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SSE Rolls Out Two Shipping Indices

Image: Shanghai Shipping Exchange

 Shanghai Shipping Exchange launched on Wednesday the "Belt and Road" shipping indices, tracking trade data and shipping freight rates under the initiatives of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, reported China Securities Journal.   The indices, with January 2015 used as the base period, will be released on the last Monday of every month.   The Belt and Road Freight Trade Index (SRFTI), is designed to track the volume and value of international trade between China and 66 countries along the Belt and Road, which are in Asia, North Africa, Europe, and Oceania, a statement of SSE said.   The Maritime Silk Road Freight Index (MSRFI), tracks the shipping freight rates of imported and exported containerised cargoes, imported dry bulk cargoes, and imported crude oil.  

China's $40b Maritime Silk Road Shaping Up

Artists perform during a Chinese Dance Drama entitled The Dream of the Maritime Silk Road, at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Feb. 4, 2015 (Image: United Nations, Youtube)

China's $40 billion fund to finance its most ambitious global plan - the Silk Roads and Maritime Silk Road is moving forward steadily as its management team has taken shape.  China has appointed top officials to manage the fund. A team headed by Wang Yanzhi, an official with China's foreign exchange regulator, has been formed to formally operate the fund.   People's Bank of China (PBOC) assistant governor Jin Qi will be the fund's chief executive and Zhu Surong

China to Link Maritime Silk Road with India's 'Mausam'

Map: PIB

 China has expressed its readiness to work with India to link its ambitious Maritime Silk Road plans with India's 'Mausam' project in a bid to address New Delhi's strategic concerns and derive "common benefits", reports PTI.   Ever since the "One Belt and One Road" initiative to revive the ancient Silk Road and Maritime Silk Roads (MSR) was mapped out by Chinese President Xi Jinping, India has been showing vacillation and hesitations over whether to join the

USCG and USN Open Harbor Operation Center in Hampton Roads

The Coast Guard the U.S. Navy opened the Hampton Roads Sector Command – Joint Harbor Operations Center (SCC-JHOC) on March 24. The SCC-JHOC combines detection capability and command and control functions of Coast Guard and Navy entities within the Port of Hampton Roads. The mission of the Coast Guard and Navy personnel is to detect, monitor, and track vessel movements, critical port infrastructure, and militarily essential waterways in the port area

Rail-Barge Service from Eastern Shore to Resume

Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Bay Coast Railroad Car Barge will resume service next week as a result of a partnership between the Commonwealth, area localities, and the Bay Coast Railroad.  The barge, which was removed from service last year, provides connecting service between the Virginia’s Eastern Shore and Norfolk/Virginia Beach. Last year, the Bay Coast Railroad suspended service on the barge when it identified $1 million in structural deficiencies critical to

Port of New Orleans: Varied Third 2013 Meeting Agenda

The port informs that its meeting no. 3 of fiscal year 2013-2014 is to be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013, 11:00 a.m. in the main auditorium at 1350 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, Louisiana. The order of the meeting is as follows: I. Determination of Quorum and Call to Order II. Pledge of Allegiance III. Approval of Minutes for August, 2013, Meetings IV. Acceptance of Financial Statement for August, 2013 V. Public Comment VI. Actions Required

New Ferry Gets Volvo Penta Engines

The car ferry Venus, which recently entered traffic, is the Swedish Road Administration’s most modern ferry and the first in a series with a distinct environmental profile. The propulsion engines onboard are modern Volvo Penta low-emission engines equipped with catalytic converters and particle filters. The high efficiency of the engines results in low fuel consumption and good performance. The Road Administration’s ferry unit, with slightly more than 60 ships

Nav Safety Advisory Council Seeks Applicants

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership on the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC). NAVSAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on issues related to the prevention of collisions, rammings and groundings, including, but not limited to Inland and International Rules of the Road, navigation regulations and equipment, routing measures, marine information, diving safety and aids to navigation systems.

Hampton Roads Receives Rescue 21

The Coast Guard's Rescue 21 Acquisition Project will hold an acceptance ceremony and demonstration at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. Rescue 21 is the Coast Guard's critical command, control and communications acquisition project, offering cutting edge technology to mariners nationwide.  The system is the backbone of the National Maritime Distress and Response System, a maritime version of 911 that allows the boating public

Container Ship Runs Aground at Fremantle Port

Maersk Garonne (Image by Maersk Line)

 A ship that ran aground at Fremantle Port early Saturday has been refloated. The 62,000-tonne Denmark-registered container ship Maersk Garonne became stuck in soft sand about 500m off South Mole.   Jeanette Murray from Fremantle Ports said: “the Maersk Garonne was pulled free by tugs around 8.30am and will go to anchor in Gage Roads to be assessed by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority."  

