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20 April 2018


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What is topical this week

Global Trade & Logistics – India is leading in the growth of global trade. China announced Hainan Island as an International Free trade Zone. Global container shipping is expected to have mixed results in 2018.

Maritime & Logistics Infrastructure – China’s Qinzhou Port will be developed to facilitate trade with ASEAN countries. The expansion of ports in Tanzania and Djibouti will compete with Kenya’s Mombasa port. South Africa’s Transnet is looking for a new terminal operator for the Port of Durban.

Multi-Modal Connectivity – CMA CGM launched London-Duisburg rail service connecting China. Kenya Rail and CMA CGM reached a deal on expanding standard gauge cargo. Russia is looking to develop inland waterways.

Shipbuilding, Ship Repair & Recycling – The Japanese shipbuilders are facing challenges due to low prices and subsidies received by Korean and Chinese shipbuilders. STX Shipbuilding of South Korea will be downsized. The Shipbreaking business at India’s Alang saw a 12% reduction.

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Maritime & Logistics Investments – A Chinese firm will invest USD 800 Mln to connect a port city in Sri Lanka. India’s Essar Ports will invest USD 63 Mln in Hazira port this year. Opinion – The Government’s funding of ports can put competing ports at a disadvantage.

Free Zone & Logistics World – A new Economic Zone will be set up in Uzbekistan. DP World may tender for the new Free Trade Zone at India’s JNPT. Oman Shipping is eying new projects including the opportunity to leverage SEZ investments at Duqm.

Automation & Training – The regulators of the international shipping industry reach an agreement to cut carbon emissions. Geodis and Delta Drone are developing drones to autonomously manage warehouse inventory. India’s online food start ups are taking lessons from their Chinese counterparts.

Have a great week ahead!
The Maritime & Logistics Weekly Editorial Board


Global Trade & Logistics





India leading in growth of global trade



Little India. 14 April. 05 minute read

India clocked the highest trade growth among seven countries including China, Germany, the UK and the US. These seven countries account for over 75 per cent of world trade. The global trade barometer index value for India was 84 in March this year against 67 for the United States, 61 for China and 70 for Japan.
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China announces Hainan Island as an International Free trade Zone


UPI. 13 April. 4 minute read
Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared a plan to establish an international free-trade zone at Hainan. The decision to create the free-trade zone is deemed to be an indication that China wishes to open up further to the outside world.
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Global container shipping is expected to have mixed results


American Shipper. 10 April. 5 minute read
The global container shipping industry, which saw a moderate improvement in 2017, will see mixed results in 2018. The industry will need to address the twin challenges of rising costs and oversupply due to fleet expansion. The highly heterogeneous nature of the industry where it has been reconfigured into two parts — large global players on the one hand and the much smaller players on the other — will have a telling impact on the industry going forward. Read More

Maritime & Logistics Infrastructure



Qinzhou Port of China to be developed to facilitate trade with ASEAN


Channel News Asia. 13 April. 6 minute read
Qinzhou Port, located in the Beibu Gulf near China’s border with Vietnam, is being developed into a key port of trade not only with Vietnam, but also other countries in Southeast Asia. China expects the port to play a major role in the development of Guangxi, one of China’s poorest regions.
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Expansion of ports in Tanzania and Djibouti to compete with Kenya’s port

Standard Digital. 14 April. 2 minute read
The expansion of Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam port and the Djibouti port are chipping away at the growth of Mombasa port. Businesses in neighbouring countries such as Uganda and Rwanda now prefer to use the Tanzanian ports as transit points and Ethiopia prefers the port of Djibouti.
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South Africa’s Transnet is looking for new terminal operator for the Port of Durban

infrastructurene.ws. 13 April. 5 minute read
Transnet National Ports Authority will expedite Durban Port’s lease consideration process to encourage new entrants. The aim of the strategy is to give historically disadvantaged persons better opportunity to participate in terminal operations and at the same time enhancing the supply of liquid bulk commodities.
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Multi-Modal Connectivity



CMA CGM launched London Duisburg rail service connecting China


International Railway Journal. 12 April. 2 minute read
CMA CGM Logistics has launched a new intermodal freight service from London Gateway terminal to Duisburg, Germany, with links to China and Poland. The first train was operated by GB Railfreight and Transfesa, owned by German Rail (DB). The service will first operate once a week but it can expand to six trains per week as per the demand.
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Kenya Rail and CMA CGM reach deal on expanding standard gauge cargo.


