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Sunday, August 25, 2019

China Shipping News

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Containers Market to Reach $12bln by 2023

The global shipping containers market, which amassed $9.29 billion in 2017, is estimated to reach $12.08 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2017 to 2023.According to a report by Allied Market Research, surge in seaborne trade, rise of transportation services, and increase in number of manufacturing facilities drive the growth in the market. However, decreasing economic growth in few nations in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region restrain the market growth.On the other hand…

Tianjin Container Terminal Merger Announced

The board of directors (the “Board”) of the Company announced that on 30 June 2019, COSCO Ports (Tianjin) Limited (“CP Tianjin”)and China Shipping Terminal Development Co., Ltd. (“CSTD”), both being wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company, entered into amerger agreement with Tianjin Port Holdings Co., Ltd. (“Tianjin Port Holdings”), China Merchants International Terminals (Tianjin) Limited(“CM Terminals”), Tianjin Port Container Terminal Co., Ltd. (“TCT”), Tianjin Five Continents International Container Terminal Co., Ltd. (“FICT”) and Tianjin Orient Container Terminals Co., Ltd.

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COSCO Calls on Port of Liverpool

China's COSCO Shipping has confirmed it will call at the port of Liverpool after a successful trial last October to offer its clients more efficient services between Britain and Canada."The world’s top five shipping lines are all now calling at Liverpool following confirmation that Chinese giant COSCO Shipping is to ship via the port," said a statement from the UK's most centrally-located container port.COSCO Shipping will take slots on an existing Canadian service via Montreal with OOCL.

From left: Michael DiVirgilio, CII President; Ed DeNike, President of SSA Containers; Mrs. DeNike; Ronald J. Forest, President of Matson Navigation; Sue Coffey, CII Treasurer (Photo: CII)

DeNike Presented with Connie Award

Edward Anthony DeNike, president of SSA Containers, a division of Carrix, received the 2018 Connie Award presented by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) in Long Beach, Calif., on Tuesday. DeNike was honored for his contributions to containerization and international trade and transportation industry over the course of the last five decades.The dinner event honoring DeNike was held in conjunction with the IANA Intermodal EXPO and attracted more than 250 people."It is no surprise that our recipient, Ed DeNike – an industry legend – has attracted a record-breaking crowd.

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CMA CGM Buys Stake in CSP Zeebrugge Terminal

French container carrier CMA CGM announced Friday it has acquired from CHINA SHIPPING Ports Development Co. Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO Group, a 10 percent equity interest in CSP Zeebrugge Terminal NV, through its wholly-owned subsidiary CMA Terminals.CMA CGM is currently the major client of the Belgian container terminal and accounted for one third of CSP Zeebrugge's total throughput in 2017.COSCO SHIPPING Ports completed the acquisition of the remaining 76 percent…

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Naval Dome, Stamco Ink Cyber Security Agreement

Maritime cyber security specialist Naval Dome has signed a contract with Piraeus-based Stamco Ship Management to install its maritime cyber defense system aboard 55 Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC).Stamco Ship Management provides technical and commercial ship management services to various companies like NYK, MOL, K-Line, China Shipping, Höegh Autoliners, WWL, Eukor and Glovis.Naval Dome will install the security system onboard the vessels’ bridge, navigation, communication and machinery control systems to deliver maximum…

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Port Development: 2018 Will Be Transformative - Ince & Co

International law firm Ince & Co has advised port operators to expect a year of transformation in 2018, as shifting economic trends, trade flows and global demographic patterns, in tandem with changes in port ownership and ongoing investment in modernization and expansion are all creating the conditions for what could be a defining year for the global ports industry. Ince & Co points to these factors as creating a unique set of commercial opportunities for port operators as they look to adapt to new operating realities, which will also impact the wider ports supply chain.

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Better Times for Box Carriers Ahead?

