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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 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


Hong Kong Shipping Group Wants Aid to Arrested Ship's Crew

The Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) on Thursday called on the city's authorities to provide assistance to the crew of a Hong Kong-flagged coal ship off the east coast of Australia that is running out of food and fuel. Local Australian media and Great Britain's Guardian newspaper reported this week that the Five Stars Fujian, a 180,000 deadweight tonne capsesize class coal carrier, has been sitting in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef for the past month with supplies diminishing


Hong Kong to Release Singapore's Seized Troop Carriers

Hong Kong is to release armoured vehicles belonging to Singapore impounded in the Chinese-ruled city on their way home from military exercises in Taiwan, Singapore said on Tuesday.   Hong Kong customs seized the troop carriers in November


Cosco Nantong Bags Wind Farm Support Vessel Order from Everbright

Photo: Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard

 China’s Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard has won a contract to build one multi purpose wind farm support vessel (WFSV) for the Hong Kong-based Everbright Int’l (HK) Offshore.   Cosco Corporation's 51 per cent owned Cosco Nantong will deliver the contracted newbuild in the fourth


DNV GL to certify 50 IHMs for Norddeutsche Reederei

A DNV GL HazMat Expert doing a visual check for pipe gasket sampling. Photo DNV GL

DNV GL and Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt have signed a contract to carry out Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) certifications for the shipping company’s managed fleet of more than 50 vessels. The first vessel to undergo sampling and testing is the 3700 TEU container vessel Northern


Diana Shipping Signs Time Charter Contract with Caravel

m/v Dione. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

 Diana Shipping has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Caravel Shipping Limited, Hong Kong, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Dione, for a period of minimum nine (9) months to about twelve (12) months


CMA CGM to Upgrade PEX3 Service

The 18,000 container capacity CMA CGM KERGUELEN Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, is pleased to announce that a new call in New Orleans will be added on its PEX3 service, which directly connects the American ports of the Gulf of Mexico, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.  


HPH Trust Acquires Major Stake in Huizhou Terminal

Pic: Huizhou International Container Terminals Limited

 Hong Kong Container port business trust Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) has reached an agreement to purchase a majority stake in Huizhou International Container Terminals Limited (HICT) in Guangdong from the trust’s sponsor for about $86.26m.  


Singapore to Hong Kong: Give us back our troop carriers

Singapore welcomes Hong Kong pledge on handling of dispute. Singapore's defence minister on Monday said the nine armoured vehicles seized in Hong Kong could not be detained or confiscated, but that he welcomed Hong Kong's pledge for the dispute to be handled in line with its laws.


ABB Propulsion, Automation and Software for Five Cruise Ships

Photo: ABB

ABB will supply the complete power, propulsion and automation package for a series of new cruise vessels being built by MV WERFTEN for Genting Hong Kong brands Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises.   The three Crystal Cruises’ luxury “Endeavor Class” mega-yachts will feature a


Initial EU Ship Recycling List Shows Clear Need for Global Mind-set

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 The European Commission recently published its first edition of the EU list of approved ship recycling facilities. At this stage, it only features yards situated in Europe and reaches under 30% of the EU’s own recycling capacity target.   


CMA CGM Strengthens Asia-East Coast South America Links

French container shipping major CMA CGM has upgraded its SEAS1 and SEAS2 services, now providing two departures per week between Asia and the East Coast of South America.    The group will thus provide two departures per week between Asia and the East Coast of South America


COSCO 'bidding' for Orient Overseas

Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

Chinese conglomerate Cosco Group is in talks to acquire smaller rival Hong Kong-based rival Orient Overseas Container Line Co. ( OOCL), Chinese media outlet Caixin reported quoting people familiar with the matter.   The state-owned China COSCO  will compete with Evergreen Marine Corp


COSCO Shipping Denies OOCL Bid Reports

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock)

Rumors that COSCO Shipping Corp plans to bid for Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) are incorrect, a spokeswoman for the Chinese shipping giant said on Friday.   "We deny these rumors," she told Reuters.  


Genting Dream to Homeport in Singapore

Genting Dream (Photo: Dream Cruises)

Asian luxury cruise line Dream Cruises said it will homeport its inaugural vessel, Genting Dream, year-round in Singapore from December 3, 2017.   Christened in November 2017, Genting Dream currently sails from Hong Kong or Guangzhou. With the move, the 151


Hill Dickinson to operate as single entity in Hong Kong

Damien Laracy Photo Hill Dickinson

International law firm Hill Dickinson has announced that its application to operate as a single entity in Hong Kong has been approved by the Law Society of Hong Kong following the completion of a three year period of association with a local Hong Kong firm, as required by local regulations.


Navig8 Acquires Seventh LR2 from Guangzhou Shipyard

Photo courtesy Navig8

Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Gladiator, a 113,000 DWT LR2 tanker from Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (“GSI”), formerly CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (Group) Company Limited.






 
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