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Monday, October 23, 2017

Steady Growth

China Merchants Profit up 29pct

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 While China’s ports continue to face growth pressure, the country’s largest port operator is reaping the rewards of years of investments in overseas projects.   China Merchants Holdings (International) reported first-half net profit rose 29 per cent to HK$2.78 billion  ($US 361 million)  from a year ago, after throughput gains at Chinese terminals exceeded China’s overall container growth rate and traffic through overseas facilities rose at a double-digit clip.   The profit is driven by steady growth from ports and contributions from overseas greenfield projects.   Chairman Li Jianhong said he expected the growth of mainland operations to slow, but noted an overall growth in the second half can be sustained.   By the end of June, the company handled a total container throughput of 41.35 million 20-foot equivalent units, up 5.3 percent. However, the container throughput in Hong Kong and Taiwan fell 18.8 percent due to the upgrading of operating system of Modern Terminals Limited. Li expects overseas business to account for 20 percent of total revenue this year.    Li Jianhong said, "Benefited by contribution from overseas ports, in particular the Sri Lanka project, container throughput handled during the first half of 2015 rose 5.3% year-on-year to 41.35 million TEUs

Cargo Shipping Market to Reach 12.52 Bln Ton by 2021

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 The Cargo Shipping Market is estimated to gain momentum after fiscal year 2018 after years of sluggish growth. Cargo Shipping Market is projected to reach 12.52 Billion Tons at CAGR of 3.5% from 2016 to 2021.   According to report Cargo Shipping Market - Global Trends and Forecast to 2021, the growth in container transport will have highest growth in cargo shipping trade compared to other types of cargos.   

Denison Yacht Sales Acquires Generation Marine

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Industry Leader Continues Strategic Path of Growth. Denison Yacht Sales is pleased to announce its acquisition of Generation Marine, a Fort Lauderdale-based yacht brokerage and service company.  Generation Marine's reputation in the trawler and explorer yacht categories helps strengthen Denison's position in this segment of the yachting market. "We feel strongly that the trawler and expedition markets will continue their steady growth," said Bob Denison

Jee Announces Expansion for UK Growth

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Jee Ltd, an indepenedent multi-discipline engineering and training firm, has announced further plans for expansion to accommodate the company’s growth strategy and the creation of 150 new jobs in the UK. The company which provides a complete range of subsea engineering expertise also announced the appointment of new board members Andrea Haywood, Finance Director, and Jenny Matthew, Director, who will help drive steady growth plans

Brightoil Reports Steady Growth in Interim Results

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Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited announced its interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2014, reporting steady growth over the period.   During the period, profit attributable to the owners of the group increased 3% year-on-year to HK$561 million. Basic earnings per share amounted to 6.41 HK cents, up 3% from a year ago. Total revenue climbed 11% from HK$40.3 billion in 1HFY2014 toHK$44.9 billion for the period as the twin-engines business model (upstream and

Intermodal IT Company Advent Names New CEO

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 Murray Hill-based intermodal information technology company Advent Intermodal Solutions on Tuesday announced it has named a new CEO as it plans a redesign of its signature supply chain management system.   Parvez Mansuri, who at one time was chief information officer of the company, will now serve as CEO after spending the past four years running an independent venture known as Wireless Asset Management. Mansuri, who had been serving as an adviser and director to AIS

Moody's May Upgrade Royal Caribbean

Moody's Investors Service placed the long term debt ratings of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on review for possible upgrade based on its improved debt protection measures, and the steady growth in earnings and cash flow as well as its reduced need for debt to fund capital expenditures following its equity issuance. Moody's review will focus on the impact of Royal's extensive ship building program on debt protection measures

Globalization Keeps Future Bright for Shipping

  By Rich DeSimone     The economic storm signals are all around us: the wild swings in stock markets globally, the contraction of credit availability worldwide and the frequent use of the dreaded “R” word. Is the United States headed for a deep recession? Is a recession already under way? Will the slowing U.S. economy drag the rest of the world’s countries into recession as well?

Laid-Up Container Ships

A sharp contraction in world trade has idled more than 200 container ships, threatening the survival of many companies, according to The Journal of Commerce. "The slump in container shipping appears certain to extend into 2010 or beyond. Some companies won't survive," said Joseph Bonney, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Commerce. Carriers operating from Asia to Europe, the world's busiest container trade route, are expected to lose up to $5b this year

Japanese Light Industries Look to Expand in Middle East

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A high-level delegation from Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) recently visited Dubai World Central, the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, to take a closer look at the state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities available to Japanese companies seeking to establish and expand their business operations in the Middle East.  The visit of the Japanese delegation is in line with DWC’s strategy of attracting leading international companies to commence

Orient Overseas Back to Black

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 Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL) and its subsidiaries have announced a profit attributable to equity holders of US$53.6 million for the six-month period ended 30th June 2017, compared with loss of US$56.7 million for the same period in 2016.    The profit attributable to equity holders for the first six months of 2017 included investment income of US$21.2 million from Hui Xian and a net fair value gain of US$27.7 million on the revaluation of Wall Street Plaza.

