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The Business Timesweb site
APRIL 7, 2011
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  • Maritime Week to draw record numbers
    Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) is expecting 17,000 participants days before the event is set to start on Apr 10. So robust has been the response that its organiser - the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) - has already set the dates for SMW in 2012.
  • Looking to a yacht upswing
    Major yacht dealer and broker Simpson Marine is looking forward to returning to the good old pre-recession times.
  • Maersk orders 2 drillships from Samsung Heavy
    The drilling rig arm of Danish shipping and oil group AP Moller-Maersk has ordered two deepwater drilling vessels for nearly US$1.3 billion from Samsung Heavy Industries of Korea.
  • VLCC rentals plunge 37% to US$2,310 a day

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Sched Netweb site
APRIL 7, 2011
  • World's biggest ships assigned to Far East-Europe AEX 7/FAL 2
  • Israeli boxship runs aground, blocks Suez Canal for 3 hours
  • Global container throughput hit record high in 2010
  • Maersk's China-Med AE15 service loads east and west on the Pearl
  • Slow steaming takes over all Far-East-North Europe trade lanes
  • MCC launches southeast Asia-Taiwan service April 18
  • APL handles 12pc more boxes, but at slightly lower rates
  • Mumbai's JNPT hits all time record of 4.27 million TEU in 2010-11
  • Proponents say UK longer trailers will cut carbon emissions
  • Manchester's TDG offers hazmat TEU/FEU tanker trucking
  • Consultant expects increase in M&As in the 3PL sector
  • NZ court fines Cargolux, BA US$5.86 million for price-fixing
  • Air freight rates in Asia shrink in February amid traffic decline
  • Donal Boylan named chief executive of Hong Kong Aviation Capital

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Exim Indiaweb site
APRIL 7, 2011
  • BCHAA honours key awardees
  • MSC's Gianluigi Aponte honoured with Seatrade Personality Award
  • Omani state-owned fund acquires 15 pc of Hapag-Lloyd: Reports
  • Kandla Port emerges on top for 4th consecutive year
  • Port & dock workers' federations warn of indefinite stir from April 15
  • Rlys procures record 16,638 wagons in FY11
  • US compels Germany to halt Indias oil payments to Iran

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International Transport Journalweb site
APRIL 6, 2011
  • Panama investing in airport
    Panama wants to develop its capital's international airport into the central transportation hub in the centre of the American continent. The scheme is intended to encourage the gia...
  • Damco lands new cross-border transport contracts to Cambodia
    Damco has clinched two contracts to handle cross-border transport to Cambodia for Unilever, a world-leading producer of fast-moving consumer goods. With the appointment, Damco will...
  • Scania launches Euro 6 truck
    The truck maker Scania has rolled a new Euro 6 compliant engine that is designed to give the same performance and fuel efficiency as its Euro 5 counterpart. The 440 and 480 hp Euro...
  • Union Pacific launches new transloading service for agri-products customers
    The US-based rail transport service provider Union Pacific Railroad has launched a new plant-to-port transportation and transload programme that provides customer product transfer ...
  • Lanxess uses rail transport to lighten carbon footprint by 75 %
    The specialty chemicals group Lanxess has become the fifth customer in the past year to use the CO2-free offer Eco Plus provided by DB Schenker Rail. Leverkusen (Germany)-based Lan...
  • High-ranking Korean delegation visits Luka Koper
    HE Kim Jae-shin, deputy foreign minister of the Republic of Korea, an important market for Luka Koper, headed a Korean delegation which recently visited the Slovenian port. Given t...
  • Gefco inks agreement to acquire 70% of Gruppo Mercurio SpA
    Gefco, a 100 % affiliate of PSA Peugeot Citro'n, has signed an agreement with the Italian fund Venice, controlled by Palladio Finanziaria, and RP3 fund to acquire their 70% stake i...
  • Saudi Airlines Cargo hikes investments in domestic hubs
    Saudi Airlines Cargo Company plans to increase its investment in domestic stations to SAR 67.6 million (EUR 12.6 million), the company's chairman Engineer Khaled Al-Molhem announce...
  • Emirates SkyCargo completes first 100% paperless freighter flight
    Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of UAE-based Emirates airline, has marked a milestone with its inaugural 100% paperless freighter flight between Nairobi (Kenya) and Amsterd...
  • Mark Newman new CEO of Wim Bosman Group
    The 's-Heerenberg (Netherlands)-based Wim Bosman Group has appointed Mark Newman as its CEO as of April 2011. Newman succeeds Eng. W.P. Bosman, who will join the group's ...
  • New ADR container transport service at TDG
    The British road haulier TDG has introduced a new container service from its Thurrock depot (UK) for existing and new customers moving containers under ADR Regulations. 20-foot and...
  • K Line acquires 100% ownership of SAL Group
    The Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), which already held a 50% stake in the SAL Group via the former's European subsidiary company, has reached a basic...
  • Award for Grimaldi Group
    The Grimaldi Group (Italy) was recognized by General Motors as a "2010 world class global automotive supplier of the year" for its significant contributions to the c...
  • Gefco and SRR set up joint venture in Latvia
    The French service provider Gefco and the Latvian railway SRR want to jointly offer multimodal transport solutions between Europe and Central Asia. To this end, the two compan...
  • Martin Bencher Group opens a new office in Marseille
    The Martin Bencher Group, a professional shipping and forwarding service provider, opened a new office in Marseille (France) on 1 April. The facility is a joint venture between Mar...
  • Dachser sees substantial growth in sales in 2010
    Dachser, an international logistics company based in Kempten (Germany), benefited greatly from last year's economic growth and was able to create many new jobs. In fiscal 2010, sal...

