Maritime & Logistics Weekly – Week # 27. Tariff actions could reduce 15% of Port of LA cargo. Rotterdam, Hamburg agree on data interface. And more insights.

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06 July 2018


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What is topical this week

Global Trade & Logistics – The USA-China trade row continues to impact global trade – the US trade being no exception. The US and Chinese tariff actions could reduce 15% of cargo in Port of Los Angeles. Several countries, however, seem to prefer trade over friction. India and Singapore have concluded a progressive review of their bilateral free trade agreement. In Australia, the government is focusing more on LNG imports to cap soaring local gas prices.

Maritime & Logistics Infrastructure – India’s maritime growth story continues. India is to build cruise tourism infrastructure at 5 major ports and one of its leading construction sector companies, GMR Infrastructure has won the bid to develop a Greenfield port at Kakinada. Moving westward, Russia is leveraging smaller ports to support record export of grains.

Multi-modal Connectivity – Cross-border freight rail transport continues to grow. A Greek-Austrian Joint Venture commenced operations of Greek freight trains and the success of China’s Silk Road rail traffic requires an East European Town to cope with the growing demand. India could move one step forward toward liberalising its coastal trade – it could remove the Right of First Refusal to Indian ships for PSU cargo on coastal trades.

Shipbuilding, Ship Repair & Recycling – Digitisation of design could help shipbuilders augment the process of shipbuilding and ship repairs. China’s ban on import of end-of-life ships could indirectly undermine EU’s Ship Recycling Regulation. Japan may approach WTO against South Korea on the latter’s support of its shipbuilding companies through subsidies.

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Maritime & Logistics Investments – Asia is fast becoming an attractive destination for investments into maritime projects. Malaysia’s Melaka gateway project is attracting billions in FDI. UAE plans to invest USD 75 Bln in India including in ports, terminals and logistics. China has eased foreign investment curbs in several sectors including shipbuilding.

Free Zone & Logistics World – New logistics projects were announced in China, the US and Egypt. China’s Shenzhen will develop its port into a Free Trade Port by 2020. A 540-acre rail served industrial park will be built in Texas, US. Agility will build a logistics hub in Egypt’s East Port Said.

Automation & Training – Big data, drones and automation continued to dominate tech conversations and initiatives in the shipping industry. Rotterdam & Hamburg ports adopted single data interface to ease the flow of ships. Boeing has invested in a drone start-up and an expert says that port automation is being driven mostly by large terminals.

Have a great week ahead!
Subhasis


Global Trade & Logistics





US and Chinese tariff actions could reduce 15% of cargo in Port of Los Angeles



LA Times. 27 June. 5 minute read.

USA’s increased tariffs on Chinese goods, combined with China’s retaliatory duties, could hurt cargo trade through the Port of Los Angeles by as much as 15 percent. Increased tariffs can also potentially raise prices on consumer products and harm the local logistics industry, which is a major employer in Southern California.
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India and Singapore concluded review of bilateral free trade agreement


Hellenic Shipping News. 29 June. 5 minute read.
India and Singapore have concluded the second review of the bilateral free trade agreement with resolution of some contentious issues. The two big issues were Singapore’s restriction on the of skilled Indian professionals and the mandating of a higher asset maintenance ratio (AMR) for Indian banks.
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LNG imports can help Australia cap soaring gas prices


Business Times. 2 July. 6 minute read.
Australia’s plans to import LNG could help reduce soaring local gas prices. The opening of three new LNG export plants on the east coast over the past two years have impacted the availability of gas and nearly tripled wholesale gas prices. Read More

Maritime & Logistics Infrastructure



Russia leveraging smaller ports to support record export of grains


Hellenic Shipping News. 29 June. 6 minute read.
Russia’s record exports of wheat have led to shippers using innovative ways to put more grain on boats. Wheat traders are using small ships in the nearby Sea of Azov, a shallow sea, to carry wheat to deeper water where the cargo is transferred to larger vessels.
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India’s GMR Infrastructure secures bid to develop Greenfield port at Kakinada

UNI India. 28 June. 2 minute read.
India’s leading infrastructure group, GMR, has won the bid for the development of a commercial Greenfield port at the Kakinada SEZ, Andhra Pradesh. The port will be developed as an all-weather, deep draft and multi-cargo port and is expected to become the gateway to the east coast of India.
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India to build cruise tourism infrastructure at 5 major ports

The New Indian Express. 29 June. 5 minute.
India is working on a new cruise tourism policy which will focus on creating new infrastructure, additional berthing place and dedicated cruise terminals at five major ports including Mumbai, Goa, Chennai and Cochin. The new roadmap also entails improvements in areas like ease of doing business, immigration systems, customs and port regulations.
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Multi-modal Connectivity



Greek Austrian Joint Venture commenced operations of Greek freight trains


Railway Gazette. 28 June. 3 minute read.
RCG Goldair, a JV between Austria’s Rail Cargo Group and Greek transport and logistics company Goldair Group has commenced the operations of its freight trains on the Greek national rail network. The joint venture is looking to double the volume of freight by rail between Thessaloniki and Idomeni, situated on the Greece-Macedonia border.
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India could remove the Right of First Refusal to Indian ships for PSU cargo on coastal trades


