Business Insights from the Maritime and Logistics Ecosystem – Maritime Weekly 24 March 2017

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24 March 2017


Greetings from Maritime Weekly, a newsletter published by Apex Group for Maritime World Services, a business advisory, executive search, and events management platform for the global maritime ecosystem. Our editorial board comprising reputed maritime, logistics, and media leaders curates key maritime news and analysis once a week to support you in making informed decisions in the week ahead. Over 8000 senior executives and officials from the global maritime and logistics ecosystem benefit from the insights shared by Maritime Weekly.




What is topical this week


Trade Lanes - Global Trade is turning around. Hyundai Merchant Marine is joining the 2M Shipping alliance. Global trade network model could be a new approach to supply chain management.


Maritime Infrastructure - Japan’s Nagoya and Yokkaichi ports are reorganising to compete with Korea’s Busan port. India’s Major Ports are upgrading standards to improve efficiency and productivity. Global port operator, ICTSI has registered 7% increase in port revenues, supported by a 12% increase in volumes.


Multimodal Connectivity - Antwerp port has supported a additional rail freight service to Germany. Indian Railways has signed an agreement with the Australian research centre for railway infrastructure related technology development. India is planning to develop logistics parks in 35 freight clusters across the country.


Shipbuilding - An alliance of Japanese shipbuilders is gathering momentum. South Africa’s Denel is collaborating with a German Shipbuilding Group for maintenance and upgrade of frigates. India’s Goa shipyard will build 2 frigates for the Indian Navy in collaboration with a Russian shipbuilder.


Maritime Nation India 2017 - Maritime Nation India congratulates Ms. Nutan Guha Biswas, IAS, to her new assignment as the Chairman of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). We are happy to announce that Maritime Nation India 2017 and London International Shipping Week 2017 are now Media Partners of each other. We are very pleased to welcome the continued support of Association of Multimodal Transport of India (AMTOI) as Industry Support Partner for the 2nd edition of Maritime Nation India.


Maritime Capital - India has already secured USD 6.22 bn investment in port and water transport. Indigenous people in the US, have convinced the pension fund from Norway to withdraw from the Dakota pipeline project. The African Development Bank has approved an USD 25 mn loan towards maritime infrastructure development in East Africa.


People and Technology - Ship owners from Asia have expressed concerns over the global cap on sulphur for marine fuel oils. Wind power could be the next big innovation in shipping. Panama Canal will launch a vessel scheduling and management system.


Leisure and Cruise - Wearable technology is becoming prevalent in cruise ships. SunStone Ships of US and a Chinese Group agreed to build expedition cruise ships in Shanghai. India is working on a cruise policy and circuits to become a global cruise destination.


Have a great week ahead.
The Maritime Weekly Editorial Board.



Global Maritime Trade

Global Trade is turning around
Live Mint, 20 March, 3 minutes read
Global merchandise exports have seen remarkable improvement in early 2017. Countries like India, Australia and Brazil have registered notable export growth in the global map. Apart from these countries, South Korea, Russia, South Africa and Turkey have also seen an improvement in exports in recent months. A low base and higher commodity and oil prices are the supposed reasons for the improvement. As per recent data, higher growth in the US and Eurozone, supported by China’s recent stimulus, have also supported the growth. Read More


Hyundai Merchant Marine formally joins 2M Shipping alliance
Hellenic Shipping News, 17 March, 4 minutes read
Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has signed a deal for strategic cooperation with 2M Alliance to better compete in the market. With the deal, HMM could exchange and purchase slots from Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company – the two key members of the alliance. The initial term of the deal is for three years and with an option to extend and cover key East-West trade. While a glut in capacity, led to a drop in the freight rates, the alliance would be crucial for the three shippers to take on their rivals. Read More


Global trade network could be a new approach to supply chain management
Logistics Viewpoint, 14 March, 10 minutes read
Supply chain executives continue to face challenges in fulfilling customer expectations on the speed and visibility of goods in transit in the new and existing markets. The traditional supply chain model does not have the flexibility to adapt and capacity constraints, fluctuating demand and geopolitical uncertainties affect the market. Therefore, embracing a global trade network model, like a living ecosystem to connect supply chain partners viz. carriers, shippers, forwarders, suppliers and even customers through one single technology platform could raise the level of operational excellence and improve the customer service. Read More


Maritime Infrastructure

Japan’s Nagoya and Yokkaichi ports reorganise to compete with Busan
JOC.com, 17 March, 5 minutes read
Japan’s ports – Nagoya and Yokkaichi, are establishing a company to operate their container terminals and improve their competitiveness to counter the major transhipment hub of Busan in Korea. The new company is likely to be formally set up in May this year. Through their operational integration and cost optimisation, the two ports could boost their international competitiveness and better compete with Asia’s major ports. Read More


