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February 22, 2024

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Hutchison Ports sees structural changes ahead at its Hong Kong terminals The ports under Hong Kong-based terminal operator Hutchison Ports’ Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Trust turned in a poor performance for 2023, indicating big changes in the sector. Overall full-year throughput fell 6% to 21.3m teu while the trust’s collection of terminals in Hong Kong port grouped under HPH Kwai Tsing plunged 15% to 7.6m teu. Volumes at Hutchison Ports Yantian in the neighboring province in mainland China s

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February 07, 2024

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Almost all ultra-large box tonnage sailing around Cape of Good Hope Ultra-large box tonnage serving the Asia-Europe trade route is now sailing almost exclusively around the Cape of Good Hope in response to Houthi attacks in the Red Sea. Data from Lloyd's List Intelligence show Suez Canal transits by ultra-large containerships have also slowed to a mere trickle amid the exodus, which, in turn, has led to almost a complete rerouting of trade in little over a month. Since the turn of the year, the

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January 24, 2024

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Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd to form new alliance Container shipping's alliances face another new shake-up with the announcement on 17 January of an agreement between Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd that will come into effect following the dissolution of the 2M agreement in 2025. Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk have signed an agreement for a new long-term operational agreement, the Gemini Cooperation, that will launch in February 2025. The operational cooperation will cover 26 mainlane services on seven trades, includ

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January 10, 2024

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New action plan aims to reverse Hong Kong's maritime fortunes The Hong Kong government has formally unveiled its maritime industry revitalization strategy to reverse the city's decline in port throughput and shipping services. The so-called action plan, published by the Transport and Logistics Bureau, includes building green methanol bunkering infrastructure, enhancing port digitalization, and considers further tax relief for commodities trading and ship leasing. However, the long-standing indu

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December 19, 2023

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Topics on the Houthi attacks against ships CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk and MSC are pausing Suez Canal transits and instead routing services around the Cape of Good Hope as they await the US Navy to step up maritime protection in the Red Sea following an increasing number of attacks on commercial shipping, including missiles hitting MSC's Palatium III and Hapag-Lloyd's Al Jasrah ships on 15 December. Liner shipping could need up to 1.7m teu additional capacity to reroute all their services tha

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December 06, 2023

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Call for port authorities to support grid upgrades Electrifying container handling equipment is an easy win for decarbonizing terminals. But it requires upgrades to supply networks that can best be helped by ports showing aggregate demand. Port authorities are being asked to aid terminal operators seeking to upgrade electricity supplies to their facilities in an effort to decarbonize. A recent report from APM Terminals and DP World indicated a huge scope for terminals to reduce emissions using

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November 22, 2023

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Shipping companies failing to set science-based climate targets Prominent shipping companies still fail to set science-based net zero targets despite the IMO’s ambitious revision of its greenhouse gas strategy. Just four shipping companies, NYK Line, K Line, Cosco Shipping Logistics, and Höegh Autoliners, have set science-based targets aligning with the United Nations’ Paris Agreement’s aims to limit global warming to 1.5ºC, according to target-validating organization Science Based Targets Init

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November 08, 2023

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Maersk cuts workforce by 10,000 as earnings turn negative Danish shipping giant Maersk has announced it will cut a further 3,500 jobs as earnings for its core container shipping business plunged into negative territory in the third quarter. The move will bring the total job cuts since early 2023 to 10,000 positions. The company said up to 2,500 roles will be eliminated in the coming months, with the remainder in 2024. Read more: Lloyd's List EU ETS to include calls at Tanger Med and East

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October 18, 2023

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Carriers lose fight to keep consortia block exemption regulation The European Commission has finally brought the axe down on the consortia block exemption regulation that had allowed container lines to avoid elements of antitrust law after carriers failed to persuade the regulator to extend the rule. The decision comes after a long-running review of the regulation, which was last extended for a four-year term in 2020 and published its staff working document summarizing its evaluation findings.

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October 04, 2023

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Topics on the Green Corridor Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the Port of Rotterdam, and 20 other partners in the Rotterdam-Singapore green corridor project will work together to cut emissions by 20%-30% by 2030 compared with 2022 levels. The corridor’s backers, which include shipping companies, banks, ports, and research institutes, will attempt to meet the International Maritime Organization’s new green targets by developing and using zero- and near-zero-emission fuels in containersh

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September 20, 2023

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More carriers emerge as global terminal operators Mergers and acquisitions will increase the number of global container terminal operators next year as the sector consolidates around larger players and container lines take a more prominent role. Mediterranean Shipping Co. grew strongly after increasing its stake in Terminal Investments Ltd from 60% to 70% in 2022. CMA CGM also saw strong growth as it expanded its portfolio, buying back complete control of its Los Angeles terminal in 2021 and ac

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September 06, 2023

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Carrier diversification strategies called into question Cosco has become the latest container line to promote a new logistics service as part of its container shipping mix, offering a digital end-to-end supply chain product for the Europe-China trade. Cosco is joining many container lines that have moved beyond their traditional remit of shifting boxes on ships from one port to another. This diversification of the sector has been going on for several years. Maersk got the ball rolling with its

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