Maritime & Logistics Weekly – Week # 25. Exporters Front loading Shipments. Alibaba Investing in  Robots And Drones And More Insights

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22 June 2018


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What is topical this week

Global Trade & Logistics – Trade sentiments have been mostly revolving around competition and caution. Chinese exporters were frontloading shipments taking into account the changing trade environment. Maersk, MSC are looking at ways to cut costs – one of them being slow steaming. Ro-Ro Carriers are deploying larger vessels for efficiency and competitiveness.

Maritime & Logistics Infrastructure – Infrastructure development continues with new initiatives and expansions. Indonesia took another step towards the development of a new global shipping hub in East Java. Vopak commissioned new rail infrastructure in the Port of Antwerp. Mitsubishi will develop port facilities in the Basra region of Iraq.

Multi-modal Connectivity – Expectedly, more countries are pursuing the financial and environmental benefits of sustainable transportation modes. The UK has achieved USD 2.26 Bln benefits with businesses choosing rail freight over road and the US House of representatives passed the 2018 Waterways Bill. A China-Finland direct cargo train route was extended to Sweden and Norway.

Shipbuilding, Ship Repair & Recycling – It was a week of contrasts. While China’s Jiangnan Shipyard delivered an ultra-Large container ship to COSCO, a well-known Japanese shipyard announced its decision to cease commercial ship production. For ship recycling, 2018 has been a record year for tanker demolition thus far.

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Maritime & Logistics Investments – While the China Development Bank upped the ante with a USD 10 Bln lending to China and Russia for Belt, Road and Arctic projects, Deutsche Bank took the milder route by selling USD 1 Bln bad ship loans to investors. Nigeria, on its part, implored the private sector to invest into its shipping sector.

Free Zone & Logistics World – While India’s Gandhar Oil expanded its presence to UAEs Hamriya Free Zone, UAE’s DP World agreed to invest in Logistics Parks in India’s Nagpur. Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, saw protests against perceived Chinese domination in Special Economic Zones.

Automation & Training – A South African transport solution company has made waves with the development of a bi-modal vehicle that can significantly improve passenger & freight transportation. The Port of Rotterdam signed agreements with 4 Start-ups in the annual innovation program. China’s Alibaba is investing significantly in robots and drones to upgrade its logistics backbone.

Have a great week ahead!
Subhasis


Global Trade & Logistics





Chinese exporters frontloading shipments taking into account changing trade environment



SCMP. 14 June. 7 minute read.

China’s exporters are front-loading their shipments as they want to stay prepared for changes in the international trade environment. The US has to decide this week if and when to follow through on its stated intent of imposing tariffs on Chinese goods.
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Maersk, MSC looking to cut costs through slow steaming


Hellenic Shipping News. 15 June. 5 minute read.
Container shippers such as MSC and Maersk are relying on slow-steaming as a way to cut costs and improve reliability. Bunker costs have been rising strongly since March and so have fuel costs. By going slower vessels can better adhere to more realistic schedules and avoid congestion at ports.
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Ro-Ro Carriers deploying larger vessels for efficiency and competitiveness


Global Trade Magazine. 14 June. 6 minute read.
Ro/Ro carriers are increasingly deploying mega-ships in North America, thanks to the expansion of the Panama Canal. The other factors influencing the trend are the challenges of overcapacity, a downward pressure on rates, and growing competition. Read More

Maritime & Logistics Infrastructure



Indonesia envisions new global shipping hub in East Java


Nikkei Asian Review. 14 June. 10 minute read.
East Java’s Madura Strait is to host the largest industrial park of the province, the Java Integrated Industrial and Ports Estate. This is one of a number of projects announced in the last one year as Indonesia is aiming to become a regional transhipment hub.
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Vopak commissions new rail infrastructure in Port of Antwerp

Port News. 15 June. 3 minute read.
Vopak Terminal ACS opened a new loading station at the port of Antwerp, increasing the port’s capacity to handle tank wagons by 400%. The new loading station will strengthen the role of the Port of Antwerp as a chemical hub for North Western Europe.
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Mitsubishi to develop port facilities in the Basra region of Iraq

Dev Discourse. 14 June. 4 minute read.
Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation has been awarded a USD 110 Mln contract in the Republic of Iraq for constructing port facilities in the southern region of Basra. The primary purpose of the project is to expand the oil products berth at Khor Al-Zubair Port which will be an important step toward the modernization of the port facilities around Basra.
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Multi-modal Connectivity



US House of representatives passed the 2018 Waterways Bill


Maritime Executive. 7 June. 4 minute read.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of the 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), that authorizes funding for eight major projects across the country. The projects include a USD 2 Bln storm risk reduction project along Texas’ Gulf Coast and a USD 700 Mln Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.
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UK achieved USD 2.26 Bln benefits with businesses choosing rail freight over road


Rail Technology Magazine. 7 June. 5 minute read.
The UK garnered USD 2.26 Bln of economic profits in 2016, by choosing to use rail freight instead of road. Regions in the north west, Yorkshire & Humber, Scotland, and the West Midlands benefitted the most, with 87% of benefits secured outside the south east.
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China-Finland direct cargo train route being extended to Sweden and Norway


