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Port Hedland’s iron ore shipments to China increase by 14% in December

According to Reuters, iron ore shipments from Australia’s port of Hedland terminal to China, experienced an increase by 14% in December from the previous month as shown by the port’s data. Iron ore shipments to China from the world’s biggest iron ore port reached an overall of 37.4 million tonnes in December. On the contrary, iron ore shipments in November reached a total of 32.9 million tonnes, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority.

Two cruise lines skip Amsterdam over new passenger tax

Effective from 1st January 2019, Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands and an attractive tourist destination, has applied a new tax on cruise passengers, triggering a wave of complaints by major cruise lines, as well as the largest cruise industry trade body. 

Service partnership between PSA and HMM launched

PSA International’s, Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals, BMCT, has welcomed the beginning of a regular service call from Hyundai Merchant Marine’s, HMM, China India Express service. The 8,562 TEU M.V. Hyundai Loyalty is one of six vessels involved in the service, which connects BMCT to important Far East markets and trade centres.

Cosco Shipping launches alliance with three Hong Kong terminal operators

Cosco Shipping Ports Limited announced in its statement that COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong) Limited, Asia Container Terminals Limited, Hongkong International Terminals Limited and Modern Terminals Limited entered into a Hong Kong Seaport Joint Operating Alliance Agreement. The collaboration aims to efficiently manage and operate the Kwai Tsing Port in Hong Kong, the ‘Combined Terminal Facilities’.

Carnival plans 4 new ships launches for 2019

Carnival Corporation announced that it will launch four new cruise ships in 2019 across three of its brands: Carnival Cruise Line, America’s Cruise Line; Costa Cruises; and Princess Cruises. The ships are: Carnival Panorama from Carnival Cruise Line; Sky Princess from Princess Cruises; Costa Venezia from Costa Cruises; Costa Smeralda from Costa Cruises.

Qingdao provides financial incentives to promote cruise industry

On December 11, Qingdao and Shibei District People’s Government released the Detailed Implementation of Policies in Support of Cruise Tourism in Qingdao. According to these policies, Qingdao’s government will provide incentive subsidies of up to 3 million yuan to companies and travel agencies.

Suez Canal reports second highest traffic

Traffic on the Suez Canal reached the second highest daily traffic ever recorded on January 2, Suez Canal Authority Chairman Mohab Mamish informed. Specifically, 72 vessels with an overall tonnage of 5.1 million tons sailed through the canal. 33 vessels passed through the canal coming from the north and 39 from the south.

Ten shipping books we read in 2018

Festive season is a special time of the year for relaxing and a good book can be the best company or a good present for beloved ones. SAFETY4SEA has made a list of the best books we read throughout the year, for those who are part of the maritime workforce or not, with themes varying from leadership and soft skills to the hidden world of piracy and the book type varying from academic writings to joyful action readings.


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