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Cosco Endorses Panama Canal Expansion

Captain Wei Jiafu, President and CEO of China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), recently endorsed the potential Panama Canal expansion, citing that a more modern, Canal will benefit the global economy and world trade. Nearly five percent of total world trade transits the Panama Canal. Of this trade, 88 percent flows between the United States and Asia. In a speech given in Panama last month, Captain Wei stated that with the rapid development of China’s economy, the Panama Canal becomes more important as a vital link for China to import and export goods to and from the East Coast of the United States, the Caribbean and the East Coast of South America. “I fully support this expansion plan. I believe that the expansion of the Canal will enable more ships to utilize the Panama Canal. It will not only strengthen Panama financially by bringing considerable revenues, promote development of Panama’s maritime industry, and ensure Panama’s position as the regional maritime center, but it will also benefit the growth of regional and world trade,” said Captain Wei.


Britain To Push For WTO Shipping Agreement

The British government will press the U.S. to agree to a liberalization of shipping services at the next round of world trade negotiations, according to a government minister. "The Government will press the U.S. strongly to come on board with a meaningful liberalizing offer," junior trade and industry minister Patricia Hewitt said. However, she conceded that negotiations on maritime transport services could be difficult when the World Trade Organization meets in Seattle in December


WTC Steel Sent to Northrop Grumman Shipyard

Steel salvaged from the World Trade Center is headed to the Ingalls Shipyard in Mississippi. The steel was removed Friday from the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, N.Y. and will be used in the USS New York. The structural steel, weighing about 20 to 30 tons, will be melted down and used to configure the leading edge of the ship’s bow according to a Northrop Grumman spokesman. The USS New York will be the fifth of the 12 amphibious assault ships in the San Antonio class and is


Panama Celebrates Decade of Canal Management

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December 31, 2009, marked a decade of management of the Panama Canal by Panama. This vital trade artery has long stood as one of the world’s most recognized and respected engineering marvels and a crucial link in the global supply chain. Building on this, the decade of Panamanian stewardship and leadership has been evidenced by change, achievement and growth. By nearly every measure, the Canal’s role in world trade and value to global commerce has increased significantly in the


Maritime 'Silk Road' Between China, Middle East & Africa

HSBC reminds UAE forum of growing importance of MENA (Middle East, North Africa) & China trading corridors Trade corridors between China and the MENA region carry huge economic growth potential for businesses, offering the greatest prospects in the commodity and energy sectors said HSBC at its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and China Forum recently held in the UAE. Emphasising the growth of China as a trading powerhouse


U.S. House Bill Approving LNG Exports

A U.S. House subcommittee voted on Wednesday to advance a bill that would eliminate the need for government approval of U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to countries that belong to the World Trade Organization.   The legislation, which will be considered by the full House energy committee, would essentially end the Energy Department's review of LNG export applications. (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Jeffrey


ABS: All Employees Evacuated Safely From WTC Office

ABS confirms that all employees of its New York Executive Office, located on the 91st floor of One World Trade Center, evacuated safely from the building. The office normally staffs 22 people. At the time of tragedy 16 employees were either in the office or in transit to the office. All 16 employees are accounted for. Physical injuries were limited to minor cuts and abrasions. "It is miraculous given the point of impact of the aircraft was immediately above the ABS offices


WESMAR Honored for Export Achievement

The presentation of an Export Achievement Certificate to Small and Medium-Sized Firms was awarded to WESMAR in late May of 2002 by the United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Division. Commerce Deputy Secretary Samuel Bodman highlighted World Trade Week by presenting three Washington companies with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Export Achievement Award. The award recognizes business clients of the Department's Commercial Service that have used their services to make


ACP Reaches Milestone in Canal Expansion

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Panama President and Canal Authorities Commemorate New Milestone in Canal Expansion Work. Panama President Ricardo Martinelli witnessed a new milestone at the Canal Expansion with the filling of a segment of the new access channel that will allow the transit of Post-panamax vessels between the new Locks and the Culebra Cut. Panama Canal Authority Board of Directors Chairman and Canal Affairs Minister Rómulo Roux and Panama Canal Authority Administrator Alberto Alemán Zubieta


Braemar Adjusting Opens New Dubai Office

Braemar Adjusting has underlined its commitment to the Middle Eastern onshore and offshore Energy Insurance Market by opening a dedicated loss adjusting operation, based in Dubai. With effect from 1 April 2013, Chris Eades, Regional Director for the Middle East, and Senior Adjuster Sam Foster, will start working from the Dubai World Trade Center Building offices of sister company Braemar Salvage Association, before moving into their own Braemar Adjusting offices later in the year.