In the choppy wake of the liner alliance reshuffle, industry consolidation and the (long awaited) boost from expanded Panama Canal traffic, a glimmer of hope appears. The situation for the liner carriers has clearly improved since the doldrums of 2016. Consultants Drewry were estimating that container carriers could book profits of $5 billion in 2017 – coming on the heels of half a decade of losses. In early 2017, improvements were seen in the market compared to the previous two years…

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Cyber Attacks Threaten Shipping & Dominate Maritime News

The maritime industry must redouble its efforts to secure IT systems and data. In June, Maersk Line A/S’s information systems were severely disrupted by the so-called Petya virus. FMC provided Maersk with relief to help them get through the difficult situation. In Mid-July, a researcher penetrated a ship’s internet system through its very small aperture system (VSAT). The ship was operating in the South America trade. An internet security researcher identified as “x0rz” discovered that many shipboard VSAT systems can be penetrated through the public internet…

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COSCO Books H1 Profit of $288 mln

China's COSCO Shipping Holdings Co Ltd reported a first-half profit on Wednesday and forecast that improved demand in the container shipping market would continue for the rest of the year. China's largest shipping group, which last month offered to buy a Hong Kong peer to become the world's third-largest container liner, said January-June net profit was 1.86 billion yuan ($288.32 million). That matched an estimate it announced in July, citing improved market conditions. It also booked revenues of 43.5 billion yuan for the period.

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Chinese Port Operators Optimistic of Future

The outlook for global container port demand growth is now more optimistic, and Chinese players are on the acquisition trail in an aggressive and highly confident manner, said a report from Drewry. Major M&A deals are changing the landscape, with more to come, according to the Global Container Terminal Operators Annual Report 2017, now in its 15th year of publication by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Drewry’s container port demand forecast is more positive than in last year’s report…

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OOCL is 'The Perfect Bride' -Drewry

Orient Overseas International (OOIL) and its container unit OOCL have a good track record for above-average profits in a challenging market and a reputation for being a very well-run company, earning the moniker “The Perfect Bride” by Drewry Maritime Financial Research. Retaining the management team, processes and systems is a wise move and could be of enormous value to Cosco Shipping Holdings (Cosco), Drewry said. OOCL has an owned-fleet of 66 containerships aggregating approximately 440,000 teu.

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COSCO to Buy OOCL for USD 6.3 bln

Chinese Shipping Major Cosco Group has agreed in principle to buy its shipping rival and  Hong Kong’s No. 1 box mover, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), in deal that could be valued around USD 6.3 billion. The takeover will catapult Cosco the world’s third-biggest container carrier after Denmark’s Maersk Line and Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Co. In a press release, the State-owned Cosco said that it will pay shareholders of OOCL,, HK$78.67 a share in cash, a 31 percent premium over the stock’s last closing price.

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Full Ahead: New Generation of Carrier Alliances

Full ahead: new generation of carrier alliances and slot/vessel sharing arrangements; SM’s (Bullet) Line; FWE for Hanjin. On April 1, 2017, the new generation of carrier alliances became reality. In the run up to April 1 there was a flurry of activity with ocean carriers entering into arrangements with other carriers in competing alliances and with other carriers not signatory to any of the alliances. The 2M Alliance is an existing alliance made up of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

Julie Lithgow, Director of ICS and Ms. Lei Xiao Fang, Director of Jiaotong International Cooperation Service Center sign the agreement on behalf of both parties. Standing behind are Mr Zhu Chuan Sheng, Vice Director of Professional Qualification Authority, Mr Xu Guo Yi,  Deputy Head of Shanghai Composite Port Management Committee, Mark Garnier MP and Doug Barrow, Chief Executive of Maritime London. (Photo: The Institute)

The Institute Increases Access to Resources in China

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (The Institute) has signed a strategic agreement with China's Ministry of Transport & Shanghai International Shipping Center to expand the delivery of its professional education services. It promotes co-operation between The Institute and the Ministry of Transport which is designed to improve professional standards for shipping personnel in China and increase opportunities for international exchange in educational excellence. The Institute…

From left to right: Port of LA Executive Director, Gene Seroka; Jonathan Williams President & CEO Battleship Iowa; LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino; and Cavotec's Luciano Corbetta. (Photo: POLA)

Shore Power Exhibit at Port of LA

Global engineering group Cavotec, the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the historic Battleship Iowa museum unveiled a public Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) educational exhibit during a January 23 reception commemorating Battleship USS IOWA’s new shore-side power connection, just south of the Port of Los Angeles’ World Cruise Center. “Working together, we have helped to reduce emissions from ships at berth at POLA and its sister port, POLB [Port of Long Beac]. This cooperation has been critical in supporting the development of innovative AMP technologies in the U.S.

