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The Business Timesweb site
MARCH 23, 2009
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  • Baltic Dry Index records biggest weekly fall in 3 months
    The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of shipping costs for commodities, posted its biggest weekly decline in three months on falling demand for iron-ore transporters.
  • Govt seizes Venezuela ports, airstrips
    Venezuela's government seized seaports and airstrips in at least four states last Saturday, a move that critics say is meant to limit the powers of mayors and governors opposed to President Hugo Chavez.

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Sched Netweb site
MARCH 23, 2009
  • NYK, "K" Line, PIL and HMM launch joint Far East-East Coast South America service
  • CMA CGM Black Pearl service to now call at Boston
  • Shenzhen MSA hosts seminar to address economic downturn
  • COSCO's concession on Piraeus terminals approved
  • Montreal port boss sacked after 18 months on the job
  • LA Port hopes to latch on to intermodal cargo incentive program
  • Shanghai Airlines to launch Pudong to Hanoi service
  • Qatar Airways to fly from Sydney
  • Gati scraps wet lease deal with Air India

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Exim Indiaweb site
MARCH 23, 2009
  • Maersk Line adds Port Pipavav to India-Europe service
  • Urmila Project deftly executes rare floating ro-ro operation of super ODC cargo at Mumbai Port
  • MoS asks Defence Ministry for Rs 1,000-1,500 cr. to transfer HSL control & assets
  • Tenders floated, contracts for 11 OSVs clinched in a month-ONGC style!
  • FFFAI's Biennial Convention to be held in Goa in June
  • Joint panel with China to sort out trade issues formed
  • CII meet in UK to bail out recession-hit MSMEs
  • VPT betters own record of ore unloading in bulk
  • Grant industry status to logistics sector-Assocham
  • Recession puts brakes on pvt. box operators' rake buying
  • ...progress stymied by unstable haulage charges
  • Exports falling short of even lowered target
  • India, US pledge united efforts to revive global economy
  • Forbes lowers India's rank to 75th in doing business
  • WPI at 14-year low but consumer price index rises
  • Industry head honchos provide recipes for successful M&A deals
  • Fieo-ECGC holding workshop on stimulus package on April 3

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International Transport Journalweb site
MARCH 19, 2009
  • Dachser and Azkar stabilise partnership
    The German logistics service provider Dachser recently acquired a 10% stake in the Spanish logistics firm Azkar. They have already been collaborating for two years, and the family-...
  • Heinrich Ahlers new head of Buss Ports
    Heinrich Ahlers is moving to the Buss group's executive management team on 1 May, where he will take responsibility for the Buss Ports business unit. Ahlers has been with the Rhenu...
  • DB Schenker opens logistics centre in Vietnam
    Schenker Vietnam recently opened a flagship facility in Song Than Industrial Park I in Binh Duong province, close to Ho Chi Minh City. The USD 5.5 million investment, together with...
  • Ceva Logistics wins General Motors supply chain contract
    Ceva Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, has said that its subsidiary AV Manufacturing (AVM) has consolidated its position as a supplier to General Motors'...
  • Austrian post office increases revenues
    The Austrian post office's results for 2008 showed that total revenues were 5.4% up, to EUR 2.4 billion. The operating result (ebit) rose by 4.1% to EUR 170 million. The parcels an...
  • Disruption in Venezuelan port industry
    Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez has ordered the nation's troops into the country's ports. Amongst other things this has prevented the planned investment by terminal operator DP W...
  • Intercontainer expanding network
    Intercontainer-Interfrigo, an unaccompanied intermodal transport operator headquartered in Basel, is expanding its range of products by enhancing services and adding new blocktrain...
  • Annette Jordan new head of SBB Cargo international business unit
    Annette Jordan, managing director of SBB Cargo Germany, will join the executive board of Switzerland's state-owned railfreight operator SBB Cargo on 1 April, and take charge of the...
  • Basel region Rhine ports to improve cooperation
    The Rhine ports of Basel (Switzerland), Mulhouse (France) and Weil (Germany) are planning to cooperate more closely under a new "RheinPorts" label. Capacity constraints are inevita...
  • Maersk adding Pipavav to Europe-South Asia service
    The Indian port of Pipavav is being added to Maersk Line's ME3 Europe-Middle East-South Asia service. The "Nedlloyd Drake" will be the first vessel in the line's ME3 service to cal...
  • New joint Far East-South America service
    Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Pacific International Lines (PIL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) are launching a joint service between the Far East an...
  • Delta offering twice-weekly Tokyo service
    US carrier Delta Air Lines wants to serve Tokyo twice daily from Atlanta from 4 May, deploying a Boeing B747-400. This will be the first Jumbo Jet flight operated by Delta from Atl...
  • Singapore Airlines reducing flights
    Singapore Airlines is planning to cut more flights, deploy smaller aircraft and delete individual destinations. Flights to Amritsar (India) were discontinued in February, and the c...
  • Berlin's airports with new destinations
    Berlin's airports will offer 16 new destinations in Europe and Asia over the coming months. Middle East Airlines is adding Beirut, Germanwings will offer Bastia, Zadar, Pula, Dubro...
  • Hainan with new Moscow service
    Hainan Airlines launched a new service between Beijing and Moscow Sheremetyevo international airport on 19 March, offering three Airbus A330 flights a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays a...
  • DHL's Leipzig/Halle European hub performing below par
    Logistics service provider DHL is facing a stiff wind at its European airfreight hub at Leipzig/Halle airport in Germany, Eric Malitzke the head of DHL Hub Leipzig GmbH, has said -...
  • Attica launching new Superfast Crete-Piraeus ferry
    The Attica group is launching a new ferry service between Heraklion on Crete and Piraeus (both Greece). The high-speed ferry Superfast XII, built in 2002, will be deployed on the r...

