet management arm – Qingdao Winning International Ship Management Co. Ltd.

The company is staffed with an efficient, reliable, responsible, experienced and professional fleet team. They are led by an excellent management unit and supported by a committed crew of marine safety officers. Among the team are veteran ship captains and highly experienced engineers and maintenance crew who graduated from top nautical colleges. They bring with them many years of seafaring experience.

The company’s vessel management department is manned by more than 20 senior professional engineers. They oversee the two technical aspects of the fleet – operational readiness and logistics operations. The company uses Ship Inventory Management System (SIMS) for the day to day management of the fleet. This is an integrated management system using data analytics. Through years of cumulative learning, it has improved its fleet management capabilities and engineering expertise. With this, its fleet of vessels are operated at world-class safety and efficiency standards.

The company supports its crew to achieve certification of seaworthiness from China MSA (China Maritime Safety Administration). To this end, it works towards building a Winning Naval Crew that is hardworking, responsible, highly efficient, veritable “iron warriors” of the sea.

While always cognizant of the safety of our crew, the company also pro-actively seeks to minimize damage to the environment, especially to the marine environment. Its operation motto is:

  • Stay safe
  • Protect your health
  • Protect the environment &
  • Provide excellent service

To achieve this, it commits to providing adequate resources and shore support, all of which are delivered under strict supervision. The crew is regularly updated in developments in safety and environment protection. Their training, together with the fleet’s increased capabilities, ensure they can journey more safely and on a cleaner ocean.

Through strict implementation of ballast water management (BWM) and sediment management controls, the company seeks to reduce damage to marine life and prevent transmission of diseases which may be detrimental to the health of humans and viability of marine resources. Currently it has two vessels that have already been installed with BWM systems that meet international BWM regulations. There are plans to implement similar systems for its other vessels.

It also commits to reduce sulfur emission to minimize damage to the atmospheric environment. All its vessels are capable of using low-sulfur fuel. In addition, in a move which will bring it to standards even higher than that prescribed, the company plans to install desulfurization towers to further decrease sulfur emissions.

Qingdao Winning International Ship Management Co. Ltd, in its capacity as both shipowner and management company, upholds the ethos of “Customer First, Safety First”. This ensures the safe and effective operation of its fleet to provide a comprehensive range of services for the Group.

Mining

Winning International Group is committed to providing a reliable supply of ore to the aluminum industry in China. It aspires to be a leader in the development of bauxite resources and provision of maritime logistics. Over the years, it has become the main supplier and carrier for Chinese firms importing bauxite.

In 2013, Winning as the sole supplier of bauxite from Indonesia to China, shipped in more than 50 million tonnes of bauxite. This is more than 90% of Indonesia’s total bauxite exports.

In 2014 & 2015, after Indonesia banned the export of bauxite, Winning turned to Malaysia and in 2015, shipped over 20 million tons of bauxite from peninsula Malaysia to China.

In July 2015, Winning’s mining project in Boke, Guinea (SMB Winning Consortium) exported its first shipment of Guinea bauxite. In 2017, more than 32 million tons of bauxite were shipped to China. In 2018, shipment is expected to increase to 40 million tons.

The mines at SMB Winning Consortium project are developed according to world-class standards, within the framework of ITIE (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative). SMB has also hired French consulting company Louis Berger to undertake a detailed evaluation of social and environmental impact on the area, as well as compile a comprehensive ESMP (Environmental & Social Impacts Management Plan), which will be strictly followed.

SMB Winning Consortium has also quickly implemented a land rehabilitation programme, including the planting of cashew, mango and orange trees as well as other cash crops, to restore the ecosystem and promote agricultural development. The establishment of animal and plant observatories and protected areas within the mining district also underline the commitment by the Consortium to maintain biodiversity. SMB Winning Consortium has also repaired and built roads, hospitals, schools, training centers, wells, football fields, etc. for the surrounding communities. Besides developing the mining industry, Consortium has also contributed to the social and economic development of the country.