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Sched Netweb site
JULY 4, 2014
  • China's warehousing put under microscope after scam discovered
  • Swiss industry boosted by China trade pact, better than for EU, US
  • Hyundai Merchant Marine takes in 3rd of five 13,100-TEUers for A/E
  • US retailers nervous as dockworkers talks at USWC ports drag on
  • Deutsche Bank to sell Maher Terminals in North America
  • DELO invests heavily in Russian shipping with NUTEP expansion
  • Beijing bails out Air China Cargo to tune of US$320 million
  • With such low rates, air freight is unsustainable and up in thin air
  • LAN mechanics in Peru, Argentinean cabin crew warn of strikes

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Exim Indiaweb site
JULY 3, 2014
  • Allcargo Logistics conducts tree plantation drive under 'Save our Planet' initiative in tribal hamlets of Mumbai
  • BUDGET 2014-15 EXPECTATIONS
  • Caravel Logistics celebrates its 20th anniversary in style
  • CMA CGM changes rotation of its ASEA line to improve service reliability
  • Hamburg Süd recognised as 'Best Green Service Provider - Shipping Line' for third consecutive year
  • GMB seminar to highlight investment opportunities in Gujarat port sector on July 25
  • Odisha govt inks MoU for national waterway connecting Kalinganagar with Paradip & Dhamra ports
  • Truck rentals up 2-3 pc in June
  • Chinese industrial parks to get same sops as SEZs, NIMZs
  • Fieo President lists Budget challenges before Finance Minister
  • Fitch pegs India's growth at 5.5 pc in FY15
  • Govt imposes MEP of $500/t on onion to check rising domestic prices
  • INR pares early gains, remains sharply weak against dollar

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International Transport Journalweb site
JULY 4, 2014
  • Progress on BAM and trans-Sib rail project
  • SBB investing in catenary maintenance vehicles
  • AAE parts company with CEO
  • Air Namibia introduces new quality assurance team
  • Algeciras overtakes Valencia
  • Iata: outlook for air cargo traffic stabilizes
  • Kizad welcomes packaging materials provider
  • UK brings in special scheme to help gather energy audits
  • TIR system to continue in Russia until 30 November 2014
  • New LNG distribution terminal for Rotterdam
  • On board courier specialist partners with Swiss
  • Anchorage airport welcomes Naniq Global Logistics
  • Weitermachen und abwarten
  • President elected for port of Bordeaux' development council
  • Israeli court eases conditions for Zim restructuring

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Marine Logweb site
JULY 3, 2014
  • ABS, Daewoo to jointly develop LNG-fueled drillship
  • MacGregor to supply deck equipment for AHTS vessels
  • Vigor shipyard to build fireboat for San Francisco
  • Keppel Shipyard inks $735 million deal for FLNGV conversion
  • Maersk to implement DNV GL ShipManager software

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World Wide Shipperweb site
JULY 3, 2014
  • Drewry Container Forecaster predicts freight rates to drop
  • NYK teams with Stolt Tankers to order two new parcel tankers
  • Change of command set for Port Angeles Coast Guard base
  • Corps holding public meetings to discuss Cherry Point dock addition
  • Mitsui O.S.K. Lines vessel reduces fuel use with waste heat

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Lloyd's Listweb site
JULY 3, 2014
  • Seanergy is on the up as it awaits the acquisition of four capesizes
    Restis sisters take a majority holding ahead of reboot for Nasdaq-listed owner
  • Right on time - liner reliability improves for the third month in a row
    But May's top carrier rankings show no improvements from K Line or MSC
  • IACS seeks more ship design data to understand casualties
    Work to begin on collecting potentially sensitive information to create database with the IMO
  • Epic Gas agrees two long-term charters with Siva Group
    Singapore operator continues its expansion drive
  • Shell agrees to supply LNG bunkers from Rotterdam Gate
    Fuel-supply infrastructure expands as a third commercial venture is announced this week
  • Overordering leaves VLGC market hanging in the balance, says Solvang
    Orderbook at 50% of live fleet is 'enough', says Norwegian owner
  • Carriers give away $200 per teu in Asia-Europe contract rates
    Drewry Container Forecaster predicts a widening profit gap between top 20 players
  • Court relaxes the terms of Zim's golden share
    Israel Corp is examining the implications of the change in provisions
  • Golar LNG signs $735m FLNG conversion deal with Keppel
    Fredriksen gas vehicle makes good its pledge to expand into floating liquefaction
  • Stolt Tankers dips and rises
    Profits down quarter on quarter but up year on year
  • Fredriksen sells shares from capes deal
    Frontline 2012 and Hemen Holding will sell 18.6m Knightsbridge Tankers shares
  • First gas-powered drillship being designed
    DSME and ABS collaboration highlights growing interest in using gas fuel in larger tonnage
  • The changing power of Emsa
    European Maritime Safety Agency will help states enforce SOx and and CO2 rules, but is no policeman
  • Angola LNG to subcharter its seven ships
    Vessels to be offered in short-term market until export plant overhaul ends in 2015

