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Old July 26th, 2005, 06:07 PM   #1
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Kaohsiung Container Port Plans Upgrades

NEW CONTAINER TERMINAL EXPECTED TO UPGRADE KEY TAIWAN PORT
Tuesday July 26, 2005, 10:20 am

TAIPEI, July 26 Asia Pulse - A planned sixth container terminal is expected to help upgrade Kaohsiung Harbor's global competitiveness after the new wharf becomes operational in 2010, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Ling-san said Monday.

Lin said that the planned facility is the first stage of an intercontinental container shipment center development project and has been included in an ambitious national development plan that calls for an outlay of NT$500 billion (US$15.8 billion) over the next five years.
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Three big-name shipping agents from Europe, the United States and Japan have expressed their intentions of using the new container terminal, Lin said.

The minister said he is confident that Kaohsiung Harbor's global competitiveness will be significantly upgraded once the new container terminal becomes operational.

Owing to keen competition from other world-renowned harbors, Kaohsiung Harbor's global ranking has dropped from third to sixth place despite a hike in its annual container handling volume, Lin went on.

According to the Kaohsiung Harbor Authority's construction plan, the sixth container terminal will be built in the Hungmaokang area and the relocation of all residents living in the area is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The new terminal will be developed under a "build-operate-transfer" program, with some NT$35.864 billion of the needed funds coming from the private sector. The terminal, with four deep-water container wharfs, is expected to increase Kaohsiung Harbor's cargo loading and unloading capacity by an estimated 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year.

Kaohsiung Harbor has now five container terminals, 26 container wharfs, 61 gantry cranes and 293.5 hectares of container yards.

Container Terminal No. 5 was completed at the end of 2000.

The harbor effectively manages import, export and transshipment containers and handles up to 10 million TEUs annually. Its strategic location makes it the ideal choice for a marine transportation hub in East Asia. Of the six leading ports in the Asia-Pacific region (Kaohsiung, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pusan, Shanghai and Tokyo) , Kaohsiung Harbor's links are closer to the other five ports by an average of 53 hours of navigation time.

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Old January 8th, 2006, 03:07 AM   #2
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TAIWAN PRESS: Kaohsiung's 05 Container Traffic Drops 2.5%
4 January 2006

TAIPEI (Dow Jones)--Container traffic at Kaohsiung port fell 2.5% in 2005 as competition from Chinese ports grew, the Economic Daily News reports, without citing sources.

The decline was the first at Taiwan's largest port in 14 years, the paper adds.

Located in southern Taiwan, Kaohsiung port is the world's sixth largest in terms of container traffic, or volume of goods handled.

In 2005, the amount of goods loaded or unloaded by Kaohsiung port totaled 9.47 million 20-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs, down from 9.71 million TEUs in 2004, according to the paper.

To counter competition from ports in China, Kaohsiung is cutting its leasing fees from this year by NT$500,000 for every 10,000-TEU increase in annual container traffic, the paper says, citing Hsieh Ming-huei, a port administration official.

The port is also planning to cut charges on tranfers of goods from one harbor to another by 15%, says the paper.

Newspaper Web site: www.udn.com
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Kaohsiung port full, could hamper exporters

TAIPEI, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Kaohsiung Harbour expects to lose its place as the world's sixth largest port this year because it has hit full capacity, which could pose logistical problems for export-reliant Taiwan's consumer electronics and steel firms.

Huang Kuo-ying, Kaohsiung's deputy harbour master, said container volume would be flat in 2008 after its strongest year ever, and thought seventh placed Rotterdam would leap over the Taiwan port in terms of throughput.

"Kaohsiung Harbour is already at capacity, so growth can't be much," Huang told Reuters by telephone. "I estimate container volume to be about the same, as we have no more room for growth."

Kaohsiung is the prefered port for Taiwan's exporters, handling 10.26 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) in 2007, up 4.93 percent from 2006. But smaller ports, such as Keelung, Suao and Taichung are alternatives.

About 25 percent of Taiwan's total exports were shipped through Kaohsiung in the fourth quarter of last year, according to a customs official. The bulk of the exports were electronics products and raw materials such as steel.

