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The Business Timesweb site
APRIL 12, 2011
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  • Carriers in for tough year despite high demand
    Rising fuel prices, tumbling freight rates, piracy and now radiation fears will make this year one of the most difficult in decades for the maritime industry, forcing some carriers out of business.
  • Japan ship allowed to enter HK
    A Japanese ship denied entry to a Chinese port over radiation concerns last month was allowed into a Hong Kong port yesterday, owner Mitsui OSK Lines said.
  • FPSO demand will double this decade
    Global demand for floating oil production and storage vessels is expected to more than double this decade as surging crude prices allow exploration to move deeper offshore, senior industry executives said yesterday.
  • Jakarta concession on cabotage law

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Sched Netweb site
APRIL 12, 2011
  • Fesco ships world's largest mobile crane from US to Shanghai this week
  • Evergreen, Zim, CSCL offer Far East north Europe loop from April 24
  • Qinhuangdao, Osaka, Busan short sea service opens
  • Hanjin, Cosco put bigger ships on FE-USEC Suez loop from April 24
  • China posts first quarterly trade deficit in seven years
  • Beibu Gulf ports look to more than 330 million-tonne capacity by 2015
  • Harbin railway container terminal to start construction in July
  • Hanjin long-term charters two 10,100-TEU newbuildings from Danaos
  • Smaller carriers to grow as giants rely on slower hub and spoke systems
  • 56 containers of clothing seized at Johanesburg's China Shopping Centre
  • Southampton to Midlands US$114.6 million rail route complete
  • UAL celebrates turning 85 with commemorative aircraft
  • Chennai police charge 4 air cargo workers with theft of 314 laptops
  • E-freight lightens paper burden from air cargo process

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International Transport Journalweb site
APRIL 11, 2011
  • Air Canada cuts six North American routes
    Starting today (11 April) with Calgary (Canada)-London (Ontario), Air Canada is cancelling a number of domestic and trans-border routes that are unprofitable. Another intra-Canadia...
  • Virgin Atlantic turns into twin jet operator with the Airbus A330
    Virgin Atlantic Airways has, for the first time in its history, deployed a twin engine jet on its transatlantic routes. The aircraft in question is A330-300. The inaugural pas...
  • Man and Scania to collaborate in hybrid technology field
    The MAN group is considering setting up a collaboration with Scania in the field of hybrid technology. MAN's CEO Pachta-Reyhofen stated that "discussions on the matter...
  • Dachser takes delivery of 700th Pema trailer
    The German service provider Dachser recently took delivery of the 700th trailer from the fleet of the commercial vehicle rental company Pema. The vehicle is a dry freight...
  • Schenker Logistics: successful audit for overland transport products
    Schenker Logistics recently commissioned Bureau Veritas to audit its quality management system for European land transport. The system focuses on customer requirements and on the o...
  • Freight train travels 10,300 km from China to Duisburg
    A DB Schenker container train from Chongqing (China) recently arrived in Duisburg (Germany) after a 10,300 km trip that took less than 16 days. The train, which...
  • Air Cargo Systems introduces security solution to the air cargo community
    Air Cargo Systems, a software design and development company that focuses on developing solutions for the air cargo industry and that was founded in Dublin (Ireland) in...
  • Russia testing load-bearing ability of the BAM route
    Russian Railways' president Vladimir Yakunin has reported that a trial with freight train weighing about 6,000 t is taking place on the Baikal-Amur mainline rail route (BAM). The f...
  • Evergreen, Wan Hai, MOL and Seacon: new joint AEF service
    Evergreen Line, Wan Hai Lines (WHL), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Seacon are launching a weekly joint service between Singapore/Malaysia and East Africa (AEF) in late April T...
  • Deutsche Bahn takes whisper brake a stage further
    Deutsche Bahn is speeding up the pan-European introduction of whisper brakes. The "Europe train", which has been travelling throughout Europe since December 2010, recentl...
  • General Motors awards supplier prize to DSV
    The US car manufacturer General Motors (GM) has awarded its logistics service provider DSV a prize. GM praised the outstanding performance and exemplary cooperation with a 'Supplie...
  • Dachser Food Logistics collaborating with ET Logistik in Poland
    The food logistics division of the Germany-based international logistics provider Dachser recently began to collaborate with ET Logistics Sp z.o.o in Poland. ET, founded in 1995 an...
  • Kuehne + Nagel opens new logistics hub for Airbus in France
    Kuehne + Nagel recently celebrated the official opening of its new aviation logistics hub in Montoir-de-Bretagne in Western France. The facility has been designed to handle the ent...
  • First freighter from Japan about to call in Bremerhaven
    The first containership which left Japan (Yokohama) after the nuclear reactor disaster in Fukushima will probably arrive in Bremerhaven on 16 April. A Bremen port authority spokesm...
  • Fesco carries heavy crane from USA to China
    Russia's Fesco Transportation Group is transporting a 1,850 t Lampson Model LTL-2600B mobile crawler crane from Kennewick, WA (USA) to China. The equipment is scheduled to arrive i...