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Cosco Shipping Holdings to Post 2016 Loss

Cosco Shipping Holdings (CSH)has announced that its profit for 2016 will be below that of 2015, reports Reuters. The container shipping arm of state-owned China Cosco Shipping Corp expects to post a net loss of 9.9 billion yuan ($1.44 billion) for 2016, citing the impact of asset disposal and a weak freight market. On some trade lanes, including the high-volume route between Asia and Europe, average revenues per TEU in 2016 were at record lows. Cosco said that freight rates began…

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Consolidated Container Fleets Worth $33.4 Billion

Following the sale of Hamburg Süd to Maerskfor $4 billion, VesslesValue senior analyst William Bennett has compiled a report on the top consolidated container fleets. Currently these top five fleets are worth $33.4 billion and account for 33 percent of the entire container fleet. Maersk have confirmed rumors that they will acquire German container shipping line Hamburg Süd. Hamburg Süd’s strong position in north-south trades will complement Maersk's current business. Maersk is thought to have paid roughly $4 billion for Hamburg Süd whose fleet is worth $1.5 billion.

BIMCO Awards

BIMCO Awards Leadership, Innovation, Pioneering Business Strategy

BIMCO today presented three awards to recognise and celebrate excellence in the global shipping industry among both companies and individuals in the industry – following BIMCO’s conference in Shanghai. This year the importance of leadership, innovation and pioneering business strategy in shipping were clearly recognised by the judges in the choice of winners. BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus chose to give the BIMCO President’s Award to the Tung family from Hong Kong, who run OOCL among other companies.

Table: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

Terminal Operators Face 'Perfect Storm'

Global container terminal operators are changing gear – and strategies – as the nature of their market environment changes markedly due to slowing growth, bigger ships and larger liner alliances. This year, 24 companies qualify as global/international terminal operators in the Drewry analyses, as listed in the above table. The nature of the list is already changing due to major M&A activity. In particular, Cosco and China Shipping have merged, CMA CGM has acquired APL and APM…

Tab1e 1   Source Drewry Maritime Research (www.drewry.co.uk)

Terminal Operators face ‘Perfect Storm’

Global container terminal operators are changing gear – and strategies – as the nature of their market environment changes markedly due to slowing growth, bigger ships and larger liner alliances. This year, 24 companies qualify as global/international terminal operators in the Drewry analyses, as listed in Table 1. The nature of the list is already changing due to major M&A activity as explained in more detail here (M&A Deals Change the Landscape in the Container Ports Industry).

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Container Ports Industry Enter New Phase as M&A Deals Change landscape - Drewry

Softening demand growth coupled with larger liner shipping alliances and bigger ships is moving the container ports industry towards a value sector from growth sector, albeit still highly profitable, according to the Global Container Terminal Operators Annual Review and Forecast 2016 report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Global and international container terminal operators are faced with the dual challenges of weaker demand growth and rising operating and capital costs due to larger vessels and alliances.

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Ship Hits Panama Canal

The Panama Canal authority  (ACP) says a Chinese container ship’s damaging scrape with the canal’s new wider locks was caused by bad weather, Reuter quotes  ACP's  administrator, Jorge Quijano. He said that the only problem in the last month involved a China Shipping Container Lines ship, the Xin Fei Zhou, and it was due to intense rainfall and wind and the vessel not lining up correctly. Quijano says it was the only such incident in the widened canal’s first month of operation. He says unfortunately these things happen in their business.

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CMA CGM Completes NOL Acquisition

CMA CGM has reported its all-cash voluntary unconditional general offer for Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) closed on July 18, 2016, with CMA CGM now owning approximately 97.83 per cent of NOL's share capital. Monday July 18 marked the last day of trading in shares of NOL on the Singapore Exchange. Trading in NOL was suspended. Singapore's former national shipping company was acquired in a 3.38 billion Singapore dollar ($2.5 billion) acquisition by the French shipping line CMA CGM.

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CSCL to Change Name to Cosco Shipping Development

China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) has proposed to change its name to Cosco Shipping Development Co (CSDC), in line with the company’s future business strategy and as a group member of China Cosco Shipping Corporation (Coscocs). "China Shipping Container Lines Co., Ltd. Board of Directors hereby announces that, in view of the Major asset restructuring program the company has been related to the motion of the Company and in February 1, 2016 the first meeting of 2016 Extraordinary General Meeting…

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EU to Accept Antitrust Offer from Maersk, MSC, 13 Others

World No.1 container liner Maersk, Swiss peer MSC and 13 other shipping firms are set to escape possible penalties as EU antitrust regulators plan to accept their offer to end a five-year probe, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The European Commission is likely to announce its decision next month, which means no fine or finding of wrongdoing against the companies, the sources said. Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso declined to comment. The case, which focuses on the way the companies announce price increases…