Fast growing rivals in mainland China have pushed Kaohsiung Harbour to No. 6 in global rankings from No. 3 between 1999 and 2004. Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and South Korea's Pusan rank as busier ports.

Kaohsiung aims to increase its capacity by 20 percent in five years to 12.25 million TEU with the construction of a new international container facility -- the port's first addition for a decade.

"Only after the Kaohsiung Harbour International Container Terminal is completed will we see growth again," said Huang

The port currently boasts five container terminals with 23 berths mainly leased to shipping firms, from Taiwan's Evergreen Marine Corp. , Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. and A.P. Moeller-Maersk <MAERSKb.CO> to South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Co. (US$1=T$32.5)
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Taiwan accuses shipping staff of fraud in incentive claims
19 June 2009
Financial Times

Staff of several of the world's largest shipping lines have been indicted by prosecutors in Taiwan for allegedly inflating cargo figures fraudulently to claim government incentives.

The 46 people indicted include officials from Evergreen Marine, which operates the world's fourth biggest container ship fleet; local rivals Wan Hai and Yangming Marine; APL, a unit of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines; the local logistics unit of Japan's Nippon Yusen; and Shieh Ming-hui, director-general of the Kaoh-siung harbour bureau.

Kaohsiung prosecutors accused Mr Shieh and some of his staff yesterday of allegedly helping the five shipping lines to claim a total of T$330m ($10m, €7m, £6m) in government rewards over two years.

Prosecutors say their own calculations show that actual throughput by the five companies' ships fell short of those reported by the Kaohsiung harbour bureau by more than 10 per cent of the port's stated container throughput in 2006 and 2007, when container traffic at Kaohsiung peaked at 10.2m 20ft equivalent units.

Kaohsiung, the world's third busiest container port in 1999, is predominantly used for transshipment. Official statistics show that its ranking slipped to 12th last year, after cost and efficiency advantages helped fast-developing Chinese ports to poach traffic.

Kaohsiung began an incentive scheme for shipping lines in 2006 to fight back, offering rental concessions and other rewards for those bringing additional traffic to the port.

Evergreen said the case arose out of different calculation methods used by the prosecutors and harbour authorities, and said they did not falsify any data.

Wan Hai said it had "actively sought to claim all reasonable and legal benefits in accordance with national policy and for the benefit of its shareholders". It had evidence that its staff followed regulations in reporting throughput, and added: "There is clearly a misunderstanding."

The Kaohsiung harbour bureau, Yangming and APL declined to comment, while Nippon Yusen could not be reached.

The case comes as Kaohsiung's prospects appear to be finally turning. Relations are improving betw-een Taipei and Beijing, helping foster agreements establishing direct shipping links.

Analysts say that while ports in the regionsuffer from general overcapacity during the economic downturn, the new accords may allow Taiwan to claw back some lost market share. Mr Shieh said last month that the harbour bureau was in talks with three Chinese shipping lines - China Cosco, China Shipping Container Lines and China Merchants Group - on possible investments.

Mainland investment in the port is currently outlawed but may be legalised when Taipei unveils new guidelines later this month.
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NOL says Taiwan unit staff among graft indictees

SINGAPORE, June 19 (Reuters) - Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) said on Friday three employees and a former employee of its APL Taiwan unit are among 46 people indicted for alleged corruption and fraud. "None of the NOL group of companies, including APL, has been indicted on such charges," the company said in a statement to the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Taiwanese prosecutors said on Thursday they indicted 46 people from the island's largest port and from eight shipping lines on charges of inflating data in an apparent effort to raise the port's global ranking.

"The company has a firm policy and takes a serious view against, and does not condone, corruption and fraud," NOL said.

The Kaohsiung Harbour Bureau director general and other officials were indicted in recent days on charges they paid the freight lines more than $9 million since 2007 to exaggerate shipping volumes, said Chung Chung-hsiao, spokesman with the Kaohsiung prosecutor's office.

