With some major shipping markets seeming to have passed worst the question of what opportunities there were for financiers and investors were in focus at the Capital Link New York Maritime Forum this week.

Cosco Shipping Development Co (CSDC) has entered into a multi-partnership agreement to look into investment opportunities in the logistics industry, capitalising on China’s One Belt One Road initiative.

With China Development Bank (CDB) and the Greek Public Power Corporation (PPC) set to sign a cooperation agreement which could be worth many tens of million of dollars, China’s has sought to stress the economic and social benefits of investment cooperation between Chinese and Greek companies as they have been cited as a source of concern for some Western countries.

Make no mistake, George Economou - with not one but two degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology - is the smartest guy in the room. For going on two decades, non-shipping investors typically of the retail variety, have been on the losing side of one deal after another, when it comes to Dryships or predecessor companies.

China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited (Cosco Shipping) has set up a logistics investment fund, backed by the provincial government, to raise around RMB6bn ($874.2m) for investments in areas including cold chain logistics, logistics infrastructure, industrial parks, and e-commerce.

China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited (Cosco Shipping) has entered into a strategic partnership with China’s real estate developer Greenland Holdings Corp over assets investment and logstics development.

China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has established a non-state-owned investment holding firm in Jiangsu province to provide the group with an alternative source of income, amid the tough shipbuilding market.

Alternative investment firm Uni-Asia Holdings has improved its full year 2015 charter income from its main dry bulk fleet, despite a rise in vessel operating expenses.

Malaysia and China are working to boost connectivity between their sea ports to raise bilateral trade to achieve a trade volume of $160bn by 2017, local reports said.

China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has completed a series of investments and disposals, in line with the company’s strategy to divert its attention from the non-core businesses into the core shipbuilding and related businesses.

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