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The Business Timesweb site
SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
Shipping News
  • PE funds, bonds seen driving shipping finance
    Global shipping firms must look to private equity funds and corporate bond markets to obtain capital to expand their operations as traditional bank financing dries up in the West, industry executives said yesterday.
  • Increased iron ore supplies won't help shipowner losses
    Shipowners may face losses until 2015 even with mining companies poised to increase global iron ore supplies by almost as much as China imports in a year.
Strait Talk
  • Strange and difficult times
    OVER-ORDERING of ships of almost all types has trashed freight rates and put the future of a significant number of owners in jeopardy, as well as raising the spectre of a return to large-scale lay-ups. Paradoxically, it appears to have also stimulated more ordering.

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Sched Netweb site
SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
  • Transpacific rates plummet as demand dries up, capacity remains high
  • CKYH/PIL/WHL to scrap 2 transpacific strings, overhaul Vietnam-US service
  • Evergreen to invest US$15.6 billion in logistics facilities in Chongqing
  • APL to put PCE transpacific service on ice over the winter season
  • Iran's HDS Lines drops four ports from Asia-Mediterranean service
  • CMA CGM intra-Asia arm Cheng Lie adds Korea, China, Thailand to service
  • Nanchang port upgrades container terminal capacity, adding 4 berths
  • Savannah adds 45pc more reefer as US and China start chicken tariff war
  • US poultry associations fault China's reasons for imposing chicken tariffs
  • DHL Express announces 4.5pc general rate increase from January
  • Union Pacific to spend US$300 million to extend Nebraska-Iowa line
  • China Post sets up e-business base for online trading in Chongqing
  • Japan's Sendai Airport reopens global services after March tsunami
  • Qantas faces strike on Australia's busiest mass movement weekend of year
  • Chongqing airport express package centre soon to open for business

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Exim Indiaweb site
SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
  • "K" Line India to commence management of bulk carrier operations in India trade
  • Admissions open for Annamalai Varsity's logistics, shipping courses
  • NSB for bringing all ports under Centre's control
  • Pentagon International Freight Solutions thrives on efficiency & reliability
  • Risk assessment of Iraq for regional maritime industry
  • Anti-dumping duty imposed on morpholine imports from China, US & EU
  • Phase 1 of JN Port's 4th box terminal to be operational in 3 years
  • Concor's Chennai-Krishnapatnam port train service flagged off
  • Draft to amend SEZ Act in the offing: Khullar
  • Weakening rupee set to boost windfalls for exporters
  • EEPC India holds workshop on 'EPCG Scheme & Project Import'

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International Transport Journalweb site
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
  • Six lanes for Indian highway in Rajasthan and Gujarat
    The Indian cabinet committee on infrastructure has approved a project to develop six lanes on the Kishangarh-Udaipur-Ahmedabad section of the national highway in Rajasthan and Guja...
  • 4,500th Evolution series locomotive delivered
    GE Transportation, a leading US maker of rail and transportation products, announced that its 4,500th Evolution series locomotive has entered service. The Evolution series represen...
  • TransContainer increases business volume
    For the first half of 2011, TransContainer's IAS-based earnings increased by 39% on the same period of 2010 and came in at RUB 13.8 billion (about EUR 318 million). The positive tr...
  • Leyland Trucks celebrates 100,000th DAF LF
    Leyland Trucks, one of Britain's leading manufacturers, recently celebrated the production of its 100,000th DAF LF truck. The vehicle range is a premium lightweight truck ser...
  • Saudi Airlines Cargo to establish Europe-USA connection
    Saudi Airlines Cargo, the leading cargo carrier of Saudi Arabia, is expanding its main deck capacity to the USA out of Europe. The airline offers three B747 freighter flights per w...
  • Indonesia safety and infrastructure challenges
    Addressing issues in Indonesia was a priority for Tony Tyler during his first visit to Asia as the International Air Transport Association's (Iata) DG and CEO last week. While in J...
  • Boeing delivers first Dreamliner
    After yesterday's delivery celebrations at Boeing's Everett production site, launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) will proceed to the fly-away of the first commercial B787 Drea...
  • Ore carrier "Frontier Lodestar" delivered
    The "Frontier Lodestar", a new 180,000 dwt ore carrier built by Koyo Dockyard (Mihara city, Hiroshima prefecture), a member of the Imabari Shipbuilding Group, was deliver...
  • Building freeze for Weser deepening?
    The Lower Saxon and Bremen state branches of the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland, a German association for the protection of the environment, have filed a lawsuit in a ...
  • Globe Express Services adds industry veterans in LA, Pacific
    Globe Express Services, a top 20 global logistics provider in the transpacific trade, is expanding its sales and operations team for the US Pacific region. Based in Globe's Torranc...
  • Duvenbeck expands in Hungary
    Duvenbeck, a logistics and transport group located in Bocholt (Germany), has established a logistics centre in Hungary's Kecskemét in the direct neighbourhood of a planned Daimler ...
  • Norway Post acquires Swedish logistics provider Intertranspedia
    Norway Post has strengthened its presence in neighbouring Sweden with the acquisition of a logistics business that will boost its cross-border transport between the Nordic countrie...
  • Ceva Logistics renews contract with Isuzu in Thailand
    Logistics and SCM specialist Ceva Logistics has renewed its partnership with Tri Petch Isuzu Sales for a further three years. Ceva's specialist vehicle logistics team will continue...
  • Container exports hit record high in Barcelona
    Between the months of January and August the port of Barcelona handled 1.4 million teu, a 13% increase on the same period of the previous year. The container exports rise is especi...

