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Shipping Timesweb site
MARCH 27, 2000
Shipping News
  • Search, rescue of mega cruise ships under focus
    Asia Pacific maritime agencies to set up group to look into this area as industry grows
  • Big plans for Pondicherry port
  • Ship sales
Air and Land Transport
  • Qantas keen on a controlling stake in Air NZ
    Aussie carrier aims to blunt increasing threat of domestic competition
  • US Air, attendants reach deal
  • SAS finds fault in four B737 jet engines
  • Sri Lanka crash probe gets underway
Features
  • Search for remaining survivors of Greek cargo ship called off
    Asia Pacific maritime agencies to set up group to look into this area as industry grows
  • Striking workers shut porta in Chile
  • Ferries ignore N Korean threat
Columns
  • Box cargo: out of sight but not out of mind

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Cargowebweb site
MARCH 24, 2000
  • Logistics exchange formed by consumer products companies
  • Operating profit Hapag-Lloyd up 70 percent
  • FedEx result up 45 percent
  • Danzas (Nedlloyd) expansion in Amsterdam
  • Hapag-Lloyd orders four vessels of 7,200 teu

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
MARCH 24, 2000
  • Stoltenberg predicts oil production rise
  • Shell refinery damaged by fire
  • Total Fina Elf S.A. Combined General Meeting
  • Latin American market report
  • Aggressive selling brings prices down in Houston
  • Prices finally softening in Seattle
  • Thin demand leaves good avails on US East coast

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Marine Logweb site
MARCH 24, 2000
  • New top appointments at FGH
    J. L. Holloway, chairman and chief executive officer of Friede Goldman Halter has announced the appointment of two company executives to new positions.
  • Newport News Shipbuilding makes a software buy
    Newport News Shipbuilding (one of whose largest shareholders is Bill Gates) has made a significant software buy. ENOVIA e-business solutions along with IBM Global Services will be used to optimize and support design, development and construction of all future Newport News ships.
  • Tanker owner launches on-line chartering venture
    OMI Corporation has announced the creation of SeaLogistics.com, which it describes "as a neutral electronic exchange for the shipping industry".

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Lloyd's Listweb site
MARCH 27, 2000
  • Osprey in $70m cash injection
    DEBT-burdened Osprey Maritime is transforming its prospects with a raft of measures which include a write-down in the value of the fleet and an injection of fresh equity of US$70m.
  • Mega Express enters Mediterranean
    In one of the most exciting traditional launches recently seen worldwide, the 23,700gt ro-pax, Mega Express, entered Mediterranean waters at Livorno's Cantiere Navale Fratelli Orlando shipyard, writes Giovanni Paci.
  • Inmarsat in $70m e-commerce deal
    INTERNATIONAL satellite company Inmarsat Holdings has announced plans to invest $70m in a new e-commerce venture allowing ships to trade on line while at sea.
  • Tyneside rally demands state help for yards
    AROUND a thousand protestors have taken part in a rally calling on the British government to help shipyards and offshore yards in the northeast of England.
  • Spanish owners join tanker revolt
    The Spanish shipowners' association has joined in the backlash against the European Commission's proposals for accelerated phasing-out of single-hull tankers, saying that the measures are "unnecessary and driven solely by political pressures".
  • Consortium poised for NKr9bn Navion bid
    A CONSORTIUM comprising Norway's Ugland Nordic Shipping, Sweden's Stena Bulk and Kjell Inge Røkke's investment group, Aker RGI, appears willing to bid NKr9bn ($1bn) for Statoil's 80%-owned tanker subsidiary Navion.
  • Foreign yard to build SeaFrance flagship
    SEAFRANCE will this week select the winning shipyard to build its FFr600m ($88m) cross Channel ferry, but has confirmed the new flagship will not be built in France.
  • Internet could be used to sell quarter of bunkers by 2004
    AT A RECENT oil industry conference a bunker trader predicted that, by 2004, 25% of all bunkers will be purchased using the internet.

