Hong Kong, Chile maritime museums sign co-operative pact

Rear Admiral Humberto Ramirez, secretary general of the Chilean Navy

Hong Kong Maritime Museum has set sail on a voyage to develop partnerships with countries that share a rich sea-going history, starting with Chile. In a symbolic move seen as a transpacific handshake, the museum signed a co-operation agreement on Friday with the National Maritime Museum in the port city of Valparaiso.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 8:18am

Architects unveil plans for floating columbarium

Artist's impression of Floating Eternity berthed at the new Kai Tak cruise terminal. Photo: SCMP

A local architecture firm has come up with an ingenious way to alleviate the growing shortage of burial space - by turning a ship into a floating columbarium.

Bread Studio has developed the concept, which it calls Floating Eternity, with space for 370,000 niches.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:13am 2 comments

China ship collision toll rises to 11

Rescuers work at the accident site after two ships collided in Yuanjiang City, central China's Hunan Province, Oct. 6, 2012. Photo: Xinhua

The death toll of a two ship collision in central China rose to 11 on Saturday, with one person still missing in the second deadly boating accident in a week, state press reported.

6 Oct 2012 - 5:09pm

PLA aircraft carrier gets hull number, suggesting it's ready for action

The aircraft carrier now has a number. Photo: SCMP

In a further sign that China's first aircraft carrier could become operational this year, the still unnamed vessel's hull number - 16 - has been revealed, suggesting that testing is basically complete after 10 sea trials, mainland media reported.

26 Sep 2012 - 10:40am

Race on to build polar research vessel

China is making a big push to get an ice-breaker for Antarctic research built and steaming towards the South Pole within three years.

The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) signed a contract with a Finnish ship designer in Beijing on Tuesday for the vessel. It requires the blueprints to be ready in seven months and construction to be completed by 2014.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Pacific Basin sheds 6pc on loss warning

Pacific Basin Shipping saw its share price plunge by more than 6 per cent yesterday, a day after the firm said it expected a first-half loss after taking a US$190 million impairment on its fleet of roll-on/roll-off vehicle ferries.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ship recycling centre will be north China's largest

Dalian Shipbuilding Industry has teamed up with Angang Steel and one of Asia's largest shipping companies to launch a 3 billion yuan (HK$3.69 billion) ship repair and recycling complex that will be the biggest such facility north of Shanghai.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Shipowners on verge of a buying frenzy, insiders say

Hong Kong shipowners could be poised to invest heavily in new fuel-efficient ships at rock-bottom prices, despite ongoing concerns about overcapacity and uncertain cargo growth, according to industry insiders.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Pacific Basin mulls selling assets

Pacific Basin Shipping is putting a 'For Sale' sign on its non-core shipping operations to focus on profitable dry bulk and towage businesses, senior executives said yesterday.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

The Titanic

Inside the ship

Boat deck

Fourth funnel

Not functional. Added for aesthetics but also provided ventilation

White Star Line pennant

Flown from 8am to sunset


Titanic's size meant it required very powerful machinery to push it along

Smoke uptakes

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Clean fuel rebate can only be a start

With Hong Kong's air quality so bad and the ships using our port significant emitter of a key pollutant, sulphur dioxide, our government should be leading the push for clean fuel. Hong Kong is late to the party, though lawmakers have recently approved a rebate to shipping companies operating vessels that are already voluntarily burning low-sulphur fuel.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sinotrans open to expanding its tonnage

Sinotrans Shipping is eyeing the acquisition of more dry-cargo and container ships and could expand by chartering tonnage, senior executives from the firm confirmed yesterday.

Li Hua, executive director and deputy general manager, said the firm's target of building a fleet of five to seven million deadweight tonnes (dwt) over at least the next five years had not changed.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Industry must plot course around four key challenges, top analyst says

Shipyard overcapacity in China and South Korea, changing trade patterns, higher energy prices and tougher environmental controls are the key challenges facing shipowners, a leading analyst said yesterday.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

KC Maritime intensifies dry cargo focus

Hong Kong shipowner KC Maritime has strengthened its focus on the dry cargo market after taking delivery of the first of five large Panamax bulk carriers under an order worth about US$200 million placed with a South Korean shipyard.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Pirates capture HK-managed ship

A Hong Kong-managed ship was captured by Somali pirates for the first time - attacked at anchor off a port in Oman in a dawn raid yesterday that could signal bold new tactics by bandits plaguing the Indian Ocean.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am