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25 May 2018


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What is topical this week

Global Trade & Logistics - In an optimistic note for global trade, China agreed to increase its purchase of US goods by USD 200 Bln by 2020.  To meet the growing  Asia-US East Coast trade demand, shipping lines added capacities. In the emerging world, Nigeria developed a comprehensive shipping industry forecast to support investors and develop the sector.

Maritime & Logistics Infrastructure - Contributing to the development of maritime infrastructure in the region, India is to support Indonesia to develop a port in Aceh and India Ports Global is likely to ease norms to pick the operator for Iran’s Chabahar Port. In the Middle East, the oil major Total is developing an LNG Bunkering Hub at Oman’s Sohar port.

Multi-Modal Connectivity - Strengthening bilateral engagement, India and Nepal have agreed to effectively implement bilateral initiatives including railway linkages and inland waterways development. China’s Kunming and  Singapore now have a regular sea-rail route and in Europe, a New freight train was hailed as a symbol of Austria-China cooperation.

Shipbuilding, Ship Repair & Recycling - Thanks to a steady rise in orders of new ships, the South Korean Shipbuilding industry is seeing a turnaround this year after years of struggle following the global downturn. Damen Shipyard delivered 19 vessels to support construction of a Russian gas processing plant and European financers took initiatives to support green ship recycling.

Maritime & Logistics Conversations

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Maritime & Logistics Investments - Government in India, Canada, and Scotland amped up efforts to support investments in maritime infrastructure. India’s Inland Waterways Authority sought the support of the banking sector to offer customised financing options to interested companies. The government of Canada announced a sizeable investment for the development of Vancouver Port’s maritime infrastructure. A USD 2.6-Bln upgrade of Scottish Port of Grangemouth will Brexit-proof the port’s operations

Free Zone & Logistics World - Shared ideas and collaborations are leading to faster progress in this segment. While Cambodia looks to collaborate with Shenzhen to develop Special Economic Zones, India’s Inland Waterways Authority is developing freight villages to significantly improve the logistics narrative around India’s inland waterways. Azerbaijan moved a step forward to regularize the Free Economic Zone at Alat with adoption of new legal norms.

Automation & Training - Competition and rising cost pressures are impelling shipping companies to look at newer technologies and low-cost fuel options. A study has singled out bio-fuels as the most affordable alternative for shipping, FedEx is looking to adopt Block Chain to transform its business, and China’s Caofeidian will have the world’s first fully automated harbour by the end of 2018.

Have a great week ahead!
Subhasis Ghosh


Global Trade & Logistics





China agrees to increase its purchase of US goods by USD 200 Bln by 2020




NY Times. 18 May. 7 minute read


China will increase its purchase of American goods by at least USD 200 Bln by 2020 mostly through removing existing trade barriers. The reduction of tariffs and barriers will require China to make a few structural changes to the economy as sought by the US.
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Shipping lines add capacities to meet the growing Asia-US East Coast trade demand


The Loadstar. 10 May. 6 minute read
The US East Coast could see a 16-percent surge in container volumes from China adding almost 600,000 TEU to the tradelane. Some of the contributing factors include a growing Asia-US East Coast trade demand, expanded waterway, port upgrades, and the lifting of the Bayonne Bridge in New York.
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Nigeria develops a comprehensive shipping industry forecast to support investors and develop the sector


Ship Technology. 16 May. 7 minute read
The Nigerian government, through its Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, has put forth a comprehensive shipping industry forecast to help investors identify future opportunities. This is to help lift Nigeria's domestic shipping sector out of the current situation of decline in growth. Read More

Maritime & Logistics Infrastructure



India seeks to support Indonesia to develop a port in Aceh


ET. 18 May. 6 minute read
As part of its strategy to boost the maritime infrastructure in ASEAN, the Indian govt seeks to assist Indonesia in developing Aceh Port which is close to Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The initiative is part of firming up the maritime security partnership strategy ahead of PM Modi’s visit to Indonesia.
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Total developing an LNG Bunkering Hub at Oman’s Sohar port

Seatrade Maritime News. 17 May. 2 minute read
Total, one of the world's leading oil and gas companies, will develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering service at Sohar Port, Oman. The plant will provide a volume of around 1 Mln ton per year.
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India Ports Global likely to ease norms to pick operator for Iran’s Chabahar Port

Hindu Business Line. 18 May. 5 minute read
India Ports Global, a 60:40 joint venture between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Deendayal Port Trust, is re-writing the financial terms of the MOM contract to attract bids for the development of Iran's Chabahar port. This is being done to protect Indian firms from the likely US sanctions on Iran that may follow the scrapping of the US-Iran nuclear accord.
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Multi-Modal Connectivity



India and Nepal agree to effectively implement bilateral initiatives including railway linkages and inland waterways development.


