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The Business Timesweb site
DECEMBER 14, 2011
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  • World Fuel Services headed for record year
    At a time when the biggest-ever fleet of merchant vessels means losses and bankruptcy for ship owners, the company providing about 12 per cent of their fuel is poised to make record profit.
  • Korean shipbuilding stocks extend losses
    Shares in South Korean shipbuilders extended their losses yesterday after the cancellation of a ship order this year prompted concerns among investors that Europe's debt crisis could see more orders being deferred and stopped.
Strait Talk
  • A new era in Gibraltar
    THOSE who have been following The Business Times shipping pages for a while may have noticed that it has been a long time since we have carried anything about Gibraltar, once a regular annual feature. The self governing British territory perched at the tip of Spain has maritime economy with many similarities, though on a much smaller scale, to Singapore. It is a major bunkering hub and has a significant national flag fleet and a ship repair industry. Potentially, at least, it is' somewhere for Singapore companies to bear in mind when it comes to investing overseas.

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Sched Netweb site
DECEMBER 14, 2011
  • Asia-Europe October box volumes up 3.5pc: Container Trade Statistics
  • Cosco to raise eastbound transpacific rate US$320/TEU from January 1
  • OOCL joins CMA CGM's ANZEX North East Asia-South Pacific-NZ loop
  • Occupy protesters block Port of Oakland, but fail to affect other ports
  • APL's four-week results show volumes rising, but revenues falling
  • Weather slows box salvage from stricken 3,030-TEU Rena off New Zealand
  • Cosco announces changes to Asia-Europe bunker fuel surcharges from January
  • Tianjin container throughput expected to hit 18 million TEU by 2015
  • Fujian launches cross-strait Xiaocuo to Matsu direct shipping service
  • Port of Ashdod to dock 8,000 TEUer, biggest ship to call on Israel
  • DKSH expands secondary packaging unit for healthcare items in Hong Kong
  • Brightpoint to form logistics joint venture in Malaysia with STC Group
  • CMIT handles 10,000-TEUer, passes new productivity milestone for Vietnam
  • TNT shareholders revolt against CEO as its Indian road service is sold
  • Small ships can exploit enlarged feeder trade once Panama Canal expands
  • Hamburg boosts capacity in quest for more business in Indian ports
  • US, Canada to set up joint cargo border inspection to cut customs delays
  • China's air cargo volume continues to fall as passenger volume rises
  • New bill in US Senate would prohibit Americans paying EU carbon tax
  • Turkish Cargo opens regional Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong
  • JAL's cargo volumes nosedive, but All Nippon Airways keeps it together
  • Schenker requests court documents on price collusion from NZ High Court

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Exim Indiaweb site
DECEMBER 14, 2011
  • Cargo reservation sought for Indian flag vessels
  • GEFCO enters Indian transport & logistics market
  • INTTRA to deliver standardised multi-carrier connectivity & increased productivity for Kewills global customer network
  • Kale Logistics launches IT solutions for warehousing, transportation & fleet management at CTL 2011
  • Merger of the Japanese Big Three "an option"
  • Trade deficit with China widening due to rise in imports
  • MICT continues its ascent
  • Truck rentals firm in Nov.: IFTRT
  • UCP 600 & ISBP 681-A brief insight

