A number of Singapore’s top shipowners are ready for the transition to IMO 2020 low sulphur fuel with BW Group, Maersk Tankers, Pacific Carriers Ltd, AET, and Pacific International Lines (PIL) all named at an industry seminar on Thursday.

Esben Poulsson has arguably become one of the best known faces in shipping. The Dane, who has spent much of his career in Asia, is today both president of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and is highly active representing the industry both in the Lion City and globally with ICS.

Maritime and technology leaders at the Sea Asia 2019 preview panel discussion today highlighted the significant role of start-up companies, particularly those in the technology sector, in bringing the maritime industry into the digital age and creating growth opportunities driven by innovation.

Container volumes in Southern Vietnam’s Cai Mep port complex grew 21 % the first 10 months of the year and reached 2.4m teu.

Tideworks Technology, Inc, and the  International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP), the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) of Jamaica, and Manzanillo International Terminal-Panamá, S.A. (MIT), have signed a letter of intent for academic collaboration.

Singapore is to set up the first 3D printing production facility on-site at port to produce equipment parts.

The Panama Maritime Authority has released the 2017 statistics of cargo volume handled by ports showing an increase of 10.1% to 6.89m teu, up from 6,27m teu in 2016.

As it looks to retain and build on its status as an international maritime centre Singapore has launched a transformation plan to drive innovation and connectivity with aim to grow the maritime sector’s value-add by SGD4.5bn ($3.4bn) and create more than 5,000 jobs by 2025.

The importance opening up of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) with the receding of the Polar ice cap should not be exaggerated says Singapore Shipping Association president Esben Poulsson.

Tideworks Technology, a full-service provider of terminal management and planning software solutions, has announced Thomas J (TJ) Rucker will takeover the role of president effective 1 September 2017.

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