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Maritime Global Netweb site
MARCH 21, 2009
  • Somali pirates strike again
  • USN sub and surface ship collide, cause spill
  • Mangouras trial to go ahead
  • Encouraging trends in casualty figures

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Marine Logweb site
MARCH 21, 2009
  • Detyens to repair two USCG cutters
  • NAVSEA studying cut in LCS speed requirement ?
  • OSG ATBs reportedly removed from Bender
  • Liberia registers its 3,000th vessel

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World Wide Shipperweb site
MARCH 20, 2009
  • Port of Portland projects net federal stimulus funds
  • BNSF teaming with CSX to boost box service to Southeast
  • Hanjin issues cash dividend for 10th consecutive year
  • US rail freight traffic sees weekly losses again
  • US Transportation Secretary to speak at AAPA conference

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Lloyd's Listweb site
MARCH 20, 2009
  • Downturn leading to improved prospects for ship safety
    PRELIMINARY IUMI data shows losses at sea have fallen in 2008 as operational pressures ease.
  • Maintaining standards of safety will be a 'proving ground'
  • US court ruling moves the goalposts for Rule B cases
    APPELLATE court decision expected to impede the flow of Rule B lawsuits.

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Fairplayweb site
MARCH 20, 2009
  • Clouds loom over Thyssen yards
    A MAJOR restructuring plan announced by German steel and industrial group ThyssenKrupp is fuelling doubts over the future of the company's merchant shipbuilding activities
  • No issue with SGX, NOL clarifies
    IN a conciliatory statement to the Singapore Exchange, Neptune Orient Lines has clarified that it not taking any issue with the public reprimand by the Singapore Exchange
  • Greek bulker hijacked off Somalia
    PIRATES have seized a Greek bulker off the coast of Somalia, but an EU naval force spokesman told Fairplay that the ship was unescorted at the time
  • Appeals court rules on Rule B
    THE US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a game-changing decision that should stem the tide of 'Rule B' asset attachments in New York
  • Eitzen strikes convenants deal
    EITZEN Chemical is the latest shipping company to reach an agreement with its banks to amend loan agreements
  • 12 injured in Hong Kong collision
    TWELVE passengers were injured following a collision between a ferry and a reefer cargo vessel in Hong Kong waters early today in poor visability
  • Welsh port receives first LNG ship
    THE WELSH port of Milford Haven today received its first shipment of LNG from Qatar