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Marine Logweb site
APRIL 6, 2011
  • Finnish minehunter detains 18 pirate suspects
  • Aker Solutions announces name for new EPC company: Kværner
  • New guidance on AIS use in pirate risk areas
  • Kleven completes record AHTS contract for Siem Offshoreå
  • LaHood submits Marine Highways report to Congress
  • Maersk orders two drillships at Samsung Heavy Industries

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World Wide Shipperweb site
APRIL 6, 2011
  • Bellingham Port Commissioners Ok lease with Seaview Yacht Services
  • Greenbrier announces closing of Convertible Senior Notes offering
  • Port of Portland schedules free waterfront business tours
  • Port of Grays Harbor hiring environmental scientists/engineer
  • US Grains Council welcomes free trade deal with Colombia

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Lloyd's Listweb site
APRIL 6, 2011
  • Clarksons warns of risks resulting from failure to keep track of box fleet changes
    Failure to take full account of containership delivery delays and cancellations could have resulted in misguided business decisions, a leading industry analyst warned this week.
  • Vessel influx drives down rates for West Africa VLCCs
    Very large crude carrier rates have tumbled on the route from West Africa to the US Gulf after owners ballasted there from the Middle East where earnings for shipments to Asia hit 18-month lows earlier this week
  • Höegh LNG unveils plans to invest $1bn in FRSUs
    Norwegian shipowner in order for two vessels and four options at Hyundai Heavy Industries
  • Holidays fuel downward pressure on charter rates
    Hamburg Süd's 4,294 teu Cap Gilbert taken for three to four months as relet at $25,900 per day
  • Flurry of finance for listed companies
    Investors focus on sectors where prospects remain relatively bright
  • Fuel price gap is unavoidable
    Slow steaming and alternative fuels not enough to stop a significant price gap emerging between residual and distillate fuel
  • Why independent boxship owners are snubbing long-term charters
    As the market begins to improve, containership owners are refusing to re-charter their vessels for periods of more than six months to two years at a time
  • Snapshot of container shipping industry
    Robust trade has brought volumes back to around levels seen in 2007-2008, after severe dip in 2009
  • US shippers renew antitrust calls
    New proposals to end liner immunity less radical than previous draft legislation
  • CMA CGM closes in on $800m bond issue
    Liner giant gets poor provisional rating from credit agency Moody's
  • Why shipping needs its own Richard Branson
    Shipping needs somebody who can engage and circulate confidently, and easily straddle business and politics
  • V.Ships in talks with potential investors
    V.Group seeks new money to help with ambitious plans to expand its presence in new markets
  • Keeping it civil on conferences
    Shippers and carriers should ensure relations do not sink to the depths amid renewed calls to end liner antitrust immunity in the US
  • Play the market
    The supercharged optimism of the capital markets has gone, yet investors need to park their money somewhere. So why not shipping?
  • HCI Hammonia beats profit forecast
    Latest calculations put German ship finance vehicle's 2010 profit at $7m
  • Safe Bulkers inks two panamax orders in Japan
    Clinches newbuilding orders at "attractive prices" with top Japanese yard
  • Shippers welcome FMC move to facilitate trade
    Shift will benefit US and global economy
  • Shipowners key to easing tonnage glut
    BIMCO analyst says owners must not be tempted by low newbuilding prices
  • Oil price spike threatening trade growth
    World economy back on track but recent sharp rise in crude oil prices a major risk factor
  • Scorpio plays waiting game on ship buys
    Better deals likely in months ahead, tanker company says as fifth charter-in joins fleet
  • Finnlines issues profit warning
    Finnsteve strikes, harsh winter and rising bunker prices expected to drag shortsea operator to loss
  • ICTSI inks India box terminal deal
    Signs joint-venture with L&T Shipbuilding to operate new terminal near Chennai
  • Libya oil export tanker loading delayed
    Equator, chartered by Vitol, faces two-week delay, according to fresh broker reports
  • Grimsby gets nod to build ro-ro berth
    Wins planning approval to develop a dedicated two berth ro-ro riverside terminal
  • Horizon, Pasha Hawaii hike Hawaii fuel surcharges
    Oil price spike continues to put pressure on Jones Act liner shipping sector
  • Maersk Drilling places $1.3bn order for two drillships at Samsung
    Contract for Maersk's first ultra-deepwater vessels comes with options for two more
  • DP World to propose share consolidation at AGM
    Port operator says one to 20 consolidation would better reflect value of company
  • Japan radiation could hit Europe port throughput
    Cargo insurers confident of their coverage in terms of port's refusal to allow the cargoes to land