India upgrades standards at Major Ports to improve efficiency and productivity
Marine Link, 20 March, 5 minutes read
Indian major ports have achieved significant improvement in efficiency over the last two years. Aiming to further improve efficiency and productivity and compete internationally, a recent study of major ports to benchmark these with International standards recommended 116 initiatives to be taken. Out of these, 70 initiatives have already implemented. Read More


ICTSI registered 7% increase in port revenue, supported by 12% increase in volumes
Port Strategy, 14 March, 5 minutes read
International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) has registered a 7 percent increase in port revenues of USD 1.128 billion from last year, with a 12 percent surge in volumes upto 8.7 million TEU. The rising throughput was due to the continuing volume ramp-up at ICTSI’s various terminals across globe, however some terminals also continue to face challenges. Read More




Port Connectivity

Antwerp port supports additional rail freight service to Germany
Railway Gazette, 15 March, 4 minutes read
Belgian port of Antwerp has financially supported H&S Container Line to introduce another weekly freight service between Andernach in Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany to the port. The first was launched in December 2016. In October 2016, the port authority called proposals to improve rail connectivity with the Rhein-Ruhr and Rhein-Main regions of Germany and assisted financial support to some projects. The subsidy would enable H&S Container Line to provide a sustainable rail product both for customers in Antwerpen and for those based in the Rhein region. Read More


Indian Railways signs agreement with Australian research centre for infrastructure related technology development
IIFL, 19 March, 4 minutes read
Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) has signed an agreement with Australia’s Monash University's Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) to further support research and technology development, related to critical rail infrastructure in India. IRT already partners with Balaji Railroad Systems Ltd, PwC and Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay and will provide guidance on the establishment of applied research and technology center in India - SRESTHA (Special Railway Establishment for Strategic Technology & Holistic Advancement). The project would also guide the Indian Railways on international models that could be adapted to the Indian railway environment. Read More


India plans to develop logistics parks in 35 freight clusters
Business Standard, 15 March, 5 minutes read
The Indian government is planning to build logistics parks in 35 freight clusters to improve the existing transportation and warehousing scenario in the country. Of the total number of proposed logistics parks, 15 would be developed across Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. It is expected that the proposed parks would reduce transportation cost for the industries in these clusters by 10 percent, enabling freight movement on larger trucks and by rail. Read More


Shipbuilding

Shipbuilding alliance of Japanese majors, gathering momentum
Trade Winds, 16 March, 5 minutes read
A tie up between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Imabari Shipbuilding, Namura Shipbuilding and Oshima Shipbuilding are working to share capacity on major newbuilding projects. The discussion started in August 2016 by MHI, whose orderbook beyond 2019 has excess capacity, since the major projects run out. It is therefore expected that MHI would focus on high-value, technically sophisticated vessels such as LNG vessels and other projects, that involve a high level of design and technical input. Read More


South Africa’s Denel to collaborate with German Shipbuilding Group for maintenance and upgrade of frigates
Defence Web, 13 March, 5 minutes read
South Africa’s Denel has signed an MoU with Germany’s thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) for the joint support of the SA Navy frigates and submarines. The agreement is based on the recognition of the importance of the operational availability of the SA Navy fleet always. Within the framework, tkMS will provide technical and shipyard support to Denel, including quality assurance and procurement, on-site technical support, transfer of technology, etc. This agreement is considered as a breakthrough for the South African maritime sector, especially for SA’s sophisticated submarines and frigates sector. Read More


India’s Goa shipyard to build 2 frigates for the Indian Navy in collaboration with Russian shipbuilder
TOI, 17 March, 4 minutes read
India’s Goa Shipyards Limited (GSL) association with Russia's United Ship Building will built two guided-missile stealth frigates for Indian Navy. Recently Indian government has cleared the proposal, which was also being sought after by the two private players - Larsen & Toubro and Reliance Defence and Engineering. Per the agreement, two of the frigates will come from Russia, while the other two will be constructed in India. Read More




Maritime Nation India news



The Maritime Nation India initiative is presented by Maritime Weekly, a member of Apex Group. It is a think tank in the making and provides business advisory, executive search services, and conducts business events for the maritime and logistics ecosystem.
The 2nd edition of Maritime Nation India is being held from 14th to 16th September 2017. The 3-day international exhibition and conference will provide a global platform for exhibitors and participants to explore business opportunities in the Indian Maritime Sector and we are happy to entertain enquiries for participation from our readers.


Maritime Nation India congratulates Ms. Nutan Guha Biswas, IAS, to her new assignment as the Chairman of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). We wish even more progress on expanding Inland Waterways as a mode of cargo transportation in India, under her leadership.


