Far East News

10 Mar 2019

Russian Share of European Gas Growing

Graphics: Rystad Energy

With gas supplies growing at a faster rate than domestic demand, Russia can increase pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Europe, said a report.Russia’s gas production has been steadily increasing since the low of 611 Bcm in 2015, and reached 695 Bcm in 2018, according to a report form Rystad Energy, an independent energy research and business intelligence companyMature fields exhibit relatively high decline rates, but volumes from the recent start-ups and discoveries in Yamal, East Siberia and the Far East are expected to offset the decline.

06 Mar 2019

DP World to Invest in Kazakhstan Ports

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem with Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin in Astana. Photo by DP World

The global port operator are in discussions with Kazakhstan government to invest in new infrastructure in the country’s ports and logistics sectors.The potential of DP World investing in new infrastructure in Kazakhstan’s ports and logistics sectors was the focus of discussions between global trade enabler DP World’s Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister H.E. Askar Mamin in Astana today.This follows the signing of two framework agreements with…

28 Feb 2019

LNG Rates Hit Record in 4Q: Flex LNG

Pic: Flex LNG

During the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018, spot LNG rates reached record levels as market players were positioning themselves ahead of the winter season, said Flex LNG.According to the UK-based provider of LNG Shipping with a focus on LNG Carriers and FSRUs (Floating Storage Regasification Units), due to a combination of higher temperatures meaning fewer heating days, liquidation of approximately 30 vessels utilized for floating storage the freight rates for LNG has slumped…

17 Feb 2019

Suez Canal Extends Bulker Toll Discounts

Image: Suez Canal Authority (SCA)

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has extended discounts concerning dry bulk vessels operating between American and Asian ports after considering “new changes in the global shipping market and the world economy”."SCA pays more attention to its users best interest, and has recently taken steps towards being the safest, most secure, most reliable and most competitive compared to other routes," said a press release.It said that the rebate granted to (Laden/Ballast) Dry Bulk Vessels operating between Americas' ports and Asian ports…

17 Feb 2019

Gazprom to Start Gas Supply to China

Construction of Power of Siberia gas pipeline. Pic: Gazprom

Russian gas giant Gazprom will start supplying Russian natural gas to China via the Power of Siberia pipeline almost one month early than previously planned.Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee, said after the negotiations with representatives of Chinese partner CNPC in Beijing, “Construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline is going ahead of schedule, and Gazprom will start delivering gas to China well in advance, as early as December 1, 2019.”Alexey Miller and Wang Yilin…

12 Feb 2019

Piraeus Port Signs MoU with Italian Ports

Image: Piraeus Port Authority S.A.

The Greek port of Piraeus signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italy’s port authorities from the cities of Venice and Chioggia.The agreement seeks to develop port services and promote increased trade flow between Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East.The MoU was signed during a meeting between the chairman and CEO of Piraeus port Fu Chengqiu and the president of the Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority (Venice and Chioggia) Pino Musolino.The MoU envisages cooperation in improving the exchange of best practices and knowhow in port management…

24 Jan 2019

UK Launches Maritime 2050 Strategy

Pic: Dept of Transport, UK

Britain’s marine industry launched of Maritime 2050, the UK Government’s first ever long-term strategy to support and grow the sector.Described as both visionary and aspirational, Maritime 2050 highlights the Government’s recognition of the importance of maritime – worth over GBP40bn to the UK economy, more than aerospace or car manufacturing – and focuses on the desire to cement the UK’s place as the world's leading maritime nation into the second half of the 21st century.Maritime 2050 is published at a time when the UK faces intense competition from maritime nations in the Far East…

23 Jan 2019

Eurosib's First Transit Container Train Crossed Grodekovo

Container Trains near Grodekovo. Photo: © Eurosib

CJSC Eurosib SPb - Transport Systems  tgether with the Zhengzhou International Hub company (ZIH) started the first transit container train through border crossing of Grodekovo (Far East railway, RZD). The Container train follows the route Hamburg (Germany) - Zhengzhou (China).The first train with 43 forty-foot containers was dispatched on 28 December. On January 12, the train reached the border crossing Grodekovo  (Russia) - Suifenhe (China).Normally, within couple of days, it will arrive at final destination. At the same time, Eurosib is preparing the opposite direction train.

