Lee Hong Liang

Lee Hong Liang

Lee Hong Liang
Asia Correspondent


Lee Hong Liang has joined Seatrade as its Asia Correspondent. Based in Singapore, he will provide a significant boost to daily coverage of the Asian shipping markets, as well as bring with him an indepth, specialist knowledge of the bunkering markets.

Throughout Hong Liang’s 14-year career as a maritime journalist, he has reported ‘live’ news from conferences, conducted one-on-one interviews with top officials, and the ability to write hard news and feature stories.

China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) and China National Travel Service Group Corporation (CTS) have agreed on a strategic collaboration aimed at raising the bar for China’s cruise projects.

Seabourn Sojourn called at China’s Qingdao port on Monday, with the ship bringing with it around 400 passengers from 23 countries including the US and Australia.

Costa Cruises will seek to capture the Chinese cruise market in Guangdong and Fujian provinces starting April with the launch of three new routes with Costa Victoria.

China has recorded higher figures across 10 cruise ports in 2016, reflecting the continued growth of the market.

Cruise numbers at China’s Dalian International Cruise Terminal have risen significantly over the course of this year compared to the 2015 full year figures, according to port data.

China’s privately-owned Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has expressed interest to construct cruise ships but warns of repercussions if the Chinese market succeeds in this difficult venture.

A new Qingdao International Cruise Port Authority has been established in northeastern Shandong province, China on the back of the city’s budding cruise market.

 

Chinese travel service provider Tongcheng has chartered Midnatsol for a cruise to Antarctica starting on November 11.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has made a painful decision to abandon its once-ambitious goal of building large cruise ships after it racked up considerable losses on the project to build two ships for AIDA Cruises.

China Classification Society (CCS) has introduced standards for cruise ships that will be formally adopted for use from Jan. 1.

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