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
MARCH 25, 2000
Home
  • 9 million TEUs: Is LA-Long Beach ready?
  • Ship lines pin future growth on logistics
  • FMC's OSRA impact study expected out in summer of 2001
  • DSR-Senator and intermediaries settle shipping-law violations
  • Northwest offers plan for USAirways shippers
  • Trucking carriers form Web logistics market
  • Study: Suppliers' e-plans not aggressive enough
  • Greek cargo ship sinks in Atlantic
Transportation
  • Capitol Hill cheers STB merger decision
  • New agency may propose change in drivers' hours
  • UPS Logistics group opens facility to handle Mexico trade
Maritime
  • Tanker owners await OPEC, EC action
  • CGM to rework routes with Norasia
  • Cosco adds East Coast port calls
  • Delaware-sized iceberg drifts toward South Polar ship lanes
  • Sea Container's profit fell in quarter; fuel prices cited
  • Iron ore shipments forecast to rally after 2 rough years
  • Russia opens new ship corridor to India

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Antwerpse Lloyd n.v.web site
MARCH 24, 2000
  • Anvers: Delmas et OTAL optent pour la Noord Natie
    De source sûre, nous apprenons que les filiales du groupe Bolloré, les armements Delmas et OTAL vont concentrer tous leurs services de ligne régulière assurés entre l'Europe du Nord et la COA chez un seul manutentionnaire anversois, en l'occurrence la Noord Natie. Cette évolution était en préparation depuis quelques semaines. Evidemment, il y avait concurrence pour la desserte des cinq services en question. C'est finalement la Noord Natie qui a remporté le contrat.
  • Baisse du bénéfice de Géodis en 1999
    Le groupe français Géodis a enregistré l'année passée une baisse du bénéfice net de 10%, malgré une hausse du chiffre d'affaires de 11%. Les causes de cette baisse résident dans la forte hausse des prix du carburant, à certains problèmes en Afrique et à des pertes plus importantes que prévu chez United Carriers. Pour cette année, le groupe s'attend à une nette remontée de la marge d'exploitation et dès lors à une hausse du résultat net.
  • Dentressangle: gros contrat de logistique avec Carrefour
    Alors que le groupe Norbert Dentressangle (ND) a enregistré en 1999 une contre-performance de son pôle Transport, la forte croissance de son pôle Logistique se confirme au delà des prévisions et tant en chiffre d'affaires qu'en rentabilité. L'exercice 2000 sera donc marqué par une nouvelle accélération sur ce marché. Ce qui est déjà bien amorcé notamment pour la logistique des vêtements, ainsi qu'avec un important contrat obtenu auprès du groupe Carrefour. Le pôle Logistique devrait en outre bénéficier du phénomène e-commerce.
  • Fiege reprend le groupe néerlandais Kalf
    Le groupe allemand Fiege Logistik a racheté en début de semaine le transporteur routier néerlandais Kalf. Fiege renforce de la sorte sa position au Royaume-Uni et en Belgique, et s'introduit sur le marché néerlandais. Les activités de la nouvelle filiale seront poursuivies sous le dénominateur FiegeKalf. La France et la Scandinavie demeurent encore des zones blanches dans la couverture européenne du grope allemand.

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Marine Linkweb site
MARCH 24, 2000
Maritime Contract News
  • Bergesen To Buy LNG Carrier From Daewoo
Breaking News
  • P&O, Carnival Shares Begin Recovery
  • Osprey Maritime Plans $70M Injection

