|SEPTEMBER 18, 2013|
- Danske Bank sacks ex-Maersk chief Kolding, 'lacks banking background'
- LA August volume increases 0.4pc to 709,675 TEU, but imports fall 1.1pc
- Asian Shippers Council quits Global Shippers Forum for diluting its vote
- Shagang Shipping releases busted Chinese cruise ship after HNA pays up
- MSC first to set 14,000-TEUers on transpacific, in joint CMA CGM loop
- ICTSI reschedules US$178 million debt, extends bond maturity to 2025
- Savannah annual volume slips from 2.98 million TEU to 2.94 million TEU
- UN's IMO 'best placed to coordinate' socially-sensitive shipping system
- Thamesport first to fall in port shakeup, victim of economies of scale
- US$653 million Xuzhou-Prologis logistics park starts construction
- Nautical Institute issues handbook on how to cope with pirates
- SAECS members to merge loop into Med Shuttle/225 with bigger ships
- OECD study says port throughput brings local and national prosperity
- Canadian probe finds crude on Megantic train more flammable than labelled
- Lethal risk of enclosed spaces requires attention, says Nautical Institute
- China Southern flies 3 tonnes of hairy crabs for Mid-Autumn Festival
- Saudia Cargo boosts capacity in Asia, Europe, Africa to meet demand
- ACLA 2013 conference to look at growing e-commerce driven logistics
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- Asia-Europe spot rate sees sharp decline
- DHL Global Forwarding announces appointment of new CEO in India
- Handling dangerous goods improperly can be very dangerous indeed
- Maiden vessel of OEL Singapore's IPS service calls at AMCT
- Top corporates grace U M Khona & Co.'s Platinum Jubilee celebration
- Bumper crop set to boost soyameal exports
- Exports to cross 20 mkg this year, says Tea Board chief
- Environment clearance not necessary for highway widening up to 100 km
- MACCIA export-related seminar in Pune on Sept. 23, 24
- WTO cuts global growth forecast
|SEPTEMBER 18, 2013|
- Canada to reduce locomotive emissions
- Long Beach: cargo volume in August hits six-year high
- Roadrunner snaps up G.W. Palmer Logistics
- Bombardier's CSeries aircraft completes first flight
- One in five inspected commercial vehicles unsuitable
- ICTSI successfully concludes bond exchange
- Navis collaborating with M&M in Turkey
- United Wagon and Wabtec sign JV agreement
- Geodis Wilson welcomes new CFO
- Central Asian carrier returns to Volgograd
- ITF urges action over container weights
- Heavy hydro-power equipment hauled from China to Turkey
- IRHA calls for action on alleged illegal haulage
- Global care for IT
- Ein Koloss auf Reisen
- Tarros befährt neue Gewässer
- Turkish Airlines increases Algiers service
- Aipa elects new president
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- Brazilian submarine construction program moves ahead
- China picks Wärtsilä propulsion for ocean rescue vessels
- Eastern Shipbuilding signs FORAN agreement with SENER
- Costa Concordia wreck is upright
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- Senators deliver new bill establishing maritime user fee
- Port of Olympia changing commission meeting location
- US international trade board releases trade changes analysis
- Port of Kalama seeking dredge project sealed bids
- Military Sealift Command boss relieves hospital ship captain
|SEPTEMBER 17, 2013|
- Magic pipe not guilty verdict 'gives hope' to shipping firms, says lawyer
Owners and operators of panamax bulker are cleared but chief engineer is convicted
- August brings mixed fortunes for California box ports
Long Beach reports volume surge as Los Angeles monthly growth stagnates
- The pros and cons of black box underwriting
Underwriters must embrace technology to remain relevant, but at what cost?
