Lee Hong Liang

Lee Hong Liang

Asia Correspondent


Lee Hong Liang has joined Seatrade as its Asia Correspondent. Based in Singapore, he will provide a significant boost to daily coverage of the Asian shipping markets, as well as bring with him an indepth, specialist knowledge of the bunkering markets.

Throughout Hong Liang’s 14-year career as a maritime journalist, he has reported ‘live’ news from conferences, conducted one-on-one interviews with top officials, and the ability to write hard news and feature stories.

France’s Total is readying to make 0.5% sulphur content fuels available at major bunkering ports from the fourth quarter of this year ahead of the IMO 2020 regulation, and the state oil firm is projecting a gradual global uptake of LNG as a marine fuel.

Singapore-based Pacific Radiance announced that it has won an arbitration case relating to the rescission of shipbuilding contracts for two PSVs with Chinese shipyards.

Chinese shipyards saw newbuilding orders plunged in the first four months of this year on the back of an overall weak international shipping market and declining new orders globally, according to the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (Cansi).

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has officially opened a Maritime Cybersecurity Operations Centre (MSOC) on Thursday to boost cyber defence readiness in the face of rising threats from cyber-attacks.

UAE-based Brooge Petroleum and Gas Investment Co (BPGIC) has unveiled a plan to build a 250,000-barrels per day (bpd) capacity refinery to produce IMO 2020-compliant bunker fuel in Fujairah.

Canada-based offshore vessels operator Horizon Maritime has opened a new Norwegian branch office, in line with a previous acquisition of a harsh environment offshore vessel for operations in Northern Europe.

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) will introduce two new Asia to South America East Coast and the Caribbean direct services beginning in June 2019.

With the IMO 2020 implementation day approaching, oil major Shell announced that it has carried out 19 successful trials of its very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) at key ports globally.

The market for AHTS vessels is expected to continue to be plagued by poor operating conditions while there are signs of improvement for the PSV segment, according to Siem Offshore.

The port of Singapore recorded an increase in its container throughput in April over the year-ago period, while bunker sales went in the opposite direction and plunged by 12.3% year-on-year, according to preliminary estimates from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

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