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Sea-webweb site
JULY 3, 2014
  • DFDS interested in U.N. RoRo
    DFDS, the Copenhagen-based ferry and logistics company, says it is involved in the ongoing process by KKR, the US based private equity fund, to sell U.N. RoRo. The Turkish company that operates 12 freight ferries in the Eastern Mediterranean. "With reference to media reports concerning an ongoing
  • IACS promises better approach to ferry safety
    The International Association of Classification Societies intends to focus on the causes of passenger ferry accidents this year. Speaking at a press conference in London today, IACS' new chairman Philippe Donche-Gay said that more needed to be done to track passenger ship modifications and related
  • JMU selected for Reuben kamsarmax order
    Japan Marine United (JMU) has been selected for an order of kamsarmax bulkers from UK based Reuben Brothers. The exact number of 82,000dwt vessels has not been disclosed but sources indicate it will be up to four with delivery in 1H 2016. This latest order is part of the owner's fleet expansion
  • Höegh LNG Partners files for $150M IPO
    Oslo-listed Höegh LNG Holdings is firming up plans to tap the US public equity markets, filing this morning (3 July) for a proposed New York initial public offering (IPO) of its spin-off limited partnership Höegh LNG Partners. Initial plans call for gross proceeds of up to $150M. Today's prospectus
  • VSMC wins €110M cable contract
    Dredging and offshore contractor Boskalis and its cable-laying JV partner Volker Wessels have announced that each have a €55M ($75M) share of the contract awarded by Statoil and Statkraft for cabling works for the Dudgeon Offshore wind farm project. The development is located 32km off the UK's
  • Bulker operator guilty in 'magic pipe' case
    Marine Managers have pleaded guilty in the US to a two-count charge in a so-called 'magic pipe' oil pollution case involving one of its bulkers. The Piraeus, Greece-based vessel operator faces a maximum $500,000 fine for each of the counts that were announced on 27 June. In addition, Matthaios
  • Seanergy reveals Capesize delay
    Plans to revitalise operations at Greek drybulk operator Seanergy Maritime Holdings appear to have been delayed, following an announcement that the planned purchase of four Capesize ships did not close on 30 June as originally expected. NASDAQ-listed Seanergy's 1Q14 results announced today (July 3)
  • Fredriksen companies seek to cash in Knightsbridge stock
    John Fredriksen companies Frontline 2012 and Hemen Holding are aiming to monetise their shareholding in fellow Fredriksen-affiliated company Knightsbridge Tankers, through a public sale that could provide gross proceeds of up to $267M. The proposed sale that is documented in a US securities
  • Eagle Bulk lenders score another point
    Holders of Eagle Bulk Shipping's debt can now own up to 20% of the troubled company's shares immediately, after a three-step mechanism set up two years ago was scrapped. Sophocles Zoullas-led Eagle Bulk yesterday (2 July) signed an amendment with a representative chunk of the current owners of
  • Van Oord receives crew transfer vessel
    Van Oord has received a new FCS 2008 crew transfer vessel from Offshore Wind Services (OWS) to be used on its Luchterduinen offshore wind farm project. "A Dutch company has ordered a vessel that's being built at a Dutch yard, to work on a Dutch offshore wind farm for another Dutch company," Damen
  • CSSC-SSE loses $6.2M lawsuit
    Shanghai-listed CSSC Steel Structure Engineering (CSSC-SSE) has lost a $6.2M lawsuit involving disputes over steel supplies. The suit was filed in 2011. The company is actively preparing to appeal the ruling currently, a stock filing of the company said today. In December 2013, the company was sued
  • Epic Gas charters two ships from Siva Group
    Singapore-based Epic Gas has agreed to charter-in two 7,200m³ gas carriers from Siva Group. Epic, led by CEO Lars Vang Christensen, said the contracts come with purchase options and fixed monthly charter rates. The LPG gas carriers, both 2010-built, would be renamed Epic Bali and Epic Borneo upon
  • Average container rate predicted to fall in 2014
    Shipping consultancy Drewry says that the container shipping sector continues to face major challenges, with the average freight rate obtained due to fall this year, compared with those for 2013, a view shared by a senior shipping analyst in Denmark. "Drewry forecasts that once again, average
  • Minister slams Spain's vessel incursions
    Gibraltar's deputy chief minister has slammed Spain's incursions into the territory's waters, describing Spain's actions as "the bullying of a small country". Dr Joseph Garcia referred to "hundreds of incursions by the Spanish paramilitary Guardia Civil, the Spanish Navy and other official organs of
  • No significant export growth for Thailand
    Thailand will not see sharply increased export growth, a business group has told IHS Maritime. "We forecast that this year, the export growth will be under 3%," an official with the Thai National Shippers' Council told IHS Maritime yesterday. The official said low export growth reflected declines in
  • HMM gets $494M from LNG shipping business sale
    Hyundai Merchant Marine said today it will get KRW500Bn ($494M) from completing the sale of its LNG shipping business. It was announced early this year that IMM Consortium, a private equity fund, will buy HMM's LNG business as part of the latter's plan to improve liquidity. Of the KRW500Bn, KRW100Bn
  • Korea Coast Guard underestimated Sewol incident
    Even as more than 300 people were drowning when the Sewol ferry capsized, the Korea Coast Guard informed the country's president that 370 passengers and crew had been rescued. This came to light when phone conversation transcripts between the coast guard and President Park Geun-hye were revealed
  • New bunker start-up begins operating
    Bunker supplier Unicore Fuel, a subsidiary of Denmark's Bunker Holding Group, has commenced its operations in Singapore, the world's largest bunkering port. Unicore Fuel, incorporated in Singapore in March 2014, officially commenced business on 1 July said Bunker Holding in a statement. Its parent
  • Thailand to benefit from infrastructure
    Rail and port initiatives being planned by Thailand's military rulers will benefit the country even though exports are at risk from a slowdown in China and monetary squeezing, economic experts told IHS Maritime. Plans to double track the railways "have really serious spin-offs" in terms of boosting

