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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


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.


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.


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 Establishes New Maritime Body

Image: The Hong Kong Shippers Council

 Hong Kong is to establish a new government body - Hong Kong Port and Maritime Board - this year that oversees the local maritime sector, in a bid to enhance the city’s shipping sector.   Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying in his annual policy address for this year announced that the government will merge the existing Maritime Industry Council (MIC) and the Port Development Council (PDC) to form a new Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board.  


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)


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


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


Genting Hong Kong Acquires Nordic Yards

Photo: Nordic Yards Wismar GmbH

 Cruise ship operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd is buying three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemünde and Stralsund respectively owned by German shipbuilding company Nordic Yards for $358 million to further enable its presence in the sector.     The purchase from Nordic Yard is expected to be funded by internal resources of the group, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.     The purchase of the three shipyards, along with Lloyd Werft last year


EU Ship Recycling on the Radar

(Source: IGP&I) Image: Gard

 The European Union Ship Recycling Regulation has been effective since 2013 and applies to all ships entering ports and terminals of EU Member States.    While it is consistent with the broad objectives established in the International Maritime Organisation’s Hong Kong


HK Shipping Tycoon George Chao Dies

Photo:  Wah Kwong Shipping Holdings.

Following a long illness George Chao, a shipping legend in Hong Kong and president of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport, died, aged 76, in hospital.   WAH Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings, established 64 years ago, is now one of the largest privately owned shipowners in Hong Kong. 


IRClass First to Certify Indian Recycling Yards per EU Standard

Arun Sharma, Chairman of ISSPL

IRClass is amongst the first organizations in the world to certify ship recycling yards according to EU standards as an ‘Independent Verifier’. IRClass Systems and Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (ISSPL), an entity promoted by Indian Register of Shipping


Cosco: No to Shark Fin

Photo by Wild Aid

 China's biggest shipping and logistics company Cosco has pledged a total ban on transporting shark's fins,  says SCMP. It called the move a "body blow" to the international shark's fin trade. In a letter addressed to the Hong Kong branch of the US-based wildlife conservation


CMA CGM to Improve its PEX 2 Service Between Asia and the Caribbean

Map: CMA CGM

 In order to continue offering the best dedicated service from Far East to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, CMA CGM is glad to inform its customers about the new rotation of its PEX 2 service.   As from m/v CMA CGM NEW JERSEY voy


Hong Kong Eyes Shipping Boost from China's New Silk Road, Iran

File photo: Maersk Line

Hong Kong's crucial shipping trade is hoping China's overseas infrastructure plan and closer business ties with Iran will enable the city to tackle the downturn in the seaborne sector and tougher competition, officials said.   The global container sector


Hong Kong Mulls Maritime Cooperation with Iran

Image: Port of Hong Kong

 Closer business ties with Iran would enable Hong Kong  to tackle the downturn in the seaborne sector, reports Tasnim quoting Stephen Wong of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).   "Hong Kong's crucial shipping trade is hoping China's overseas infrastructure plan and


CMA CGM to delist NOL

File image: (Marad)

French container shipping firm CMA CGM plans to delist Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) following its takeover of the Singaporean shipper, CMA CGM's vice chairman Rodolphe Saade told French daily Les Echos. CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping company


Thygesen Named CEO of Svitzer

Henriette Thygesen (Photo: Maersk Group)

Henriette H. Thygesen, currently Damco CEO for the Americas, has been appointed CEO of Svitzer with effect from September 1.   Thygesen, who joined Maersk Group in 1994, has been with the group for 22 years, of which the last nine with Damco


Norden Sells 4 Handysize Bulk Carriers

Photo: Dennis Schnell, Bulldog and Partners

As Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S further tightens its focus in the dry cargo segment to medium-sized Supramax and Panamax vessels, the company has sold four Handysize dry cargo vessels.   Following the sale of Nord Hong Kong (32,282 tdw built in 2011), Nord Houston (32,389 tdw built in 2011)


Historic Tall Ship Sails into Hong Kong

Photo: Wallem

The world’s oldest full rigged tall ship, the Norwegian Sørlandet, has sailed into Hong Kong harbor this morning.    The ship, which was built in 1927, is on a two year circumnavigation, crewed by students from A+ World Academy


Jinhui Sells Supramax

Photo: Jinhui Shipping and Transportation

 Jinhui Shipping and Transportation has agreed to sell another supramax dry bulk carrier, having just made a similar deal earlier this month.   The purchaser is a company incorporated in Hong Kong. The bulk carrier will be delivered to the new owner between 29 July to 30 August 2016.


Newly Formed MV WERFTEN to Focus on Cruise Builds

Wismar

Genting Hong Kong announced that the three shipyards in the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bought this April will be named as MV WERFTEN*, be managed in Wismar and will focus on building large new cruise ships. Lloyd Werft located in Bremerhaven and bought last September will focus on its


Shipowners Reject Proposals for Ships to Pay for EU Ship Recycling Licences

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping

 Proposals to compel ships, regardless of flag, to pay for European Union ship recycling licences when calling at EU ports, will undermine efforts by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve working and environmental conditions in developing nations


LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Opens Hong Kong Office

LUKOIL Marine’s Managing Directors June Manoharan and Jan Thiedeitz at the opening ceremony ribbon cutting. (Photo: LUKOIL Marine)

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants has opened a new branch office in Hong Kong to tap into an increasing market share in Hong Kong and the greater China area.   The official opening ceremony was held on Friday, May 27, 2016, and was attended by more than 50 guests from Hong Kong and Taiwan






 
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