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Marine Logweb site
APRIL 11, 2011
  • Marcon International brokers sale of Malaysian tugs to Central America
  • Chinese shipbuilder adds to order back log
  • BOEMRE looks to recruit two for newly created key leadership roles
  • Tidewater promotes three to VP positions
  • FLEX LNG moves ahead on Papua New Guinea FLNG project
  • Seadrill exercises drillship option at Samsung

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World Wide Shipperweb site
APRIL 11, 2011
  • Port of Vancouver, USA celebrates maiden voyage call
  • Evergreen joining other lines for Far East/South America service
  • Port of Tacoma schedules annual breakfast event
  • Mitsui vessel clears hold for high radiation levels
  • RailAmerica announces plans to purchase three Alabama rail firms

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Lloyd's Listweb site
APRIL 11, 2011
  • Falling rates prompt spot booking rush for VLGCs
    Eight ships fixed in a week as rate drops 4%
  • MOL sells 10-year-old VLCC for $51m
    Japanese line understood to have sold Yohteisan for about 25% less than similar secondhand ships
  • India and Pakistan buy up ships ahead of Bangladesh reopening
    Judicial and government officials in Bangladesh have signed the order that will enable Chittagong breakers to get back to business after an absence of nearly a year
  • First-quarter boxship sales hit a $1bn high
    The value of containerships sold in the first quarter of 2011 hit a three-year high of $1bn, as larger vessels with greater price tags attached changed ownership
  • Secondhand Japanese bulkers fetch premium over Chinese ships
    Japanese-built dry bulk carriers are still achieving premiums over Chinese constructed vessels despite a general trend of falling ship values
  • Beware false economies
    Shippers who enjoy paying next to nothing to have their containers moved should contemplate the consequences of a big name going bust
  • Singapore asked to withhold death penalty for pirates
    Somali pirates could be freed if Singapore does not remove threat of capital punishment
  • More ships fail to meet new low sulphur limits
    Non-compliance rate hits 46% at Dutch ports as new regulations come into force
  • Glencore gears up for London IPO
    Move will strengthen its financial base and drive consolidation in its main markets
  • Nordea Bank allowed to foreclose on arrested Korea Line tankers
    Court confirms US protection under Chapter 15 does not extend to Singaporean subsidiary
  • Lines return to Abidjan as European Union lifts ban
    Abidjan and San Pedro dropped from list of entities subject to the EU assets freeze
  • Noatum gains control of Bilbao terminal
    Buys 50% holding it did not own from Orey Group for $6.1m.
  • Prosecutor says claims against Stolberg substantiated
    Confirms suspicion of fraud against Beluga founder and former owner
  • Yangzijiang's March orders hit $214m
    Wins contracts for four bulk carriers and two boxships
  • Probe launched into Novorossiysk bunker spat
    IPPC accused of using market power to boost its share of port's bunkering business
  • BIMCO urges Nato to clarify Libya embargo
    Charterers and shipowners at risk due to uncertainty over what type of cargoes can be carried
  • German group offers war risk cover
    Launch offers German shipowners insurance cover against war risks in their home market
  • US shippers fail to see benefits of slow steaming
    Lines reluctant to pass on savings while shippers have seen increased shipping costs
  • Samsung Heavy unveils LNG carrier orders worth $1bn
    Confirms order for four units from Golar and two units from undisclosed shipowner
  • Flex LNG and InterOil seal FLNG deal
    Floating natural gas production units to be constructed at Samsung Heavy Industries
  • Refinancing deal secures Isle of Man services
    New ownership structure in place after group of banks refinance ferry operator
  • TransContainer volumes soar 23%
    Intermodal operator's volumes up as Russian import boxes surge
  • Baltic NOx plan takes inspiration from Norway
    Swedish scholar says scheme for whole region is needed, along same lines as Norwegian shipping fund model, to prevent destruction of the ecosystem
  • PPRISM to shed new light on EU ports
    Port users urged to take part in research that will establish a clearer picture of EU ports system
  • European modal switch schemes attract 2010 Marco Polo funding
    Projects will get share of the '57m ($81m) funds earmarked under the 2010 Marco Polo allocation
  • Schenker upbeat on China rail freight link
    Aims to establish regular freight rail link between China and Germany later in 2011 year
  • CKYH lines beef up Asia-US capacity
    To upgrade its AWE-5 service, repalcing current vessels with larger ones
  • Who would be a mouse on the capital markets?
    Compared to tankers and dry bulk, containers are the flavour of the month from the investor's point-of-view
  • Training is cheaper than accidents
    We all need to get to grips with technology ' and if owners provided proper training and preparation we might even succeed
  • Swedish emission measures make little impact
    The Helsinki Commission estimates that there are over 2,000 vessels in the Baltic Sea at any one time