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International Transport Journalweb site
DECEMBER 13, 2011
  • Vanguard Logistics Services appoints sales manager
    Christopher Glenn has been promoted to the position of vice-president of global technology sales at Vanguard Logistics Systems, a Californian provider of NVOCC services. Glenn was...
  • Antwerp to help develop port of San Pedro
    The port of Antwerp is to collaborate in the further development of the port of San Pedro (Côte d'Ivoire), the largest cocoa port in the world. It has 2,000 hectares of vacant lan...
  • Arik Air finally starts Angola service
    Nigeria's Arik Air is set to begin a twice-weekly Lagos-Luanda service today. The carrier originally planned to launch a link to the Angolan capital in autumn (see ITJ Daily of 4 ...
  • Aramex acquires South African logistician Berco Express
    Aramex, a Middle Eastern logistics and transport solutions provider, has acquired Berco Express (Pty), one of South Africa's leading logistics and transport firms. Berco Express w...
  • Adria Airways and Fraport extend cooperation
    Adria Airways, the national carrier of Slovenia based in the capital Ljubljana, has renewed a long-term freight handling contract with Fraport Cargo Services. The airline celebrat...
  • Howe Robinson Container Index falls
    The Howe Robinson Container Index (HRCI) decreased from 540.5 points for the week ending on 18 November to 514 points in the week terminating on 7 December. The 26.5 point fall in...
  • Freightliner launches new improved biomass wagon
    Freightliner Heavy Haul has unveiled a new prototype covered hopper wagon that has been developed for the biomass market. The wagon is a modified HHA coal hopper wagon, which has ...
  • PCC Intermodal links Moscow with European ports
    PCC Intermodal is launching its first regular train to Russia. The connection from Kutno to Moscow is scheduled to begin soon. It will ensure smooth handling of containers for the...
  • Kögel supplies the most popular trailer in Russia
    Russia's best trailer of 2011 comes from Burtenbach in Bavaria (Germany). Kögel was awarded first place in a movement competition in the trailer category with its cargo product. T...
  • U-Freight drinks to growth of wine logistics in China
    The U-Freight Group, the Hong Kong-based international freight services and logistics enterprise, believes that China's growing thirst for French wine will be a major boost for th...
  • Butler to sell Sernam to industrial partner
    The general cargo group Sernam, a former subsidiary of the French national rail operator SNCF, is going to be sold again. The investment group Butler Partners, which holds 51.8% o...
  • Etihad orders B777Fs and Dreamliners
    Boeing and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have announced an order for ten B787-9 Dreamliners and two B777 freighters. Valued at a combined USD 2...

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Marine Logweb site
DECEMBER 13, 2011
  • Ilios Shipping cops plea, agrees to pay $2 million criminal penalty
  • Detyens Shipyards awarded MSC ship drydocking
  • GL and IHI Marine United to develop concept for LNG-fueled containership
  • U.S. Great Lakes operators will keep shipyards busy this winter
  • TUI to tender Hapag-Lloyd shares to Ballin consortium
  • John Wishart to lead Lloyd's Register's global energy business
  • DOF inks deal with Optimarin for BWT systems

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World Wide Shipperweb site
DECEMBER 13, 2011
  • Port of Kalama welcomes maiden voyage vessel
  • Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers inks deal with Standard Marine
  • Maersk Line bringing back service linking Mexico with Europe
  • Evergreen Line expanding service covering Southeast Asia
  • Coast Guard joins search for person who jumped from ferry

