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In mid-January, a Croatian newspaper claimed that
its shipyards could be saved through the formation of a
According to Jutarnji List, the new entity could purchase ships
from yards and then wait it out for the world economy to revive,
thereby saving thousands of jobs.
One industry source said that the new company would be
able to apply for an aid scheme worth US$2.17 billion from
the Croatian National Bank, which offers cash help to
Croatia is keen to join the European Union, however, one of
the conditions before it joins is that it must sell off its shipyards
and stop subsidies.
There is currently only one state-owned shipyard which is
profitable (Uljanik), however, all offers have so far been rejected.
Croatia may buy up locally built new ships to support building sector
Uljanik Shipyard in Pula, Croatia, is understood to be the only profitable
state-owned yard at present. It, along with the loss-making Treći Maj
Brodogradilište (3 Maj Shipyard), Kraljevica, Brodosplit and Brodotrogir
yards would have to be sold as a condition of entry into the European Union
The Port of Hamburg is lowering its fees in an effort to secure
the future growth of the port.
Incentives have been developed to route additional shipping
traffic through Hamburg. At the same time, the public port
infrastructure will be further expanded and improved to cater for
future trade needs and growth. In the coming four to five years,
US$1.44 billion is planned to be invested in public port
As in all ports around the world, the global economic crisis
has caused a sharp drop in handling rates. However, current signs
are that the bottom has been reached and the port is back on the
path to growth. The Port of Hamburg has announced the
adjustment of port fees.
"The more traffic you route through Hamburg, the more
you'll benefit," said Jens Meier, Managing Director of the
Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). In addition to the volume rebate
of up to 50 percent for additional traffic, a time-limited
transhipment incentive system is planned to be introduced in a
first step. In reference to the transhipment containers handled,
that may save up to 50 percent of the costs per box. "That way
we are strengthening our position as a feeder traffic hub in the
North Sea and Baltic Sea area," said Mr Meier.
The port fee package provides that tariffs will not be increased
in 2010 and ship owners may benefit from extended terms of
payment. These measures will be limited to one year first. In a
second step, it is planned to incorporate a volume and climate
component in the port fee tariff.
Port of Hamburg lowers fees to foster growth
Port of Hamburg
Photo credit: Copyright HHM / M. Lindner
Hong Kong-based OOCL has
christened the twelfth Panamax
class vessel in its series of sixteen
4,500TEU vessels ordered from Samsung
"The 'OOCL Charleston' is named after
the vibrant Port of Charleston in the United
States," said CC Tung, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of OOCL's parent company
Orient Overseas (International) Limited
(OOIL) at the ship's naming ceremony at the
Geoje Shipyard in South Korea.
Elsewhere, OOCL was to begin operating
a triple loop service between Asia and
northwest Europe from January 2010.
Loop A, launched on January 5 with
the sailing of the 'NYK Apollo' from
Shenzhen (Yantian), was to call in Hong
Kong before steaming for Rotterdam,
Hamburg and Southampton and Le Havre.
Loop B was to commence on January
15 with the sailing of the 'Kuala Lumpur
Express' from Shenzhen (Shekou) to
Hamburg, Southampton and Antwerp.
Loop C was to start operations on January
7 with the departure of the 'OOCL Hamburg'
from Shenzhen (Shekou) for Hong Kong,
Rotterdam, Hamburg and Southampton.
Naming of 'OOCL Charleston' at Samsung
February 2010 SHIPS AND SHIPPING
Officials from OOCL and Samsung Heavy
Industries at the naming of the 'OOCL Charleston'
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