Could it be second time lucky for China’s new impetus to push through its flagship free trade zone in Shanghai?
Bimco says that caution will be needed in 2018 to sustain the improvement in shipping markets last year, with China remaining as the driving force of demand.
I read an awful lot of press releases, and listen to many speeches, about how shipping is really an environmentally friendly industry, this is despite the fact the vast majority of it burns what is essentially refining industry waste for fuel.
If truth is the first casualty of war, the second is probably underwater communication cables which the history of the last century informs us are severed simultaneously with the opening of hostilities. There are many more of these undersea conduits today, which might account for the current angst being expressed about their vulnerability to hostile powers.
With Ocean Network Express (ONE) going with a magenta branding and colouring for its ships we can’t help but be reminded of ContShip Containerline’s marvellous pink containerships.
The hype around autonomous shipping fails to take into account the value the human being can bring onboard a ship and the real cost of replacing seafarers, argues Anglo-Eastern ceo Bjorn Hojgaard.
The concept of the 50,000 teu containership recently forecast by consultants McKinsey was dismissed as neither needed or possible by senior industry executives at a conference in Hong Kong.
Norwegian ballast water treatment manufacturer Optimarin has demonstrated confidence in its system technology, based on filtration and UV treatment, by offering customers a five-year guarantee covering parts and servicing all around the world.