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Fairplayweb site
APRIL 6, 2011
  • 150 migrants sought off Italian island
    SEARCHERS are looking today for 150 migrants reported missing in the Mediterranean after their boat capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa
  • Fearnleys warns on Panamax rates
    PANAMAX bulker rates in the Atlantic Basin are continuing to fall, with limited new business and more open tonnage around, Fearnleys said today
  • Capesizes fall 7.2% more
    THE BDI today fell to the lowest level in almost a month, with vessels far outnumbering demand
  • US sees more box transhipment
    DEMAND for import and export shortsea box transhipment between US ports will likely increase when the Panama Canal expansion opens in 2014, a report has predicted
  • V.Group discloses talks
    V.GROUP, which owns UK ship management giant V.Ships, has concluded a review with the aid of investment bank Lazard and is in talks with potential partners
  • Logistics sector learns from recession
    THE RECESSION has forced logistics providers to improve their services and taught them that customers are looking for quality, Fairplay was told today
  • Box newcomer touts war chest
    PARAGON spin-off Box Ships emphasised its potential for additional acquisitions in an IPO road show presentation made public today
  • India bars food shipments from Japan
    INDIA has become the first country to impose a blanket ban on food shipments from Japan because of radiation concerns, IHS Global Insight reported today
  • Grounded crew evacuated
    A BULKER'S crew has been evacuated after the ship grounded in southern India
  • Paris flags up failure
    FRANCE has expressed irritation over its international register's inability to attract more ships to the national flag
  • DPW reveals share consolidation plan
    DUBAI Ports World announced today that it is planning a share consolidation aimed at positioning its share price in a way that "better reflects" the company's value
  • Sarkozy launches Seine Nord contest
    FRENCH president Nicolas Sarkozy has allayed concerns about the government's support for the Seine-Nord Europe Canal by announcing the final selection process for its key contract
  • Singapore holds off on monitoring
    SINGAPORE is holding off on checking Japanese imports for radiation, Fairplay was told today
  • Canada farmers slam buys
    GRAIN farmers in western Canada have told Fairplay that they are unhappy with the purchase of two bulkers by the Canadian Wheat Board
  • Sarkozy told: take whip hand on pirates
    FRENCH shipowners have called on President Nicolas Sarkozy to press for stronger international action against pirate attacks