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
JULY 3, 2014
  • Teamsters reportedly planning July 7 pickets at LA-LB
    Organizers backed by the Teamsters Union reportedly plan on July 7 to picket terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach and target the trucks of three drayage companies they have been trying to unionize. This action could have repercussions for cargo-handling at the nation's largest port complex because the International Longshore and Warehouse...
  • Roadrunner rounds out executive team
    Roadrunner Transportation Systems has appointed a president for each of its three business segments, completing the reshuffling of its executive team. Grant Crawford joins Roadrunner as president of the company's less-than-truckload segment, Patrick McKay has been promoted to president of the truckload logistics division, and Kevin Charlebois has been promoted to president...
  • Big shift expected in US cotton export ports
    Cotton harvesting in Texas. Source: USDA, ARS. Photo by David Nance.The widening of the Panama Canal could eventually lead to a 90 percent increase in cotton exports for U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports, and a 66 percent reduction in cotton exports through West Coast ports, according to an...
  • Container lines' schedule reliability 'returning to a normal level'
    Global liner schedule reliability was down year-over-year in May but up month-to-month.The gap between global liner schedule reliability this year and last year has narrowed, although monthly performance in May was still down year-over-year, according to a new report from SeaIntel Maritime Analysis. Morten Berg Thomsen, a shipping analyst at SeaIntel,...
  • FTZs grow increasingly popular in the US
    Foreign trade zones in the U.S. are enjoying a boom, partly because shippers are increasingly using the zones for exports, and even for distribution of retail products without any domestic components. While manufacturing firms, especially automakers, have been the main users of FTZs, retailers are using the tool in greater numbers...
  • Railroads, trucking companies brace for hurricane
    U.S. surface transportation providers, ranging from railroads to trucking companies, are preparing for the approaching Hurricane Arthur, set to hit the East Coast this holiday weekend, with some carriers warning shippers of potential delays. CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway don't expect Arthur to have much of an impact on their...
  • Highest June total for North American Class 8 truck orders since 2005
    June Class 8 truck orders in North America were 41 percent higher than in June 2013. Full-size chart June Class 8 truck orders in North America were 41 percent higher than in June 2013, alleviating what analysts believed would be a slowdown for the summer months. FTR reported Class 8 truck orders totaled...
  • Israeli court modifies state's veto power over Zim
    An Israeli court has modified key terms of the state's veto-wielding "golden share" in Zim Integrated Shipping Services that threatened to block the carrier's $3.4 billion restructuring. The court said the government's veto power would only apply to the sale or transfer of shares amounting to over 35 percent of Zim's...
  • Surge in imports adding to US West Coast port congestion
    Container volumes moving through West Coast ports in May were 4 percent higher than during the same month last year, lending support to the theory that higher-than usual cargo volumes are contributing to port congestion. In fact, according to statistics published on the website of the Pacific Maritime Association, total imports...
  • APMT's investment puts Algeciras at top of Med port ranks
    APM Terminals says its $78 million investment enabling its Algeciras terminal to handle regular calls by 18,000-TEU ships helped the Spanish port overtake domestic rival Valencia as the biggest container port in the Mediterranean. Southern Spain's Port of Algeciras saw traffic increase 6.6 percent in 2013 year-over-year to 4.33 million 20-foot-equivalent...
  • DFDS confirms interest in sale of Turkish carrier UN Ro-Ro
    DFDS, northern Europe's largest integrated shipping and logistics company, confirmed it is one of the companies participating in the sale of UN Ro-Ro, the Turkish roll-on, roll-off carrier. But the Danish group said it has not yet put in a firm bid for the Istanbul-based carrier, which is being sold by...
  • Bulk unit spinoff allows Hanjin to pare down debt
    Hanjin Shipping will rake in almost $300 million from the spin-off of its dry bulk business, allowing the loss-making Korean carrier to remove a significant portion of debt as it continues to restructure the company. The dry bulk business will move 36 vessels, including seven liquefied natural gas vessels, into a...
  • Indian Customs institutes new truck rules at Chennai Port
    Indian Customs has put in place at Chennai Port new regulations that authorities believe will help tackle truck congestion in the harbor and on roadways connecting the cargo terminals. The move came after the Chennai High Court intervened in response to a petition filed by local shippers' groups over port delays...
  • Hapag-Lloyd's Asia shopping plan gets analysts talking
    A Hapag-Lloyd container in Singapore.The ink was hardly dry on Hapag-Lloyd's merger deal with Chilean carrier CSAV when departing chief executive Michael Behrendt raised the prospect of acquiring an Asian container line. Behrendt said the carrier would continue to search for scale once the CSAV deal was completed, making the comment...
  • Japanese container trade outlook worsens
    A major Tokyo-based research firm has painted a grim picture of Japanese container trade in the current fiscal year that started on April 1, citing weaker exports and imports than previously thought. Nittsu Research Institute and Consulting Inc. (NRIC) predicted in a new report that Japan's containerized cargo trade will edge...