- Marine hull market is a laughing stock, says Townsend
The industry has only itself to blame for Groundhog Day pattern of losses
- UK detains three ships in August
Coastguard says port state control inspectors now hold six vessels
- Seaspan reveals buy-back plan
Directors authorise cash-funded share repurchase
- Antwerp plans 2015 LNG bunkering launch
Port develops alternative fuel provision through a strategic alliance with Exmar
- Cargo insurers must work more closely with surveyors
Co-operation will offset failings in disaster planning, Volante tells IUMI
- Property insurers highlight the benefits of modelling static exposures
Hurricane Sandy wiped out all the marine premium collected last year
- Improved capacity outlook brings good news for capesize rates
At least one analyst expects rally to continue into second quarter
- Neptune Pacific Line takes stake in Samoan carrier
Pacific island specialists will serve 12 regional markets
- We want information-sharing, ReCapt tells insurers
Hull underwriters need to collaborate on major losses and minor incidents, says Storvik
- West African piracy could hit cargo market as hard as those in Somalia
Shipowners and charterers need to work together to assess ships' vulnerability
- Salvage teams winch Costa Concordia upright
Ship is half-submerged on a platform after 19-hour parbuckling operation
- STX Finland to close Rauma shipyard to cut costs
Work will halt next year as shipbuilder consolidates at Turku amid heavy job cuts
- STX O&S creditors ponder $1.5bn in cancellations
Talks continue over proposal to terminate contracts for 10 ships and an offshore vessel
- First Ship Lease reports another default on charterparty contracts
Italy's OMNI unable to honour agreements for Stella Eltanin and Stella Fomalhaut
- Kexim forecasts accelerated growth in orders for South Korean yards
Policy bank revises up its estimate of yearly orders to $36bn
|SEPTEMBER 17, 2013|
- PERTAMINA confirms plans to buy 19 tankers
INDONESIA's energy giant PERTAMINA confirmed to Fairplay today it plans to buy 19 tankers in line with long-term efforts to renew its ageing fleet
- Odfjell raises $90M in bonds
ODFJELL, the chemical carrier and tank terminals group, has sold 500M kroner ($90M) in bonds
- Teekay: China will need VLCC newbuildings
CHINA, expected to account for the most growth in crude imports in coming years, will need to have more VLCCs built, Teekay Tankers said today
- Drewry: box rate rise will not last
BOX RATES staged their second consecutive monthly increase in August, but it will not last, a report warned today
- Record US sentence sought as deterrence
SEEKING to deter future collusion, US prosecutors have asked that former Sea Star president Frank Peake be imprisoned for 87 months for his role in the 2003-8 Puerto Rico price-fixing conspiracy, court filings revealed
- Newbuilding orders rise 86%
NEWBUILDING orders rose 86% year on year in August, as 179 ships of 11.2M dwt were ordered, up from 96 ships in the same month last year
- Long Beach boxes surge 19%
IMPORTS at Long Beach jumped 19% year on year in August, helping the port achieve its busiest month in six years
- Ezra issues S$25M in notes
SINGAPORE's Ezra Holdings said today it has issued S$25M ($19.82M) in fixed-rate notes toward its general working capital
- GCL sells its HK bulker operating unit
CHINA's GCL has sold its subsidiary Grand China Shipping Hong Kong for $1 to a company unconnected with GCL, a company spokesman told Fairplay
- China's coal imports climbed 27% in August
CHINA's coal imports rose 27% year on year to 26M tonnes in August, customs statistics showed today
- X-Press stays its course
X-PRESS Feeders told Fairplay today it plans to continue to operate mainly chartered-in vessels, despite its recent purchases of secondhand feeder ships
- Northport warns of lacklustre box movements
MALAYSIA'S largest port operator Northport Malaysia told Fairplay today box throughput this year would be slower than in 2012 because of STX Pan Ocean's exit, among other factors
- Nam Cheong keeps 'buy'
DMG & PARTNERS has maintained a 'buy' rating for Malaysia's largest OSV builder Nam Cheong, amid a strong orderbook, consistent profitability and solid project prospects
- Japan coal use hits record
JAPANESE power utilities consumed 5.7M tonnes of coal in August, a monthly high
- Japanese order growth ends
JAPANESE shipbuilders suffered a year-on-year drop in order wins for August, halting five months of continual year-on-year growth
|SEPTEMBER 17, 2013|
- Werner Enterprises Downgrades 3Q Expectations
Werner Enterprises has announced that it expects its earnings per diluted share for the third quarter to be in the range of 27 cents to 30 cents, down from its earlier projection of 36 cents. Financial services firm Stifel Nicolaus said Werner's "disappointing" results were surprising, and prior to this announcement...