GB Times. 15 June. 7 minute read.
Finland’s plans to establish itself as a Northern European logistics hub for China-bound rail freight got another boost with the extension of the first China-Finland cargo train route to Norway and Sweden. The cargo train takes 10 to 12 days to complete the journey from Finland through Russia and Kazakhstan to China, compared to eight weeks by sea.
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Shipbuilding, Ship Repair & Recycling



Jiangnan Shipyard delivers Ultra Large Container ship to Cosco


Xinhuanet. 13 June. 3 minute read.
Jiangnan Shipyard delivered an ultra-large 21,237-TEU container ship to Cosco in Shanghai. The ship, named Cosco Shipping Universe, is 400 meters long and 58.6 meters wide and has a maximum capacity of 198,000 tonnes. It will be used on shipping lanes between the Far East and Europe.
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Well known Japanese shipyard to cease commercial ship production


Splash247. 12 June. 4 minute read.
Mitsui Shipbuilding’s Chiba yard will cease commercial ship production at the end of 2019, after it completes its remaining order-book. This will be a yet another closure among the many that have taken place over the last 15 years as Japan has been facing stiff competition from rivals in South Korea and China.
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Tankers leading the recycling fleet



Hellenic Shipping News. 14 June. 10 minute read.
The year 2018 appears to be a big year for tanker recycling, as evidenced by the record-breaking pace of demolition activity so far. The decommissioning of a significant part of the tanker fleet could help address the current oversupply issues.
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Maritime & Logistics Investments



China Development Bank to lend up to USD 10 Bln to Russia for Belt, Road and Arctic projects



GB Times.  13 June. 7 minute.
China Development Bank (CDB) will lend up to USD 10 Bln to Russia’s Vnesheconombank (VEB) for the funding of 70 projects to be undertaken as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The move follows up on a decision taken by the two countries to support the Chinese trade and infrastructure initiatives and seek an integration of the EAEU.
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Deutsche Bank sells USD 1 Bln bad ship loans


Reuters. 14 June. 5 minute read.
Deutsche Bank has sold USD 1 Bln of non-performing ship loans to investors Oak Hill Advisors and Vardeas as it seeks to make a fresh start in transport lending. The decision was a part of its recent strategy to minimize sour investments in the sector.
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Nigeria seeks private investment in its shipping sector



Business AM. 13 June. 6 minute read.

Nigeria has urged the private sector to take advantage of the enabling environment and invest in the nation’s maritime sector. The private sector support will help the country boost employment opportunities and improve the citizens’ present economic conditions.
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Free Zone & Logistics World





India’s Gandhar Oil signed deal to produce range of oils in UAEs Hamriya Free Zone


Arabian Business. 16 June. 4 minute read

India’s Gandhar Oil Refinery India has signed a deal for overseas expansion of its capacity at Sharjah’s Hamriya Free Zone. The expansion will help Gandhar meet the increasing demand for oil products used in cosmetics, medical products, rubber processing, and other industries.
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Vietnamese protest against Chinese investment in Special Economic Zones



SCMP. 10 June. 8 minute read.

Vietnam’s plan for new economic zones sparked protests in the capital city of Hanoi over fears that the economic zones will be dominated by Chinese firms. The draft law for the three special economic zones that are to be opened does not identify any potential foreign investors.
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DP World agrees to invest in Logistics Parks in India’s Nagpur.


Business Today. 11 June. 7 minute read.

The UAE has committed investments in ports, infrastructure and urban housing in Maharashtra. Dubai-based DP World has agreed to invest in logistics parks in Nagpur and develop logistics hubs in the state. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), UAE’s USD 850 Bln sovereign wealth fund will invest USD 75 Bln in India through the National Investment and Infrastructure fund.
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Automation & Training





Port of Rotterdam signed agreements with 4 Start-ups in the annual innovation program


Maritime Professional. 14 June. 6 minute read.

Several promising start-ups took part in 2018’s PortXL innovation accelerator programme, hosted in Rotterdam. The Port of Rotterdam Authority signed partnership deals with four start-ups that developed tulip-shaped wind turbines and blockchain applications for freight tracking among other innovations.
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South Africa’s RailPro developed Bi-modal vehicle could significantly improve passenger & freight transportation


Business Live. 14 June. 6 minute read.

RailPro, South Africa’s transport solutions company has developed a ‘bi-modal vehicle’ that doubles up as a road transport as well as a rail transport vehicle. The vehicle, called RailBus, boasts of fuel consumption and maintenance costs vastly lower than road vehicles or locomotives.
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China’s Alibaba investing significantly in robots and drones to upgrade logistics backbone


SCMP. 9 June. 15 minute read.

China’s leading e-commerce companies are investing in new logistics technology that will reduce delivery times even further. Automated guided vehicles (AGVs), delivery drones, and self-driving carts are increasingly being deployed at fulfilment centres as well over the last mile delivery to make the services far more efficient.
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