23 Jan 2019

Gazprom, Mitsui Discuss LNG Cooperation

Japanese trading house and liquefied natural gas market participant Mitsui has held talks with Russia’s giant Gazprom on cooperation in liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Masami Iijima, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., took place in Moscow.They discussed about the progress made in two Russian plans to expand LNG output, on the existing Sakhalin Island plant in…

23 Jan 2019

The Tanker Market: 2019 and Beyond

Alex and Alice under construction. Photo courtesy Euronav

Late 2018 saw the tanker market bubble upwards through late November, with daily vessel hires moving in the direction of, though not yet reaching levels not seen since late 2014-2015, when oil prices were in freefall and inventories building to the brim. A few pundits have suggested that we are seeing a “mini 2014” where lowered oil prices are coaxing another inventory build which would drive tanker capacity utilization, and per diem freight inflows, higher. The oil market has changed over four years…

18 Jan 2019

Zvezda Shipyard Order Jumps Up by 42%

Image: Zvezda Shipyard

Russian Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has increased its portfolio of orders by 42 percent in the second half of 2018.The shipbuilding and engineering complex in the town of Bolshoy Kamen in the Russian Far East said that currently, it has a total of 37 vessels in its orderbook and is in the process of securing new contracts.Zvezda’s anchor customer is Rosneft, which placed an order for 26 vessels, including 12 Arc6 and Arc7 ice-class tankers, 4 ice-class multi-purpose support vessels…

15 Jan 2019

Taiwan's Evergreen Opens Four New Offices in Latin America

File Image: Evergreen Marine Corp

Taiwanese container transportation and shipping company  Evergreen Marine Corp. is expanding its operations into Central and South America this year following the recent opening of four new agency offices in the region."In view of the growth potential in Latin American trade, Evergreen Line is continuing to establish its own offices at main service locations in the region. The move will strengthen the effectiveness of the line’s operations, improve its capability to react to market opportunities…

15 Jan 2019

Weak Freight Markets Hobble Sovcomflot IPO

(Photo: Sovcomflot)

Russian state-owned shipping company Sovcomflot said on Tuesday that uncertain conditions in the freight market are delaying its long-planned initial public offering (IPO).The Russian government has weighed a listing of Sovcomflot for years as part of broader privatization plans, but obstacles ranging from weak markets to international sanctions placed on Russians over Moscow's role in Ukraine crisis have prevented an IPO.The Russian economy ministry has said it had hoped to raise…

15 Jan 2019

Shipbuilding: Synergy's New 20,000+ TEU Containership

Captain Rajesh Unni (Photo: Synergy Group)

Synergy Group took delivery of Ever Gifted, an Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) newbuilding built in Japan at Imabari Shipbuilding.Currently under Synergy’s technical management on Evergreen Line’s popular Far East-North Europe and Mediterranean service, the 20,000+ TEU capacity ULCV is one of the largest container ships in service worldwide.Captain Rajesh Unni, CEO and Founder of Singapore-headquartered Synergy Group said: “The Ever Gifted is one of the highest capacity container ships currently in service.

14 Jan 2019

BIMCO: US Box Imports Break Records Despite Uncertainty Ahead

Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst

Container imports on both the US East Coast (USEC) and West Coast (USWC) had a strong year in 2018, growing 3.7% and 8% respectively in the first 11 months of the year compared to the same period in 2017.Record high levels of inbound laden containers were experienced on both coasts in October with the USWC at 1.09 million TEU and the USEC at 0.91 million TEU according to BIMCO’s own data.The first two months of 2018 saw the USWC coast’s laden imports increase 11.7% from the start of 2017, with the accumulated growth rate then stabilising to around 4% for the rest of the year.

