I think bypassing Singapore has been in the works for a while since it will cut out so much on delivery times. I recall reading a fair bit on this a couple of years ago so I'm guessing/hoping the men in charge are doing something about it.
Singapore just has to keep up with the times and keep re-inventing ourselves to remain relevant. Kinda like how Uber and Grab are to the traditional taxi companies.
As much as I despise casinos I think there is some merit to what you say I hate to say...
You all are much more than that now come on...
Two words...Indian Ocean
SG will always have a piece of the action because of the rules of geography. Yes China is on the mend but so is Indo Persia region. The future looks good. All that is needed is time and good fortune and no stupid mistakes.
You all deserve to prosper as much as the next man...SG should take no sh!t from any country. You just charge them more!
I wouldn't buy about half the stuff in the MSM nowadays...relax don't fight it.
Aiyo...Fai kor......your thread title sounds a little frightening......imo it's just human nature thing....we always try to find the shortest path for a routine...e.g. our daily walking path to MRT...despite there is a proper pathway....we still prefer to cut across the grass field because it's straight-line instead of the detour if we follow the fringe of the field
Similarly....all the existing maritime routes are discovered and refined over a long period of time, to be the most efficient and safe...as in this artic route....airline has done that long ago....it's only now that its feasible for shipping to negotiate this path due to subsided icy water.....but that is without its risks....imagine if the weather turn bad suddenly(typical for arctic or Antarctic weather).....or should a mishap happen like Titanic.....there will be a lot more Jack Dawson under the Baring Seas....of course this can be overcome by technology but that will add up to the business cost and adoption rate
Back to the subject, will this bad for Singapore? Definitely. Will it the end of the road for our port services? Definitely not, Singapore port's strength is it's transhipping hub status, ships docking here not only to unload but to top up their supply (cheap water, food and fuel) as well as cargos that brought in by other ships which go in the same direction...especially those super inter-ocean liner which don't call on many ports....they usually will stay by the most viable routes....that's why it's important our GIC own a part of these companies(not sure if they still do now) to have a say in this
As for the Kra-canal....like someone said before...the cost and benefit does not justify....also unlikely those big ships could afford to ignore a port that serves more than 300 million peoples in the southern hemisphere...so...I don't think this could happen in near future....
80% of China's fuel sources move through Malacca. Wouldn't it make sense for them to spread that out?
In other news New Delhi has now entered into cooperation with USA on anti sub measures which is telling as they have tried to avoid to much influence from the Yankees for 50 years plus now. Apparently PRC has been patrolling Indian Ocean with nuke armed subs more so then ever before and are seen to be challenge to India's dominance of IO. Aussies just bought a dozen new u boats and the Japs are reentering the game as well. China has also jumped ahead of everyone on hypersonic missile tech as well. Yankees apparently working hard on Star Wars blasters which could conceivably make missiles obsolete. Should anyone come out as having HAARP type weaponry it is game over for everyone else.
It is all shaping up to be very interesting gentlemen.
So if USA fiat petro dollar tanks will it be a massive shtf scenario...sure looks like that is what is developing...