China and the Evolving Landscape of the Global Shipping Industry

中国与全球航运业的历史与未来

August 6, 2019

Overview:

Chinese yards are building increasingly sophisticated ships and some of the world’s biggest container and bulk fleets are Chinese-owned. 

在过去十年里,中国对于航运业的发展至关重要。我们见证了金融租赁公司在航运领域的兴起,也看到中国船厂建造的船舶愈加先进。一些全球最大的集装箱船、散货船船队由中国人拥有。

The discussion covered the following points:

航运业的权威专家们就此展开了讨论,谈及的话题有:

– A reflection on how the Chinese shipping industry has developed and grown over the past decade. 

  对中国航运业十年来发展的回顾

– The advances made in shipbuilding by the Chinese yard’s in the types of ships that now can be built in China – from bulk carriers to cruise ships. 

  中国船厂在船舶建造领域的重大突破——如今中国船厂能承接从散货船到游轮等各类船舶的建造订单

– The role of China and Chinese owners in the global shipping market. 

  中国和中国船东在全球航运市场中的角色

– How ICBC Leasing has become the biggest ship financier in the world. 

  工行租赁如何成长为全球最大的船舶融资投资方?

– China’s role and views on the future of ships, specifically autonomous ships. 

  关于船舶行业未来(特别是无人驾驶船舶),中国的角色和观点

– The importance of supporting the environmental goals of the International Maritime Organisation.  

  支持国际海事组织环境保护目标的重大意义

Moderators

Vincent is a shipping and energy expert handling a wide range of transactions including asset and project finance, leasing, restructuring, sale and purchase, construction, joint venture and private equity. He represents banks, leasing companies and other financial institutions on a range of transactions and also advises investors, shipowners and shipbuilder. His recent work includes assisting banks to provide long-term dollar loans to borrower for the acquisition of several large containerships and leasing to world’s leading liner company; assisting a leasing company to finance and lease several chemical vessels to American operation shipowner; assisting global leading liquefied gas transportation shipowner to purchase several liquefied ethylene vessels; assisting investment institutions for the establishment of parallel investment structure and equity investment in Cayman and in China; assisting a leasing company to set up joint venture with an European operation company to acquire two semi-submersible life platforms, arranging financial leasing and lease to a national oil company.

For contentious shipping matters, her expertise extends to charterparty, cargo defence, shipbuilding, bunkering and ship financing disputes. She is instructed on a regular basis by international group P&I Clubs and shipowners and charterers in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the PRC. She is very experienced with obtaining pre-action security. The disputes are then resolved by LMAA, HKIAC, ICC, SIAC or ad hoc arbitrations or litigation in the English or Hong Kong courts.

Due to the state of the shipping market since 2008, as part of her practice, Evangeline is regularly instructed in matters arising from and relating to Hong Kong insolvency proceedings, Japanese rehabilitation proceedings and Korean rehabilitation proceedings.

Part of Evangeline’s practice is also focused on providing non-contentious advice to shipowners and operators. She negotiates and drafts both standard form and custom commercial and shipping agreements for her clients.

Evangeline is qualified in England and Wales and Hong Kong. She is native in English, speaks fluent Chinese and conversational Cantonese.

Office Lead Partner

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Vincent is a shipping and energy expert handling a wide range of transactions including asset and project finance, leasing, restructuring, sale and purchase, construction, joint venture and private equity. He represents banks, leasing companies and other financial institutions on a range of transactions and also advises investors, shipowners and shipbuilder. His recent work includes assisting banks to provide long-term dollar loans to borrower for the acquisition of several large containerships and leasing to world’s leading liner company; assisting a leasing company to finance and lease several chemical vessels to American operation shipowner; assisting global leading liquefied gas transportation shipowner to purchase several liquefied ethylene vessels; assisting investment institutions for the establishment of parallel investment structure and equity investment in Cayman and in China; assisting a leasing company to set up joint venture with an European operation company to acquire two semi-submersible life platforms, arranging financial leasing and lease to a national oil company

Panelists

Mr. Bill Guo joined in ICBC Leasing in 2013. He is now Executive Director of Shipping Business Unit, mainly responsible for the leasing business of thde container shipping related field and Dry Bulk business. Before working for ICBCL, he had been working for Maersk Group for over 10 years as the management positions in different countries, with the solid knowledge in container shipping business and financial knowledge.

Mr. Lou Jiwei has more than 30 years of experience in shipbuilding, ship trading and financing.

From 1982 to 2002, Mr. Lou Jiwei worked in Jiangnan Shipbuilding Group and served as the chairman of Jiangnan Co., Ltd. (listed company). In 2003-2005, he served as deputy director of the Economic Operation Department of China National Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. General Manager; in 2005, he served as Deputy General Manager of Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. At the end of 2005, Mr. Lou Jiwei joined Pacific Shipbuilding Group Co., Ltd. and served as deputy general manager, director, senior vice president, chief executive officer and chief marketing officer. During the period, Mr. Lou founded the Crown Shipbuilding Group, Crown Shipping, which is engaged in ship investment and leasing business, involving different types of ships such as bulk cargo and offshore engineering vessels.    

Mr. Lou Jiwei is currently the Deputy General Manager of Nantong CIMC Pacific Ocean Engineering Co., Ltd. (Nantong CIMC Pacific Ocean Engineering Co., Ltd. is a professional gas ship construction shipyard under the Shenzhen-based CIMC Group. It has a leading position in the world of small and medium-sized LNG, LEG and LPG)     

Mr. Lou Jiwei holds a bachelor’s degree in marine power machinery from Shanghai Jiaotong University. In 2001, he obtained a master’s degree in business administration and a senior engineer (researcher level) from Antai College of Management, Shanghai Jiaotong University.

ICBC Leasing

Mr. Bill Guo joined in ICBC Leasing in 2013. He is now Executive Director of Shipping Business Unit, mainly responsible for the leasing business of thde container shipping related field and Dry Bulk business. Before working for ICBCL, he had been working for Maersk Group for over 10 years as the management positions in different countries, with the solid knowledge in container shipping business and financial knowledge.

Gary joined North in November 2003.  He graduated from the Shanghai Maritime University with a BA degree in International Shipping Business in 1999.  Before he went to the UK to study Maritime Law in the University of Southampton and obtained an LLM in 2002, he had two years working experience with the operating/chartering department in one of the largest shipping companies in China.  Gary passed the UK Common Professional Examination in 2003.

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