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Lloyd's Listweb site
DECEMBER 13, 2011
  • Q&A: Norwegian Hull Club's John Wiik
    Chief executive shares his pearls of wisdom after faring rather well in a stormy sea
  • Increase in private security companies causes diversification in K&R market
    It can now cost less to take out a kidnap and ransom policy than not having one
  • APMT's bid for Gothenburg terminal approved
    Green light by competition authority is good news for customers and 450 employees
  • Telling it like it is
    Shipowners must improve their disclosure to stakeholders
  • Securing the oil supply
    Middle East crude oil volume growth belies a subtle shift in production
  • Intelligence-led pirate attacks are set to increase
    Recent hijacks are evidence of a change in tack towards more selective targets
  • Open response to threat of piracy
    Debates on flag will not help prevent pirate attacks, or piracy in general
  • Not all armed escorts are equal
    Cut-price security will cost lives
  • Hedging against uncertainty
    Derivatives offer protection, say brokers
  • 2012: the year of the derivatives Olympics?
    Champions of hedging tools for the container world expect demand to take off next year
  • Liquidity is the key to growth
    Start small, grow slowly says broker
  • European aframax market 'teetering' after rates spike
    Brokers say Mediterranean market earnings could fall as fast as they rose
  • Idle boxship fleet increases
    Capacity reaches highest level in 18 months
  • Rickmers in talks to merge with Komrowski
    German tramp consolidation takes off
  • China looks to next decade in WTO
    Nation's remarkable rise during its 10-year membership of the trade group is just the opening act
  • Financial disclosure would make loans easier, says KPMG
    Shipowners have enlightened self-interest in producing proper accounts, firm argues
  • Skuld shakes up management to secure growth
    Director poached from rival Gard
  • When is the risk of piracy serious enough for the law?
    Recent decision highlights the need for a proper legal test for piracy risk to be applied by courts and maritime arbitrators
  • Capesize rates slide despite high congestion levels in China
    Panamax bulkers buck the trend, with prices continuing to rise
  • Spot tanker fixtures from Opec countries up 9% in November
    Volumes rise by almost 1m barrels per day, with Middle East-Asia trade leading boost
  • Underwriters raise liability concerns
    Disagreements over criminalisation of salvors and ship crews
  • Opec highlights rise of gasoil trade versus decline of gasoline
    Report cites 'healthy' exports to Latin America and arbitrage 'fuelling bullish sentiment'
  • CSAV to halve container capacity as it searches for partner
    Box interests to be separated from ports and logistics division, Hasb'n confirms
  • Index-linked contracts gain popularity in US box trades
    FMC calls for greater transparency of methodology
  • Seaspan to buy back shares and acquire management company
    Fleet-management deal widely anticipated
  • Ireland's exports rebound while imports struggle
    Luxury goods hardest hit
  • Decks cleared for Omega Navigation Chapter 11 denouement
    Closing arguments filed after two-week trial, with judge expected to rule by the weekend

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Fairplayweb site
DECEMBER 13, 2011
  • IEA warns on Europe, cuts oil predictions
    THE IEA today cut its oil demand outlook for both the short and medium term - and warned that the eurozone crisis could drag the numbers substantially lower
  • EC surveillance net would target smugglers
    THE EC has proposed a European Border Surveillance System to choke off the smuggling of drugs and people into ports, IHS Global Insight reported today
  • Box sector gets shorty
    BOX SHIP operators are increasingly choosing shorter charter periods as the economic climate gets colder
  • Arpeni files Chapter 15
    INDONESIAN shipping group PT Arpeni Pratama Ocean Line has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy relief in New York City
  • India seizes Maersk ship
    AN INDIAN court has called closing time on a Maersk box ship because of failure to serve up the booze
  • Spain to widen inquiry
    MADRID plans to expand its ferry price fixing and market sharing inquiry into the wider Spanish-Moroccan shipping sector
  • LNG rates set record
    LNG RATES for charters of at least 12 months have reportedly risen to a record high
  • A ship is not a cow
    THE ICS has warned governments internationally to not to treat shipping as a "cash cow" to be milked for green causes
  • Scilly weather stymies UK supply ship
    A PALLET ship was reportedly stuck in enzance today after gales prevented it delivering cargo to the UK's Isles of Scilly
  • Rupee rocks shipping shares
    SHIPPING shares in India fell hard today in reaction to drastic falls in exports and the rupee's continuing decline in value
  • NOL revenues/feu drop 14%
    NOL SAID today its average revenues per feu from 22 October to 18 November were 14% lower than during the year-earlier period
  • Wealth-gap protests cause minor port delays
    POLICE have arrested two demonstrators at a Long Beach wealth-gap protest, but officials there reported no major port disruptions
  • Saudi/Asia flow rises
    SAUDI Arabia's higher crude output in November was mostly transported to Asia, causing spot fixtures to rise, the IEA said today
  • Uplift seen for Panamaxes
    AFTER struggling with a tonnage overhang for the past few months, Panamax bulker rates in the Far East are finally rising
  • KG bulker in receivership
    A GERMAN KG Handysize bulker, moored at Bilbao in Spain, has run out of liquidity

