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China's port of Qinhuangdao adopts new rule to crackdown on pollution from ships

PostTime:2019-12-11 08:26:05 View:40

QINHUANGDAO, China's largest coal shipping port, has adopted a new regulation to prevent air pollution from ships, that came into effect this December. The rule states ships that emit "visible black smoke" for three minutes or longer will be punished. In addition, incinerators are banned in ships off the waters of Qinhuangdao, the regulation said. Priority will be given to the ships powered by fuel oil with sulphur content below 0.1 per cent m/m in entry, load and unload, and departure of the port, Xinhua reported. "As the port and the urban area are connected seamlessly, ship emissions have become one of the important sources of air pollution in the city of Qinhuangdao," said Qinhuangdao Ecology and Environment Bureau deputy director Wang Xinzhi. The number of merchant ships in and out of Qinhuangdao has reached 14,000 so far this year. It is estimated that the 24-hour emission of PM2.5 pollutants by a medium-sized containership is equivalent to the daily emission of 500,000 heavy trucks.

Ningbo port little affected by trade war as it mostly deals with EU

PostTime:2019-12-05 08:31:24 View:107

THE Port of Ningbo has managed to avoid much of the damage of the US-China trade war by having the good fortune of doing most of its business with Europe, reports Mumbai's Free Press Journal. "Our company has been affected slightly by what has been happening with the US. But that has not led to a decrease in business as businesses have been growing," said a Ningbo port spokesman. He added that the Ningbo Zhoushan Port Co mostly has long-term agreements with its partners. "This port enjoys the largest throughput, making it the number one port in throughput for 10 consecutive years," he said. Ningbo with a draft of 20 metres, has witnessed 300 million dwt of shipping and is the only port in China that can accommodate the ships of above 100,000 dwt in China, said the report. Ningbo's raw tonnage is mostly liquid and dry bulk, but its container throughput for Ningbo Zhoushan port stood at 26.3 million TEU in 2018. "But by the end of 2019, there is some good growth expected."

Asian Logistics & Maritime Conference airs HK trends and challenges

PostTime:2019-11-29 08:23:28 View:170

TRADE disputes and changing trade and consumption patterns were discussed by logistics, maritime and aviation industry experts attending the ninth Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference, organised by the Hong Kong Government and HK Trade Development Council (HKTDC). The first plenary session, "Where Opportunity Knocks - Asia Supply Chain Wedged between Challenging Geopolitics", focused on Asia's supply chain playing a larger global role as worldwide trade rows and global economic uncertainties impact the industry. "Trade tensions are rising around the world, resulting in a dramatic spike in import-restrictive measures," World Trade Organization (WTO) senior economist Coleman Nee pointed out at the conference. Mr Nee highlighted that a WTO report on trade restrictions showed that the trade coverage of new import-restrictive measures imposed from October 2018 to May 2019 was 3.5 times the average since May 2012. World merchandise trade volume grew just 0.6 per cent in the first half of 2019, and the decrease in both imports and exports in Asia was similar to that in the 2015/16 slowdown. "Trade diversion is a significant trend, resulting in some emerging markets, like Brazil and Vietnam, seeing large increases in exports, while mature markets, such as Korea and Europe, experience declining exports," said Mr Nee. Maersk senior vice president Robbert van Trooijen discussed the changing supply chain. Omni-channel trends require distribution support, which presents both problems and opportunities for logistics services providers, he said. Keeping supply chain costs as low as possible put logistics providers under pressure as they need to be agile and fast. "Producers are making money on their sales, but losing money on their supply chain inefficiencies. As margins erode in e-commerce, it is especially important that costs are kept under control in the supply chain," he said. The plenary also featured Japan-based logistics and distribution firm Yamato Holdings Co's senior executive officer Katsuhiko Umetsu. "The food supply chain will be enhanced by innovative logistics, making temperature control, manufacturing, distribution and logistics transparent," he said. "Yamato's goal is to develop an end-to-end cold chain platform to allow perishable food to be delivered safely around the world." Mr Umetsu invited all companies at the forum to work with Yamato Holdings to achieve the goal of building a food safety cold chain that can trace products and temperature using a physical internet-driven network. Eleven per cent of the parcels it delivers are in the cold chain, so the company is ready to create a global cold chain platform with the support of other stakeholders. Mr Umetsu outlined the future for logistics, information and financial technology. For governments, this involves food safety standards, digitalisation of customs and quarantine regulations, and development of cryptocurrency. For business, this involves developing and implementing new cold chain technology. HOPU Investments CEO Lau Teck Sien pointed out that global positioning systems (GPS) are changing warehousing and logistics now that using GPS is "very cheap". He said that GPS sensors have revolutionised warehousing because they enable one warehouse to handle consignment volumes that previously required two to three warehouses to handle. Li & Fung Development (China) managing director Ka-mun Chang forecasts five future trends in the logistics industry. One trend involves the challenge to the WTO caused by the prevalence of bilateral and regional trade agreements, which make customs procedures, for example, very complicated. A second trend is consumer empowerment through mobile phones; this has created new demands for supply chains, which have to meet consumer needs globally. And a third trend is the trade tension between China and the United States. "Even if they do agree on a simple trade deal," he said, "there will still be many challenges, such as IP, technology transfer and 'Made in China 2025'." Another trend is the Belt and Road Initiative, which represents a new phase of globalisation. The mainland China government has started moving low-cost sourcing bases for high-volume products, which may benefit logistics companies in Hong Kong and the rest of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.       The final trend Mr Chang discussed was tech innovations, such as artificial intelligence and 3D printing. These technologies shorten lead times, allowing customers to obtain products instantly, he said.  