Hindu BusinessLine. 17 May. 8 minute read
India and Nepal aim for time-bound implementation of bilateral rail, inland waterways projects and initiatives to to enable increased cross-border movement of people and cargo. The Raxaul to Kathmandu rail link and the Motihari-Amlekhgunj pipeline are two of the many projects to be implemented.
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China’s Kunming and  Singapore now have a regular sea-rail route


Xinhua. 18 May. 6 minute read
A sea-rail route between China's Kunming and Singapore became operational with the authorities flagging off a freight train carrying fertilizer and coffee beans from Kunming last week. The two-way freight train will increase transport capacity, reduce costs and promote logistics and trade between the two regions.
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New freight train hailed as a symbol of Austria-China cooperation


Xinua. 27 April. 5 minute read
A newly-launched China-Austria freight train carrying goods worth USD 1.5 Mln arrived in Vienna recently. The train marked the inclusion of Austria into the network of China-Europe freight service under China's OBOR initiative.
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Shipbuilding, Ship Repair & Recycling



South Korean Shipbuilding industry showing signs of recovery


Shipbuilding News. 16 May. 6 minute read
Following years of declining growth due to low oil prices and supply glut, South Korea’s shipbuilding industry has begun to show signs of recovery. Orders for new ships are on a steady rise and new technologies such as autonomous navigation systems are helping the shipbuilders explore new areas of growth.
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Damen Shipyard delivers 19 vessel order to support construction of Russian gas processing plant


Maritime Journal. 10 May. 4 minute read
Damen Shipyards, the Dutch shipbuilding company, delivered four Multi Cat workboats, four Pusher Tugs, seven Stan Pontoons and four Side Floaters to support the construction of Amur Gas Processing Plant located 150 km from Russia’s border with China. The vessels are designed to navigate the shallow inland waters in which they will operate, especially the Zeya River.
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Financers supporting green ship recycling through ethical investing


Reuters. 15 May. 9 minute read
Shipping financers are compelling shipping companies to adopt environmentally sustainable ways of ship recycling. Norway's USD 1 Tln Oil Fund and the life insurer KLP are two such financiers that sold their stake in companies as well as blacklisted a few that did not measure up to their ethical and environmental standards of ship recycling.
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Maritime and Logistics Conversations

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Maritime & Logistics Investments


India’s banking sector is being roped in to support development of inland waterways


Business Standard. 12 May. 5 minute read
The Inland Waterways Authority of India seeks to involve the banking sector to customise financing options to support players engaged in the Inland Water Transport (IWT) sector. The financing of vessels and funding for the operation and maintenance of assets has been a big challenge for shippers and operators interested in the development of India's IWT sector.
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Government of Canada invests in development of maritime infrastructure for port of Vancouver


Hellenic Shipping News. 19 May. 10 minute read
The Government of Canada announced an investment of USD 55.8 Mln for four projects led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. The projects include reconstruction of roads, creation of overpasses of the existing railway corridors, and improvements in existing roadway infrastructure. These projects will have significant economic and employment benefits during construction and will support economic activity and the physical movement of goods or people in and around the region.
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USD 2.6 Bln upgrade of Scottish Port on track to Brexit-Proof Operations


The National. 18 May. 4 minute read

The upgrading work at the Scottish port of Grangemouth, the largest Scottish port, which will be finished later this year, will enable the port to accommodate demands that may arise as a result of customs changes necessitated by Brexit. The USD 2.6 Bln upgrade work includes container terminal surfacing work, creation of a new terminal operating system, and warehouse development among others upgrades.
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Free Zone & Logistics World




Cambodia looking to collaborate with Shenzhen to develop Special Economic Zones


Modern Diplomacy. 11 May. 3 minute read

Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation (SFIEC) is expected to support Cambodia to create SEZs based on Shenzhen experience. China's govt and industry representatives, on their part, are exploring investment opportunities in trade, commerce, agro-industry and infrastructure sectors of Cambodia.
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Azerbaijan adopts law on Free Economic Zone at Alat


Azer News. 18 May. 3 minute read

Milli Majlis, the Parliament of Azerbaijan has approved the draft law on the free economic zone of Alat. The law establishes the legal norms of activity, development and management of the free zone.
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Freight villages expected to significantly improve the logistics narrative around India’s inland waterways


Live Mint. 16 May. 8 minute read

The Inland Waterways Authority of India is developing freight villages along inland waterways that will improve the efficiency of the country's logistics network. Freight villages, prevalent in European countries, is a riverside area where activities related to transport, logistics and cargo distribution are carried out.
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Automation & Training




Bio-fuels could be the most affordable alternative for shipping


Ship Technology News. 18 May. 4 minute read

A study that evaluated alternative marine fuels including electric power and hydrogen fuel cell, said that biofuels are the most affordable zero-emission option for the shipping industry. The shipping industry, struggling with huge challenges of modest to poor financial returns and cost pressure seeks to find affordable zero-emission fuels.
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China’s Caofeidian is to have the world’s first fully automated harbour by the end of 2018


Singularity Hub. 17 May. 6 minute read

The northern Chinese city of Caofeidian could become the world’s first fully autonomous harbour by 2018-end. Caofeidian, that processes around 300,000 TEU containers a year, has engaged several tech companies to replace human-driven terminal tractor-trucks with self-driving models, introduce crane automation, and a central control system to coordinate movements of both.
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FedEx sees Block Chain as the next frontier for logistics


MHL News. 15 May. 5 minute read

FedEx Corp. is testing Block Chain to track large and high-value cargo so it could use the technology to transform the company's package-delivery business. The adoption of technologies like Block Chain and the Internet of Things is a part of FedEx's strategy to improve customer service and fend off competition.
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