Gulf Navigation Rapid Profit Growth

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 The Dubai based Gulf Navigation Holding (GulfNav) achieved remarkable growth in 2017 and witnessed many outstanding achievements in line with the steady growth of UAE economy.   GulfNav announced 33% growth in net profits by the end of the first half of 2017, compared with the same period of 2016. This announcement comes concurrently with the new phase the company is launching to strengthen its position and competitiveness globally

Cosco Shipping H1 Net Profit Up 42%

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 Cosco Shipping International said its net profit rose 42% in the first half of 2017, thanks to higher net exchange gains and net finance income.  In the first half of 2017, the global economy saw an upward trend in growth with improving market confidence. The solid economic and trade growth brought about long-awaited signs of recovery for the shipping industry.    The rational competition and cooperation in the shipping industry further facilitated the positive growth

Konecranes Pact with MPET in Antwerp

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 Konecranes signed a major service agreement in which its Antwerp-based service organization will perform all of the maintenance and repair work on more than 150 Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers of different generations for MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET), the single largest container terminal in Europe.   The purpose of this service agreement is to achieve consistently high availability of the entire machine fleet

BIMCO: Shorter sailing distances limit upside of two-year high Chinese coal imports

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Australia and Indonesia, being the main exporters of coal to China, are growing their market share at the expense of longer haul exporters like the US and South Africa. Therefore, dry bulk shipping demand does not enjoy full tonne-mile demand, when the imported coal volumes increase.   The high level of coal into China for Q3 2016 shows the growing importance of Chinese coal imports for the shipping market, since mid-April 2016

Greater Cruise Sector Investment Expected in 2017

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According to its 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, trade association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is predicting a steady pace of cruise travel interest and significant investment in the industry.   Increase in cruise travel is expected to continue throughout 2017, with an estimated 25.3 million passengers expected to sail in 2017, a strong surge from 15.8 million just 10 years prior (2007). More ships will set sail in 2017 as well

Singapore Port Sustains Performance

Singapore continues to attract a diverse range of maritime businesses and is now home to over 130 international shipping groups and more than 5,000 maritime establishments. The maritime cluster employs more than 170,000 people and contributes some seven per cent to Singapore’s Gross Domestic Product. Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, said, “2016 was an eventful year for the shipping industry with further changes in the mega-alliances, new mergers and acquisitions

Harley Marine Names Two ATBs

Harley Marine Services has named two articulated tug and barge (ATB) units currently under construction at Gunderson Marine (barges) and Conrad Shipyard (tugs), respectively. The vessels include two 116 foot tugs and two 80,000 barrel barges.   The tugs, each being built at Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, La. are 116 feet long with a beam of 36 feet. Each vessel is equipped with two GE Tier 4 propulsion engines, for a total of approximately 4,560 horsepower

Containership Deliveries: Turning A Corner?

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 Containership deliveries changed course in 2016, toppling from the record level of 1.7m TEU in 2015 to reach just 0.9m TEU, having previously increased each year between 2011 and 2015, says a report from Clarkson Research Services.   If deliveries remain at these slightly more moderate levels in coming years, this could potentially herald a new era of less robust fleet growth in the boxship sector.  

Peak Gasoline Demand Looms with Engine Efficiency Gains

Demand for gasoline in the United States, which accounts for a tenth of global oil consumption, is expected to peak next year as engines become more efficient, WoodMackenzie analysts said. Global demand for gasoline, which accounts for more than a quarter of the world's oil consumption, is set to peak as early as 2021 even in the face of relentless growth in the vehicle fleet, according to the Edinburgh-based consultancy.

Interview: Tan Sri Kt Lim, Chairman, Genting Hong Kong

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Five minutes with Tan Sri Kt Lim, Chairman, Genting Hong Kong   Last year Genting Hong Kong acquired shipbuilding capacity in Germany. When and why was the decision made to become a shipbuilder? With the rapid growth of the world cruise industry, especially in China, this has led to cruise ship order book reaching an all-time high, with orders placed as far out as 2026, nearly 10 years from now. In order to ensure that the company can build the required number of cruise ships for three

Cosco Shipping 2016 Profit Dip

Photo: Cosco Shipping International (Hong Kong)

 Cosco Shipping International (Hong Kong) has seen its profit for the year ended December 31, 2016 drop 29 percent to HKD 236.5 million (USD 30.4 million) from HKD 362 million (USD 46.6 million) reported a year earlier.   Although the company’s operating profit dropped to HKD 544.2 million for the full year from HKD 690.7 million reported in 2015, Cosco Shipping International said that its revenue for the period increased to HKD 7.4 billion from HKD 5.9 billion.  

Global Maritime Community Gathers in Singapore

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 Amid structural and cyclical changes brought about by over-capacity, mega-alliances, increasing digitisation, as well as economic and geopolitical uncertainties, Singapore remains a premier global hub port and leading international maritime centre that held steady growth in 2016.   In the face of headwinds, Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2017 – organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) – will rally the global maritime industry for a week of

Nakilat Ends H12017 with $112 Mln Net Profit

Nakilats flagship, QMax Mozah. Photo: Qatar Gas Transport Company

 Qatar Gas Transport Company (known as “Nakilat”, which means carriers in Arabic) recorded its financial results for the first half of the year ended June 30, 2017 with a net profit of QR 409 million ($112 million) compared to QR 501 million ($137 million) of the same period last year in 2016.  The lower profit was mainly attributed to the lower number of charter hire days in the current period compared to the same period last year (2016 was a leap year)

Modern VLCC Rates Under Pressure

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Rates fall back after climbing earlier in the week. Overcapacity, OPEC cuts, little scrapping, summer lull weigh on market.   Owners of modern very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could see a gain in charter rates amid tightening vessel supply but freight rates, especially for older and newly delivered ships, will remain under pressure, brokers said on Friday.   That came as rates rebounded slightly earlier this week on routes from the Middle East only for them to fall back to

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