Beijing: China smashed P3, a proposed mega alliance between the top three containerlines, Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM earlier this year, just as it downed Brazilian miner’s plans to deploy giant 400,000 dwt bulkers to China. The common link between these two events, despite the official announcement coming from government ministries, has been the maritime lobbyist-in-chief, the China Shipowners’ Association (CSA). The CSA works very hard behind the scenes to get its members’ viewpoint across well to the government.
Beijing: Despite shipping and shipbuilding showing fragile signs of recovery in China the local ship recycling business is still in crisis with many yards facing bankruptcy in the coming 12 months, according to the president of the China National Ship Recycling Association, Xie Dehua.
“Many of China’s ship recycling yards will go bankrupt next year,” Xie says.
Dalian: Tianjin International Cruise Home Port has announced that it has strengthened cooperation with leading cruise line Costa to charter six voyages of “Costa Atlantica” in 2015.
The cruise ship “Costa Atlantica” is going to provide various travel services to Japan and Korea for Chinese tourists.
Dalian: China’s efforts to promote LNG as a fuel for ships have not been a huge success to date. The latest issue of SinoShip magazine shows that despite generous subsidies on offer to convert ships to run on LNG, Beijing’s bid to have more than 1,600 vessels with gas engines by the end of next year looks wildly optimistic. Nevertheless, there are a raft of local pioneers promising to usher in a maritime revolution and back up central government’s promise to make all forms of transport more green.
Cairo: Al Qaeda has called for attacks on chokepoints of oil shipments to the West in an English language propaganda magazine posted online. The terrorist group has highlighted the Straits of Gibraltar, the Straits of Hormuz, the Suez Canal, and the Bab El Mendeb Strait as possible targets to disrupt global energy flows.
“Even if a single supertanker… were to be attacked in one of the chokepoints or hijacked and scuttled in one of these narrow sea lanes, the consequences would be phenomenal…” an article within the magazine noted.
Dalian: After China voted against the P3 alliance of the world’s largest containerlines, the industry is waiting to see what Beijing has to say on 2M, the vessel sharing agreement between Maersk and MSC.
The powerful China Shipowners’ Association, which has been vocal in its opposition to both the Vale megabulkers calling China and the P3, has given its opinion on 2M to the government, saying it is vital container shipping has greater competition.
Singapore: Singapore has been replaced by China as the world’s biggest builder of jack-up rigs, with 33% of the global orderbook compared to China’s 47%.
Between 2000 and 2010, yards in Singapore built 55% of global deliveries of jack-up rigs, according to research by Douglas-Westwood.
Dalian: For Greek owners with a problem in the People’s Republic Nicholas Iliopoloulos has rapidly become Mr Fixit or ‘Our Man in China’ as he quips. The shipping veteran has been based in Dalian since 2009 and has worked with many Greek owners to solve issues such as port state control.
The Greek national’s advice on how to handle any dispute in China is useful and worth remembering.
Dalian: The boss of China’s shipbuilding association is confident the nation will be building cruiseships in the very near future.
Guo Dacheng, the new president of the China Association of National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) spoke to AsiaCruise News at Shiptec China in Dalian this morning.
Copenhagen: Shipping is the target of many cyber criminals yet the majority of the industry struggle to understand how to combat this growing scourge. Lars Jensen, who writes a container column for this title and is also the founder of boxwatchers, SeaIntel, has launched a new initiative called CyberKeel aimed at tackling online attacks hitting the shipping industry.
CyberKeel has just released a whitepaper analysing the current challenges related to cyber security for maritime companies as well as ports and terminals.