Kaohsiung's port, the world's third-busiest in the late 1990s, has dropped to No.8 as ports in nearby China have expanded due to rapid economic growth.
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Maersk Line to exit quay at Taiwan port - report

(ADPnews) - Jul 7, 2009 - Maersk Line, the container shipping arm of Danish industrial group AP Moller-Maersk A/S (CPH:MAERSK B), will not extend one of its quay-leasing contracts with Taiwan's Kaohsiung port, due to low activity, an unnamed official of Maersk Taiwan Ltd confirmed for local daily Liberty Times.

Maersk Line leases three quays, with one of the contracts due to expire in October, and the firm has requested ending the deal prior to the expiry date, a port official explained for the media, adding that the company is considering to also suspend the remaining contracts, running until May 2010.

Kaohsiung is the 12th largest container port in global terms, having ranked as high as third in the 1980s.
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China Merchants,Cosco Group Eye Yang Ming's Port Proj-Report
23 May 2009

TAIPEI (Dow Jones)--China's China Merchants Group and China COSCO Holdings Co. Ltd. (1919.HK) are looking to invest 20% each in Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.'s (2609.TW) container berth project at the Kaohsiung Port, the Commercial Times reported Saturday citing Yang Ming's Chairman Frank Lu.

Singapore's PSA International Pte. Ltd. and the U.S.'s Port Authority of Guam are also interested in investing in the project, the Chinese-language daily cited Lu as saying.

Fu Yuning, president of China Merchants, will visit Taiwan May 27 to discuss taking a stake in Taipei Port Container Terminal, the Chinese-language daily reported.

Yang Ming has expressed interest in participating in China Merchants's plan to build a logistics center in Shekou, the report added without citing sources.
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Taiwan plans $320 mln road upgrade at largest port

TAIPEI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Taiwan announced plans on Monday for a T$10 billion ($320 million) upgrade of the road system around its largest seaport as the facility slips in global rankings.

Taiwan's cabinet said in a statement it would build two new roads and improve existing land links to bypass urban congestion between the world No.12 ranked Port of Kaohsiung and the island's two major international airports.

"When you want to send cargo to an airport, it's slow today," a Government Information Office official said. "New roads will be a big help. The competitive environment is changing and ports have to focus on service."

The government also planned a deep-water port for container ships carrying as many as 12,500 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of freight, the information office said.

Kaohsiung, the world's third-busiest port in the late 1990s with an annual capacity of 10 million TEUs, saw its ranking slip with China's economic rise and the quick growth of massive ports in major Chinese cities.

Shares of Taiwan's top container shipper Evergreen Marine were up 2.04 percent on Monday, while Taiwan's No. 2 Yang Ming Marine , which is planning its own expansion at the Kaohsiung port, was up 3.14 percent, both outpacing the broader market <.TWII>.
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Wan Hai and OOIL discuss lease deals in new Kaohsiung port zone
23 December 2009
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Two of Asia's leading liner operators will begin talks with officials from Kaohsiung next month over future leases at a newly developed area of the port.

Taiwan's Wan Hai Lines and Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) are to set up bases at what Taiwanese media are calling a "free-trade port" at Kaohsiung that will be launched in 2013.

The 38.8-hectare zone represents the largest land-development project to be spearheaded by Kaohsiung Port Administration (KPA) - which will be taking over new land currently owned by an iron works as part of the scheme.

Another Taiwanese company, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, is also said to have expressed keen interest in the venture. It aims to set up a goods-delivery centre in the new port area, reports claim.

It is expected that talks with Wan Hai and OOIL will result in the companies leasing an area amounting to 23 hectares in the prospective zone.

The boxship players' area will be contained in a 50-hectares lot of land beside the No 6 container centre that is being developed by KPA.

It is hoped the expansion will help boost Kaohsiungs's fortunes by transforming it into a large-scale logistics port.

Analysts claim the port will this year fail to match the 9.67 million teu throughput it managed last year, as it has only handled 7.75 million teu of goods in the first 10 months of 2009.

Kaohsiung slipped out of the top-10 busiest container ports in the world this year, according to reports in China.