Business Daily. 10 April. 6 minute read
Kenya Railways (KR) has inked a contract with CMA CGM to grow cargo volumes on the former’s standard gauge railway line. As per the deal, CMA-CGM will assign cargo to the Inland Container Depot of Nairobi via the standard gauge railway. The agreement is expected to influence the other players into choosing the Madaraka Freight Service.
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Russia is looking to develop inland waterways


Dredging Today. 13 April. 5 minute read
The length of Russia’s inland waterways with assured dimensions of fairways has gone up from 48,390 kilometers in 2012 to 49,970 kilometers in 2017. Russia has been able to significantly reduce the length of waterways with bottlenecks in the Deepwater System of Russia’s European part. In addition, the construction and maintenance of hydraulic engineering structures is underway in the Deepwater System of Russia’s European part and in the Yenisey Basin.
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Shipbuilding, Ship Repair & Recycling



Japanese shipbuilders face challenges due to low prices and subsidies received by Korean and Chinese shipbuilders


Seatrade Maritime News. 12 April. 5 minute read
Japanese yard managers are raising concerns over subsidies and resulting low priced orders secured by competitors in China and South Korea. Chinese yards were working with European partners to raise quality. The South Korean yards, for example, were able to receive large orders for LNG carriers because they were funded by the government.
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STX Shipbuilding of South Korea to be downsized


Janes 360. 11 April. 5 minute read
South Korean shipyard STX, which builds naval vessels for domestic and export markets, has given a restructuring proposal to Korea Development Bank KDB to help it stave off bankruptcy. The restructuring package features a 75% reduction in the company’s 1,300-strong workforce as well as STX agreeing to further streamline industrial processes and sell off non-core assets.
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Shipbreaking business at India’s Alang sees a 12% reduction



Indian Express. 08 April. 6 minute read
The new ship-recycling policy introduced by the Gujarat government two years ago, and the competition from Pakistan and Bangladesh has impacted the shipbreaking business at Alang. The industry saw a 12% fall in business during fiscal 2017-18 which had a total of 253 ships beached at the shores of Alang against 259 ships of the last fiscal.
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Maritime and Logistics Conversations

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Maritime & Logistics Investments



Chinese firm to invest USD 800 Mln to connect port city in Sri Lanka



Dev Discourse. 12 April. 6 minute read
China Communication Construction Company will invest USD 800 million to build an underground road network to Sri Lanka’s Port City. The project, once completed, is expected to reduce traffic congestion on the modern day Silk Road, China’s ambitious plan to facilitate trade between Eurasian countries.
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India’s Essar Ports to invest USD 63 Mln in Hazira port this year


Business Standard. 9 April. 7 minute read
Essar Ports will invest USD 63 Million to expand the cargo-handling capacity of Hazira port in Gujarat to raise the company’s capacity to 110 mt. The current capacity of Hazira is 30 mt. The investment would be made through internal accruals.
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Opinion-Government funding of ports can disadvantage competing ports



Port Strategy. 29 March. 3 minute read

While government funding is needed to create value for society, it can also create an unequal playing field and discourage competition from other local ports. Also, government funding puts the levers of investment decisions in the hands of the political decision makers, who often do not allocate resources to projects that create the desired value.
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Free Zone & Logistics World





New Economic Zone to be set up in Uzbekistan


Azer News. 13 April. 4 minute read

A new free economic zone is set to be created in Uzbekistan as a branch of the Djizak free economic zone in the Syrdarya district. Enterprises based in the new FEZ will enjoy exemptions from land tax, profit tax, property tax of legal entities, single tax payment for micro-firms and small enterprises and others as well as received contributions from state funds.
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DP World may tender for new Free Trade Zone at India’s JNPT



Economic Times. 12 April. 6 minute read

DP World is interested in creating a logistics hub at JNPT as well as managing the operations of JNPT’s free trade zone. The company will likely bid for the free trade zone and may invest about USD 15 million in the facility if it wins the bid.
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Oman Shipping looking at new projects, leveraging SEZ investments at Duqm


Hellenic Shipping News. 12 April. 6 minute read

Oman Shipping Company looking for opportunities to invest in a mega refinery and petrochemicals cluster planned in Duqm Special Economic Zone. Duqm holds the potential of driving business growth in port, transport, logistics and related enterprises in Oman.
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Automation & Training





Regulators of the international shipping industry reach an agreement to cut carbon emissions


WSJ. 13 April. 8 minute read

The shipping industry took a historic step towards ensuring environmental sustainability with a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2050. Only two member-countries — the U.S. and Saudi Arabia — offered objections to an agreement which offered a strong middle ground for vessel operators and exporters.
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Geodis and Delta Drone developing drones to autonomously manage warehouse inventory


Port Technology. 12 April. 6 minute read

Geodis, the leading supply chain and logistics service provider, and Delta Drone, a drone services company, have developed an automated inventory management solution using unmanned drones. The solution combines quadcopter drones with four high-definition cameras, and a battery-operated robot that will navigate the warehouse. The set also features a “plug and play” system that allows easy relocation to other warehouses.
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India’s online food start ups are taking lessons from Chinese counterparts


Economic Times. 13 April. 9 minute read

India’s food-startup sector is looking to adapt the cloudkitchen model that has proved successful for China’s food-delivery startups. This strategy is being pushed by the Chinese investors in the market, including Alibaba, Meituan Dianping and Didi Chuxing, which have backed Zomato, Swiggy and Ola seeking to recreate China’s food-delivery success story in India.
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