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Law of the Sea

China announces arrival as superpower

Superpowers are not like other countries. For starters, their sheer size and clout grants them the prerogative of "do as I say, not as I do" diplomacy.

Wednesday, 26 September, 2012, 10:05am 4 comments

Tide turns in dangerous waters

China may not like it, but it has little recourse after the UN commission in charge of setting maritime boundaries sided with Japan, approving its application for control over a vast new area of the Pacific Ocean, according to analysts in Tokyo.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Warning on ship financing gap

Maritime experts have warned of a shortfall of up to US$200 billion in finance available to pay for merchant ships already on order and due to be delivered over the next three years.

The warning comes as the overall value of the ships on order falls, following a drop in ship values since the vessels were ordered.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland court may rehear ship crash case

A dispute over a ship collision that was the first of its kind to be heard in Hong Kong's Admiralty Court could be reheard on the mainland.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

China wins right to explore seabed off Africa

China has become one of the first countries to win rights to explore the seabed for mineral deposits, as Beijing pushes ahead with a global search for resources to feed its fast-growing economy.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Stranded seamen in line for payday as judge orders ship sold

Eight Filipino and Scandinavian seamen stranded on board a cargo ship in Hong Kong since September last year came a step closer to receiving more than US$320,000 in unpaid wages yesterday after Admiralty judge Anselmo Reyes gave clearance for the ship to be sold.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Derrick owners face US$122m bail payout

The mainland owners of Asia's largest floating derrick will have to put up US$122.41 million in bail money if they want to take the vessel out of Hong Kong.

The amount was set in the Appeal Court yesterday, over the objections of the owners of the Hua Tian Long who say it should be released immediately without security.

30 May 2008 - 12:00am

Divers will attempt to get into tugboat through cabin door

Divers working on the wreck of the tugboat that sank with 18 Ukrainian seamen on board will try to get into the vessel after locating an entrance near the deck, a senior fire officer said yesterday.

But the work is difficult because of hostile conditions underwater, and it could be days before the supply boat can be lifted from the seabed.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Hopes dim for 18 trapped under sea

Divers in bid to reach Ukrainian seamen 37 metres down after two vessels collide

Hopes were fading last night for 18 Ukrainians trapped in their vessel 37 metres under the sea for more than 24 hours after two ships collided off Tuen Mun.

24 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Assurances needed after collision at sea

Hong Kong's shipping lanes are busy and consequently well policed, but that does not make them immune from accidents. The collision on Saturday night between a bulk carrier and supply boat is proof, as if it was needed, that no matter how sophisticated the technology, mishaps can never be wholly discounted.

24 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

All aboard for rewarding and lucrative career

Shipping companies offer young officers a challenging future

To many Hongkongers a career at sea means loneliness and long-time separation from friends and family, and it therefore rarely makes it on to the list of desirable jobs for those seeking employment.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Maritime security revamp sets sail for the legislature

A new law on maritime security will be introduced to the Legislative Council later this month in response to the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) code laid down by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the seaborne trade's de facto governing body.

11 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Global security comes with an US$80b price tag

The global shipping and port security measures laid down by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), seaborne trade's de facto governing body, could cost the industry as much as US$80 billion to put in place, according to a leading security official.

21 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Help sought on security for shipping

Officials are concerned that poorer countries might face difficulties in implementing US-driven measures to increase security for seaborne trade.

22 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

WTO entry may swing damages verdict to foreign firm

One of the last of the so-called 'soybean cases' involving Chinese importers' claims for damage to cargo from the United States is due to open today in Guangzhou Maritime Court.

Legal sources said they are optimistic China will for the first time rule in favour of the foreign party.

25 Nov 2002 - 12:00am