The Hindu Business Line. 28 June. 6 minute read.
India plans to remove a long-existing right of first refusal (RoFR) advantage given to local fleet owners for carrying export-import oil and bulk cargo for public sector enterprises. The move will open up 125 million tonnes of crude cargo, 300 mt of dry bulk and 72 mt of coastal trade to foreign fleet owners.
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Opinion- China’s Silk Road traffic requires East European Town to cope


Business Standard. 27 June. 12 minute read.
The China-Europe rail network has picked up in freight volumes and frequency but has left the authorities at partner-nations scrambling to keep up with the demand. The heavily-subsidised rail network continues to be unprofitable even as Chinese authorities have ramped up services after it was subsumed under the four-year-old Belt and Road initiative.
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Shipbuilding, Ship Repair & Recycling



Japan likely to complain to WTO against South Korea on shipbuilding subsidies


Splash247. 26 June. 3 minute read.
Japan is mulling a WTO intervention in the former’s longstanding dispute with South Korea over shipbuilding subsidies. Japan has in the past urged South Korea to correct the latter’s shipbuilding practices related to pricing and subsidies.
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Opinion-Digitised design could be the key to faster shipbuilding and ship repairs


USNI. 26 June. 7 minute read.
Digitization as a tool will help the US Navy expedite shipbuilding and afford fleet expansion. The navy performs about 100 major vessel repairs each year. It also aims to expand its fleet to a projected 355 ships.
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Chinese ban on import of end-of-life ships could require undermining of EU Ship Recycling Regulation



Hellenic Shipping News. 21 June. 4 minute read.
The shipping industry fears that China’s decision to stop the import of end-of-life ships for scrapping could leave the ship-owners with few options under the EU List of approved recycling facilities. However, the fear could be unfounded as the EU-based facilities currently on the list are sufficient to recycle the entire EU-flagged fleet at end-of-life.
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Maritime and Logistics Conversations

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Maritime & Logistics Investments



Malaysia’s Melaka gateway project attracting billions in FDI



The Edge Markets. 29 June. 8 minute read.
The privately funded Melaka Gateway project has attracted massive foreign direct investment (FDI) from investors from the US, China, Germany and the Middle East. Melaka Gateway is expected to be completed in 2025 and create about 40,000 to 45,000 job opportunities annually.
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China eases foreign investment curbs including in shipbuilding


Reuters. 28 June. 4 minute read.
China has reduced curbs on foreign investments in several sectors including banking, the automotive and heavy industries, and agriculture. China will also ease ownership caps on businesses operating in areas such as ship and aircraft manufacturing, power grids and the breeding of crops.
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UAE plans to invest USD 75 Bln in India including in ports, terminals and logistics



Hindustan Times.  24 June. 8 minute read.

The UAE plans to invest up to USD 75 Bln in India and increase bilateral trade, which stood at USD 40 Bln in 2017. The major areas of collaboration include investments in ports, terminals, transportation, and logistics businesses in India.
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Free Zone & Logistics World





Shenzhen to develop its port into a Free Trade Port by 2020


Hellenic Shipping News. 27 June. 2 minute read.

China’s Shenzhen port will become a free trade port by 2020-end with reduced red tape and easing of customs clearance procedures. The Port of Shenzhen is a collective name for a string of ports that dot the coastline of Shenzhen. The ports dock the third largest number of containers in the world.
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A 540 acre rail served industrial park to be built in Texas



Commercial Property Executive. 29 June. 6 minute read.

Atlanta, US-based Ridgeline Property Group is developing SW International Gateway Business Park, a 540-acre rail-served industrial development project in El Campo, Texas. The project will introduce close to 10 million square feet of logistics-oriented industrial space to the market and help the Kansas City Southern railroad grow their rail traffic.
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Agility to build a logistics hub in Egypt’s East Port Said


Construction Week Online. 28 June. 4 minute read.

Swiss logistics major Agility will develop a logistics hub in Egypt’s East Port Said as part of the ongoing expansion work at the mouth of the Suez Canal. The logistics hub will speed up the goods flow from East Port Said, strengthen the supply chain, and create jobs.
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Automation & Training





Rotterdam & Hamburg ports adopt single data interface to ease the flow of ships


Supply Chain Dive. 27 June. 6 minute read.

The Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC) and the Rotterdam Port Authority have jointly put in place a singular digital interface that allows data exchange between the two facilities. The interface will help cargo ships sailing between Rotterdam and Hamburg to adjust their travel speed and optimise fuel consumption based on real-time arrival and departure times.
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Boeing invests in drone start-up


Tech Crunch. 26 June. 5 minute read.

The California, US-based delivery drone startup Matternet has raised USD 16 Mln from Boeing HorizonX Ventures, the aviation company’s venture arm. Matternet was recently selected as one of the many drone delivery companies by America’s Federal Aviation Administration as part of the latter’s Unmanned Aircraft System pilot program.
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Opinion-Port automation being driven by large terminals


Port Strategy. 27 June. 3 minute read.

A majority of conversations and initiatives related to port automation is driven by big terminals, Greenfield terminals and big companies, says an industry expert. Most medium and small-sized terminals are still behind on the adoption curve because automation is expensive and the return on investment is yet unclear.
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