World Carbon Debate Must Consider Great Lakes Shipping

CSL Groups Trillium Class vessel Thunder Bay, pictured here in Port Colborne, Ontario, regularly travels through the St. Lawrence Seaway to Great Lakes ports. (Photo: Thies Bognor; Supplied by CSL Group)

As the debate continues both at home and abroad on carbon offsetting measures, the Chamber of Marine Commerce is urging stakeholders and governments to consider the environmental advantages and the competitive challenges faced by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping industry.  

Calif. Forum Examines Transport ‘Beyond Traffic’

Paul “Chip” Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

Maritime Administrator Jaenichen, Vice Mayor Lowenthal Host Town-hall style Forum on Beyond Traffic Framework   U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen and Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal today hosted the third of 11 nationwide regional forums on the Beyond

Indian Ports to Improve Operational Efficiency

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

 Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the decline observed in the performance of Major Ports from 2008 to 2014 has reversed and they have shown improvement in their performance in 2015.   

India Drops Plan to Give More Autonomy to State-run Ports

India will change existing laws governing ports to make them more profitable and efficient, the shipping minister said on Wednesday, putting on hold a plan to turn them into corporate entities under pressure from trade unions and political parties.

Papal Visit to Impact Marine Transportation System

Pope Francis

  The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River and Schuylkill River, in vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 25, 2015 to September 28, 2015 will likely experience delays.

Norfolk Ship Repair Announces 650 Layoffs

Photo by BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair

 BAE Systems Ship Repair Norfolk has announced plans for layoffs - 650 people will be layed off effective November 20, 2015, says company sources.   This represents 43 percent reduction in workforce. The company attributed to a decrease in Navy repair work.  

China Pushes Maritime Silk Road to Asean

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. Photo Credit: Chinese Government

China made its pitch to ASEAN members to promote its Maritime Silk Road plans. China has said it will finish negotiations on upgrading the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area called CAFTA by the end of this year, said Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli.  

Shipowner Fails in Claim against Agent for Fuel Costs

Press Release -- International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has reported a case in which the owner of a chemical tanker made an unsuccessful claim against a port agent for costs incurred in taking on additional low-sulphur fuel at a European port.   

India Relaxes Cabotage for Special Vessels

Image:  Herfurth Logistics

 Vessel operators can now be allowed to bring foreign flagged vessels on the coastal routes as the Indian Government has decided to relax cabotage for special vessels.    Special vessels like Roll-On Roll-Off (Ro-Ro), Hybrid Roll-On Roll-Off (Hybrid Ro-Ro)

Global Maritime take Center Stage @ Danish Forum

Photo from Danish Maritime Forum 2014.jpg

The second Annual Danish Maritime Forum, scheduled for October 7-8, 2015, in Copenhagen, brings together a wealth of global maritime leaders to address present and long-term challenges for industry.   Discussions at this year’s Danish Maritime Forum are influenced by volatility in

Dubai World Launches Rotterdam Terminal

 RWG celebrated its official opening. Photo: Rotterdam World Gateway

 DP World, together with joint-venture partners APL, HMM, MOL and CMA-CGM, has officially opened the Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) terminal, providing the global supply chain with the most innovative and automated container terminal in the world.  

China Rolls Out International Undersea Cable with ASEAN, Plans Information Harbor

Lu Wei, minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China speaks at the China-ASEAN Information Harbor Forum. Photo: Chinese Government

 China is building its first international undersea cable that will carry information and data flow between the country and the ASEAN nations, says Xinhuanet. Its also setting up Information Harbor for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.  

British Maritime Industry Eyes China’s One Belt, One Road Plan


 China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Economic Belt development vision has takers in UK maritime sector, reports Xinhua News Agency.   Both countries expected to improve bilateral maritime cooperation in the "Belt and Road" initiative

APM Terminals Pipavav Handles 10,000 TEU vessel

Pic: Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd

 Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd (APM Terminals Pipavav) announced the successful berthing of the largest container vessel with capacity of approximately 9,971 TEUs in the history of the port.   Maersk Saltoro is the largest container ship (981 feet long) ever to call at APM Terminals

Maritime Silk Road Society Inaugurated in Hong Kong

Chief Executive CY Leung (front row, third left) attends the Maritime Silk Road Society inauguration ceremony. Photo: Information Services Department, Hong Kong Government.

 The Maritime Silk Road Society (MSRS) was inaugurated on Monday to explore new development opportunities for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative, reports Xinhua.   "The Maritime Silk Road Society has been established in

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