Launch of direct container shipping service between Wuhan and Japan

PostTime:2019-11-19 08:44:46 View:286

Wuhan Xingang Datong International Shipping is launching a direct container shipping service from Wuhan, a major transportation hub in central China, to Japan on 28 November. Wuhan Xingang Datong International Shipping, a subsidiary of the Central China Logistics Corporation, will deploy the container ships Hanya 1 and Hanya 2 on the route, with a capacity of 500 teu and 560 teu respectively. The company said the direct container shipping service is to meet the growing shipping demands driven by rapidly increasing regional trade volume. The service is scheduled to operate on weekly basis, Hanya 1 and Hanya 2 will be on shifts. In the first half of 2019, Wuhan port posted a container throughput of 820,000 teu.

Hong Kong port welcomes its largest box ship ever, the MSC Isabella

PostTime:2019-11-19 08:16:10 View:293

MODERN Terminals' facilities at Terminal 9 (south) has accommodated the largest containership to call at the port of Hong Kong to date - the 23,656 TEU MSC Isabella. Modern Terminals Ltd group managing director Peter Levesque said in a statement: "We are proud to have MSC Isabella, a magnificent container vessel, at our facilities. Setting a new milestone for the port of Hong Kong. "Modern Terminals is a member of the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance (HKSPA) and the combined facilities of HKSPA can handle eight mega vessels simultaneously which provides the kind of flexibility the large shipping lines want." The MSC Isabella is deployed on the Asia-North Europe Swan service operated by the 2M Alliance on a port rotation of: Qingdao, Busan, Ningbo, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Tanger Med, Algeciras, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, returning to Qingdao. Mediterranean Shipping Company's regional managing director for Asia Y J Tan said: "We are pleased to have our biggest, most technologically advanced and energy efficient class of vessels calling at the port of Hong Kong. MSC Isabella and her new sister ships show MSC's continued investment and commitment towards facilitating global trade." MSC Isabella is the sister ship of MSC Gulsun, the world's largest containership, and forms part of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to be added in 2019-2020 to the global shipping network of MSC. These 11 ships have been designed with a wide range of environmental, efficiency and safety matters in mind. For example, the shape of the bow has been designed to enhance energy efficiency by reducing hull resistance. State-of-the-art engineering minimises wind resistance, resulting in lower fuel consumption. To comply with the upcoming International Maritime Organization's low sulphur marine fuel regulation in 2020, the ship is equipped with an IMO-approved hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system and has the option of switching to low-sulphur fuel, or to be adapted for liquefied natural gas in the future.  

China Merchants ro-ro company debuts in Guangzhou

PostTime:2019-11-14 08:17:18 View:352

China Merchants RoRo Transportation Company (Guangzhou), a joint venture between China Merchants Energy Shipping and GAC Business, has been launched in Nansha free trade zone, Guangzhou. Chen Hongxian, director of Guangzhou Port said, that Guangzhou is encouraging China Merchants’ development to be a leading vehicle transportation industry player in Guangzhou, which will further support Guangzhou and South China region’s development as a ro-ro transportation hub. “The company aims to be a top finished vehicle logistics service provider and expects to explore more cooperation opportunities with GAC,” said Xie Chunlin, chairman of China Merchants Energy Shipping. “GAC  expects to improve its shipping service via the cooperation with China Merchants to increase the operation efficiency and reduce cost for automobile transportation,” said Xia Xianqing, general manager of GAC Business. China Merchants RoRo Transportation Company (Guangzhou), registered in September this year, is jointly established by China Merchants Energy Shipping and GAC Business, holding a 70% and 30% share equity of the jv respectively.