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TradeWindsweb site
JULY 3, 2014
  • Warrant holders can strike
    Eagle Bulk Shipping has struck a deal with lenders that will open the door for them to exercise warrants for a further equity stake in the New York owner.
  • No Knightsbridge sale
    John Fredriksen-controlled interests are not selling shares in Knightsbridge Tankers despite a regulatory filing earlier this week that may have confused some investors.
  • Canada probes death
    Canada's government has sent investigators to Montreal after a crew member died onboard a China Shipping bulker.
  • Vallianz in COOEC tie-up
    Vallianz Holdings has struck a deal to supply offshore support vessels to Offshore Oil Engineering (COOEC), China's largest offshore engineering contractor.
  • Deep Sea set fair
    John Fredriksen's Deep Sea Supply is set for a spike in both dividend and profit after purchasing a fleet of 10 vessels from its largest shareholder.
  • Genco set to exit Chapter 11
    Genco Shipping & Trading is set to complete a whistle-stop trip though Chapter 11 and emerge from bankruptcy protection next week.
  • Seanergy waits for ships
    The transfer of four Restis-owned capesizes to US-listed spin-off Seanergy has been delayed.
  • Hoegh MLP float launched
    Hoegh LNG Partners has filed IPO papers that will see the company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • GE exits LPG
    India's Great Eastern Shipping has quit the LPG sector after selling its last gas carrier.
  • VSMC pens $150m deal
    A Royal Boskalis Westminster and VolkerWessels joint venture has landed a EUR 110m ($150m) cable-laying contract for a windfarm off the UK.
  • Gulf Nav opens up
    Dubai tanker owner Gulf Navigation has allowed overseas investors to control up to 49% of the company.
  • Double joy for Polarcus
    Polarcus has secured its second short term 3D marine seismic contract in a week.
  • Fincantieri stable
    Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's shares were unchanged on its first morning of trading following its Milan IPO.
  • Zim wins court battle
    Israeli container line Zim has won an important victory in court to decide its own future by forging shipping alliances and carrying out an IPO.
  • Stolt fears recovery flop
    A recovery in the parcel tanker market could have derailed Stolt-Nielsen warned as it reported a weaker than expected second quarter profit.
  • DFDS: no bid yet
    Danish shipowner DFDS has confirmed it is participating in the sale of Turkey's UN Ro-Ro, but it has not yet made a firm bid.
  • Deutsche down on boxes
    Germany's Deutsche Bank is expecting "deep losses" for Asian container lines as rates struggle.
  • Epic secures LPG pair
    Epic Gas has concluded long-term charter agreements for two modern 7,200-cbm LPG vessels from the Siva Group.
  • Billion-dollar boost
    Antwerp Port Authority (APA) has revealed ExxonMobil is to build a new $1bn refinery.
  • NYK and Stolt order duo
    NYK Stolt Shipholdings (NSSH), a joint venture between NYK and Stolt Tankers, has order two small parcel tankers in Japan.
  • OWS orders at Damen
    Dutch owner Offshore Wind Services (OWS) has ordered its second newbuilding this year at domestic yard group Damen.
  • Hilli conversion confirmed
    Golar LNG and Keppel have formally agreed to carry out the conversion of an LNG carrier into a floating liquefaction vessel (FLNG).
  • Protestors target Concordia
    Greenpeace is sending a ship to the site of the Costa Concordia wreck in a protest at plans to move it to Genoa for scrapping.
  • LNG to fuel drillships
    DSME and class society ABS have teamed up to jointly develop a first LNG fueled drillship concept.

