Qingdao Cruise Terminal Construction Kicks Off
An event officially signalling the start of construction on Qingdao International Cruise Terminal in China was held alongside a global promotion launched to attract investment. At the event, the People's Government of Qingdao signed a cooperation agreement with Shandong Port Group for a RMB10 billion project, and inked contracts with a number of partners for 14 industrial projects with a total investment of RMB31.35 billion.The government of Qingdao's Shibei District is pushing…
CargoSmart Intros Connected Reefer Solution
CargoSmart, the provider of global shipment management software solutions, announced its brand-new CargoSmart Connected Reefer Solution, a one-stop reefer cargo management solution for ocean carriers and shippers.The AI and IoT-enabled solution features end-to-end information transparency, including enhanced reefer container Pre-Trip Inspection (PTI) support, real-time container status monitoring updates, and predictive cargo arrival status. It allows carriers to offer best-in-class performance to shippers with lowered operating costs.
Cosco Names New CEO for OOIL
Cosco-owned Hong Kong containerline Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL) said its chief executive Huang Xiaowen has resigned and Wang Haimin will succeed him.Executive director Zhang Wei has also resigned. OOIL said Huang and Zhang resigned due to "work commitments."Wang Haimin, aged 47, comes from Cosco, which recently acquired the Hong Kong-based company.Wang was elevated to the top management as a vice-president of Cosco Shipping in February, and became the vice-chairman of Shanghai-and Hong Kong-listed Cosco Shipping Holdings…
American P&I Club adds to London, Hong Kong Staff
One appointment in the London office and two in Hong Kong.In a circular to Members of the American P&I Club, its Managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (SCB), have today announced that Arsinoi Iliokaftou has been appointed Claims Executive in London, to add further strength to its existing capabilities in the claims liaison sphere, whilst in the Managers’ Hong Kong office, Vicky Cheng and Joe Wan have been appointed as Business Development Executives – Asia to assist in the…
V.Group Names Zou Managing Director for China
V.Group said it has appointed Junshan Zou to build, lead and drive V.Group’s activities in China, including business development, ship management and marine services.“We have made a long-term commitment to growing our business in China,” said Alastair Evitt, Group Managing Director for V.Group’s Ship Management East division. “This new role will enable us to focus our efforts on growing all aspects of V.Group’s business including expanding our pool of Chinese seafarers to meet the future growth needs of the market.”Zou has more than 20 years’ experience in maritime related businesses…
CSSC to Restructure
The primary contractor for China's naval force China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) is preparing a major asset reorganization involving its two subsidiaries, reported China Daily. The companies have halted stock trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange The announcement said that whether the reforms take place would be decided in the next 10 trading days. CSSC Holdings Ltd and CSSC Offshore and Marine Engineering Co Ltd both acted upon the notices from their parent company about the potential asset reform by suspending their stock trading. The CSSC group is the parent of three listed companies.
International Maritime University Pacts with Latin America
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced that International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) has been selected to host the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Latin America region, under an ambitious project, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by IMO, to help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. Under the Global MTTC Network (GMN) project, UMIP will host MTCC-Latin America. The selection of UMIP followed a competitive international tendering process. UMIP joins MTCCs in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
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…
Liberian Registry Strengthens Asia Team
The Liberian Registry has announced strategic new appointments in a number of key areas within the Asian regional offices operated by its US-based manager, the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR). Wan Ching Chiang has been promoted to Registrations Manager for the Liberian Registry in Singapore. Chiang is embarking on her fifth year with the Liberian Registry, which she joined as Registrations and Corporate Coordinator. In her new role, she will be overseeing…
North P&I Club Opens Office in Shanghai
North P&I Club has further strengthened its position in the Asia Pacific region by opening a new office in Shanghai November 23, 2016. The new office, located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, complements its existing regional offices in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Joint managing director Paul Jennings announced the new office at a major reception for 150 Asia Pacific members, brokers and port authorities at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore last night. ‘We have been in Hong Kong since 1995, in Singapore since 2007 and in Tokyo since 2012.