Hong Kong holds Asian Logistics Maritime Conference on Nov 19-20

PostTime:2019-11-07 08:18:45 View:340

THE ninth Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference (ALMC), an annual event jointly organised for these industries by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the Hong Kong government, will be held on November 19-20 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Under the theme of "Connect and Innovate: Navigating Challenging Times", this year's ALMC will focus on three key areas: Asian connectivity, e-commerce customer experience, and logistics technology. Some 60 experts from the logistics and maritime sectors will share their insights at the conference, which is expected to attract 2,000 industry players from 25 countries and regions. "In addition to exploring the challenges faced by Asian supply chains under an uncertain geopolitical situation, the event will focus on a range of hot industry topics such as the retention of customers in the e-commerce arena, smart shipping, digital transformation in the air freight industry and logistics technology developments," said HKTDC deputy executive director Patrick Lau. With the launch of the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, and with various Asian countries actively promoting different trade agreements and regional development strategies, further integration between different trades and supply chains can be expected, resulting in a significant impact on both the logistics and shipping industries in the region. As manufacturing investment in countries in ASEAN accelerates amid ongoing trade disputes and uncertainties around the globe, the logistics industry needs to adjust its strategy. A panel of leading logistics service providers and facilities operation representatives will share their views during the first plenary session on how Asia can catch up and play a larger global role. In the second plenary session, "Keeping the customer 'King' in the e-commerce arena", experts from e-commerce service providers, online sales platforms and innovative start-ups will share their strategies for driving improvements in supply chain management and strengthening customer relationships, in addition to offering forecasts for upcoming industry trends. A new session, InnoTalks, has been added to the conference this year to facilitate a discussion on the application of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics automation, big data and smart supply chains for the logistics industry. The new MarketTalks session at ALMC will invite overseas industry representatives to share updated market information, while another new session, Market Clinic, will enable four local logistics associations' representatives, as well as industry elites from North America, Southeast Asia and Japan, to provide complimentary one-on-one logistics consultation services for participants. Alongside the plenary sessions, other forums will focus on the topics of cold-chain logistics, smart logistics and the digital transformation of air freight. Exhibitions and networking receptions will be staged alongside the conference to provide participants with a more complete picture of the latest market intelligence and business opportunities. The maritime forum will focus on three areas: geopolitics, smart shipping, and the transformation of the structure of the shipping industry. In addition, Canadian National Railway (CN) will hold a regional forum to discuss Asia's collaboration with North American ports and railways under the theme of "North American outlook: what changing trade policies, regulations and sourcing shifts mean for supply chains".       Sichuan province's Port & Logistics Office will also hold another regional forum to discuss how to develop the Air Silk Road, as well as land-air transport to promote global trade.    

Maersk and Lingang Group team up to develop shipping services

PostTime:2019-11-06 08:24:51 View:342

DENMARK's Maersk has signed a cooperation agreement with Shanghai-based Lingang Group to jointly develop international shipping services and related business. The deal enables the two parties to focus on the development of import and export logistics services, cross-border e-commerce business, shipping finance, maritime law service, international shipping insurance and shipping economy in an effort to expand international shipping services and boost service capacity, reported Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News. Maersk has, furthermore, agreed to jointly promote digitisation and automation in Lingang industrial zone and improve Lingang's competitiveness in global shipping and trading sectors. "We expect to develop digital channel and omni-channel logistics distribution centre here, which will be able to provide one-stop and customised service to our clients from Lingang, Yangtze river delta and overseas," said Maersk Asia Pacific president Robbert van Trooijen. Owned by Shanghai State Council, Lingang Group is engaged in industrial zone investment, development and operation.  