The port is said to have lost its place because of strong competition from Chinese rivals, notably Guangzhou and Ningbo, which both made the top 10 for the first time.

A total of seven of the world's top-10 busiest box ports in 2008 were in China, namely Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Ningbo, Zhoushan and Qingdao. The other three were Singapore, Pusan and Dubai.
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Tensions high as Maersk dumps Taiwan
26 February 2010
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A Danish giant's decision to pull out of Kaohsiung is seen as a huge blow to the port's future as China gains ground.

The world's largest boxship player has denied it is abandoning its operations in Taiwan in order to concentrate on the growing Chinese market.

Maersk Line tells TradeWinds that the decision to pull out of Kaohsiung Port was made as part of a global strategy, which considers each port as a "unique situation".

Tensions have been running high at Kaohsiung since APM Terminals handed over control of piers 76 and 77 to South Korea's Hanjin Pacific at the end of January.

APM had controlled four terminals at the port but will sever its links with Kaohsiung when the leases on its remaining two terminals expire in May.

Stevedores working for China Container Terminals Corp (CCTC) blockaded the port for 10 hours before the Chinese New Year holiday amid concerns over severance pay.

Maersk has distanced itself from the dispute, claiming it to be an internal matter between its contractor - CCTC - and the dock workers.

However, the local media has targeted the boxship giant for its decision to leave Kaohsiung, which has lost its status as one of Asia's leading ports in recent years because of the growing importance of hubs on the Chinese mainland.

Local newspaper The Liberty Times published a picture of the dock workers holding a banner saying "Maersk, Where is Your Conscience?!"

The Central News Agency quoted the head of the stevedores' campaign group as saying: "We have worked for Maersk for many years and never got a pay raise.

"Now Maersk is leaving and does not want to give us severance pay. That is too cruel." Local media also claim that up to 400 jobs would go as part of APM Terminal's decision to pull out of Kaohsiung.

The Liberty Times also linked the decision with APM Terminals' plans to build a new hub at Xiamen, the major port of China's Fujian province.

The port, which is situated on the other side of the Taiwan Strait, will contain four docks.

However, a spokesman for Maersk Asia said: "APM Terminals' decision to pull out of Kaohsiung is not related to our investments in Xiamen or any other port.

"It is part of a strategy where each port is a unique situation. "APM Terminals is currently looking at all the opportunities mindful of our priorities for managing through this crisis.

"We want to emerge from this crisis a strong and well-organised operator able to meet the needs of our clients in the most efficient way. Currently, we are reviewing all our investments and considering our options." The spokesman also says CCTC is continuing its negotiations with its employees to resolve the dispute.

However, other reports claim that Maersk is involved in discussions with CCTC and that the port authority has stepped in to mediate.

The blockade on 9 February caused some delays at Kaohsiung. However, the bottleneck was relieved by APM Terminals arranging for vessels to unload at terminals operated by Hanjin.

Maersk Line, with 500 vessels, is the world's largest container line. Its decision to leave Taiwan will be seen as a hammerblow to Kaohsiung. It was among the world's top three container ports in the 1980s but the growth of ports on China's mainland has seen it slip down the league tables.

It has been overtaken by Qingdao and Shanghai in recent years, pushing it to number seven in the world in 2007 and out of the top 10 in 2008.

The Chinese-language United Daily News reports that seven of the world's top-10 busiest container ports in 2008 were Chinese. These were Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Ningbo, Zhoushan and Qingdao, while the others were Singapore, Pusan and Dubai.

In the past three years, Kaohsiung's container volume has declined from 10.3 million teu in 2007 to 9.7 million teu in 2008 and 8.5 million teu in 2009.

The port bureau said recently: "Faced with increasing choices and the growth of the Chinese economy, as well as the impact from port growth in neighbouring countries, some shippers ship goods directly to the US and Europe, bypassing Kaohsiung Port."
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Tung Chee Hwa arrives in Taiwan for private visit
28 March 2010
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa yesterday arrived in Taiwan for a private visit.

