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Shanghai International Port (Group) Co (SIPG) is looking to invest in Germany’s Hamburg and Bremen ports, as it continually seeks opportunities to own or operate overseas ports, reports said.

The German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) has called for the EU to “massively expand” search and rescue (SAR) capacity in the Med, “without delay”.

Ever since the relocation of large-scale commercial shipbuilding to Asian yards, German shipbuilders and repair yards have had to play to their strengths, undertaking more expensive, highly-specialised work.

Following the successful launch of LNG hybrid generating barge “Hummel” (“Bumblebee”) late last year, Becker Marine will design and build many more proof-of-concept, LNG-powered hybrid vessels, including ferries and container ships, md Dirk Lehmann has revealed in an interview at the company's Hamburg headquarters.

Greece remained the world’s largest shipowning nation by value of its fleet in 2014 according to VesselsValue.com, followed by Japan and China.

Throughput at the Port of Rotterdam, Europe's largest port, rose 1% to 445m tonnes in 2014, and the port expects similar growth in 2015.

Greece’s Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc will expand to Germany and launch its new physical supply and marketing operations within this month.

CMA CGM has bought German shortsea shipping and logistics specialist OPDR (Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei).

More parts of OW Bunker’s global network are being placed into bankruptcy.

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