Real estate crisis in China

Evergrande begins repaying wealth product investors with property

Beijing - Cash-strapped developer China Evergrande Group has begun repaying investors in its wealth management products with real estate, a unit of its main Hengda Real Estate Group Co Ltd unit said. Evergrande, with over $300 billion in liabilities, is in the throes of a liquidity crisis that has left it racing to raise funds to pay its many lenders and suppliers

China says Taiwan sugar, wax apples have pests

Taiwan threatens to take China to WTO in new spat over fruit

Taipei - Taiwan threatened to take China to the World Trade Organization on Sunday after Beijing said it would suspend sugar apple and wax apple imports from the island on pest concerns, in the latest spat between the two over fruit. Relations between Taipei and Beijing, which claims democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory, are at their lowest in decades, with China increasing political and military pressure to get the island to accept its sovereignty

New headquarter in Casablanca

Hapag-Lloyd brings competition to bustling Moroccan port

Tanger - The German Shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has announced it will set up a permanent base of operation in Morocco in a move to expand its global network. With additional personnel and new offices in the country, the company hopes to realize its growth ambitions

Innovation

Daewoo Shipbuilding develops carbon dioxide storage technology

Seoul - Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) said Thursday it has developed a technology to store carbon dioxide captured in ship engine emissions. The technology developed in cooperation with a local ship part supplier will help ships to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions

paris

France recalls envoys in U.S. and Australia over submarine deal

On Thursday, Australia said it would scrap the $ 40 billion deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and would instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership

skou

Maersk CEO sees no sign of freight market easing this year

He expects global trade volumes to grow 7%-8% this year compared with 2020. "We see very, very strong end-user demand combined with re-stocking and the fact that capacity in ports, warehouses and on ships is not fully utilized due to COVID-19"

India

DP World to invest Rs 2,000 crore in various Tamil Nadu projects

Karur - Logistics services major DP World will come up with fresh investments to the tune of around Rs 2,000 crore in Tamil Nadu, including setting up of a new container terminal, cold storage and sea food processing zone among other units. The other projects lined up include a free trade zone with an integrated rail siding, minor port in the Eastern Coast of Tamil Nadu and inland container depots in Erode, Karur and Tirupur

But says it's a "reality"

U.S. reassures allies over Nord Stream 2

Kyiv - A senior U.S. envoy said on Saturday he had delivered reassurances to Ukraine and Poland on mitigating any threat posed by Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but that the project was now a "reality"

After contract deal

Strike threat lifted at BHP's Cerro Colorado mine

Santiago - A union at Chile's Cerro Colorado copper mine in Chile has struck a collective contract deal with mine operators BHP after five days of government-led mediation, the company said on Saturday in a statement

Bangladesh

Chittagong gets marine technology institute for first time

Chittagong - The Institute of Marine Technology (IMT) is going to be established in Chittagong for the first time here to develop skilled manpower for the shipbuilding industry. All are set to construct IMT on the bank of Karnafuli River, adjacent to Kalpalok residential area at Bakalia police station in the city. Land acquisition has already been completed in this regard

And says it's not liable for illegal aid

EU okays Alitalia successor

Milan - EU competition regulators on Friday gave the green light to a slimmed down successor to Alitalia and said the new state-owned airline was not liable for repaying 900 million euros ($1.1 billion) in illegal state aid received by its predecessor

Iran

"Renovation of shipping fleet a necessity for Iranian maritime trade"

Tehran - The Secretary of the Iranian Merchant Mariners Syndicate (IMMS) Saman Rezaei has said buying new ships and the renovation of the country’s existing maritime fleet is an important necessity for developing the maritime trade. “Older ships have higher depreciation and maintenance costs and lower safety” the portal of the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) quoted Rezaei as saying.

NOC says

Loading resumes at two Libyan oil ports

Tripoli - Loading operations at the Libyan oil terminals of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf resumed on Friday after a stoppage, National Oil Corporation and two engineers at the ports said. Exports were still halted at a third terminal, Hariga, where people have blocked loading operations, an engineer there said. Libyan oil output has been over 1.3 million barrels per day for much of 2021