Tung arrived at the Kaohsiung International Airport on a Dragonair flight in the morning and passed through immigration and customs like an ordinary traveler, the Central News Agency citeing a police officer at the airport.

The ex-Hong Kong leader, who still holds a high-ranking position in the Beijing government, was then whisked away in a vehicle for a visit to two wharves rented at the Kaohsiung Harbor by the Orient Overseas Container Line, the CNA said.

The company was founded by Tung's father, shipping magnate Tung Chao Yung, and the son headed it until he was appointed to the Hong Kong government post in 1997.

Tung stayed at the wharves for about 15 minutes, but the harbor administration did not arrange for him to visit other facilities, the CNA said.

Workers at the wharves declined to comment on Tung's visit, CNA added.

Tung later also visited the Chi Mei Museum in Tainan íX which houses a large private collection of art and antique items, the CNA said.

Tung was cited by CNA as saying that it is a private visit, during which he will see friends and relatives. Apart from Kaohsiung and Tainan, Tung said he will also go to Hualien and Taipei.

Tung is not expected to meet with any government officials during his six-day trip in Taiwan although former Vice President Lien Chan will dine with when he is in Taipei, the United Evening News said.

The meeting between the former vice president and the ex-HK leader has been confirmed by Lien's top aide, Ting Yuan-chao, the paper said.

Tung will stay in southern Taiwan for two days, and then head north for Taipei on Monday before leaving Taiwan on April 1.

Tung stepped down in 2002 as chief of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, but he remains a vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

The United Evening News said the visit was organized by Tung's brother-in-law John Y. K. Peng, chairman of the Taipei-based Chinese Maritime Transport Ltd.
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Port FTZs making waves
Taipei Times
By Shelley Shan
Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010

The free-trade zones at the Kaohsiung, Keelung and Su-ao ports have succeeded in gaining recognition from international business organizations and attracting investment from the private sector, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said yesterday.
Huang Kuo-ying (黃國英), deputy director-general of the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau, said it was planning to turn the Port of Kaohsiung into a storage and shipping warehouse for the London Metal Exchange (LME) in Asia.

“The LME is the world’s largest non ferrous metals market and offers futures contracts for aluminum, copper, tin, nickel, zinc, lead and aluminum alloy,” Huang said. “The LME dispatched a consulting firm to inspect the port’s facilities and locations. They came to a preliminary conclusion that the port basically fulfilled the requirements of an LME member.”

Huang said LME members in Asia also include ports in South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, adding that none of the Chinese ports were included because of tax issues.

“The Port of Kaohsiung’s strengths lie in the facts that the free-trade zone provides tax benefits to investors,” he said. “The port has 300 freight lines around the world and has geographical advantages of being a deepwater port and close to China. The direct transportation service between Taiwan and China also helps reduce the time and costs of shipping the goods to China.”

Huang said that because the LME still needs a detailed review of the Port of Kaohsiung’s qualifications, the bureau said that it would hire the services of a law firm or an accounting firm to examine every aspect of the nation’s laws and tax systems.

“[The firm] will have six months to prepare for the qualification review,” Huang said. “If everything goes smoothly, we hope to officially become an LME member by the end of next year.”

Huang said the bureau expected the measure would help to gradually raise the storage handling volume to 10 million tonnes a year.

Aside from the LME, the New Superlattice Technology Co signed a contract with the Port of Keelung to establish a manufacturing base for nanotech products last month.

Having gained the reputation as a “green port,” Su-ao Port’s free-trade zone, where electric car maker Pihsiang Co is based will also serve as a base for Apogee Power Co, scheduled to break ground on Saturday.
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TAIWAN CITY UNVEILS LARGEST SOLAR-POWERED TOURIST BOATS IN ASIA

Kaohsiung, Sept 15 Asia Pulse - Kaohsiung City has expanded its fleet of Asia's largest solar-powered sightseeing boats as part of its effort to build a low-carbon city and help promote tourism, a Taiwanese government official said Monday.

The city government earmarked NT$35 million (US$1.1 million) last year for five solar-powered boats to partially replace 15 diesel-powered boats currently offering cruises down the city's Love River.