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International Transport Journalweb site
MARCH 24, 2000
Feature
  • "Our customers are and will remain the forwarders". Peter Jenssen, director liner services at Poseidon, talks about the challenges facing his company and its sister carrier, Finncarriers.
Maritime
  • Delmas: a good start to 2000. The investments made by the Bollor' group, especially the acquisition of Otal, have strengthened Delmas' position.
  • Hoegh was in the red in 1999, after a healthy profit in 1998.
  • Americana Ships sells its stake in CTE to the Odiel group.
  • NYK/HMM in slot charter pact.
  • Calendar of events: Communications and IT in Shipping; Environmental Management Strategies in Shipping.
  • New publications: Liner Trades Review 1999 (Dynamar).
Ports and Terminals
  • The world's top 30 container ports: Hong Kong's provisional throughput figures for 1999 put it back firmly in top place, ousting Singapore.
Intermodal
  • Standards, standards: Rune Svensson of the ICC Land Transport Committee pleads for keeping current ISO norms in the interest of saving on costs.
Aviation
  • Cargo 2000: onward! The Iata common interest group is going ahead in setting uniform standards to help members enter the time-definite business.
  • TPG, the British Post Office and Singapore Post form a global joint venture for business mail.
  • Tower under Chapter 11.
  • Emirates adds Sydney and nonstop flights to Milan to its schedule.
  • Swissair will fly more routes to the US and Asia this summer.

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Traffic Worldweb site
MARCH 27, 2000
  • The Surface Transportation Board acquiesced to the concerns of those calling for a moratorium on rail mergers, instituting a 15-month suspension in a decision March 17. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and would-be partner Canadian National Railway immediately announced they would appeal the decision to the courts. Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern, CSX and Canadian Pacific Railway claimed victory. Shippers were not as jubilant and are looking ahead to trying to get a more competitive rail environment out of the STB's proposed new merger rules.
  • Legislation creating a dedicated trust fund for regional and shortline railroads could be introduced in the House before summer. However, a combination of major railroad and union opposition coupled with legislative inertia makes it an unlikely candidate for passage this session. A hearing on the bill promised by the Ground Transportation Subcommittee, however, could encourage a compromise permitting the legislation to be passed during the 107th Congress in 2001.
  • Companies like UPS and Schneider Logistics are venturing into areas typically controlled by banks and financial institutions in an attempt to get a piece of the freight payment market. Schneider recently purchased Tranzact Systems, which processes $4 billion in payments a year, to expand its own freight payment service to a whole new array of customers and eventually into brand new areas.
  • The trucking industry is already pretty inefficient. Once the Department of Transportation issues its new hours-of-service regulations this fall that inefficiency could take a downward spiral. Trucking companies and shippers fear that the hours spent waiting for trucks to be loaded or unloaded will be included in the 12 hours of driving time, dramatically decreasing the number of hours drivers can spend on the road. The Truckload Carriers Association forecasts that $1.5 billion in productivity will be lost if the waiting time is included in the new HOS rules.
  • Fuel prices have airlines worried that their profits are being pumped into aircraft in the form of jet fuel. Jet fuel prices are up more than 150 times over last year at this time and airlines are looking for any way to pass these increased costs on to the customer. The freight forwarder then passes its costs on to the shipper who passes them on to the consumer. It's a vicious cycle and although the Air Transport Association is predicting prices will start coming back down this fall, that's not soon enough and the trade group is asking for congressional action.
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway so far has not won many shipper friends with a new car bidding system that started in January in its forest products division. BNSF has devoted 70 percent of its fleet to the new Loading Origin Guarantees program, which allows shippers who require centerbeam flat cars to bid in advance for their equipment. Although shippers balked at the system when it was introduced, BNSF claims the program is successful thus far. But participation has been low and shippers are concerned the program is another case of the railroads telling them what to do.
  • Environmentalists are threatening to spoil big development plans on tap at the Port of New York & New Jersey. Container volumes are surging, especially out of Asia, putting New York-New Jersey's share of the North Atlantic market at 57.4 percent. Activity at the port means more dredging is needed to make room for more ocean cargo. Environmentalists, port officials and politicians are fighting over how to deal with contaminated material generated by the port and left in a huge dump. The time has come to cap the dump, but how is the question and there are few answers.
  • Blink and i2 probably got a little bigger. After the i2 acquisition of Aspect Development for $9.3 billion it became the largest supply-chain software provider. Then it swallowed Supplybase for another $380 million. Then IBM entered the picture and announced plans to integrate i2's Rhythm suite into its homegrown e-procurement system. One analyst predicts that alliance is setting the stage for two e-business software camps - i2/Ariba/IBM and Oracle/CommerceOne/SAP.

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