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China Merchants ro-ro company debuts in Guangzhou

PostTime:2019-11-14 08:17:18 View:48

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:80

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:83

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:220

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:217

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:279

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:328

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.

Yantai Port cooperates with Vale to promote iron ore

PostTime:2019-09-11 08:21:03 View:288

Northern Chinese port of Yantai inked the strategic co-operation framework agreement with the world’s largest iron ore producer Vale to promote iron ore product sales and explore new opportunities. According to the agreement, the two parties will deepen the current cooperation and seek for new opportunities to promote Vale’s iron ore products sales including Brazilian blend fines and supply premium iron ore products to Chinese and Asian markets. Currently, Yantai port operates the large sized iron ore terminal and facilities and could handle the very large ore carrier (VLOC). The port started to provide operational service of Brazilian blend fines for Vale in 2015. Located at a strategic position of China’s Bohai Bay, Yantai port aims to become a main Brazilian blend fines hub for China, Japan, South Korea and other Asian markets.

Nansha port attracts 2M's AE7/CONDOR Asia and Europe loops

PostTime:2019-08-07 18:47:24 View:642

THE deep-water port of Nansha in Guangzhou has doubled the number of direct connections with North Europe and West Africa, following the arrival of the Elly Maersk on July 28. The vessel is deployed on the 2M alliance's upgraded AE7/CONDOR service that operates this Asia-Europe trade route with 12 box ships of 14,000 - 18,000 TEU and calls at Nansha port every Sunday on the following rotation of: Ningbo, Shanghai, Nansha, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, port Tangier, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, London, Le Havre, port Tangier, Salalah, Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali, returning to Ningbo. The Port of Nansha now has four direct sailings connecting Europe (two x North Europe, two x Mediterranean). It plays an ever-increasing role in the Greater Bay Area, covering the Pearl River Delta, reported Maritime Logistics Professional. As a fast growing, deep water port in South China with direct rail connections as of October 2020 and the advantages of a 65-square-kilometre free trade zone and lower logistics cost compared to Shenzhen, the Port of Nansha can accommodate mega ships and is an emerging gateway hub in South China. 

EVE Energy and Shanghai Hanshun Shipping developing battery-powered bulk carriers

PostTime:2019-07-02 08:13:19 View:711

Chinese lithium battery producer Huizhou EVE Energy is undertaking the joint development of a fleet electric-powered bulk carriers with Shanghai Hanshun Shipping. Under an agreement, the two partners will jointly develop eighteen 5,400 dwt battery-powered bulk carriers for Shanghai Hanshun Shipping. EVE Energy will provide battery system solutions for the ship owner. It is expected that the operation costs of these river-ocean going bulk carriers will be 30% lower than the same type of the ships. Shanghai Hanshun Shipping, established in May this year, with businesses in shipping services, ship technology development, ship leasing and ship equipment maintenance. The co-operation agreement is for a period of three years and options for another three years. Huizhou EVE Energy was established in 2001 and focuses on lithium battery innovation and manufacturing. The company has already provided battery sets for over 100 alternative energy-powered ships.

IMO: Ship recycling needs the Hong Kong Convention

PostTime:2019-05-13 08:36:25 View:894

Ten years after the adoption of IMO’s Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, in May 2009, there has been progress with voluntary application of its requirements, but the treaty needs to enter into force for it to be widely implemented. “I urge Member States who have not yet done so to ratify the Convention at the earliest opportunity, in order to bring it into force as soon as possible,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, speaking at an International Seminar on Ship Recycling: Towards the Early Entry into Force of the Hong Kong Convention (10 May). The seminar was organized by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan in cooperation with the IMO Secretariat. Speakers from industry and national authorities, including ship recycling countries, are addressing the seminar, which aims to highlight how to promote sustainable ship recycling and discuss what is necessary to move forward for the early entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention.  The Hong Kong Convention covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships. Under the treaty, ships are required to carry an Inventory of Hazardous Materials, specific to each ship. Ship recycling yards are required to provide a "Ship Recycling Plan", specific to each individual ship to be recycled, specifying the manner in which each ship will be recycled, depending on its particulars and its inventory. Secretary-General Lim highlighted the work already done by IMO to develop guidelines to assist in implementation, with a range of awareness-raising workshops, training and other similar projects, to help build capacity in ship recycling countries and establish the conditions that will enable those which have not yet done so, to ratify or accede to the Convention. In particular, the ongoing project on "Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh" (SENSREC), funded by the Government of Norway and jointly implemented by IMO, the Government of Bangladesh and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS), is in its second phase, focusing on building the country's institutional capacity and implementing the training materials based on Phase I. Meanwhile, the Government of Japan has been working with relevant stakeholders to improve ship recycling in South Asia. To date, the Hong Kong Convention has been ratified or acceded by eleven States: Belgium, Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Estonia, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Serbia and Turkey. The combined merchant fleets of these eleven States constitute 23% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant fleet and their combined ship recycling volume constitutes about 1.6 million gross tonnage (about 0.56% of the gross tonnage of the eleven contracting States' merchant fleet). Entry into force requires 15 States, 40% of the world's merchant fleet and their ship recycling volume constituting not less than 3% of the gross tonnage of these contracting States' merchant fleet.

Wuhan New Port Construction Investment and Development Group to close four terminals

PostTime:2019-03-27 08:55:35 View:1399

As a part of regional ports optimisation plan, Wuhan New Port Construction Investment and Development Group is set to demolish four terminals this week. Central China Logistics Corporation, a subsidiary of the state-owned Wuhan New Port Construction Investment and Development Group, is co-operating with Wuhan local authorities to demolish four terminals operated by the company The project includes three cargo and passenger handling terminals located at Hanjiang district and one cargo handling terminal at Hanyang district, Wuhan. Earlier this year, the city of Wuhan launched its port optimisation plans to improve port operation efficiency and environment along Yangtze river and Han river, a totalling of 103 terminals will be closed. Read more: Wuhan to close over half of its terminals in port area optimisation Wuhan New Port Construction Investment and Development Group, formerly known as Wuhan Jiaotong State Holding Group, was restructured and established in 2000 to better manage local port resources and develop Wuhan new port to be the largest inland river port in China.