• 2019 November 22 12:24

    International Chamber of Shipping opens China Liaison Office in Hong Kong

    The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has announced the opening of its China Liaison Office in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Tuesday, 21 November, during a reception hosted by the Hong Kong Shipowners Association. 

    Mr. Liu Xiaoming, the Deputy Minister of Transport from the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Huang Liuquan, the Deputy Director of Hong Kong, Macau Affairs Office of State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and Mr. Frank Chan, Secretary for Transport and Housing Bureau of Hong Kong SAR were present to help oversee proceedings. 

    On 20 November 2019, The Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR hosted a welcome dinner at  Government House for the ICS’ delegation and congratulated them on the opening of the China Liaison Office.

    The move signalled ever closer relations between the global shipping industry, – which ICS represents – the Government of China and the China Shipowners’ Association. The Chinese approach of ‘one country, two systems’ means that Hong Kong SAR was the obvious location for the new office, providing a bridge between China and the rest of the maritime world. 

    Speaking on behalf of the Government of Hong Kong SAR, Mr. Frank Chan, gave the welcome remarks and said:

    “The decision to have its first ever Liaison Office based right here in Hong Kong is clear recognition of China’s emergence as one of the world’s leading maritime nations, and also Hong Kong’s superb connectivity with the global shipping community.”

    Mr. Liu Xiaoming, the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Transport from the People’s Republic of China, said in his speech:

    “The Asia-Pacific region accounts for more than half of the global trading volume, and is vital to the development of global shipping business. Hong Kong's shipping industry has a long history and has been established as an international shipping centre for more than a century. As a pillar industry of Hong Kong, shipping, trade and logistics have also made important contributions to the prosperity of the global economy.

    “The establishment of the China Liaison Office by the International Chamber of Shipping in Hong Kong is an important measure to promote a closer relationship between the global shipping community by the ICS and the Chinese Government and the China Shipowners Association.”

    Commenting on the opening of the China Liaison Office, ICS Chairman Esben Poulsson said:

    “The opening of an ICS Liaison Office in Hong Kong reflects the importance, and the influential role that Asian economies, and particularly China, play on the international stage. China is of course a hub for global shipping and it has never been more important to promote and champion the positive impact trade has across the globe.”

    “We at ICS are proud to enjoy strong relationships with China, particularly with the representatives at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London. Shipping is a global industry requiring global rules to operate safely and efficiently. As a major maritime power, China's strong engagement with IMO is a source for good, as well as being of critical importance for international shipping.”

    The Principal Representative of the ICS China Liaison Office, Edward Liu, said:

    “I am proud to be playing a role in fostering positive relations between the ICS, the Government of China, the Government of Hong Kong SAR, the China Shipowners’ Association, and the Hong Kong Shipowners Association.

    “China’s economy is on the verge of becoming the largest in the world. In terms of maritime imports/exports it is already the most important for its impact on global demand for maritime trade. It is vital that we have a presence here and this new office reflects our efforts to boost our presence in this region.

    “The core objective for the ICS is maintaining China’s strong support for a global system of maritime governance during the immediate years ahead.  The impact of Chinese domestic regulations on non-Chinese ships trading to China is also of increasing importance to ICS members.”

    The immediate function of the new ICS office will be to increase mutual co-operation and understanding between the Government of China and ICS with respect to important longer term regulatory issues now being considered at the global level. 

    In particular, such issues include the delivery of the ambitious IMO Strategy for the reduction of GHG emissions by international shipping adopted in 2018 (including the IMO target that requires a reduction of the sector’s total GHG emissions of at least 50% by 2050) and the maintenance of maritime free trade and a rules based global trading system will be a top priority.    

    ICS is the principal global trade association for shipowners and operators, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet.

    Its membership comprises the worlds’ national shipowners’ associations from Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa.  Through this unique structure, ICS legitimately speaks for the substantial majority of international shipping.  ICS membership also includes the Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA).

    The issues covered by the ICS include: All regulatory, legal, trade policy and technical issues (such as ship operations, ship construction and navigational safety); Environmental performance (including greenhouse gas reduction); The employment and training of seafarers; and; The development and promotion of best practice throughout the global industry. 




