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The draconian rule that all entering seafarers take a swab test might require some logistical adjustments for shipping firms to change crew in Hong Kong. However, it may weaken the port’s position as a popular spot for sale-and-purchase brokers to deliver their vessels
The aim is to use blockchain-based technologies to connect data and systems in shipping, ports, logistics and finance among other sectors and create a platform that facilitates integration along the industry chain
Survey results show signs of improvement but increasing difficulties in hinterland transport
Inflated charges and poor service do not make for happy customers, Drewry says
‘We’re noticing not just a slowdown in blank sailings, we’re actually seeing a reversal. Shipping lines are basically introducing sailings back into the rotations that were previously cancelled’ — deputy executive director Noel Hacegaba
Growth in volumes failed to keep up with supply even before the pandemic
Latest data from China Ports and Harbours Association has shown signs of a pickup in port throughput last month
Shipping’s slow trek towards digitalisation has been given a wake-up call by the pandemic; but to make the most of new technologies, companies should look outside their own windows to what is on offer elsewhere
Container volumes are unlikely to return to normal levels before the end of this year, according to market analysts, while the short-term outlook for tanker earnings may still be positive despite market sentiment souring in recent weeks
Efforts to bring about digital documentation need to be co-ordinated through standards to work
Contract prices fell 1.8% in June following a 1.2% decline in May, and are now 1.3% below their levels last year, Xeneta reports
Europe’s shipping industry calls for support against competition from subsidised foreign companies
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