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
APRIL 6, 2011
  • Puerto Rico Lines Settle With Indirect Purchasers
    Three U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico carriers agreed to pay $5.3 million to settle claims with plaintiffs who said they paid inflated...
  • UPS Aircraft Mechanics Ratify Labor Contract
    Aircraft mechanics represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to ratify a labor agreement with UPS. ...
  • Final Stimulus Work Starts Near Otay Mesa Port
    A final $17.9 million in stimulus grant-funded road work is getting underway near San Diego, as part of a huge...
  • Integrated Freight Buys Cross Creek Trucking
    Long-haul and regional trucking operator Integrated Freight acquired Cross Creek Trucking of Medford, Ore., extending its reach to the Pacific...
  • Labor Accord Clears Way for US-Colombia Trade Pact
    An accord between the U.S. and Colombia on labor protections and legal reforms in that country means President Obama can...
  • FRA Bans Electronic Devices on Trains
    The Federal Railroad Administration's permanent ban on use of electronic devices, including cellphones, became effective March 28, as posted in...
  • Freight Index Reports Shipments Up 6.9 Percent
    Freight shipments jumped 6.9 percent in March, with tonnage increasing across transportation modes, according to the Cass Freight Index. ...
  • 180,000 Truck Shortfall Predicted for 2012
    The surge in orders for heavy trucks isn't big enough to prevent a shortfall in available truck capacity in 2011...
  • Flood of Applicants Seek $10 Billion in Rail Grants
    The Obama administration's embattled passenger rail program got a solid line of endorsements this week, when applications poured in seeking...
  • Heavy Truck Orders Rebound in March
    Net orders for heavy trucks jumped 20.2 percent in March to 29,200 units, the largest monthly order number since May...
  • Union Pacific to Build New Mexico Terminals
    With New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signing a law Tuesday that gives Union Pacific Railroad an exemption from state fuel...
  • DP World Plans Reverse Stock Split
    DP World, the global container terminal operator, said it will seek shareholders approval for a one-for-20 reverse stock split in...
  • Moody's Rates CMA CGM Again
    Moody's assigned a provisional Ba3 rating to CMA CGM and judged the outlook for the world's third largest ocean container...
  • Houston OKs nearly $35 million for Bayport
    The Port of Houston Authority awarded nearly $35 million in contracts for design and construction of additional entry and exit...
  • Maritime Industry Seeks Chassis Business Model
    Ocean carriers are committed to ending the 50-year-old practice of supplying chassis to their customers in the U.S., but industry...

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Containerisation Internationalweb site
APRIL 6, 2011
  • Container ship supply under control
  • Asia-Europe cargo slumps in February
  • FTA unveils ocean freight contract
  • 'More balanced' transatlantic volumes on the rise

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TradeWindsweb site
APRIL 6, 2011
  • Bank sounds default alarm
    Fate of Hartmann Offshore fleet in the hands of Nord LB as US owner wrestles with crisis in Egypt and $540m worth of loans.
  • Dolphin gets wet
    Atle Jacobsen-led offshore group makes a splash in the seismic sector with a pair of ships chartered from GC Rieber.
  • Trafigura hires VLGC pair
    Neu Seeschiffahrt secures charter contracts in gas deal forged with Amsterdam-based trading giant, brokers say.
  • Lead found on box
    Western Australian mine temporarily shut after harmful metal discovered on shipping container.
  • Finnlines faces Q1 loss
    Stevedoring strikes will bring Finnish ro-ro owner low initially, but full year result should still be better than 2010.
  • Petrobras hires DSV
    Fugro poised to pocket $100m in diving-support vessel contract led by privately held US offshore owner.
  • Scorpio takes Lasco ship
    New York-listed firm takes in products carrier from Latvian owner on one-year deal.
  • Safe orders dry double
    Greek owner returns to Japan for new panamaxes set for delivery in 2014.
  • Out of Africa!
    Cosco-owned cargoship makes controversial return to Africa.
  • China jv expands with VLs
    Tie-up between China Shipping Group and V.Ships to get 12 more vessels as remit grows.
  • Chat swirls around DRYS
    Market buzzing with rumour George Economou-led company has sold on drillship options to AP Moller.
  • APM going to Georgia
    Maersk group's ports unit snaps up Poti from Rakia of the UAE.
  • Hoegh pens HHI sextet
    Sveinung Stohle-led owner books up to six FSRUs at Seoul-listed shipyard after being enticed by favorable delivery slots.
  • ICTSI inks port deal
    Philippines operator bags contract to manage Tamil Nadu container terminal.
  • Ukrainians out of Libya
    Beluga heavy lift with Ukrainian crew helped out of Tripoli by Ukrainian embassy, while another vessel leaves Misrata.
  • Crew struck by bug
    More than 20 seafarers hit by gastroenteritis on New Zealand's Kaitaki ferry.