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Marine Logweb site
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
  • Rand Logistics raises $16.1 million, signs vessel acquisition agreements
  • Bourbon Front heads for North Sea
  • TUI Cruises orders 2,500 passenger cruise ship from STX Finland
  • First VLCC order for ultra long stroke MAN Diesel & Turbo G-type
  • Navy orders two more Arleigh Burke destroyers

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World Wide Shipperweb site
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
  • Port of Vancouver, USA extends Northwest Packing lease
  • August sees declines for ATA truck tonnage index
  • ATA names Rickey Oliver top truck driver for 2011
  • Trade between NAFTA partners jumps during month of July
  • NYK takes delivery of new ore carrying vessel

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Lloyd's Listweb site
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
  • Shape up or ship out
    How cabotage regulations are changing the Indonesian maritime sector, but is it realistic?
  • Rousing start to Houston insurance seminar
    Sterling speeches from US contingent, but London participants were less keen to make a stand
  • Government's duty to protect seafarers
    Dutch report into piracy finds too many legal issues arising from hiring of private guards
  • When will investors see an opportunity?
    Getting fresh money from anywhere looks tough right now but that could change
  • Interest in gas picks up steam in North America
    Traditionally lower prices on the Henry Hub coupled with the introduction of emission rules in the next 10 years make LNG power attractive
  • Wallenius wants $600 differential between LNG and diesel oil
    Lower price for gas would be required to cover higher equipment costs, cut in cargo space and reduction in operational range
  • LNG powered shipping is catching on
    A two-part look at the growing interest in using natural gas as a marine fuel
  • Marco Polo withdraws contempt of court charge against Credit Agricole
    Lender agrees to pay debtors daily rate for privilege of keeping tanker under arrest
  • Boxship fleet growth slows as economy clouds outlook
    RS Platou Markets says August fleet statistics show growth at a 14-month low of 8.4%
  • Atlantic-Asia panamax bulk carrier rates hit three-month high
    Round voyage rates in overtonnaged Pacific market remain at four-week low
  • Traders baffled as price of low-sulphur fuel nosedives
    High/low-sulphur spread down to 2009 levels
  • Falling bunker prices fail to lift VLCC earnings
    Daily returns on Middle East to Asia route remain in negative territory despite $30 per tonne fall in fuel costs over the week
  • Cross-Mediteranean aframax earnings still poor despite fixture surge
    Overcapacity caps any possibility of improved rates
  • Non-operating boxship owners best stocks to invest in, says RS Platou
    Asset play and secured income from chartering contracts makes Greek companies a particularly attractive option
  • Brussels still a few elements short of a full toolbox, says new Ecsa chief
    Exclusive interview with new European shipowners association president Juan Riva
  • Banks are 'prolonging the bad times' by propping up weak owners
    Tanker pool chief says secondhand prices kept too high and healthy operators disadvantaged
  • Marine insurance 'volatile sector' with Solvency II
    Swiss Re says industry will be forced to carry a higher amount of capital
  • Lines have no success in hiking Asia-Europe rates
    Research group subtracts bunker surcharges and finds actual conditions worse than 2009
  • FSL confident on refinancing
    Shipping trust expects to confirm refinancing in October along with third-quarter results
  • Bumi Armada may tap bond market
    Malaysian offshore player says FPSO earnings would ensure a good rating
  • Former MCA chief condemns UK government's Coastguard rethink
    Latest communications technology could save costs while bringing service up to date, says Stephen Bligh
  • Maersk readies fall-back plan B, and C
    Kolding still looking for the 'iPad' of box shipping, but immediate concerns could see tonnage reduction
  • Australian confidence wobbles on LNG project start dates
    Getting gas projects onstream an enormous task, says country's resource manager
  • Cadiz box terminal project secures $81m loan
    European Investment Bank cash will fund first phase of construction
  • STX Finland wins Tui order
    Turku shipyard to build new German cruise vessel
  • Swedish officers' unions merge
    Alliance comes as number of Sweden's officers on board the country's remaining flagged vessels has fallen
  • London's lost business
    If shipowners are not attracted to London for a listing, who knows what other business could be lost
  • Less stick, more carrot
    It is a good sign that the EU is showing some flexibility toward struggling owners over low-sulphur fuels
  • IEA backtracks on 'golden age of gas' forecast
    Beyond 2015 market faces 'great uncertainty' due to project delays and rising gas prices
  • Baltic ports to get $34m of EU funding towards 'hub and spokes' project
    Network of hubs with system of feeder ports to support door-to-door growth in region

