China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is anticipated to create demand growth for shipping and Singapore is keen to continue playing an important role in the ambitious development strategy, according to Singapore’s minister for trade and industry Chan Chun Sing.

Seaborne trade is expected to grow by 4% this year, the same as in 2017, which was the fastest rate for five years, according to the 2018 edition of the UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport.

While the intra-Asia trade has been held up as the next great thing the container industry, there remains debate about the perception that it is notoriously difficult to make money from.