A first prototype was unveiled on Feb. 9 this year and the five new boats entered into service Monday. Wang Kuo-tsai, the director of the city's Bureau of Transportation, hopes to obtain funding for another 10 vessels next year that he hopes will be introduced by 2012.

Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu said at Monday's launch ceremony that the first vessel has been warmly received by tourists, and she was expecting more.

"We hope the new boats will advance the city's development and offer visitors a superior and eco-friendly service," she said.

Seating 36 passengers and able to reach a maximum speed of nine knots, the boats are the biggest solar-powered vessels by capacity in Asia and can also transport more than the 20 people transported by the existing diesel-powered boats.

They are fueled by 18 solar power panels supplying power to two sets of 12 lithium batteries per boat, a system that will save energy costs, cut carbon emissions and not release any pollutants that are harmful to the river, Wang said.

The batteries will be charged separately when the solar panels cannot provide enough power.

According to Wang, although each boat costs NT$7.46 million, the city government will not raise fares for the river cruises. At present, the full and discount fares are NT$50 and NT$25 for city residents and NT$80 and NT$40 for non-residents.
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Cosco Group: In Talks To Buy Stake In Taiwan Container Terminal
9 November 2010

GUANGZHOU (Dow Jones)--State-owned China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co. said Tuesday it is in talks to invest in a container terminal in the Taiwan city of Kaohsiung that is being jointly developed by port investor Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (2609.TW) and the Taiwan government.

"The deal, if completed, would be done by our port investment arm Cosco Pacific Ltd. (1199.HK) and Yang Ming Marine, but no details have been concluded yet," Cosco Group President Wei Jiafu told Dow Jones Newswires on the sidelines of a shipping summit.

China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co. is the parent of shipping operator China Cosco Holdings Ltd. (1919.HK) and blue-chip Cosco Pacific.

Yang Ming Marine said in October it received separate offers from Cosco Pacific's ultimate parent, China Ocean Shipping (Group), and China Merchants Group for a total of a 40% stake in a NT$19 billion terminal in Taiwan's largest port.

If the planned investment receives approval from the Taiwan government, it would be the first in a Taiwan port by a mainland China entity.

Separately, Wei said the container shipping industry--a key indicator of world economic growth--has been recovering but its outlook remains volatile if supply of new ships continues to outpace demand.

He added the Baltic Dry Index, an indicator of dry-bulk freight rates, is expect to reach 3,500 next year, driven by China's robust domestic consumption and demand for iron ore. The index ended at 2482 Monday.
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Evergreen, COSCON, PIL and Wan Hai to Jointly Launch a New WSA Service
Evergreen Line Press Release
http://www.evergreen-line.com/tuf1/j...BN1_110408.jsp
Apr-08-2011

Evergreen Line, COSCO Container Lines (COSCON), Pacific International Lines (PIL) and Wan Hai Lines (WHL) will jointly launch a new service linking the Far East and the West Coast of South America (WSA).

This new weekly service, commencing from Kaohsiung on 30 April, is in response to the booming Asia - WSA market. This 70-day round trip service will operate with 10 ships of approximately 3,000 TEU. Evergreen Line will contribute 4 vessels, while COSCON, PIL and WHL will each deploy 2 vessels. The port rotation is:

Kaohsiung - Yantian - Hong Kong - Ningbo - Shanghai - Manzanillo (Mexico) - Buenaventura (Columbia) - Callao (Peru) - Iquique (Chile) - San Antonio (Chile) - Callao (Peru) - Manzanillo (Mexico) - Kaohsiung.
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Solar energy firms opt for Kaohsiung port FTZ
6 June 2011
Taipei Times

Ten solar energy supply chain operators are planning to relocate their operations to the Kaohsiung Port Free Trade Zone (FTZ) later this year, the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau said last week.

The announcement was the culmination of a program initiated 20 years ago, when Kaohsiung City Government launched the South Star land reclamation project, creating at that time a plot of land that was slightly more than 211 hectares in size.