US Weighing Options on WTO Ruling

The United States is weighing its options after a World Trade Organization ruling on a Chinese challenge to anti-subsidy duties imposed on a range of steel products, solar panels and other goods, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said on Monday.


New Marine Terminal for Delaware River

Paulsboro in 1965: Photo Wiki CCL

Holt Logistics Corp. says it has entered into a partnership with the South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art marine terminal in Paulsboro, New Jersey. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by Governor Chris Christie


India May Appeal Parts of WTO Steel Ruling

India said on Tuesday it may appeal against parts of a World Trade Organization ruling against countervailing U.S. duties on some of its steel exports, despite being partly vindicated in a trade dispute. States impose countervailing duties, or punitively high import tariffs


Trading Dutch Well Placed to Pursue Russia Sanctions

The seafaring Netherlands prides itself on being a trading nation, reluctant to let politics get in the way of a good deal. But since the downing, allegedly by Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 with the loss of 193 Dutch lives


Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

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Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector recovering from its worst downturn since the 1980s. Ship owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009


Eastern Awarded NYC Firefighter Plate

From left to right: Jim Carney, JCarney Company; Kevin Traver, Staff Vice President of Corporate Affairs for the Navy League of the United States; Brian D’Isernia, President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding)

Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Sea Air Space Exposition at the Gaylord National Convention Center - National Harbor, MD, Brian D’Isernia, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc’s president, was presented a NYC Firefighter Plate which honors the 343 NYC firefighters who sacrificed their lives


POLB’s First Woman Commissioner Dies at 93

Louise M. DuVall (Courtesy POLB)

Louise M. DuVall, the first woman to serve on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, died Saturday, April 19. She was 93. She was appointed to two terms on the Harbor Commission, serving from Feb. 6, 1979, to July 18, 1990. She advocated for women to rise in the legal profession and the


Braemar SA Opens Office in Panama

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Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association), a multi-disciplinary Marine Surveying and Technical Consultancy, has announced that it has set up a new office in Panama. “Panama has always been a strategically important location, and of course the expansion of the Panama Canal is set to


International Festival For Business In Liverpool Begins Today

The International Festival for Business in Liverpool opens today Tuesday 17 June 2014. A major component of the 250,000-visitor International Festival for Business in Liverpool this summer is the one-day CEO-level conference will focus on the crucial role the shipping and port sectors play in


IHC Merwede Changes to Royal IHC

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His Majesty the King has awarded the honorary title of Koninklijk (Royal) to IHC Merwede. In a special ceremony today, the Mayor of Sliedrecht, Mr van Hemmen, presented this accolade to IHC Merwede’s CEO, Bram Roelse. In light of this honour


Mideast Firm to Operate Cargo Terminal at Port Canaveral

A Middle Eastern-owned company landed its first North American port operations contract on Monday, a 35-year agreement with Port Canaveral on Florida's east coast. Under terms of the lease, Gulftainer, a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Arab Emirates-based Crescent Enterprises


Obama Trade Law Survives Chinese WTO Appeal

U.S. President Barack Obama (White House photo)

China failed to overturn a U.S. law targeting unfair trade subsidies on Monday, when the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body said it did not have enough information to uphold China's appeal against an earlier WTO ruling. China had claimed that the U.S


Shipping Industry Not Quite as Upbeat About Future: Analyst

Dock scene: File photo

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell slightly during the three-month period to May 2014, due to concerns that overtonnaging could hit freight rates, but nevertheless remain at their second-highest level for the past six years with shipmanagers in particular remaining upbeat


Negotiations on WTO Environmental Goods Agreement

Fourteen WTO members launched plurilateral negotiations for an Environmental Goods Agreement

  Fourteen WTO members launched plurilateral negotiations for an Environmental Goods Agreement on 8 July 2014 at the WTO. These members said the talks will promote green growth and sustainable development while providing impetus for the conclusion of the Doha Round.


WTO Rules Against US Import Tariffs on China Steel, Solar Panels

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World Trade Organization judges found on Monday that the United States had violated global trade rules by imposing import duties on a range of Chinese steel products and solar panels that Washington asserted had government subsidies. But the three-member panel also rejected some of the Chinese






 
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