China’s first online shipping insurance transaction platform launched

PostTime:2019-10-22 08:14:48 View:385

China’s first online shipping insurance transaction platform has been officially launched in Nansha, Guangzhou. Nansha, a transportation and economy hub of Guangzhou, is developing a maritime industry chain including international trading, shipping exchange, shipping finance, maritime service and shipping insurance. The platform is jointly set up by Shanghai Insurance Exchange, Guangzhou Shipping Exchange Company, PICC Property and Casualty Company Limited Guangdong Branch, China Ping An Property Insurance Guangdong Branch, China Pacific Property Insurance Company Guangdong Branch and China Dadi Property Insurance Guangdong Branch. The online shipping insurance transaction platform will focus on the research and development of shipping insurance business in Great Bay Area and service for local shipping industry, and it will further expand service scope and develop cross-industry data consolidation. The Great Bay area, includes Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in Guangdong province, aiming to develop the eleven cities of Hong Kong-Macao-Guangdong into a leading international innovation & technology hub.

Ningbo-Zhoushan port's new 10m TEU box terminal to be completed in 2020

PostTime:2019-10-22 08:09:47 View:389

THE Chinese port of Ningbo-Zhoushan is on target to finish construction of the new container terminal at Meishan that will have 10 container berths with a maximum annual handling capacity of 10 million TEU at full build-out. The port has just commenced the construction of its ninth berth, which is due to open in 2020, reported Seatrade Maritime News, Colchester, UK. The first phase of development includes five berths which are open for operation. The other five berths of the project's second phase includes two 200,000 tonne-class and three 150,000 tonne-class deepwater berths with a handling capacity of 4.3 million TEU. In 2018, Ningbo-Zhoushan port handled 26 million TEU, ranking it the third busiest port worldwide.  

2020 Bulkers enters into a time charter agreement for Bulk Shanghai

PostTime:2019-10-15 08:52:45 View:436

2020 Bulkers has entered into a time charter agreement for Bulk Shanghai with a 100% owned subsidiary of Glencore. The vessel will commence a 11-13 month time charter upon delivery from New Times Shipyard in early November 2019 and will earn an index linked rate, reflecting a significant premium to the Baltic 5TC index. The time charter also includes a profit sharing of any economic benefit derived from operating the vessel´s scrubber. About 2020 Bulkers Ltd.: 2020 Bulkers has two Newcastlemax drybulk vessels in operation and six Newcastlemax drybulk vessels under construction at New Times Shipyard in China. All vessels are expected to be delivered by May 2020 and will be fitted with exhaust scrubber systems.  

Shekou strives to become South China's leading port for fruit imports

PostTime:2019-09-30 08:01:28 View:484

CHINA Merchants Group's deputy general manager Chen Boqi has unveiled some of the future development plans for Shekou port that include the goal of turning the gateway into the largest fruit import port in South China. "Currently, there are 147 services arriving at Shekou port every week (99 from Asia, 12 from Europe and Mediterranean, 11 from the Middle East and the Red Sea, nine from South America, seven from Africa, five from North America, and four from Oceania), Mr Chen was quoted as saying in a report by FreshPlaza, Netherlands. "In general, the port receives large volumes of fruit from Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand. With the support of the customs policy, the efficiency of our customs clearance is on par with Hong Kong, and the supporting facilities have also been improving each year." From April 2018, Shekou port began to implement the customs clearance model that enables companies to declare in advance and get cargoes released when arriving in Hong Kong. From August 24 2019, the port started to pilot the customs clearance model of the "two-step declaration". Previously, when declaring cargoes, companies had to wait until all the information had passed a customs' review before they were released. With the new model, they don't need to submit all the information all at once and only need to fill in nine items. After the cargo is released, it can be picked up from the dock. Once the cargoes arrive at their destination, the company can then submit other information and pay taxes. In terms of cost, the national inspection fee for containers arriving at Shekou port is CNY1,080 (US$154) if cold treatment is required, or CNY580 (no cold treatment required), and the trucking fee from the port to Guangzhou Jiangnan market is CNY2,500. "We calculated that the operating cost for entering through Shekou port for a 40-inch container is about $370 lower than that of inland ports such as Shenzhen Bay." In terms of supporting facilities, there are 106 reefer checkpoints in the port and 3,124 reefer charging points. In 2018 the volume of reefer containers arriving at Shekou port was 46,300 TEU, up 43 per cent year on year. Not only have the categories of imported fruit entering the port been increasing year by year, but the imports of each category have also been rising rapidly. "We hope that more import companies will see the strengths of Shekou port, and we are also communicating with importers and exporters in order to continuously improve our services, reduce operating costs, and provide better services to our customers," said Mr Chen. He added that there are plans in the pipeline to commence an exclusive service that allows cargo to be shipped from Thailand to Shekou in four days, "saving time and costs for durian importers and exporters," said Mr Chen.