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American Shipperweb site
JULY 3, 2014
  • PNCT adds new cranes
    The cranes, which are currently under assembly at the Newark, N.J., terminal, are only the most visible sign of a $500 million project to improve PNCT, with work extending throughout the facility.
  • Gerald Desmond Bridge may take 12-18 months longer to complete
    At a meeting of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on June 23, Al Moro, acting executive director, said the longer construction period may also raise the cost of the project, which the port had previously estimated at $1.2 billion.
  • ExxonMobil to invest $1B in Antwerp port
  • NYK Stolt Shipholdings orders 2 parcel tankers
  • COAC conducts trade efficiency survey
    Information gathered will be used to address potential trade bottlenecks, assess the economic impact of specific trade initiatives, and assist in creating metrics that explain the key benefits of partnerships with CBP and other agencies.
  • Study: Importers cite ports disruption as top concern
  • New Canadian maritime security rules in effect
    "These changes will ensure robust marine regulations and continued improvements to the security of the transportation system for Canadians," Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt said in a statement.
  • TransWorks, Raven form alliance
  • Aloha Air Cargo begins fleet upgrade
  • FMC reviews 16 OTI license applications
  • Executive moves

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
JULY 3, 2014
  • Softer trend in prices across Europe
    Falls remained within the single digit range.
  • IFO prices continue falling in Fujairah
    Prices have been falling for over a week.
  • LNG bunkering incident 'confirms urgent need' for guidelines
    Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel has held its second technical committee meeting.
  • Dubai: Ships to 'strictly comply' with emission regulations
    Some requirements going beyond MARPOL Annex VI, though UAE is not a signatory and has supplied some non-compliant fuels.
  • Fuel oil stocks climbing in Singapore
    Fuel oil exports to South Korea and China climb week-on-week.
  • Sea-trials of emulsion fuel 'satisfy' Maersk
    Successful seaborne service tests open the way for 'commercial phase'.
  • Bunker prices easing across Asia
    Weak demand seen in Busan, Tokyo.
  • Shell to buy capacity from new LNG terminal
    Move brings LNG bunkering at Rotterdam closer to reality.
  • Bunker sales 'weak' in Chinese ports
    Demand for fuel oil imports has been thin.
  • Move to boost LNG bunker distribution in Europe
    Existing Rotterdam-based LNG terminal to be expanded.
  • Qatari shipyard seals European LNG retrofit deal
    Contract comes under a large scale LNG bunkering project.
  • LNG carrier owner adds tri-fuel electric duo to fleet
    Propulsion system claims higher environmental benefits compared to 'alternative solutions'.




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