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Fairplayweb site
APRIL 11, 2011
  • FPSO demand seen doubling
    WITH FPSOs the only valid option for the growing number of deepwater oil fields, Stig Hoffmeyer said today he sees growth ahead for the sector
  • Quake survivors can use MOL cruise ship
    MOL'S CRUISE ship Fuji Maru stopped today at Ofunato's Nonoda wharf, the first of three Japanese ports where survivors of last month's giant earthquake can use its facilities
  • Railcar company sold
    A RUSSIAN railcar transport company has been sold to Universal Cargo Logistics of Amsterdam
  • Russia raises its crude output in March
    RUSSIAN crude production reached 10.14M barrels in March, according to the latest official release
  • Ince forms a legal alliance in Singapore
    INCE & Co has become the first English maritime law firm to forge a formal law alliance with a Singapore law firm
  • Once-barred ship allowed to dock
    MOL PRESENCE, which was turned away from Xiamen because port officials feared it had high radiation levels, has been allowed to call at Hong Kong
  • Palm oil spike warned
    BROKERS expect better business for chemical tankers this month because Indonesia is about to cut taxes on palm oil exports
  • Breaker battle starts
    JUST AS its Bangladeshi rivals finally received legal endorsement to reopen for business, India's shipbreakers are snapping up tonnage before the South Asian monsoons
  • IPO aims to raise $150M
    PT BERLIAN Laju, Asia's biggest operator of chemical tankers, has launched an IPO for its subsidiary PT Buana Listya Tama