NYK Scholarships Offered in China
During the month of November, NYK offered scholarships to 78 outstanding Chinese students in two universities in China. This was the 16th consecutive year for NYK to demonstrate its corporate social responsibility (CSR) through the company’s dedicated support of maritime education. On November 16, an awards ceremony was held at Dalian Maritime University (DMU), where 42 students were recognized for their academic excellence and fine demeanor. They were encouraged to develop themselves into socially responsible and intelligent young Chinese filled with an international vision.
Antwerp Port, Shanghai Maritime University Join forces
The port of Antwerp, the second-largest in Europe, is to collaborate with Shanghai Maritime University (SMU), a world-renowned centre of maritime know-how. As of next academic year four master’s students at SMU will receive a Port of Antwerp Maritime Award. With this collaboration Antwerp has opted resolutely in favour of supporting young talent. “Young potentials are the future: as a port we naturally invest in good commercial relations but we also consider supporting the future generations to be equally important…
Dynamic Positioning Training Center Launched in Shanghai
C-MAR, an international marine and offshore services provider, and the Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) has officially launched the Dynamic Positioning training facility (DPC-SMU) at a special ceremony in Shanghai. In the first joint venture of its kind, C-MAR will provide dynamic positioning (DP) training to Chinese nationals and vessel operators in the offshore oil and gas sector, bringing the company’s extensive experience and expertise to the world’s fastest growing maritime sector.
C-MAR, SMU Open China-UK DP Training Facility
C-MAR and the Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) has officially launched the Dynamic Positioning training facility (DPC-SMU) at a special ceremony in Shanghai. In the first joint venture of its kind, C-MAR will provide dynamic positioning (DP) training to Chinese nationals and vessel operators in the offshore oil and gas sector. With 50% of the world’s crude oil passing through the South China Sea and an increase in oil and gas exploration and production activity, the need has never been greater for more domestic operators able to work in deep waters and challenging environments.
FMC Commissioners Meet with China Transport Officials
Federal Maritime Commissioners Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. and William P. Doyle met with transportation officials from China on January 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Members of the delegation included Professor Yu Shicheng, Chairman of the Shanghai Maritime University Council and Director of the Shanghai International Shipping Institute (SISI); Wang Jianmin, Vice President of the Shanghai Shipping Exchange (SSE); Chen Jihong, Associate Professor at the Shanghai Maritime University (SMU); Luo Kai, a researcher at the China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS). Accompanying the visitors was Dr.
Golden Magnolia Award for Antwerp Port Rep.
Jan Van der Borght, the representative of the port of Antwerp in Shanghai, has been presented with the Golden Magnolia Award. Two years ago he won the Silver Magnolia Award, so that now he is only the second Belgian and the first representative of a foreign port to receive both the Silver and Golden awards. The Magnolia Awards are an initiative of the Bureau of Foreign Affairs and are presented to foreigners living in Shanghai who have made a particular contribution to the economic development and international standing of the city.
OP/ED: Maritime Education
Will the American University System Follow in the Wake of our Merchant Fleet? Everyone who came to America knew that the most reliable path to financial success and status was hard work and higher education. That formula even worked for those born here. The rush to higher education started in 1947 when the GI Bill sent millions of Americans to college. In fact, for years, almost half of all those entering college were veterans (note: Merchant Mariners were not included in that benefit.) Higher education was seen by the public as both affordable and valuable.
SMU-DNV International Cooperation Centre
Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) and DNV have signed a strategic partnership agreement to establish the “SMU-DNV International Cooperation Centre. The objective is to further expand and deepen the existing relationship between the parties and thus advance the development of the Shanghai International Shipping Centre. According to the strategic partnership agreement, Shanghai Maritime University and DNV will use the SMU-DNV International Cooperation Centre as a platform to strengthen cooperation in the areas of competence development…