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Fairplayweb site
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
  • Crunch time for Horizon
    HORIZON Lines has until the end of this week to complete an exchange offer for its convertible bonds, a timetable that could hinge on SEC approval
  • Tanker scrappings on the rise
    THE number of ships sold for scrap rose sharply, to 19 in the week to 23 September, from a weekly average of 12 or 13 during the previous month, according to Athens-based shipbroker WeberSeas
  • ECSA: low-sulphur deadline impossible
    EUROPEAN shipowners today said that the IMO's 2015 deadline for applying a 0.1% sulphur limit in Europe's emission control areas "cannot be met"
  • Chavez nationalises Conferry
    VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez yesterday ordered the nationalisation of ferry operator Conferry, his latest takeover in the maritime sector
  • Typhoon brings death in Manila
    EIGHT people were killed in the Philippines yesterday as Typhoon Nesat battered the island of Luzon, leaving thousands of ferry passengers stranded in ports, ships grounded and fishermen missing
  • China's growth underpins intra-Asia
    LEADING economists said today that the Asian growth story will continue even as the region battles inflation
  • Brand-new VLCCS are idle
    BW Maritime is idling new VLCCs despite facing heavy loan repayments on vessels ordered during the market high in 2006 - testament to dismal market conditions
  • Gard's first-half profits drop
    NORWEGIAN P&I club Gard has reported a sharp fall in profit for 1HFY11 due to higher claims and a volatile situation on the investment markets
  • DVB Bank highlights offshore sector
    DVB BANK anticipates investing more in the offshore support sector over the next year, a senior executive has revealed to Fairplay
  • Beluga Family arrested in Bremen
    GERMAN ship financier Bremer Landesbank has arrested former project carrier Beluga Chartering's 12,782dwt multipurpose vessel Beluga Family in the port of Bremen, the local district court said yesterday
  • K Line bulks up Indian presence
    K LINE has launched post-fixture bulk carrier operations from India, as part of its strategy to be closer to Indian customers, the company told Fairplay today
  • Chevron confims Wheatsone LNG project
    FIRST shipments from Chevron's Wheatstone LNG project off Western Australia are expected to start in 2016 after the company today gave the scheme final approval

