Changing the face of oil & gas in Southeast Asia


Andre Wheeler

On Saturday, 17 September 2016

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China is seeking more efficient ways to deliver oil and gas, bypassing the Malacca Strait. Photo: EPA 

There has been much commentary surrounding the development, conception, and now the roll out of the New Silk Road (One Belt One Road) by China. Much of this commentary has focused on whether it will happen and the commercial viability of such an audacious plan. 

In my view, it is already happening and what commentaries miss is that the scope of the New Silk Road extends beyond simply building infrastructure. It is a logistics and transportation network that focuses on those regions promising high economic growth with strategic resources,

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Mercado de fletes. Carga seca

El negocio naviero, el mercado de fletes, se encuentra, según destacados expertos, en la posición más angustiosa desde mediados de de los años 1980.

La contracción experimentada por la demanda de carga seca a granel por parte de China y la desaceleración experimentada por la economía a nivel mundial han provocado un grave desequilibrio en este segmento del mercado, en el que ya son evidentes las consecuencias del exceso de oferta de buques graneleros.

Las previsiones a corto y medio plazo son poco favorables.


Nueva Línea


WEC Lines inaugurará el próximo 10 de febrero una línea semanal que tendrá como base el puerto de Seaforth y conectará con puertos de la península ibérica, Norte de África y Canarias.


A partir del puerto de

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China’s Economic Slowdown: How Bad Is It?








By John Cassidy

 Tuesday was another nervy day on Wall Street: the Dow closed down almost four hundred and seventy points, or about three per cent. The immediate issue, once again, was China, which by some measures is now the world’s second-largest economy. In Beijing, the government released a set of figures indicating that output from the country’s enormous manufacturing sector is declining. Another new statistic showed that the Chinese services sector, which has been growing pretty strongly, is now exhibiting some weakness, too.

At least two interpretations of the data are possible. The optimistic reading is that several one-off factors, including the temporary shuttering of factories in northern China to relieve pollution in Beijing, depressed the manufacturing

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Maritime transport of goods - quarterly data





Data extracted in June 2015. Most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database. Planned update: October 2015

This article presents the main results from quarterly statistics on maritime transport of goods in the European Union (EU), plus figures for Iceland, Norway and Turkey. It covers the gross weight of goods handled in the main European ports, by type of cargo, direction, reporting country and various partner maritime geographical areas. These data are complemented by maritime transport flows with the main extra-EU partners, and with individual results for the major European ports.

The article contains data for the 3rd quarter of 2014 and a first estimate for the

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Iran’s Giant Super-Tanker Fleet Eyes Western Waters


Iranian shipping company NITC says its in talks with U.K. marine insurers


Iran is hoping to sail its expanded fleet of super tankers, including 20 China-built vessels like the very large crude carrier pictured here, back into western waters if sanctions are lifted after a nuclear deal with global powers. Photo: Associated Press


Benoît Faucon

Updated July 2, 2015 11:04 a.m. ET

TEHRAN—Iran’s biggest oil shipping company has amassed theworld’s largest fleet of super tankers and is in talks to sail back into western waters should the Islamic Republic strike a nuclear deal, according to senior officials.

NITC, the privatized Iranian shipping company, says it has 42 very large crude carriers, known as VLCCs, after buying 20 such China-built vessels in the

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