Apparently in response to market demand, the end of 2017 and the first couple of weeks of the year have seen the launch of a flurry of new and enhanced services from several key lines on intra-Asia and China-Southeast and South Asia routes in particular.

MSC and Moby have ordered four LNG-ready ro-pax ferry/cruise vessels, plus options for up four for more, from GSI Shipyard in China.

The London P&I Club has highlighted new stricter China regulations on solid waste imports, and warned in particular about the stiff penalties that been put in place recently.

With greater numbers of ships calling in Chinese ports daily, it is perhaps not surprising more ships are being inspected and more and more ships are being detained.

JES International has failed in a bid to sell its shipyard business, while its former ceo has been jailed for 12 and half years.

The head of Cosco in Pakistan has been shot dead in what police said appeared to be a targeted attack.

 The shipping of cement is becoming more efficient and more realistic led by developments in the Asia market where the demand has not only heavy, but cargoes are being lifted in a new wave of ships.

APL is launching a new China Southeast Asia (CSE) Service – a direct service that links North and Central China to the Southeast Asian markets of Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines, to enhance intra-Asia connectivity.

With President Donald Trump completing his first year in office his efforts have been focused on actualising ideas that were voiced during the arduous 2016 sprint to the White House.

The burning Iranian tanker Sanchi on fire eight days following a collision with a bulker has sank according to Chinese state media.

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