LAND PURCHASES

Chen Rong-shin, a division chief at the bureau, said the bureau purchased 98.32 hectares from Greater Kaohsiung City Government at a cost of about NT$1.5 billion (US$52.33 million).

The purchased lot, together with 7.93 hectares of land owned by the bureau, is now set to become the ports FTZ, Chen said.

The bureau has budgeted NT$2.5 billion to build the necessary public infrastructure in the FTZ between next year and 2015, he said.

FURTHER DISCUSSION

During a briefing on the project at the weekly ministerial-level meeting at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications last week, Chen said the plan would be submitted to the Council of Economic Planning and Development for further discussion this week.

The plan will also be submitted later this month to the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee under the Environmental Protection Administration for an environmental impact assessment.

Based on the bureaus plan, about 63 hectares of the land -purchased from the Greater Kao-hsiung Government would be dedicated to plants working in the area of green energy and the high-tech sector.

MOVING IN

Chen said that 10 companies from the solar energy industry had already secured property totaling 26.97 hectares in the FTZ, adding that they were scheduled to officially move into the zone in October and begin production in 2014.

The nations largest seaport, the Kaohsiung Port was the worlds 12th largest container port last year, with the ports of Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong taking the top three places.

Last week, the ministry extended an invitation to re-exporters from around the world to invest in the free trade zones of four seaports and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
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Global debt crisis could halt growth of seaports

The European sovereign debt crisis and the US’ credit rating downgrade could dampen strong growth at Taiwan’s international seaports, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said last week.

Department of Aviation and Navigation Deputy Director--General Chen Chin-shen (陳進生) said the number of cargo containers handled at the nation’s three main international seaports — Keelung, Taichung and Kaohsiung — had topped 7.76 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) from January through last month.

This represented growth of 19.44 percent compared with the same period in 2009, when the world was hit hard by the economic downturn.

Chen said the same momentum was also seen in the tonnage of the cargo handled by these three ports, reaching 394.8 million between January and last month.

He said the number has translated to 4.64 percent growth compared with the same period last year and 17.2 percent growth compared with that period in 2009.

Taipei Port, which is placed under the same administration as Keelung Port, has also seen phenomenal growth this year.

Between January and last month, the number of containers handled topped 340,000 TEUs, only 20,000 TEUs less than the whole year figure for 2009.

The percentage of growth also hit 32 percent when compared to the same period last year.

Chen said that Kaohsiung Port remains the nation’s largest seaport, and has handled 5.59 million TEUs from January through last month.

The number grew 5.08 percent compared with the same period last year and 16.95 percent compared with 2009.

The Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau said the port is the world’s 12th largest seaport.

Chen said that whether the ports could maintain such strong growth in the remaining months of this year depended on the economies of Europe and the US.

“The sovereign debt crisis in Europe has not completely dissipated, the credit rating of the US has just been downgraded and there has been concern about another global economic downturn,” Chen said.

Despite the increase in the number of containers handled, the number of international visitors arriving through the nation’s seaports between January and June was down 9.2 percent compared with the same period last year, ministry statistics showed.

It was also first time that the nation’s seaports saw a decline in international visitors since 2008, the ministry said.

The cross-strait sea lines, on the other hand, were the only profitable routes, growing 50 percent compared to same time last year.

The ministry attributed the overall decline to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11.

Many cruise lines have also canceled their stops in Taiwan, the ministry said.
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Kaohsiung Port development to include sailboat hotel
Taipei Times

The Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau said last week that it would use parts of certain properties at Kaohsiung Port to build a sailboat hotel, adding that it would open bidding for a qualified contractor next year.

The project is part of the bureau’s master plan titled “Waterside Pearl,” which was presented at the weekly meeting of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications last week.

The bureau said it intended to relocate piers No. 16 to No. 21 to the reclaimed areas of the Kaohsiung Port, adding that the sailboat hotel would be built between the old No. 16 and No. 18 piers.

The “Waterside Pearl” plan contains a development area of 10.73 hectares and the designated area for a six-star sailboat hotel was about 4 hectares, it said, adding that the hotel would be built under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model.

Construction is scheduled for completion by 2015.

