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Chinese investors own 10 percent of Europe's ports

Large national Chinese companies have bought more shares in European ports over the past ten years and now own capacity corresponding to 10 percent of all European container capacity, according to a review from OECD.

Law firm: Chinese major will dominate terminals in a few years

Cosco and China Shipping will be the world's largest terminal operator in a few years after their merger. This year, China's billion-dollar investments in the Belt and Road have highlighted the country's power and competitors should take note, writes law firm.

China's ship financing skyrockets

Leasing banks in China have increased their shipping loans by 33 percent this year, reports the Wall Street Journal. The growth is expected to continue.

Bulk recovery faster and stronger than expected

Growth in the dry bulk market is surprisingly strong and driven by Chinese appetite for iron ore as well as the large Capesize vessels, assesses JP Morgan ahead of the release of many third quarter reports.

SeaIntel projects massive overcapacity

The container market is behaving significantly different than usual this year in relation to China's Golden Week. There are far fewer blank sailings than usual, and rates have plunged since this summer.

Rumors of Chinese yard merger intensify

Speculation about whether China's two largest yard groups will merge have gained strength after two subsidiaries under China State Shipbuilding Corp stopped trading on the stock exchange.

China's behemoths boost the country's maritime vision

China's escalating acquisition of ports and carriers is a sign of its commitment to its political vision of becoming a maritime superpower, prompting concern among European carriers, which have allegedly called for political attention to the matter – both nationally and within the EU. Next week's meeting of the Box Club will no doubt also revolve around the issue.

China tightens sulfur regulations in more ports

Chinese authorities have designated more ports as being in special zones where ships are required to use low sulfur fuel, and the country weighs tightening the sulfur emission limits even further starting in 2018, reports Seatrade Global.

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