2019 December 6

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14:03 The container terminal at the Port of Gothenburg to be fossil-free by 2020
13:05 Carnival Corporation's Costa Cruises welcomes LNG-powered Costa Smeralda to fleet
12:54 Yacht Zarya with Russian team wins ARC+St.Vicent 2019
12:23 UN maritime agency commits to further action on gender equality
12:01 Jan De Nul sets new sustainability standards for maintenance dredging works in the marinas of Nieuwpoort on the Belgian coast
11:30 Canada Infrastructure Bank invests $300 million in Port of Montreal’s expansion project in Contrecoeur
11:20 Costa Smeralda delivered from Meyer Turku shipyard
11:02 Yang Ming sets up subsidiary in China
10:45 Largest Latvian transit companies represented at 2019 Russian Transport Week
10:17 GTT receives an order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of two new LNG Carriers
10:12 Joint Russian-Vietnamese exercise underway in Cam Ranh
09:59 MAN Energy Solutions and Orcan Energy agree to collaborate
09:49 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
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09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,575 points
08:31 DNV GL awards Hudong-Zhonghua AiP certificate for gas-fueled 25000 TEU containership design

2019 December 5

18:05 ABS, MAN & SDARI join forces to develop ammonia-fueled feeder vessel
17:46 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’19 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 21.1 million tonnes
17:21 Extraordinary general shareholders meeting of LUKOIL approves interim dividend
17:05 NORDEN enters new biofuel collaboration with Kvasir Technologies
16:28 Cargo traffic on Northern Sea Route can grow to 160 million tonnes by 2035 – Aleksandr Krutikov
16:05 ABS and CATL sign battery research agreement
15:54 Port of HaminaKotka published its statistics for November 2019
15:30 Ministry for Development of Russian Far East and Arctic expects special economic regime to come into force in Arctic in 2020
15:03 DNV GL and Huangpu-Wenchong sign JDP on 5,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel containership
14:49 Global project launched to tackle plastic litter from ships and fisheries
14:33 IMO Assembly approved renewal of Kitack Lim’s appointment as secretary-general of UN body
14:06 Torqeedo powers all-electric harbour water clean-up boat
13:06 YILPORT Puerto Bolívar now operates with four mobile harbor cranes
12:44 Bunker prices increase at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:25 Norfolk, Virginia to host Port & Terminal Technology USA on 21-22 April 2020
12:17 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 05
12:08 Inmarsat launches Fleet LTE service in the North Sea
11:50 Forum «Arctic: Today and the Future» kicked off in Saint-Petersburg
11:29 “K” Line completes additional development (Phase-2) of “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions”
11:05 PIL upgrades Redsea Gulf Service and Intra-Redsea Feeder 5
10:37 DNV GL and GSI cooperate on AI-based solution to improve welding NDT efficiency
10:01 Bunker sales at port Vladivostok in 11M’19 grew by 53.2% to 1.58 million tonnes
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.1% to $62.94, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $58.2
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,599 points
09:03 CMA CGM and Total sign a major agreement
06:49 Ocean Yield ASA announces delivery of three LR2 product tankers with long-term charters

2019 December 4

18:30 North Carolina Ports Chief Commercial Officer retires
18:09 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Myrsini with Ausca and m/v Artemis with Koch
17:26 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 11M’19 fell by 1% Y-o-Y to 2.93 million tonnes
17:09 ABS presents its innovative work at the annual meeting of the ABS South East Asia Regional Committee
16:48 Traficom: new study published on indicative analysis methods used in the control of ships’ ballast water treatment
16:32 Port of Gdynia increased container handling by 13% to 750.439 thousand tons in 10M’2019
16:09 Nexans, Eversource and Ørsted sign Framework Agreement for North American Offshore Wind Farm development with the opportunity to provide up to 1,000 kilometers of export cable for multiple Ørsted projects till 2027 in United States
15:52 Jotun A/S and COSCO Shipping International HK renew JV agreement
15:31 Cargo traffic within Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWWs down 9% to 9.57 million tonnes in 11M’19
15:10 The opening of Port Said tunnel under the Suez Canal provides faster access to SCCT
14:47 Port of Gdynia completed modernization and redevelopment of its video surveillance system
14:30 Port of Ipswich celebrates new partnership milestone with Metsä Wood UK
14:09 Maersk launches new visibility tool “Captain Peter”
13:51 ABP appointed new Head of Operations for Humber International Terminal
13:28 Moscow Canal completed project on digital mapping of Russia’s inland water ways
13:09 Georgia Ports Authority set to exceed 4.6M TEUs for the first time in a calendar year