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
DECEMBER 13, 2011
  • Port Tracker Forecasts 0.3 Percent Increase in Imports
    The Global Port Tracker retail shipping industry report forecast a 0.3 percent increase in December container imports through major U.S....
  • US Xpress Co-Founder Pat Quinn Dies
    Patrick E. Quinn, co-founder of one of the largest trucking companies in the U.S. and an advocate not just for...
  • Port of Houston CEO Cleared of Allegations
    Port of Houston Authority CEO Alec Dreyer has been cleared of all criminal allegations regarding vessel misuse and tampering with...
  • Air Freight Price Index Jumps 14.7 Percent in October
    The Drewry Air Freight Price Index took a sharp turn upward in October, increasing 14.7 percent from the previous month...
  • Seaspan Announces Plans to Buy Back Stock
    Seaspan announced this week a stock buyback offer in conjunction with the launch of a tender offer to purchase up...
  • DFDS, Louis Dreyfus Drop Bid for Ailing Sea France
    DFDS and Louis Dreyfus said they are not making a revised joint bid for assets of Sea France because of...
  • US Retail Sales Grew 0.2 Percent in November
    U.S. retail sales rose 0.2 percent in November, driven by Black Friday bargain-hunting, but the month-to-month increase was the slowest...
  • Swedish Regulators Approve APM-Gothenburg Port Deal
    Sweden's competition regulators cleared APM Terminals' 25-year concession to operate the port of Gothenburg's Skandia container terminal, the country's biggest...
  • Oakland, Portland Work on Occupy Backlogs
    Cargo operations at West Coast ports returned to normal Tuesday after Occupy movement protests shut down operations at some terminals...
  • Ceridian-UCLA Trucking Index Rises 0.1 Percent
    The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index was essentially flat in November, despite stronger economic activity and higher retail sales. The...
  • TUI Exercises Tender Offer on Hapag-Lloyd Stake
    TUI is exercising its right to tender a further 33.3 percent stake in Hapag-Lloyd to the Albert Ballin consortium, which...
  • Maersk Revives CRX Europe-Central America Service
    Maersk Line will reintroduce its CRX service in January connecting Mexico and Costa Rica directly with the U.K., the Netherlands...
  • Hyundai Secures $500 Million Loan For Ships
    Hyundai Merchant Marine closed on a $500 million debt facility on Tuesday from a syndicate of financial institutions led by...
  • JOC, PIERS Sign Pact With Shanghai Shipping Exchange
    The Journal of Commerce and sister company PIERS signed a strategic agreement with the Shanghai Shipping Exchange to share more...
  • Frankfurt Cargo Plunges On Night Flight Ban
    Frankfurt airport handled 10.8 percent less freight in November than a year ago as Europe's second largest cargo hub took...
  • Diesel Prices Fall 3.7 Cents to Six-Week Low
    Diesel prices across the United States dropped 3.7 cents in the week ending Dec. 12, falling for the third week...

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Containerisation Internationalweb site
DECEMBER 13, 2011
  • Venezuela concludes deals with Latin partners
    The Venezuelan Government used the recent 'Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Clacs)', which convened earlier this month in Caracas, ...
  • Surge in mothballed boxship fleet
    Unsurprisingly given the flurry of services that have been withdrawn in recent weeks, the number of idled containerships is at last beginning to reflect the depressed ...
  • Oakland bears the brunt of Occupy protests
    Anti-Wall Street activists' attempts to shut down US west coast ports yesterday met with only limited success with just the Port of Portland and the early November ...
  • InterBulk Group eases ahead
    UK-based InterBulk Group, which is a leading provider of logistics services for the chemical, polymer and food mineral industries, has announced improved financial ...
  • Drewry benchmarks gain momentum with US contracts on eve of new FMC index rule
    The popularity of Drewry Maritime Research's container freight rate benchmarks within those involved in US trades is gaining momentum - of 50 service contracts ...
  • 2012: shippers could be in for a scary ride
    Reflecting back on the happenings of 2011 provides further evidence if needed that a year is a very long time in global events: the Arab Spring uprising; the Japanese ...
  • Noatum appoints Gadegaard as commercial director
    Noatum Ports, Spain's largest operator of marine terminals has nominated, Kim Gadegaard as its new commercial director. The ex Maersk Line executive who for the ...
  • Rot stops for APL's average rate
    Neptune Orient Line's container arm APL, saw its average rate per FEU decline by 14% in its period 11 [P11] October 22 to November 18, 2011, versus the same interval ...