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American Shipperweb site
APRIL 6, 2011
  • USMEF appoints Julca to South American manager
    The U.S. Meat Export Federation has appointed Jessica Julca to manage the South America region. Julca will be based in Lima, Peru. She has more than 10 years of food industry experience in Peru. "We are continually looking at regions where the comb...
  • RILA, CargoNet heighten cargo theft focus
    The Retail Industry Leaders Association and CargoNet have formed an exclusive alliance to combat the increasing problem of cargo theft across the retail industry. According to the 2010 United States Cargo Theft Report issued by CargoNet, reported ...
  • DHL takes logistics aim at Africa
    DHL said it will renew its focus on Africa by helping to ease the movement of goods within and out of the quickly emerging continent and boost trade within regional economies. In Africa, DHL will increase its focus on industry sectors such as oil ...
  • Census could revise AES rulemaking
    The U.S. Census Bureau is considering revising a couple provisions of its January proposal to change export-filing requirements, Omari Wooden, the agency''s trade ombudsman, said Tuesday. Based on industry comments to theproposed rulemaking , the F...
  • Ryder completes BIT acquisition
    Ryder System has completed the acquisition of BIT Leasing, a privately owned truck leasing and fleet services company based in Hayward, Calif. The acquisition was completed in two phases; the first phase completed in August 2010 and the final phase...
  • UP to build rail terminal in New Mexico
    Union Pacific Railroad said it will begin building an intermodal rail terminal near Santa Teresa, N.M., in June. The railroad said the decision follows New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signing a law a granting Union Pacific a locomotive fuel tax ded...
  • American starts direct cargo services
    American Airlines Cargo has started direct services between Shanghai and Los Angeles, and Budapest/New York. The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier said it's also resuming seasonal service between Dublin and Chicago. "This exciting new service betwee...
  • DOT sends marine highways report to Congress
    U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday released a report that it said would serve as a roadmap to the future in creating and further strengthening the nation's marine highways. Prepared by the DOT's Maritime Administration, the 84-page report,A...
  • Congress told border crossings need upgrade
    Border crossings between the United States and Mexico have fallen into disrepair and are in need of upgrading, McAllen, Texas, Mayor Richard Cortez told the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security on Tuesday. "We...
  • 'Imbalance of investment, results'

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
APRIL 6, 2011
  • US crude inventory rises again
    A two million-barrel gain in US stockpiles was projected.
  • Fujairah market firm
    In Cape Town, MGO deliveries available for supply April 9-20.
  • Fresh doubts about LNG's climate benefits
    Figures from Norway confirm LNG as fuel eliminates sulphur emissions and cuts NOx drastically, but methane leakage said to negate CO2 benefit.
  • Bunker markets continue to firm
    Strikes push up prices in Piraeus, according to reports.
  • Dry bulk operator building 'fuel efficient' fleet
    Newbuilds will be competitive 'even in relatively weak markets.'
  • Spain cracks down on discharges of oily water
    Country has shaken off 'helplessness and fatalism' in struggle against marine pollution,' says prosecutor.
  • New system detects early signs of hull fouling
    Hull Medic 'reviews 100,000s of a ship's data records per month.'
  • ExxonMobil offers second high viscosity parcel
    Parcel expected to be sold at a discount of $25-27 pmt or lower.
  • Prices increase at major ports mid-week
    Demand for bunkers generally low on Wednesday.
  • Vessel lay-ups provide 'very significant savings' in fuel costs
    Operational costs can be reduced by as much as 90%, according to managing director of former BP Group's lay-up unit.
  • MOL trim system increases fuel efficiency by up to 4%
    Optimum trim system, developed with a Japanese research agency, 'successfully tested' on a 6,400 unit car carrier.
  • French ferry operator chooses dual fuel LNG newbuilds
    Partnership with STX France will develop new 'green' passenger ferry.
  • Brightoil starts bunker trading in Tokyo
    Offering 380 cSt and 500 cSt bunker products in Tokyo Bay.

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