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Blues continue for troubled China Cosco

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on November 13, 2013

Don’t leave town, police told an executive director at China Cosco Holdings last week. Okay, they probably never said that, but it doesn’t change the fact that Xu Minjie is under investigation in what is widely believed to be part of Beijing’s crackdown on widespread corruption.

Rates hit lowest levels ever, GRIs reach for record highs – go figure

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on October 10, 2013

Here's the story so far ... European demand for containerized imports from China vanished as the continent melted down into a steaming pile of sovereign debt. Meanwhile, the ever-optimistic and market share protecting shipping lines continued to place orders for new ships.

Ship emissions an afterthought at Hong Kong cruise terminal

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on March 6, 2013

When it comes to infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, environmental concerns are rarely allowed to stand in the way. The grossly wasteful and pointless Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is a case in point, and we do not have the slightest doubt…

Drive to cut costs may push shipping into the clouds

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on September 21, 2012

Maersk Line recently signed a US$150 million cloud computing deal with HP. In the five-year agreement, the Danish carrier will use HP’s cloud-enabled data centers and HP Workplace Services in what is known as an “instant-on enterprise”. Yes, that made no sense to me, either.

Carriers in for a brutal year as capacity floods in

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on July 4, 2012

Alphaliner’s chart of the week focuses on the new tonnage that has been added by the top 20 container shipping lines in the past 12 months. As incredible as the capacity is – 844,000 TEUs for a fleet growth of 6.4 percent – the one carrier that stands out is CSAV.

Yangtze shipping left high and dry

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on January 25, 2012

The Year of the Dragon begins now, represented in the Chinese zodiac by the Water Dragon. There is some irony in that, because the worst drought in 50 years has forced Chinese maritime authorities to close the Yangtze River above the port of Wuhan, more than 600 miles upriver from Shanghai.

Not much to look forward to this year for oversupplied carriers

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on April 29, 2011

The first quarter results have been coming in over the last month and they are a mixed bag of good, bad and ugly. Good would be China’s Cosco Shipping, a subsidiary of the country’s largest shipping firm China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co, which announced a 150 percent increase in net profit.

Carriers warn Vale's big bulkers will dampen rates

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on December 9, 2010

The dry bulk shipping business is going through a tough time. It is an incredible 80 percent down on the market peak in May 2008, and rates have led carrier operators on a wild and volatile ride ever since. The industry is currently oversupplied with bulk carriers…

No point in trying to prolong Hong Kong’s maritime hub position

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on November 30, 2010

Earlier this week a coalition of maritime industry groups called for the government to establish a policy bureau to strengthen Hong Kong's position as an international maritime centre. The alliance, comprising the Hong Kong Shipowners' Association…

Coping with shifting cargo patterns will take some doing

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on November 18, 2010

In previous years the peak season for shipping out of Asia was around August to October. Huge volumes of containers left busy China ports and sailed off on full vessels for Europe and the US. Container lines slapped on hefty peak season charges…

Singapore slick an inevitable consequence of being Asia’s gas station

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on May 25, 2010

If your port is at the confluence of the busiest sea lanes in the world, if it is the world’s largest refuelling port and the biggest oil storage centre in Asia, there is a lot of crude and bunker fuel floating around. So when there is an accident at sea…