- Flooding Subsiding in Colorado, But Revving Up in Mexico
@ColoradoDOT tweeted a photo of the bridge at 95th Street over Coal Creek in Louisville, Colo., that collapsed.Although flooding in Colorado is winding down as heavy rains have begun subsiding, Mexico has declared a state of emergency after being battered by storms from both the Gulf of Mexico and the...
- Port of Charleston's Container Volume Hits Highest Level Since October 2008
Port of Charleston's TEU throughput in the last 12 months. Full-size image The South Carolina Ports Authority handled 144,649 20-foot-equivalent units in August, an increase of 5.6 percent year-over-year and the highest monthly volume since October 2008. The gain helped drive a 4.5 percent increase in container volume since the beginning of fiscal...
- OIA Global Acquires Bellville International
OIA Global has purchased majority control of Bellville International, a provider of freight forwarding and logistics services headquartered in London. Bellville International is the holding company for Bellville Rodair International in Europe, the United States, China and Brazil. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. "This acquisition is very strategic...
- Jones Joins Ryder as Senior VP, Chief Marketing Officer
Karen Jones has joined Ryder System as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, reporting to Chairman and CEO Robert Sanchez. In this newly created role on Ryder's leadership team, Jones is responsible for leading both the Fleet Management Solutions and Supply Chain Solutions marketing departments and integrating the management of...
- Finnair Ends Mumbai Freighter Service
Finnair Cargo will offer additional capacity between Helsinki and Madrid in September and October by deploying A330s on the flights.Finnair Cargo is dropping its weekly freighter service to and from Mumbai after nearly two years. The last round trip for the Helsinki-Mumbai-Helsinki freighter was the flight that departed Sept. 16 from...
- LA-LB Container Volume Rose 7.2 Percent in August
TEU throughput of Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the last 12 months. Full-size image The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex's total container volume in August was 1.34 million 20-foot-equivalent units, rising 7.2 percent from 1.25 million TEUs in August 2012. Loaded containers moving through the nation's largest port complex increased...
- Lofty Goals, Little Action
In too many cases, we've seen government representatives state laudable goals in laws while doing little or, in some cases, working against those goals from being achieved. This unfortunately appears to be the case with the federal transportation reauthorization act, known as MAP-21, when it comes to freight policy. In...
- Weights and Balances - or Not
The director of the upcoming Robert Redford film "All Is Lost" didn't invent the idea that a sailboat could hit a drifting shipping container at sea. In the film, to be released Oct. 18, such an accident precipitates a dramatic life-and-death struggle when the damaged yacht with its navigation systems...
- US Diesel Prices Dip From Five-Month High
U.S. diesel prices through September 16, 2013 Full-size image U.S. diesel prices inched down as of Sept. 16, following an 8.5 cent jump in the weeks before that brought the average to its highest level since April 1, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The national average price is $3.974, down 0.2...
- US Containerized Footwear Imports Climb for Second Straight Quarter
Containers of footwear imports through U.S. ports experienced a second consecutive quarter of year-over-year volume growth in the second quarter of 2013, jumping 18.2 percent. Prior to first quarter 2013, footwear import volume declined for six quarters straight. "After two bad years, 2013 appears to be the year of recovery for...
- Luxembourg in Talks to Sell Cargolux Stake
The government of Luxembourg is negotiating with Chinese investors over the sale of its stake in Cargolux, Europe's largest all-cargo airline. Officials from Henan province and its investment arm, Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Co., visited Luxembourg's airport and Cargolux's offices on Sept. 16. The government of the Grand Duchy...
- Mitchell 1 Awards 2013 SuperTech Grand Champion
Pittsburgh, PA (September 16, 2013) - Mitchell 1 has awarded Mark McLean Jr. of Fed Ex Freight, the Grand Champion of TMC's SuperTech 2013 National Technician Skills Competition, a subscription that will allow him to access one of Mitchell 1's online service information products for Class 4-8 trucks for a full year....