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
  • Truck Tonnage Index Points to Higher Demand
    The month-to-month decline in for-hire truck tonnage slowed in August, and tonnage levels rose more strongly from a year ago...
  • US Container Imports Fell 1.5 Percent in August
    U.S. containerized imports last month fell 1.5 percent from a year earlier, dragged down by lower shipments of home goods,...
  • Report Says BNSF Terminal Will Reduce Truck Traffic
    BNSF Railway's proposed $500 million near-dock intermodal terminal in Los Angeles-Long Beach will take up up to 1.5 million trucks...
  • Lawmakers Seek End to Trucking HOS Rewrite
    Republican leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in a sharply worded letter to President Obama, are asking the...
  • NAFTA Trade Grows 18.1 Percent in July
    The value of cross-border surface trade between the U.S., Canada and Mexico rose 18.1 percent year-over-year in July, the Transportation...
  • Report Says 2010 Road Congestion Cost $101 Billion
    Urban road congestion made U.S. drivers buy 1.9 billion gallons of extra fuel last year and pay an extra $101...
  • Customs to Launch Simplified Cargo Entry Project
    Customs and Border Protection officials said Monday it will launch a "simplified entry" pilot project, the first step in a...
  • Flatbed Rates to Rise 6 Percent, Says Stifel Nicolaus
    Flatbed trucking rates are on track to rise 6 percent this year after rising 6 percent on average last year,...
  • Indian Navy Foil Attacks, Captures Pirates
    The Indian Navy captured pirates attempting to seize two foreign-flag cargo vessels in the Gulf of Aden, Navy officials said...
  • Trailer Shipments Up 14 Percent in August From July
    Shipments of commercial trailers reached heights in August not seen since 2007, but cancelled orders rose too, and the order...
  • Antwerp to Speed Up Animal Product Inspection
    The Port of Antwerp said on Tuesday it will speed up imports of products made from animals by centralizing their...
  • Plan For $1.5 Billion Indian Terminal Back on Track
    Plans to build a $1.5 billion container terminal at the Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) got back on track...
  • Kimberly-Clark Settles Horizon Lines Claims
    Horizon Lines, moving to complete a $655 million refinancing this week, said Kimberly-Clark had agreed to drop antitrust claims resulting...
  • Alphaliner Expects Trans-Pacific Loss of $300 Million
    Ocean container carriers will lose more than $300 million on trans-Pacific services in 2011 due to falling freight rates and...

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Containerisation Internationalweb site
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
  • US West Coast group seeks elimination of 'land border loophole'
  • Obama: euro crisis 'scaring the world'
  • Sinotrans invests in new Wuhu terminal
  • Eimskip orders new boxships
  • Maersk fuel switch in Singapore towards zero SOx goal

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TradeWindsweb site
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
  • Otto sale hits snag
    Lee Kok Wah forced to make tough decision as mystery buyer struggles to seal $90m anchor-handler transaction.
  • ESEA steals the spotlight
    Aristides Pittas-led bulker and boxship owner reinforces appetite for acquisitions in $400m prospectus.
  • Fairstar hauls in HERO deal
    Oslo-listed heavylift contractor ready to round up jack-up drilling rig but final destination is up in the air.
  • USCG collars six
    Port inspectors haul in Transgas tanker and NYK boxship as US Coast Guard sheds light on latest detentions.
  • Aggressive lay-ups await
    RS Platou Markets says mass dropping of boxship anchors the only choice for owners after peak season flop.
  • Tonnage tax under fire
    Danish politicians want to increase shipowners' tax bills from a paltry 1% of profits.
  • Lauritzen shuns cape link
    President Ejner Bonderup says there is no truth in talk Danish owner has bought second-hand capesize.
  • Sembcorp warrants a call
    Investment bank to issue 80m warrants based on Sembcorp Marine stock price.
  • Rousse in order talks
    New owners of Bulgarian yard aiming to restore links to Russia and countries outside Europe.
  • Nordlys will return
    Damage to fire-hit Hurtigruten ferry less severe than originally feared.
  • Tug towed off Scotland
    Lifeboat called into action off Dunscansby Head to bring drifting vessel into port of Wick.
  • TUI ties knot with STX
    German cruise line places newbuilding order with Jari Anttila-led Finnish ship yard.
  • Glencore chops fleet
    Less-than-inspiring market could lead commodity trader to reduce its tanker fleet.
  • Dongfang sells shares
    Single investor snaps up 2.45% of Chen Tongkao's Chinese shipbuilder as it issues new stock.