We are happy to announce that Maritime Nation India 2017 and London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) have accorded Media Partner status to each other. LISW17, the biggest maritime show in UK, will feature over 160 industry functions and networking opportunities in London during the week of 11-15 September, 2017.


We are happy to welcome the continued support of Association of Multimodal Transport of India (AMTOI) as Industry Support Partner for our Maritime Nation India 2017. AMTOI is an apex body that brings consensus amongst all segments among various authorities to promote Multimodalism in India.


Stay tuned to our newsletter to remain updated on key developments and events that Maritime Weekly supports.




Maritime Capital

India secures USD 6.22 bn investment in port and water transport
Marine Link, 17 March, 3 minutes read
Under the 100 per cent FDI route, Indian major ports have secured several Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects and generated a total of USD 6.22 billion of investment, per India’s Ministry of Shipping. 33 PPP projects with an investment of USD 2.8 billion are already operational and 20 PPP projects with an investment of USD 3.42 billion are under implementation. Read More


Indigenous people convince pension fund from Norway to withdraw from Dakota pipeline project
Independent, 17 March, 8 minutes read
KLP, Norway’s second largest pension fund, has decided to withdraw investments from companies linked to the controversial Dakota access pipeline project. The EUR 3 billion project, which would carry oil over 1,900 kilometres from North Dakota wells, through South Dakota and Iowa, to a shipping port in Illinois – was opposed by activists with the concerns of oil spills and increase in carbon emissions. The firm excluded from KLP’s investments include Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), Enbridge Energy Partners, Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum. Read More


African Development Bank approves USD 25 mn loan towards maritime infrastructure development on East Africa
All Africa, 16 March, 6 minutes read
The African Development Bank (AfDB) board has approved USD 25 million for Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania through the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) to develop several infrastructures on Lake Victoria to operate functional maritime services. The principal object of this project is to improve the livelihood of people through increased investment in maritime transport and fishing on Lake Victoria. Read More



People & Technology

Ship owners from Asia concerned over global cap on sulphur for marine fuel oils
Hellenic Shipping News, 17 March, 10 minutes read
Asian ship owners have raised their concerns on the implementation of IMO regulation, for ships to use fuel oil with sulphur content of no more than 0.5% from January 2020, citing issues such as future availability of sufficient quantities of compliant fuel oil and price. They emphasised the importance of ensuring supply of sufficient quantities of compliant marine fuel oil for carriers to comply with new regulations to avoid disrupting movement of international cargo flow. Read More


Wind power could be the next big innovation in shipping
The Australian, 15 March, 6 minutes read
Efforts are being made to harness wind as source of energy in the Shipping industry, to reduce reliance on fuel. The latest initiative by Denmark’s Maersk Tankers uses rotating cylinders about 30m high that can function as hi-tech sails. Previous efforts to harness the wind didn’t succeed either due to the cost of such technologies or due to not fulfilling the expected fuel savings. Industry experts believe that this technology could be an effective tool, due to its lightweight and relatively cheap rotating sails. Read More


Panama Canal to launch vessel scheduling and management system
Maritime Logistics Professional, 15 March, 7 minutes read
Panama Canal will launch a state-of-the-art vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system to further optimize costs, improve safety and increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the service it provides. The new technology would benefit Canal customers, including shippers, by shortening vessel waiting times, increasing the number of potentially available vessel slots each day and improving the overall reliability of the route. Read More


Leisure & Cruise

Wearable technology is becoming prevalent in cruise ships
PSFK, 17 March, 5 minutes read
The trend to include interactive technology on cruise ships seems to be successful so far, enabling for convenient perks that most cruisers have already grown accustomed to in their daily lives. MSC is planning to implement beacon technology and wearable bracelets for their passengers in its cruise to enhance better vacation experience. Other cruise liners like Disney, Carnival, etc have already been implementing wearable technology for their guests. Read More


SunStone Ships of US and Chinese Group to build 4-6 expedition cruise ships in Shanghai
Seatrade Cruise News, 17 March, 6 minutes read
Miami-based SunStone in association with China’s Merchants Industry Holdings, will build four cruise ships with options of six more. The 104-metre vessels will be constructed at Shanghai and would be delivered in August 2019. The ships will hold 80 to 95 passenger cabins and be rated Ice Class 1A or Polar Code 6. Read More


India working on a cruise policy and circuits to become a global cruise destination
Indian Express, 19 March, 6 minutes read
To make India as a global destination for cruise shipping, the Indian Government is bringing a policy framework and identifying circuits to boost cruise related infrastructure. A high-level task force has already been set up and top global consultants are drawing up a blueprint for it per India’s Ministry of Shipping. Read More



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