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Singapore shipping - the ports, products and plays

GEOFF HOWIE explains the links between shipping, coal and iron ore derivatives on SGX

A very busy port: Global seaborne trade has become an important part of Singapore's economy, as have commodities, which together have helped to generate Singapore's trade hub status. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

AT ANY one time there are about a thousand vessels in the Singapore Port. Statistics show that every two to three minutes, a ship leaves or departs to, or from, 600 ports across 120 countries. Shipping is a global business sensitive to the state and swings of the world economy. It connects ports