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Li Ka-shing Leads $10.8M Round Into Windward to 'Know What's Truly at Sea'

Li Ka-shing Leads $10.8M Round Into Windward to 'Know What's Truly at Sea'

Windward provides big data analytics, powered by deep shipping expertise, to examine over 100 million Automatic Identification System (AIS) data points, transmitted by AIS-equipped ships each day so as to cross-check their identities, movements and locations, according to Shepard. AIS is currently installed on approximately 400,000 vessels around the world and uses Very High Frequency (30-300 megahertz) radio and satellite communications to transmit information regarding a vessels’ identity, its course, speed and position. AIS information can be viewed by port authorities and other vessels either on electronic charts or on maritime surveillance radar. Horizons Ventures is playing an increasingly active role in the Israeli startup scene as one of the largest sources of foreign cash, according to TechNode. The fund has financed over sixty startups, of which twenty-seven are Israeli, investing $420 million in the aggregate. Its well-known Israeli portfolio companies include navigation app maker Waze, keyboard app Ginger, and Kaiima Bio-Agritech, a seed technology startup.]]>

Shanghai International Port Group to operate Israel's new Haifa Port

Shanghai International Port Group to operate Israel's new Haifa Port

SIPG Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., Ltd. (SIPG) is majority-owned by the Shanghai SASAC with state-owned China Merchants Group as its second largest shareholder. SIPG is the largest joint-stock port operator in China by equity throughput. SIPG was listed in the Shanghai Stock Exchange on October 26th, 2006 (600018.SH). By the end of 2014, the market cap of SIPG is RMB145bn, an increase of 82% compared to RMB79.6bn on the first day of listing. SIPG is currently a constituent stock of the SSE 50 Index. As of 31 Dec, 2014, its market value has exceeded RMB140bn. In the year of 2014, SIPG has been graded A+ and A1 by international credit rating top notches — S&P and Moody’s respectively. SIPG operates all the public container and bulk terminals in port of Shanghai, specializing in container and bulk/breakbulk cargo handling, port logistics and port services with extended business covering pilotage, towing, tallying, feeder service, warehousing, freight forwarding, container truck drayage and international cruise business. In the past few years, the group has expanded its business into the emerging market, such as real estate business and port finance. Up till now, SIPG, through a series of complex regulations of institution and asset integration, has committed itself to four principal industrial segments, namely port handling, port service, port logistics and port commerce, featuring diversified businesses with real estate business, finance and international cruise industry. Shanghai-International-Port As China’s main gateway port to the global market, SIPG, an easy access to the vast hinterland, serves 281 container shipping routes covering major ports globally and accommodates over 2700 monthly calls, which makes it the port with the highest density of container routes, the most frequent shifts and the most extensive coverage in the mainland of China. The world’s top 20 shipping companies have deployed their shipping service routes in port of Shanghai; over 80 overseas shipping lines now have offices in Shanghai. SIPG has recorded the container throughput of 35.285mTEU, ranking No.1 for the fifth consecutive year in terms of container volume in the year of 2014.]]>