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Hong Kong – maritime security update

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a Press Release stating that security plans have been approved for 22 of the 31 Hong Kong port facilities subject to the ISPS Code. Security plans have been approved for 595 Hong Kong vessels and International Ship Security Certificates (ISSCs) have been issued to 287 of these ships. The Marine Department also issued a Notice stating that, effective 1 July, maritime security levels for Hong Kong will be posted on a special Internet site. Source: HK Law


Hong Kong Receive BMT Maritime Strategic Study

Hong Kong Port: Photo BMT

BMT Asia Pacific (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, says it has completed a major strategic study - “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Position as an International Maritime Centre (IMC)”, undertaken on behalf of the Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau. The study aims to plot a development roadmap and strategy that will enable Hong Kong to remain a successful IMC in an increasingly competitive region. BMT explains that it conducted the IMC study utilising extensive industry


Transas Re-locates Hong Kong Office

In March 2009 Transas Hong Kong office was relocated to the heart of Hong Kong – Tsim Sha Tsui at the southern tip of the Kowloon peninsula. Transas Hong Kong office is one of the most important service centers providing fast and efficient onboard service on daily basis. Hong Kong Ship owners and managers own or manage about eight per cent of the world's commercial fleet - over 1,240 vessels with a combined carry capacity of about 78 million deadweight tonnes.


HK, U.K. Sign Double Taxation Legislation

Hong Kong signed an agreement with Britain to avoid double taxation on shipping, exempting owners of Hong Kong ships from paying tax levied on cargo taken up in Britain, and vice versa. It was signed in the territory by Hong Kong Secretary for Economic Services Sandra Lee and British Consul-General James Hodge. Lee said at the signing ceremony that the pact strengthened Hong Kong's status as the international maritime center in Asia.


Use Clean Fuel in Hong Kong Waters & Save

Ocean-going vessels (OGVs) to become eligible for a 50% reduction in port facility & light dues if they switch to cleaner fuel while berthed in Hong Kong waters. "The government has been implementing a package of 22 measures, targeting various major polluting sources, with a view to improving the air quality in Hong Kong," Hong Kong Secretary for the Environment.  Reducing marine emissions is one of our priorities and the launch of the incentive scheme is a step forward to


Hong Kong Joins U.S. Customs CSI

Robert C. Bonner, Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, today announced the signing of a declaration by Hong Kong to join the Container Security Initiative (CSI), a key U.S. Customs initiative designed to prevent global sea cargo from being exploited by terrorists to inflict harm on America and other nations of the world. "I applaud the government of Hong Kong for joining the U.S. Customs Service Container Security Initiative


Hong Kong Strictly Enforcing Pre-Arrival Notification Requirement

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a statement outlining that it is strictly enforcing the requirement that vessels must submit a Pre-Arrival Notification (PAN) at least 24 hours before arriving in Hong Kong waters. Four ships were recently found to be in violation – their masters subsequently brought into court and charged. Failure to submit a timely PAN subjects the owner and the master both to a potential fine of $5,000 (HK$40,000)


36-Ton Anchor Delivered

The anchor before it is extracted.

A 36-ton anchor belonging to a historic ship, once the world’s largest, has been transported by Wilhelmsen Ships Service from Gujarat and has just arrived in Hong Kong, to be placed as the centrepiece in the new Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Wilhelmsen Ships Service Hong Kong was approached by the Norwegian ambassador in Guangzhou in early February to arrange the transportation of the anchor of the Jahre Viking/Seawise Giant which was scrapped in India this  year


Far East, South America Service Upgrade

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To further improve the service quality and to cater for the market growth Maersk Line together with service partner Hamburg Süd are pleased to announce the following changes to our service network. We are currently phasing in the SAMMAX and Santa class vessels in the current ASAS service. These vessels are custom built for this trade with a nominal capacity of 7500 teu and 1700 plugs. In conjunction with this upgrade we will open a 2nd service as from July.


