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Venezuela and Cuba Sign Economic Integration Agreements

Venezuela and Cuba signed 16 new cooperation agreements in a move that further boosts the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), a regional economic and social integration initiative launched by the two countries. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage attended the signing ceremony held in Caracas. The accords are far reaching in the fields of transport, finances, agriculture, mining, industry, tourism and electricity, according to reports. The agreements also include the possibility of setting up two joint ventures in transportation, particularly shipbuilding and port modernization. The production of stainless steel and ferrous nickel was part of an agreement in the field of mining, while in communications an underwater cable link between the two countries including a satellite system and networks is envisioned. Source: Cuban News Agency


China’s Growth Could Boost Shipping

China’s shift towards a domestic consumer demand-oriented economy could provide a significant boost to the global shipping industry, as the world’s second largest economy targets more sustainable growth. “2013 will be another peak year of new vessel deliveries. Oversupply of capacity is still an obstacle for the shipping industry to overcome, but with the improvement of the world economy, the shipping sector is expected to experience moderate growth


New Sources of Finance Needed for EU Transport Infrastructure

The Transport Committee believes that continued financial inaction on the transport infrastructure may put economic growth at risk. In a report adopted, it calls on the Commission to table proposals on possible new and alternative ways of financing, in particular, the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T). Since the priority investments have been slower than expected, key projects should now be selected for their financial feasibility.


EU Bank Agrees Fos 2XL finance deal

Upon completion of the project, the creation of two new terminals due on stream in 2010, capacity will increase from the current 1m teu per year to 2.5m teu. Some 400 direct jobs will also be generated in addition to several thousand in allied sectors. Backing from the BEI – the European Union finance institution – acknowledges that the scheme meets several criteria for the development of European transport networks. During the signing, M


China, Singapore Partner in Shipbuilding

According to an April 13 report from the People’s Daily Online, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and Singapore's Pacific International Lines (PIL) opened a joint venture - CSIC Pacific. Speaking at the opening of the company, Lim Hwee Hua, Singapore 's Minister in Prime Minister Office and Second Minister for Finance and Transport, said that this CSIC-PIL's partnership is reflective of the close links between China and Singapore.


CMIT's Q1 Volume Double

CHINA SHIPPING vessel at Cai Mep Photo APM Terminals

Cai Mep, Vietnam - With five new services calls added to Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) since May of 2015, container volume has surged by 130% to 277,303 TEUs for the first three months of 2016, as compared with the same period a year ago. This growth follows an 80% expansion in container traffic at CMIT in 2015 over the year prior, to 724,768 TEUs.  CMIT, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, is a deep-water facility located in the Ba Ria‐Vung Tau Province


Spinnaker Reports Buoyant Job Market

Maritime recruitment specialist Spinnaker Consulting has reported that despite general reports of a slowdown in the world economy, recruitment in the shipping, offshore and transport markets remains buoyant. Writing in the latest issue of Changing Course, Spinnaker's monthly e-mail newsletter, managing director Phil Parry says, "Contrary to most industry forecasts, 2002 does not look like being such a bad year for the shipping, offshore and transport job markets


PVA:Moving Cargo, Passengers to the Water

As the U.S. Department of Transportation works to develop transportation policies to meet 21st Century needs, perhaps the most vexing problems faced are those associated with traffic congestion on the Interstate highways which parallel our Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coastlines. Interstate 95, I-5 and I-10 carry automobile and truck traffic far beyond their design capacities. In the major metropolitan areas, which these highways intersect


New Shipping Risk Management Course

The Baltic Exchange and the Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance at London’s Cass Business School unveiled plans today (10 March) to deliver a series of executive courses focusing on the management of a range of financial risks in the shipping markets. The two day course “Shipping Risk Management” will cover freight, bunker, ship price, credit, foreign exchange and interest rate risk and will be held in London, Hamburg, Athens, Hong Kong and Singapore during 2005


Cyprus Financial Crisis: Effect on Shipping Interests

Cypriot Transport Minister, Tasos Mitsopoulos, states the nation's shipping registry will not be affected by turmoil in banking sector. The Minister downplayed the impact of Cyprus's banking crisis on the local shipping industry, pointing out that none of the island's banks are active in ship financing, reports Tax-News. Despite Mitsopoulos's assurances, many shipping companies' bank deposits in Cyprus are expected to be heavily impacted by the banking sector developments


Kuriyama Joins Matson Board of Directors

Stanley Kuriyama (Photo: Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.)