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TradeWindsweb site
DECEMBER 13, 2011
  • Polluter strikes plea deal
    US Department of Justice convicts Ilios Shipping for covering up oily infraction and obstruction of justice.
  • CMA CGM teams with OOCL
    French operator commits five containerships to New Zealand service in a freshly minted pact with Orient Overseas.
  • German managers to merge
    Erck Rickmers and Komrowski in talks to create holding company for management of liner and bulker fleets as German fleet consolidation kicks off.
  • Smash shuts Houston Channel
    US petrochemical artery clogged as ADM bulker and US Shipping Corp chemical carrier collide in Texas.
  • Fitch downs BLT
    Diversified Indonesian owner needs to come up with some cash quick if it is to avoid further downgrades, Fitch says.
  • Prosafe secures extension
    Oslo-listed offshore accommodation contractor secures $39m deal backed by Mexican charterer.
  • FOP crowns CEO
    Eirik Barclay in the driver's seat as Fred Olsen Production's interim CEO prepares to pass the torch.
  • Drink problem for Maersk
    Danish boxship held by Indian court in row over alleged non-delivery of UK booze cargo.
  • Syvertsen takes Saga bow
    Former Frontline chartering chief exits Arne Blystad-controlled VLCC owner as it winds down.
  • Korea to be spared axe
    Analysts believe Daewoo cancellations will not spark a rush of scrapped orders this time around.
  • Seaspan springs double plan
    Gerry Wang-led owner plots $150m share buy-back and moves to buy its own management company.
  • Bumi Armada inks JV
    Hassan Basma-led Malaysian offshore owner signals expansion into neighbouring Indonesia after swooping for shipowner.
  • Farstad parts with Christine
    Norwegian offshore owner finally gets rid of 1980s-built platform supply vessel.

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
DECEMBER 13, 2011
  • Danish Shipowners' Association disappointed with COP17
    Wants clear CO2 reduction targets, but against shipping being used as a 'cash cow' for Green Climate Fund.
  • Feasibility of LNG for large container ships
    GL to work on concept study for a 13,000 TEU container vessel fuelled by gas.
  • Fujairah market lacking direction
    Prices down in South African ports on Tuesday.
  • Rotterdam bunker market firm
    Oil price rally causing busy day in Piraeus.
  • Emulsion fuel loaded and ready for sea trials
    Specialists from Maersk, Quadrise and the engine manufacturer to join the vessel and monitor initial operations.
  • More bunker tankers join oil spill response network
    EMSA has contracted three new bunker tankers plus one offshore supply vessel to its network.
  • Torm gains temporary reprieve from lenders
    Agreement 'provides the short-term flexibility that will enable a long-term sustainable solution,' company says.
  • IFO prices firming across Asian hubs
    Demand mixed at key Asian bunkering ports on Tuesday.
  • Singapore to set new bunker sales record in 2011
    Record high bunker sales seen amid strong growth in annual vessel arrival tonnage at the port, says local transport minister.
  • Singapore 500 cSt sales at 11-month high
    Sales of other bunker grades generally lower month-on-month, according to MPA data.
  • Significant fuel saving from 'simple change' in ship design
    Economic and environmental considerations are 'two sides of the same coin', says Norden executive.
  • Removal of taxes to boost India's bunkering prospects
    Singapore sourcing bunkers from India but is able to sell the products 'cheaper' due to absence of taxes, players note.
  • Cargo delays squeeze 380 cSt supplies in Hong Kong
    Avails expected to ease next week upon the arrival of replenishment cargoes.
  • Tanker owners find 'strength in numbers'
    Pooling help companies benefit from 'certain economies of scale' including cheaper bunkers.

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