Xinhua-and Baltic Exchange issued their International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index 2019, placing Singapore at the top for the sixth consecutive year. Compared to 2014-2019, results are relatively stable. The report showed a decreasing gap between Singapore and London.
After more than 33 years of service, the ‘HMAS Success (II)’, the longest serving ship in the Royal Australian Navy, was decommissioned at Garden Island, Fleet Base East, Sydney on Saturday, 29 June 2019. The ship arrived at Fleet Base East one on 16 June for the last time.
On June 26, 2016, the expanded Canal accommodated its first transit marking the culmination of the largest project on the interoceanic highway since its opening in 1914. After 10 years of planning, the expanded Canal is considered crucial for the global maritime trade.
During its presence at Nor-Shipping 2019, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) is seeking growth opportunities in the European market. As of now, IRClass has won some business with ferry operators in the Greek market. IRClass has received recognition from European Union in 2016 and has offices in the UK, Greece, the Netherlands and Turkey, along with representative offices in Malta, Cyprus and Bulgaria.
Spirit of Discovery completed its conveyance across the river Ems on May 26 at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. After sailing through the Ems barrier, the ship reached the Emden sea lock, with the help of tugs. The cruise ship is the first of two vessels ordered from Meyer Werft by Saga Cruises. It has an overall length of 236 meters and a width of 31.2 meters.
Policy, process management, and investment are considered the key challenges for cross-border activity, according to Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles. He explained that the Port of LA has seen a large amount of imports over the last year, but its exports were reduced due to retaliatory tariffs.
The Panama Canal announced that it completed a transit trial of the container ship Tritón, of the Evergreen shipping company, the largest and largest container vessel to make the lock for the Canal expanded since its opening in June 2016.
Less than three years after its opening, the Panama Canal announced a new milestone with the transit of the 6,000th Neopanamax ship, reaffirming its position in global maritime trade. The LNG carrier ‘Energy Liberty’ made its transit Tuesday south from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
Two new cruise piers are expected to open in Japan’s second largest city, Yokohama, in April and November 2019, in line with an overall trend that wants it to be the most frequently visited Japanese port for English-speaking passengers.
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