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
MARCH 20, 2009
  • Long Beach Eyes Incentives for Clean Trucks
  • Great Lakes Shippers: Dredge Here
  • Canada to Upgrade Blue Water Bridge
  • Trade Group Calls For High Level Facilitator
  • Court Rejects LA/LB Truck Plan
  • MISC Berhad to Upgrade Halal Express
  • Trucking Subsidiary Goes 10+2
  • ThyssenKrupp Reorganizes
  • Marseille Box Traffic Plunges
  • Expeditors: Freight Slide Worsened in January
  • USF Holland Shuts Down 11 Terminals
  • Smid: YRC Ready to Take Back Freight
  • World Economies to Shrink
  • Box Ship Charter Rates Plumb New Lows
  • DP World Takes Over Port of Algiers
  • Short Line Traffic Falls Hard
  • Obama Taps Aon Exec as DOT Counsel
  • Shippers Find Clean-Truck Complications
  • BNSF, CSX Add to Container Service
  • Manufacturers Warn of Mexican Tariff Retaliation
  • Halifax Dockers Take Wage Freeze
  • Senate Approves Ron Kirk as U.S. Trade Representative

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Containerisation Internationalweb site
MARCH 20, 2009
  • Green is both cool and low cost
    At least that is the 'loud and clear' message that is coming through.
  • Zim and MISC to withdraw from ISE service
  • OOIL's 2008 financial results hit by economic crisis
  • Wincanton extends its wings
  • Lome to become millionaire TEU port
  • Intermodal traffic down On Americas' railroads

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TradeWindsweb site
MARCH 20, 2009
  • Bulker bags $31m
    Pacific Carriers panamax said to be sold to German buyers, but deal depends on long-term charter.
  • Rule B 'blow'
    Process for attaching funds in New York can be avoided by registering in the state and designating an agent, court rules.
  • Downward march
    Few listed shipping companies spared as Wall Street heads southward.
  • Bridge collapses
    Southern Towing tug with eight barges knocks out a section of a bridge near Biloxi, Mississippi.
  • Trio's ratings cut
    Likely drop in rates on the short-term and murky view further out leads Wachovia to downgrade three US-listed bulker owners.
  • Torm sale denied
    Greek shipowning Panayotides family dismiss reports they may sell controlling stake in Danish tanker owner as "fantasy".
  • Crew screwed
    Cork-based Chernobyl charity has to pay up for crew of arrested ship abandoned by Latvian owner.
  • Hanjin pays out
    South Korean shipowner pays dividend for tenth year in a row despite facing increased spending commitment for 2009.
  • It's quotes time
    Clarkson's Andi Case isn't afraid of a little Fulford-Smith competition and the crew of the future might need some training.
  • TT lifts stake
    Torghatten Trafikkselskap boosts holding in Fairstar as 10 million share issue is closed.
  • Moving house
    Historic US Coast Guard boathouse saved from wrecking ball by construction magnate.
  • Quay crunch
    Norwegian ro-ro ferry damaged after hitting berth at Stranda.
  • Hit in Hormuz
    Large fuel spill as US submarine and naval vessel collide in busy tanker-shipping waterway.
  • Greek ship seized
    Handymax Titan seized off Somalia, crew of 24 including Greek master said to be safe.
  • Robocarp
    UK scientists develop robotic fish to sniff out pollution in ports.
  • Flag fillip
    Seven tankers switch to Indonesian register to cash in on domestic fuel trade.
  • Relief rally
    Covenants waiver sees shares in Eitzen Chemical shoot up by over 50% Friday.
  • Death settlement
    Norfolkline settles civil case over death of Polish crewman from snapped rope on ferry in Ireland.
  • Less oil
    Opec producers expected to drop output by another 3.3% in month to 4 April, leaving owners even more anxious for cargoes.
  • Not us!
    German KG Gebab denies connection to boxship quartet canned at ThyssenKrupp.
  • Globus divi axed
    Fourth quarter red ink kills off dividend at UK-listed bulker owner as it admits to double breach of loan covenants.
  • Dry hope?
    George Karageorgiou says freeze on trade financing which hammered the dry-cargo market last year is beginning to thaw.
  • Japan crumbles
    Reported orders at Japan Ship Exporters' Association's member yards fall 84% from a year ago.
  • Master fined
    Chinese captain busted in Australia for straying into restricted area of Great Barrier Reef.
  • And another...
    Precious confirms sale of third ship in a week with departure of Manora Naree to Greek interests.
  • Bridge battered
    Small cargoship causes extensive damage to swing bridge at Kolkata, India, after hitting guard wall.
  • Crude curbed
    Key French terminal of Fos-Lavera sees oil imports fall 18% in January and February.
  • HK ferry crash
    Thirteen people hurt as commuter vessel in collision with another ship in fog.
  • MISC upgrades
    Malaysian owner boosting its Halal service with additional direct calls and wider port coverage.
  • OOIL profits halve
    OOIL, the parent of Hong Kong boxship player OOCL, feels the pain of global economic slowdown.
  • LNG for Brazil
    Petrobras inaugurates the country's second LNG terminal as commissioning cargo unloaded.
  • Seanergy in red
    Non-cash charges lead bulker owner and Nasdaq newcomer to post $32m loss for 2008.
  • Aros merges
    Danish repair yard to take name of domestic maritime services group Euroflex in tie-up.