The bureau said the hotel would have a great geographical advantage as it would be surrounded by Dream Mall, Sanduo Shopping District, Tuntex Sky Tower and Hanshin Shopping District, which are all between 1km and 2km away.

Visitors arriving at Kaohsiung Hsiaokang International Airport will have only a 10-minute drive to reach the hotel.

Meanwhile, the soon-to-be-built Kaohsiung World Trade Center and Kaohsiung Maritime Culture and Popular Music Center will also be in the proximity of the hotel.

Aside from the sailboat hotel, the bureau said the old No. 19 and No. 20 piers would be used to build the Kaohsiung Port Cruise Service Center. The investment in the Cruise Service Center was estimated to top NT$2.85 billion (US$93.5 million).

The bureau said the center is scheduled to become operational by 2014 and will accommodate some of the biggest international cruise ships, including the MS Allure of the Sea, currently the world’s largest cruise ship.

The old No. 21 pier will be used to build a duty-free mall and a commercial-use building, which is scheduled to be completed by 2021.

In related news, starting in 2013, all single-hull ships registered in other countries will be barred from entering the ports of Taiwan, the ministry said last week.

The ministry said it was in the process of stipulating regulations, which would be made public by the end of this year. In the initial state, the ban will only apply to single-hull oil tankers registered in countries other than Taiwan. Operators will have a one-year grace period to adjust to the policy change, the ministry added.

As far as single-hull oil tankers registered in Taiwan were concerned, the ministry said it would discuss with other agencies an appropriate time to execute the policy.

The International Maritime Organization had asked that all single-hull oil tankers be phased out by 2015 because of the oil spill risks they pose to the environment.
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Ports Corp begins integrated service
GLOBAL AMBITIONS:The new company overseeing the nation’s four main ports hopes to emulate the success of Dubai Ports World and become a global player
Taipei Times

The state-run Taiwan International Ports Corp (TIPC) to be launched today, with headquarters located in Greater Kaohsiung, will combine the operations of harbor bureaus in Keelung, Greater Taichung, Greater Kaohsiung and Hualien.

To oversee the operation of TIPC, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications has also established the Maritime and Port Bureau, which also begins operations today.

Premier Sean Chen (陳冲) said at the inauguration ceremony for the two new organizations yesterday that he hoped TIPC could become a company like Dubai-based Dubai Ports World (DPW), which has ambitions of managing seaports around the world.

He also mentioned the controversy sparked by DPW in 2006, when the United Arab Emirates company tried to purchase the right to manage business in six major US seaports. Faced with stiff opposition from the US Congress, the company eventually sold its US operations to the American International Group (AIG).

“The company [DPW] has grown from Dubai Ports International in 1999 to a company of nearly 30,000 employees managing more than 60 terminals on six continents,” Chen said. “TIPC only has 2,000 employees, which means we have tremendous room to grow.”

Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said the ministry did not start planning for the establishment of TIPC until one-and-a-half years ago. Since then, the ministry has been able to garner the support of the Executive Yuan and the legislature to pass an amendment to the Commercial Port Law (商港法) and create the Statute for the Establishment of the State-owned Harbor Co, Ltd (國營港務股份有限公司設置條例), making it possible to establish TIPC.

“We hope the change to the nation’s seaport system — the separation of administrative and business authorities — will make Taiwan, as well as the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, our ‘economic hinterland,’” Mao said.

Based on the division of labor laid out by the ministry, the Maritime and Port Bureau will be in charge of determining maritime transportation policy and handling public affairs, whereas daily operations will be handled by TIPC.

TIPC chairman Hsiao Ding-hsun (蕭丁訓) said the new company would integrate the resources of the nation’s four international seaports and form strategic partnerships with shipping firms, cargo dealers, bonded ports and port companies around the world.

“We will not only focus on the number of containers handled by the ports,” Hsiao said. “We will focus more on transforming the seaports into value hubs, in which the goods can increase their value after being reprocessed in free trade port zones and science parks.”

Besides commercial services, Hsiao said each port could offer additional services based on its particular advantages.
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