- China office for London's Baltic Exchange
London headquartered bulk shipping exchange, the Baltic Exchange has today (17 September 2013) opened a new office in Shanghai. The exchange, whose members comprise the world's leading shipping, chartering and broking companies, provides data on the cost of moving bulk commodities such as iron ore, coal and oil by sea. The...
- Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd wins 'Port Operator of the year' for Health, Safety and Quality
Mumbai September 17, 2013: APM Terminals operated Gujarat Pipavav Port (APM Terminals Pipavav), one of Western India's fastest growing gateway ports won the "Port Operator of the year' for maintaining highest standards of Health, Safety and Quality" by - The Maritime and Logistics Award (MALA) organized by EXIM India. Thanking MALA...
- BBC ICELAND Helps in Syrian Refugees Rescue Operation
The global provider of multipurpose and heavy lift shipping services, German based BBC Chartering reports its vessel BBC ICELAND assisted a rescue operation where more than 300 Syrian refugees were found floating in fishing boats off the Italian-Sicilian coast on September 13. Due to its proximity to the scene, the BBC...
- MSC to Challenge Maersk Line as Top Carrier
Mediterranean Shipping Co. will challenge Maersk Line as the world's biggest ocean carrier over the coming four years, as it boasts the biggest order book for new vessels, according to industry analyst Alphaliner. With new orders totalling 572,000 20-foot-equivalent units since 2009, Swiss-based MSC will narrow the gap with Maersk Line...
- Teamsters' Umbrella: From Truckers to Zookeepers
What do flight simulator technicians, hearse drivers, cheese cooks and yogurt processors, locomotive engineers and graphic artists have in common with truck drivers? Depending on whom they work for, they all may be Teamsters. "I always say the Teamsters union is A to Z, airline pilots to zookeepers," Teamsters General President...
- Teamsters Union Takes New Tack on Drayage Carriers
When long-haul and local truck drivers at Toll Global Forwarding's Cartaret, N.J., location voted this summer in favor of representation by the Teamsters, it was the union's latest successful bid to organize workers on the waterfront. A month later, the union's primary vehicle to organize owner-operator drayage carriers first in Los...
- The Road to Drayage Driver Independence
In a 2003 interview with The Journal of Commerce, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa was asked why harbor truck drivers in the U.S. were at the bottom of the transportation industry food chain. "The short answer is truck deregulation," Hoffa said. Prior to federal deregulation of the trucking industry in 1980,...
|SEPTEMBER 17, 2013|
- Owners top up
Goldenport's backer the Dragnis family has invested over $800,000 to boost its holding in the shipowner.
- OMNI in Singapore filing
OMNI Ships' double charter default with First Ship Lease comes with the Italian owner under court protection in Singapore.
- AHTS rates soar
Statoil has paid NOK 1.25m ($212,000) per day for a Farstad anchor-handler (AHTS) in a tight North Sea spot market.
- Odfjell sells out
Norway's Odfjell has completed a NOK 500m ($84.74m) bond sale in Oslo - and could have sold substantially more.
- Kuwait: no Hormuz bypass
Kuwait has dropped plans to build a crude export pipeline that would bypass Iranian shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz.
- STX exile rides wave
Star Bulk Carriers has taken advantage of a three-year high in capesize spot rates to fix a ship dropped by STX Pan Ocean on a fresh period contract.
- WSF officers suspended
Washington State Ferries (WSF) has taken a captain and second mate off duty following a collision with a sailboat.
- Dorian begins at buy
Fearnley Securities has initiated coverage of Dorian LPG with a buy rating on the newcomer to Oslo's over the counter market.
- Three held in UK
UK port state inspectors detained three vessels during August, including a Suardiaz ro-ro with deck cracking.
- Stream swoops for five
Norway's Stream Tankers has ordered up to five chemical tanker newbuildings in Japan.
- RCCL axes 100 staff
Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCCL) is laying off about 100 shore staff to increase efficiency.
- Default a drag for FSL
First Ship Lease shares slammed into reverse today following the latest charter defaults to hit the owner.
- Harbor Star scales back
Philippines tug and salvage group Harbor Star Shipping Services has knocked nearly 24% off the maximum share price for its imminent Manila IPO.