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
APRIL 11, 2011
  • Biggest Trucking Companies Get Bigger
    The select group of trucking companies with more than a billion dollars in annual revenue expanded last year, as three...
  • Railcar Owners Draw 22,667 More From Idle Fleet
    Railcar owners across the U.S., Canada and Mexico took 22,667 cars of various types out of storage during March, shrinking...
  • DOT Stimulus Payouts Top $27 Billion
    The Department of Transportation is still sending checks to states under the 2009 stimulus package, with reimbursements for completed work...
  • CN Increases Container Fleet
    CN acquired more than 1,000 new containers, which the railroad expects to use to serve manufacturers and distributors of grocery...
  • Diesel Rockets Past $4 Mark
    Diesel prices soared 10.2 cents last week to a national average of $4.078 per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy...
  • US Container Imports to Grow 9 Percent in April
    Containerized imports at U.S. ports in April are projected to increase 9 percent over April 2010, which would mark the...
  • Top Trucking Companies Expand 9.4 Percent in 2010
    Top Trucking Companies Expand 9.4 Percent in 2010 Study shows 50 largest U.S. for-hire carriers increased revenue to $85.4 billion William B....
  • Ship Finance International Orders Four Ships
    Ship Finance International placed a $230 million order for four vessels with a capacity of 4,800 20-foot equivalent units each,...
  • DOT Obligates $300 Million in State Rail Grants
    The Department of Transportation got a flurry of rail grants locked in just under the wire last week, obligating over...
  • FMCSA Releases Mexican Trucking Plan
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released plans Friday for a new pilot trucking project with Mexico "to test and...
  • Washington State Locks in $145 Million Rail Grant
    Washington state and federal officials reached agreement to formally obligate another $145 million to that state's passenger rail program. The...
  • Qatar Airways Orders Three Freighters
    Qatar Airways will add three 777 freighters to its fleet, the carrier announced Monday, speeding up the expansion of all-cargo...
  • Moody's Upgrades DP World
    Moody's upgraded the credit rating of DP World a notch to investment grade. The ratings agency April 11...
  • CKYH to Enhance All-water Loop, Add Ports
    The CKYH alliance among Cosco, "K" Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping is restructuring and upgrading its all-water services from...
  • BA, Iberia Cargo Units to Run as One
    International Airlines Group, formed by the merger of British Airways and Iberia, announced it will run the carriers' cargo operations...
  • Waiting at the Gate
    Two years after container ship lines began moving away from their 55-year-old practice of supplying U.S. customers with intermodal chassis,...
  • France Launches Tender for Seine Nord Canal
    France launched the final tender for a company to build and operate a canal that will link Paris to Europe's...
  • Japan to Conduct Radiation Checks on Ships
    Japan is set to start radiation checks on ships and containers leaving three main international ports in and near Tokyo...
  • Toyota Slows North American Production
    Toyota said its North American vehicle plants will operate on a reduced schedule during the next several weeks to conserve...
  • Claim Denial: A Case of Bad Timing
    Q: Would you be kind enough to give me your thoughts on the following issue? 1. Shipper files a...
  • Diversionary Tactics
    Is Canada using unfair advantage to lure U.S.-bound containers through its ports? The issue soon may be getting new attention...
  • Trucking's Capacity Squeeze
    From the manufacturing floor, the trucking business has rarely looked better. Orders for new Class 8 trucks are streaming into...
  • Hub Group Buys Capacity
    Intermodal marketing giant Hub Group demonstrated its faith in the economic recovery last week with the $83 million acquisition of...
  • Yusen Logistics Comes to America
    On the theory that the whole is greater than the sum of two parts, NYK Group is creating a global...
  • Southern Draw
    Virginia is dangling its 50-foot-deep harbor as a fisherman dangles a lure. While Georgia and South Carolina squabble over...
  • Pressure Points for the Peak
    After three volatile years, operators serving the transportation supply chain in the trans-Pacific are gearing up for a solid, though...
  • Economic Baby Steps
    The global economy is still on a growth trajectory despite a pair of surprise blows that could nick trade volumes...
  • Making Market Adjustments
    In the world of container shipping contracts, 18 months can seem like an eternity. But Michelin has started signing such...
  • Trans-Pacific Turmoil
    Because I write only once a month, I have the benefit of time to prepare and review my writing, and...
  • LaHood's 'Roadmap to the Future'
    Using inland and coastal waterways to haul more cargo-laden containers and trailers would add "abundant and cost-effective new freight capacity,"...
  • Bidders Line Up for DOT Grants
    Department of Transportation officials will quickly sort through a pile of applications as they prepare to redistribute $2.43 billion in...
  • Letters - April 11th 2011 Edition
    Extinguishing Mexican Cargo Crime It's true that cargo security is a concern in Mexico, but Kansas City Southern believes...

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Containerisation Internationalweb site
APRIL 11, 2011
  • Boom, bust; boom, bust: there must be a better way!
    A week is a long time in politics and shipping: but a year is an eternity; just ask the newly-troubled liner companies who are struggling to come to terms with another big dip in their fortunes as 2011 gallops away through an open stable door into financially pot-holed future pastures.
  • Fuel costs also blamed for TCC's demise
  • Mombasa in staffing crisis
  • DB Schenker also boosts Southampton's rail services
  • CGA pushes Maputo corridor
  • CKYH boosts all-water services

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TradeWindsweb site
APRIL 11, 2011
  • NewLead sinks to loss
    Greek bulker and tanker owner falls short in the fourth as fleet expansion fuels a surge in expenses.
  • Bogazzi tipped as buyer
    Brokers unmask Italian owner as mystery buyer backing $32m assault on Atlantska Plovidba handymaxes.
  • AMSC CEO steps down
    Greg Matecki abandons top post after holding dual roles at Oslo-listed product tanker owner for little more than a year.
  • Greeks chop trio in India
    Bangladeshi scrap ban has ended but brokers and buyers are still waiting for the big boom as owners cut ships in Alang.
  • Stolt continues buy-back
    SNL looks to splash out $47m repurchasing common stock.
  • Hugo: let's boss pirates
    Norden chairman says stronger naval mandate needed to prevent "simple criminals" from threatening ships.
  • Greek tied to MOL VLCC
    Japanese giant collects $52m from tanker sale as Altomare splashes cash to replace recently scrapped single-skinner, brokers claim.
  • MOL's mercy mission
    Japanese owner sending cruiseship to offer earthquake victims food, showers and rest.
  • Pirates net record haul
    NS Lemos paid a huge $13.5m to free the VLCC Irene SL from pirate hands, gang member boasts.
  • Coastal scoops tug deal
    Malaysian shipowner and shipyard group lands order for eleven vessels.
  • Srab losses grow
    Swedish tanker owner posts bigger annual loss as revenue drops and operating expenses soar.
  • Seadrill continues spree
    Oslo and US-listed driller takes Samsung option to push spending by John Fredriksen's listed companies past $1.6bn today.
  • Frontline in share bonanza
    Top executives at John Fredriksen's company rake in share options worth nearly $500,000.
  • Samudera crew's SOS
    Indonesia pledges to keep working to free Sinar Kudus from Somali pirates as master says some colleagues are increasingly weak.
  • Wan Hai back in black
    Taiwanese container line boosted by higher revenues last year after loss-making 2009.