MOL Adjusts Intra-Asia Service Network

MOL Liner Ltd. (MOL) announced an enhancement of its Intra-Asia service network with new rotation of “HS3” and new Japan-Strait service “HS4,” offering competitive service despite potential schedule disruption as a result of recent port congestion in the region. Renewal of “HS3” with New Feeder Service “AJS”  MOL will introduce Singapore-Jakarta feeder service (AJS is operated by MOL) to stabilize the service schedule of


IMO Calls for Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh

Image by International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The  International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh are jointly implementing a project entitled “Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh – Phase I” (in short SENSREC Project –


APL, MOL, NYK Launch Joint Service

APL, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) have together launched a new joint service between trading hubs in Asia and ports in Mexico, Colombia and Panama.   In a joint statement made by the carriers, APL, MOL and NYK said Asia is an important market for exporters in


HK Dockers Threaten to Strike Over Wages

A pic of Hong Kong Dockers Strike (Courtesy: Hong Kong Dockers Union Facebook page)

 The Hong Kong Dockers Union has threatened industrial action - that may involve a strike - if operators continue to ignore their demand for a 8.5-percent wage increase this year.   The union is an affiliate of the Confederation of Trade Unions and made their demands known at the start


Liebherr buys Shriro Crane Business

Management staff from the Shriro Group and Liebherr Tower Cranes after signing the takeover documents.

  Liebherr-Werk Biberach GmbH completed its takeover of the tower crane business from the Shriro Group in Hong Kong at the end of 2014. The company continues to build on its presence on the Asian market by taking over the business's entire hire fleet and all staff.


ABS Forms Hong Kong Technical Committee

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  ABS continues to work closely with industry through its extensive international network of technical committees that advise ABS on Rule development. ABS has expanded this network with the formation of the organization's 19th technical advisory committee


FSL Trust Signs Charter Agreement with US Oil Company

  Alan Hatton, CEO of FSL Trust Management (photo courtesy of FSL Trust Management)

  FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust, has entered into a two-year time charter agreement with a prominent US domestic oil company for the FSL Hong Kong, a 115,000 dwt crude oil tanker built in 2007.  


Largest Vessel to Call ICTSI, Rijeka

Maiden call of Gerda Maersk, the largest vessel to call in Croatia.

Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) container handling facility in the Port of Rijeka, Croatia, recently serviced the largest vessel to call in the country, the 10,000 TEU-capacity Gerda Maersk.


SCI Inks Scandinavian Distributor Agreement

Jos Lems, SCI’s Rotterdam-based head of global sales (Photo: SCI)

Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, has selected a Swedish company to drive further growth in Scandinavia.   Scanunit has agreed to a partnership with SCI for sales and installation rights of Safelaunch lifeboat release and retrieval


Hong Kong - Philippines Yacht Race

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   A yacht race from Hong Kong to the Philippines will take place from 1 April (Wednesday) to 6 April (Monday). About 24 yachts are expected to participate in the race.   The race will commence on 1 April 2015 at 1330 hours at a place off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter


Singamas Container: Profit Down in 2014, Bullish for 2015

Image: Singamas Container Holdings Limited

 The world’s second-largest container manufacturer Singamas Container reported 2014 net profit which is lower than the previous year, but is expecting a better 2015 bolstered by pent-up demand from shipping lines and the firm’s investment in a gateway province between China and


Three in Four Cruise Passengers in the World Will Soon be Chinese

Berth two at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Credit Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB)

 Almost three-quarters of all cruise passengers in the future could be Chinese, according to research by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB).   The study reveals a potential 83 million cruise passengers in seven source markets within Greater China


Hong Kong's Clean Fuel Rules May Cost Shippinglines

Image: The Port of Hong Kong

 The bill requiring ocean going ships to switch to low sulfur fuel while at berth in Hong Kong could effectively raise the cost of shipping containers through the city.   Under the new Hong Kong Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation


GAC Appointed as Thorco’s Ship Agent in Singapore

The Thorco Isabella (photo courtesy of GAC)

  GAC Singapore announced today it will provide Thorco Shipping with agency services for its vessels calling at Singapore, including the loading and discharging of break-bulk and heavy lift cargoes at Jurong port.   The Copenhagen-based Thorco operates a fleet of more than 80


Hong Kong Introduces Clean Fuel Rules

Photo: Alex Sergienko

New regulation to require oceangoing vessels to switch to clean fuel while at berth   The Government of Hong Kong’s Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation, which mandates oceangoing vessels (OGV) to use clean fuels while berthing in Hong Kong for


Sinking Cargo Ship Abandoned in Sea of Japan

The Japan Coast Guard Ship Hilda (Public domain image)

  A 5,000-dwt Cambodian-flagged cargo ship has been abandoned in the Sea of Japan, according to multiple reports.   The Tong Yuan Hai, operated by Liberty Shipping of Hong Kong, was transporting coal from the Russian port of Nahodka to Pohang, South Korea, World Maritime News reported






 
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