Hong Kong is planning a number of tax incentives to promote marine insurance, reinsurance and specialty insurance as the city tries to make up lost ground in the fight with Singapore for regional business.

The issues with contaminated bunker supplies in the Houston area earlier this year continue and have begun to spread worldwide, the Standard Club warned in a web alert.

Rapidly following on from successful implementation projects in Asian bunkering hub Singapore and in Hong Kong, ExxonMobil will now be the first company to supply bunker via an independently accredited mass flow metering system (MFMS) in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region. ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50™ marine fuel is now available through an MFMS that has received third-party accreditation from Lloyd’s Register.

UK-based Coldharbour Marine, a manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) based on unique inert gas technology, has opened a new office in Singapore and appointed Mohit Batra to lead its planned expansion into the Asian market.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has been selected to help develop the future Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) regulatory framework for Singapore and will receive dedicated funding for their shore-to-ship delivery project.

As the world of shipping changes much more rapidly than it has done before, the transition of leadership at the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is also about keeping up with that change.

Toll Group has opened a new SGD228m ($166.8m) logistics hub in Singapore close to the upcoming Tuas Port.

Trade facilitation, especially across Asia, is set to be improved with the launch of Global eTrade Services’ (GeTS) Open Trade Blockchain (OTB), an inclusive and extensible blockchain service.

Leading maritime software provider Hanseaticsoft opened its first Asia office at Fusionopolis Place in Singapore in July as it steps up its expansion and brings its cloud-based ship management solution, Cloud Fleet Manager to the region.

Continuing its hard line on errant bunker suppliers the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has cancelled the bunker craft operator licence of Pegasus Maritime.

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