Asia Editor, Seatrade Maritime News
Vincent Wee is Seatrade's Asia Editor based in Hong Kong covering Hong Kong and South China while also making use of his Malay language skills to cover the Malaysia and Indonesia markets. He has gained a keen insight and extensive knowledge of the offshore oil and gas markets gleaned while covering major rig builders and offshore supply vessel providers.
Vincent has been a journalist for over 15 years, spending the bulk of his career with Singapore's biggest business daily the Business Times, and covering shipping and logistics since 2007. Prior to that he spent several years working for Brunei's main English language daily as well as various other trade publications.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority introduced the first version of its new digital application Pronto, which it claims can help the some 30,000 vessels calling the port every year to cut waiting time by an average of 20%.
Wärtsilä’s Fuel Gas Supply Systems are seeing increasing acceptance, reaching the significant milestone of the 100th order for its LNGPac system since its introduction in 2009 which has played a key role in establishing the viability of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.
Hong Kong should take steps to develop its maritime industry, especially in terms of maritime financing and leasing, with the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) releasing a research report setting out key recommendations for developing the sector in the city.
Hutchison Ports is continuing to invest in its main terminal southern Europe terminal Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST), with an order with Kone Cranes for another six Automatic Stacking Cranes (ASCs) scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2019, adding to the 48 ASCs currently at the terminal.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) fears “chaos and confusion" unless the International Maritime Organization (IMO) urgently resolves some serious issues concerning the successful implementation of the 0.5% sulphur cap for marine fuel, which is scheduled to come into effect globally overnight on January 1, 2020.
While the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made strides in better regulating the shipping industry, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) secretary-general Peter Hinchliffe said there are still shortcomings in the way the United Nations agency in charge of shipping comes up with regulations.
COSCO Shipping Ports (CSP) is tying up with powerful partners to develop a terminal extended services and port supply chain platform.
Wärtsilä unit Eniram has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Athens-based Arista Shipping to participate in the Arista-led Project Forward initiative, which will involve assisting in the development of monitoring and optimisation tools.
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), which operates the island’s state-run ports, continues to make inroads into the transhipment market, improving five places to 13th in the Drewry Port Connectivity Index in the fourth quarter of 2017.