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American Shipperweb site
APRIL 11, 2011
  • Japanese automakers adjust to disruption
    Toyota said Friday it is scaling back production and suspending operations for five days in North America beginning this week due to shortages of parts from Japan, which is in the throes of recovering from last month's massive earthquake, tsunami a...
  • Bersin: Customs reforms to include brokers
    Discussions are underway within U.S. Customs and Border Protection about how to simplify the entry process for foreign-made goods, expedite release for trusted shippers and possibly allow quarterly payments of duties and fees, Commissioner Alan Ber...
  • RailAmerica to buy three Alabama short lines
    RailAmerica Inc. said Monday it has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of three short line freight railroads in the state of Alabama for $12.7 million. The three railroads -- the Three Notch Railroad, Wiregrass Central Railroad, and the Cone...
  • Two new board members for NOL
    The NOL Group has appointed two new members to its board directors, the company said Monday. NOL is the Singapore-based parent company of liner carrier APL and APL Logistics. The new additions to the company's board are Low Check Kian, chairman, A...
  • BIMCO, Videotel Marine offer e-learning
    BIMCO and Videotel Marine International have joined forces to produce and launch a new BIMCO eLearning Diploma Program (BeDP). Videotel has developed a Learning Management System comprising of a highly focused, Web-based, e-learning package to del...
  • Maersk Line Ltd. operates prepositioning ships
    Maersk Line Ltd. has been awarded a contract for the operation and maintenance of two ships in the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command's Maritime Prepositioning Force. The U.S.-flag operation of A.P. Moller - Maersk will provide personnel and marine...
  • CYKH amends Asia/U.S. East Coast network
    CKYH Alliance carriers said Monday they are amending their service network between the Far East and U.S. East Coast at the end of April. Three of the alliance's five services in the trade are affected, most notably the AWE-5 service, which will sa...
  • Ship Finance to build 4 containerships
    Ship Finance International Ltd. said Monday it has agreed to build four 4,800-TEU new containerships at a state-owned shipyard in China with scheduled delivery in 2013. The aggregate construction cost will be about $230 million, with a majority of ...
  • Pirates release tanker, take cargo ship
    The European Union' Naval Force Somalia - Operation Atalanta (Eunavfor) said pirates released a very large crude carrier last week, but captured another cargo ship off the coast of Oman. The VLCCIrene SLwas released from pirate control on April 7...
  • Simplifying the entry process

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
APRIL 11, 2011
  • Fujairah market firms
    In Cape Town deliveries available up to and including April 25.
  • IBC: Shipowners face 'major risk' in choosing solutions
    Fear of investing in the 'wrong solution' to meet upcoming emission regulations and responding to growing environmental demands.
  • Clean Shipping Index adopted by Swedish port
    "It is a great step forward,' says Index project leader.
  • Rotterdam and Hamburg fuel oil prices stable
    Product avails tight due to continuing strikes in Piraeus.
  • Order-books show owners want 'fuel efficient fleets'
    South Korean yards say orders are up 70% year-on-year.
  • Rotterdam's 'most advanced bunker tanker' undergoing sea-trials
    13,500 mt capacity Vorstenbosch expected to come on station next month.
  • CYE Petrol launching bunkering service outside Turkey
    Ready to offer low sulphur MGO on the Danube river near the Black Sea.
  • Double-digit hikes in Asian MGO prices
    Mixed demand at key Asian bunker hubs on Monday, local traders say.
  • India's Mumbai bunker spill cost country $16 million
    Claiming $8 million from each side's P&I club, says chairman of India's National Shipping Board.
  • Bunker station starts ops at Australian port
    Port Jackson starts supply of MGO to commercial and recreational vessels.
  • Glencore to announce $10 billion dual IPO
    Set to announce the launch of the Hong Kong and London IPO on Thursday, reports say.
  • Chinese bunker supplier to expand in Qingdao
    Huifeng 'to buy more refuelling ships' to expand bunkering business in Qingdao, sources say.
  • Rotterdam energy firm establishes bio-LNG bunkering facility
    Ready to start first bio-LNG bunkering operation by September 2011.

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