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New Greek government reveals plans to boost domestic shipping

Greece’s newly elected right-wing Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced plans to boost domestic maritime industry, on the sidelines of a visit to the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy in the port city of Piraeus, Thursday. The plan is threefold.

Genting Hong Kong sells 35% of Dream Cruises

Genting Hong Kong (GHK), cruise operator, agreed to sell a 35% of its interests in its cruise Brand, Dream Cruises. The cruise operator noted that the transaction would result to a USD 470 million gains, while in the meantime increase the net asset value of GHK shares by USD 5.5 cents.

Indian Government increases new refinery’s cost estimates

According to New York Times, India increased the cost estimate of a refinery and petrochemical project, that will be jointly constructed by Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co, by more than 36%, following farmers’ protests on relocating the plant. The project is to be commissioned in 2025. 

US – China trade war affects intermodal container activity

According to Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), its activity was weak during the second quarter of 2019. IANA’s estimate concerning the intermodal container activity highlights the deepening of the freight recession that railroads and trucking companies saw in the 2019 second quarter.

Japan removes South Korea from trade “white list”

Japan’s cabinet on Friday approved a plan to remove South Korea from a “white list” of trusted trading partners, escalating the already damaged diplomatic relations between the two states in regard to wartime reparations. In response, South Korean government also revealed plans to remove Japan from its own white list.

WTO: Trends in global trade 2018

The WTO’s latest World Trade Statistical Review 2019 confirming a continuous uncertainty on global trade and a rise on trade-restrictive measures. The report highlights that trade continues to be concentrated. The ten leading traders in 2018 represented more than half of world trade.

VesselsValue: Quarterly forecast for cargo ships

Amid an ongoing trade war between China and the US, as well as major geopolitical tensions globally, it is likely that total ordering activity will be softer near term, representing a downside risk to the positive development of newbuilding prices, according to VesselsValue. 

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