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American Shipperweb site
MARCH 20, 2009
  • OOCL operational profits slide by half
  • Hawaii Superferry shuts down
  • Zhongshan/Shekou/Chiwan feeder launched
  • Great Lakes group calls for more dredging funds
  • Peters joins infrastructure fund
  • CSX Greenbrier Resort may be sold
  • Mexico begins retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports
  • Senators urge strengthened food aid program
  • BIS studies reasons for under-used export licenses
  • Court sides with ATA on SoCal truck plan
  • Pelletier out as Montreal Port chief
  • Mayor of Venezuelan port city arrested

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The Scandinavian Shipping Gazetteweb site
MARCH 20, 2009
  • Ro-pax vessels put for sale
    Finnlines will probably put five of their ro-pax vessels for sale. Rumours tell that the intention is to sell Finnsailor and Translubeca, but also Finnarrow, Transeuropa and Finntrader may
  • Indian liner service to Göteborg
    The Indian liner operator SCI will deploy two 4,500 TEU vessels on a new service between Göteborg and Nhava Sheva and Colombo. There will be a vessel calling once every
  • Port of Saaremaa not up to owner's expectations
    AS Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn) is dissatisfied with the results posted by the Port of Saaremaa and is considering all options for reducing costs. Last year the Port of
  • The financial crisis increase STX Europe's risk exposure
    Due to the worldwide financial crisis STX Europe is more exposed to risks than before. In the board of directors' report for 2008 it is stated that the risk of

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
MARCH 20, 2009
  • Americas: Price rises continue as week closes
    Increases of $20-30 pmt during the week in key US ports.
  • PDVSA amends delivery fees
    Venezuelan ports see increase in charges.
  • Europe: Bunker markets still firming
    Rotterdam IFO prices touch one-month high.
  • Canada, US ready to submit joint ECA application
    Industry concerns over supply and environmental effects of low sulphur fuel.
  • Bunker spill as US Navy vessels collide
    Crude oil prices briefly firmer on news of nuclear submarine involved in collision in Strait of Hormuz.
  • 'Financial storm' must not stop routine bunker tests
    'Essential practicalities must not be overlooked' says fuel testing agency.
  • Russian fuel oil production rose in February
    ARA fuel oil stocks up week-on-week.
  • Asia: Bunkers end week firm
    Singapore's MGO prices surge as avails tighten.
  • DNV calls for CO2 emissions cap
    A cap by 2050 with intermediate targets by 2020, 2030 and 2040.
  • Low oil prices 'stifle investment'
    OPEC has 'made enough cuts' to influence prices.

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