14 Jan 2019

Seacor Marine Acquires Three Fast Support Vessels

Pic: Seacor Marine

U.S. offshore vessel owner Seacor Marine  has acquired of three fast support vessels (FSVs) in exchange for the private placement of 603,872 shares of its common stock to domestic U.S. holders affiliated with the McCall family of Louisiana.The provider of global marine and support transportation services to offshore oil and natural gas and windfarm facilities worldwide has operated the acquired vessels for the past ten years under a revenue sharing pooling agreement along with four of its owned FSVs of similar specification.As part of the transaction, this pooling agreement was terminated.

21 Dec 2018

ABP Bags Maersk Trade Deal

Image:  Associated British Ports

As agreement between Associated British Ports (ABP) container terminal located in Hull and Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line,  to open a trading link between the north of England and the Far East.The service begins in the New Year into the 21-acre container terminal in Hull which has seen significant recent investment by ABP. The weekly feeder vessels will see ABP handle around 240 boxes per week, equivalent to 12,000 containers per year.“Unlocking this new trade gateway to the rest of the world is not only significant for the local economy…

18 Dec 2018

THE Alliance to Operate 249 Ships in 2019

THE Alliance partner Ocean Network Express(ONE)

THE Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express(ONE) and Yang Ming have published details of a rationalised revamped network for east-west trades effective from next year.The forthcoming THE Alliance products of 29 services will cover 76 ports in Asia, Europe including Mediterranean, North and Central America, the Middle East, Red Sea and Indian Subcontinent, said a joint press release.Deployment of over 249 efficient container ships with expanded capacity, offering improved service coverage…

17 Dec 2018

Carnival to Launch Four Ships in 2019

Carnival Panorama (Photo: Carnival)

Carnival Corporation announced it will launch four new cruise ships in 2019 across three of its leading global brands – Carnival Cruise Line, America's Cruise Line; Costa Cruises, the largest European cruise operator; and Princess Cruises,  international premium cruise line. The world will get a preview of one of these spectacular new vessels when Carnival Cruise Line debuts a floral replica of its new Carnival Panorama sailing down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day…

11 Dec 2018

APL, Cheng Lie Navigation to Merge Intra-Asia Service

Image: Cheng Lie Navigation

The container transportation and shipping company American President Lines Ltd (APL) announced the proposed acquisition of the book of business of its sister company Cheng Lie Navigation (CNC), Taiwan's Intra-Asia carrier.With this, APL will consolidate all its Intra-Asia business under the CNC brand to be operated from Singapore, retaining both sales networks and all sales channels.“This strategic move will enable us to become the Intra-Asia Champion with the most comprehensive market connectivity in the Far East.

28 Nov 2018

Xeneta Launches Monthly Container Shipping Index

Pic: Xeneta

Ocean freight rate benchmarking platform Xeneta unveiled public indices delivering monthly insights on long-term ocean freight rate development.Oslo-based ocean freight rate benchmarking and market intelligence company  is utilizing its database of over 85 million contracted freight rates to deliver a unique monthly snapshot of long-term rate developments in the container industry.The new Xeneta Shipping Index (XSI) Public Indices report, launching today, provides a detailed overview of the busiest global trade corridors…

12 Dec 2018

Nitin Gadkari Flags Off First Container Vessel at Tuticorin

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari Wednesday flagged off the maiden container mainline vessel at VoC Port (Tuticorin Port), opening direct shipping route to eastern countries.Calling the step a "gamechanger in container traffic of South India", Gadkari said that Tuticorin has the potential to become a "major industrial hub".At present containers from Tuticorin to Far East countries viz Malaysia, Singapore, China and Hong Kong are transited by the feeder vessels to Colombo where they are further connected to the mother vessel .With Mainline call being done directly at Tuticorin…

02 Dec 2018

Russia's Rosneft Signs Oil and Gas Deal with China

Pic: Rosneft

Russian oil giant Rosneft said that China National Chemical, known as ChemChina, agreed to purchase 2.4 million tons a year of crude oil. That amount is equivalent to 6% of Rosneft's total exports to China in 2017.Crude oil from Eastern Siberia will be transported to a Russian Far East port by pipeline and will reach China via Russia’s Pacific port of Kozmino.The deal allows for increasing crude oil supplies to China’s market, which is a strategic one for Rosneft, the Russian…

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