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American Shipperweb site
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
  • Victory for port truckers
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen adds ship
    Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has added the new ship,Parsifal , to its fleet.A sister ship toTonsberg , delivered in March, the 265-meter-long ship has a cargo volume of 138,000 cubic meters. Six fixed and three moveable decks mean the entir...
  • U.S. treasury secretary visits UPS hub
    Geithner U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner visited UPS's WorldPort hub in Louisville, Ky., as part of the Obama administration's campaign to generate public support for its $447 billion American Jobs Act. "One of the most important parts of the p...
  • ATS, WFS handle China Cargo in St. Louis
    Airport Terminal Services (ATS), in partnership with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), has won the ground and cargo warehouse handling contract for China Cargo Airlines' launch of direct cargo services between St. Louis International Airport and Sha...
  • Northeastern taps Flynn for homeland security institute
    Flynn Renowned homeland security expert Stephen Flynn is giving up the presidency of the Center for National Policy in Washington to be the founding co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern Univer...
  • APL Logistics helps EMD in India
    APL Logistics said it has opened a 50,000-square-foot production and warehousing facility for Electro-Motive Diesel Inc., a global manufacturer of locomotives, in Gurgaon, India. The logistics arm of ocean carrier APL is extending its existing relat...
  • ILWU president charged after protest
    The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said its president, Robert McEllrath, on Monday surrendered to law enforcement officials in Kelso, Wash. He faces charges resulting from a Sept. 6 port protest.The union said McEllrath was specificall...
  • N.C. maritime study input sought
    North Carolina has scheduled two public meetings this week and next as part of its effort to develop a maritime strategy for the state. The study was initiated this spring by Gov. Bev Perdue's LogisticsTask Force, and is designed to "take a fresh lo...
  • 9th Circuit: LA port can't ban owner-operators
    9th Circuit: LA port can't ban owner-operators 9th Circuit: LA port can't ban owner-operators The 9th Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Port of Los Angeles can't bar truck owner-operators from the port. The port's 2008 clean truck program re...
  • Savannah boosts reefer capacity
    The Georgia Ports Authority said on Monday its board approved a $4.75 million project that will expand the Port of Savannah's capacity to store refrigerated containers by 45 percent to 1,536 containers.New reefer racks will be added to the Garden ...

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
  • Coast Guard to participate in joint oil spill exercise
    Exercise is set to take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 12pm
  • Markets diverge as crude swings up
    Big price spreads and variable trends in major regional ports.
  • Shipping industry 'exaggerating' ECA costs
    Green member of the European Parliament says sulphur rules will 'stimulate innovation.'
  • Emulsion fuel to undergo sea trials
    A.P. Moller-Maersk signs new contract with Quadrise.
  • Tanker operator expects fleet to shrink
    ST Shipping expects to give back ships unless it sees deals that 'make sense'.
  • Managing counterparty risk has become 'critical'
    'Don't sell stuff to people who aren't going to pay you,' says leading marine credit analyst.
  • General hike in Asian bunker prices
    Generally 'average' demand at key Asian bunker ports on Tuesday.
  • Slow steaming a 'positive factor' for containership market
    Due to high prices of bunker fuel, says chairman and CEO of Euroseas.
  • Typhoon forces suspension of bunker operations
    Bunker deliveries halted in Manila.
  • Bunker demand 'slack' across Indian ports
    'Uncompetitive' prices keep demand low at Indian ports.
  • Tonnage overcapacity 'disastrous' for VLCC owners
    Slow steaming may help earnings if 'enough' owners stick to the practice, says shipbroker Gibson.
  • Suspected bunker spill in Houston
    Houston Ship Channel was closed for 'few hours', says US Coast Guard.
  • High fuel costs prompt Indian shipping firms to diversify
    Indian shipping firms eyeing shipbuilding, offshore and dredging businesses.
  • Brightoil secures CNY 1 billion loan
    Loan will partly fund the working capital of its marine bunkering business

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