- China packs a punch
Chinese shipbuilders have this year captured a record share of large containership newbuilding orders, Clarksons says.
- U-Ming funds trio
Taiwan's U-Ming has clinched a new loan to finance three bulkers at Oshima Shipbuilding.
- Senator out of its Shell
Farstad Shipping has found period employment in Brazil for one of its newest spot-trading anchor-handlers.
- Sterling sets sail
New sale & purchase broking outfit Sterling Shipping Services has been launched in London.
- Concordia reaches "degree zero"
The battered cruiseship Costa Concordia is fully upright after a mammoth salvage operation was completed successfully in the early hours of Tuesday.
- Matson pays for mess
Hawaii container line Matson Navigation will cover the full costs of cleaning up a spill of molasses in Honolulu.
- Exmar in Antwerp tie up
Exmar has been named as strategic partner to Antwerp Port Authority as it looks to establish an LNG bunkering facility.
- BFC buys veteran
Russia's Baltic Fuel Company (BFC) has bought a 1964-built ship for bunkering operations.
- Zim ship reaches UK
A Zim Lines containership has made its first port call since it suffered a blaze last month.
- Ezra in fund raiser
Ezra Holdings has bolstered its finances following a successful bond issue, the company confirmed Tuesday.
|SEPTEMBER 17, 2013|
- Washington senators introduce bill to fight cargo diversion
The so-called "Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century" was developed to eliminate incentives for shippers to bypass U.S. ports and move their goods through Canada and Mexico ports instead.
- Shippers voice concerns over mega-ships, mega-alliances
- Former Maersk Line head Kolding ousted at Danske Bank
Eivind Kolding became renowned in the container shipping industry, not just for heading the biggest single operator between 2006 and 2011, but for unveiling a bold set of directives aimed at improving customer service.
- August containerized imports hit near-high for 2013
- U.S. Commerce, AmCham Shanghai sign agreement
- Washington Notebook: VP Biden makes infrastructure pitch at SE ports
- Long Beach container surge continues in August
The port's total volume surged 13.4 percent to 630,292 TEUs for the month, the highest total since October 2007, compared to the Port of Los Angeles, which saw total volume rise 0.4 percent in August to 709,676 TEUs.
- Worries over EU air cargo security rules implementation
The International Air Cargo Association said the new regulations, which take effect on July 1, 2014, fall outside industry goals of "a common, unified approach to global security standards."
- Matson pledges to pay for molasses spill
|SEPTEMBER 17, 2013|
- European prices show a mixed trend
Rotterdam: Congestion at loading installations reported.
- Bunker prices show little movement
Good avails in South Africa.
- Spain renews warning of legal action over Gibraltar
Bunker sector's floating-storage 'violates environmental law'.
- Report: Kuwait drops pipeline bypass plan
Plan to circumvent Hormuz Strait too costly.
- Supplier to boost operations at Ceyhan
Socar Marine to offer IFO blends and MGO.
- Gothenburg terminal 'must find savings'
DFDS boss says terminal should face 'new reality'.
- Shell in new move to expand LNG bunkering
MoU is part of the Dubai Maritime Green Initiative.
- Exmar wins bid for LNG bunker tanker
Exmar to help Antwerp promote LNG as marine fuel.
- Bunker prices softening ahead of Asian holidays
Offices in Busan will be closed from Wednesday to Friday.
- Baltic Fuel buys river-sea class vessel
Vessel to be used in bunkering operations
- Florida-based firm installs sulphur testing equipment
Technology allows for same day results on sulphur content in fuel.
- IMO 'avoiding debate' about CO2 targets
Shipping industry fears unrealistic targets and questions what very high demands on efficiency improvements would achieve.
- Gunvor secures $675 million loan for Ust-Luga terminal
Credit facility will allow for 'optimally leveraged' terminal, says Corporate Finance Director.
- EU should help pay to install scrubbers
Issue of ECA compliance after 2015 remains 'completely unresolved', says CEO.
- Fuel efficiency software gets upgrade
Fuel consumption calculator added to software among other upgrades.
- Bunker surcharges should be falling faster, says analyst
Fuel efficiency increasing with bigger vessels.