The Board of Directors of Matson, Inc. has appointed Stanley Kuriyama as a director of the company, effective June 23, 2016.   Kuriyama is the Executive Chairman of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. He first joined Alexander & Baldwin in 1992


Bronson Hsieh Leaves Evergreen to Head Yang Ming

Bronson Hsieh. Pic by  Evergreen Group

 Evergreen Group vice chairman Bronson Hsieh has been appointed chairman of rival Taiwan carrier Yang Ming Marine.   Yang Ming Marine Transport, the nation’s second-largest container shipper in terms of fleet size, approved Hsieh’s appointment, reports said.  


Promoting National Maritime Transport Policy in Saint Lucia

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A national workshop in Saint Lucia has brought together participants from various Government bodies and other stakeholders to discuss the development of a national maritime transport policy.    The workshop is aimed at highlighting the promotion and development of such a policy


VEB Guarantees $3 Bln of Yamal LNG Debt

Russian development bank VEB said on Friday it had provided a guarantee for $3 billion of debt to the Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, led by Russian gas firm Novatek.   VEB said in a statement that the guarantee would help encourage overseas financing for the Yamal project


Lempke to Lead Newport News’ Energy Programs

Michael Lempke (Photo: HII)

Michael Lempke has been appointed vice president of energy programs for Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, succeeding Pete Diakun, who will retire at the end of the year after 31 years of service.  


SCF Group Secures Funds for New Arctic LNG Tanker

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and VTB Bank have signed a $260 million 13-year loan agreement, providing financing of construction of an Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker for the Yamal LNG project.   The agreement was signed on June 17, 2016 by Sergey Frank


Greece and Canada Partner on Maritime Training

Photo: VIMC

The Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) and the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport of the University of the Aegean have signed a signed a Bilateral Agreement to develop faculty and student exchange programs as well as marine-related training initiatives between Greece and Canada


IMO Secretary-General Goes to Romania

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has highlighted the crucial work of maritime training institutes to train and equip new generations of seafarers and other shipping personnel, during a visit (16 June) to the Romanian Maritime Training Centre CERONAV


Navig8 Tankers Pact with CMB

Photo: Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.

 Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. has signed sale and leaseback agreements with CMB Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. (CMB) for three of its IMO2 37,000 dwt Interline coated tankers.   The company said that the expected net proceeds from the transaction are USD 91.2 million.  


Golar, Stonepeak Launch Launch FSRU Joint Venture

Golar LNG Limited announced that it has entered into a 50/50 joint venture with investment vehicles affiliated with private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. The joint venture company, Golar Power Ltd, will offer integrated LNG based downstream solutions


GasLog Completes $1.05 Bn Financing Facility for Six Vessels

Photo: GasLog Ltd

 Monaco-headquartered owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers GasLog Ltd. has launched a debt financing of USD 1.05 billion with a number of international banks to re-finance six legacy vessel facilities.   The Legacy Facility Re-financing covers eight on-the-water


Shipping Confidence Up Slightly, But Still Low -Moore Stephens

File photo: David Rider

The latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens has seen overall confidence levels in the shipping industry rise slightly in the three months to May 2016.   In May 2016, the average confidence level expressed by respondents in the


EU Ministers Agree on TEN-T

Map: European Union

 The EU transport ministers convened at the first day of the TEN-T Days in the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam.   They discussed the process of implementing the Trans-European Transport Network: new challenges and opportunities, new technologies and mobility patterns for passengers


ECB Reviews Shipping Loans

Image: European Central Bank

European Central Bank (ECB) kicked off a review into the risks of banks’ shipping exposure, Reuters reported.   ECB is conducting an in-depth review of banks’ exposure in shipping amid rising provisions for bad debt in an industry still mired in crisis.  


RBS Receives Bids for Greek Shipping Business

The Royal Bank of Scotland has received bids for its Greek ship finance business, banking and financial sources familiar with the matter said, following a leap in bad shipping debts at the lender over the past few months. They told Reuters that the operation was worth about $3 billion although






 
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