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- Shanghai container throughput rises 2.8pc to 3.06 million TEU in July
- State-owned 'C3' alliance spooks players plying the China Japan trade
- Ebola scare: Maersk cancels shore leave, crew changes in West Africa
- Intermodal second quarter surge results in biggest growth since 2011
- CMA CGM to build India's biggest box port at Mundra with Adani Port
- Agility first half profit up 11pc to US$85 million, but revenue off 7pc
- Women's International Shipping Association marks 40th anniversary
- Forwarders expect to be affected by new sanctions against Russia
- UK-bound truckers besieged by African refugees at Calais channel pier
- Cathay boosts Sri Lanka service with new non-stop flights to Colombo
- Financially-plagued Alitalia set to secure rescue deal with Etihad
- National Air Cargo wins US$500 million Pentagon contract extension
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- ASEAN to cooperate with India on maritime security
- BOFBA's 61st AGM advises members on key issues
- NYK Group to aid victims of China's Yunnan earthquake
- Patel Engineering Works felicitates Ulhas Lohane for completing 40 successful years with the company
- Spot rate from Asia to North Europe moves south
- Dr Vishwapati Trivedi to grace the occasion as Guest of Honour at GMH conference in Ahmedabad on Aug. 20
- Prime Minister to lay the foundation for JNPT's Port-based SEZ on Aug. 16
- GRFL may not buy wagons this year, will lease instead
- Adani Enterprises' consolidated EBIDTA up 62 pc
- India pays Iran $550 m in third tranche for oil arrears
- INR turns moderately weak against dollar
- PowerGrid to invest INR 477.24 cr. in two projects
- Bachubhai D. Ahir elected President of Gandhidham Chamber of Commerce & Industry for 2014-15
- Alexander Global Logistics bags major projects worldwide
- Heavy mining equipment moved from Jebel Ali to Oman
- Lerwick Harbour simultaneously berths two giant offshore support vessels
- UK project forwarding major forays into airfreight
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- Sovcomflot orders three more vessels from Arctech Helsinki
- Bhagwan Marine takes delivery of ASD tug
- August 11, 2014 Offshore rig activity rises in U.S.
- Gulf of Guinea ambush seen as "game changer"
- Hallin founder back in subsea market with newbuild order
- Breakthrough for MJP waterjets in U.S. Gulf
- Drydocking gives Coast Guard cutter new life
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- NWIW, Williams Northwest Pipeline eye Port of Kalama pipeline project
- Foss tug making final tow of aircraft carrier CONSTELLATION
- Hyundai agrees to pay penalty for Genesis brake defect woes
- Port of Everett set to celebrate shipyard cleanup project startup
- Change of command ceremony held for Coast Guard Sector North Bend
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- Top containership owners and operators launch safety drive
Lessons to be learned from tanker and offshore sectors as best practice standards established for box trades
- VLGC spot market lull is nothing to get worked up about
Owners can still reap major rewards
- Gupta outlines his plans for Shipping Corporation of India
SCI's financial autonomy is at risk - but will Modi's new government step in to help?
- DHL's box volume growth lags behind European rivals
First-half results show the largest forwarders are taking volumes from smaller players
- Dynagas Partners wants next LNG drop-down 'as soon as possible'
Owner confident in long-term charter prospects, as well as near-term market
- Hapag-Lloyd switches more vessels to Antwerp
Three more voyages on Europe-Asia Loop 4 to make temporary port call
- RBS appoints outsider to top shipping job
Alan Devine charged with $10bn book despite having no industry background
- Nordic American Tankers focuses on improvements ahead for suezmaxes
Refinery maintenance contributed to second-quarter loss, but prospects look good, says Nordic
- Two VLCCs land five-year time charters, avoiding fluctuating spot market
Tankers owned by Mitsui OSK Lines and China Merchants Group fixed as market remains volatile
- Euroseas eyes rate recovery in both containers and dry bulk
Outlook for boxships "modestly better", though, says Greek owner
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- US box imports smash record amid port strike fears
Containerised imports arriving at US ports are expected to set an all-time record in August, according to a report. Retailers want to take no chances against the possibility of industrial action by West Coast dockers, and so are stocking up on their holiday season sales early, the monthly Global
- Nordic American back in red
NYSE-listed Nordic American Tanker Shipping (NAT) slumped to a second-quarter net loss of $16.54M as average rates for its homogenous fleet of Suezmax tankers dropped by more than half from the first quarter. Year on year, the second-quarter result improved from a net loss of $31.7M in 2Q13. In the
- Box lines queue up for whale bounty
Six container shipping majors have signed up for a pilot programme that will earn their vessels $2,500 for each transit of the Santa Barbara Channel in California at 12 knots or less instead of the industry norm of 14-18 knots. COSCO, Hapag Lloyd, K Line, Maersk Line, Matson, and UASC are taking
- Venice's big ship ban returns
Italy's government is reinstating a ban on large cruise ships transiting along the city of Venice's historic waterfront. An inter-ministerial committee decided on Friday to reintroduce rules imposed by a government directive in November last year, then lifted by a regional court. From the start of
- Gulf's lack of VLCCs to swell spot rates
A low count of VLCCs open for fixture in the Arabian Gulf (AG) should push up spot freight rates, say analysts and brokers. "The four-week vessel count of VLs entering AG has declined to only 60 vessels - a level where availability is so low that charterers are bound to enter the market and push
- Arctech confirms Sovcomflot icebreaking trio
Finland's Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has confirmed final details of an order placed in May for three icebreaking stand-by vessels with Sovcomflot, Russia's largest shipping company, at a total cost of about $380M. With an overall length of 95m and beam of 22m, the new vessels are based on the Aker
- SCI may close box business
Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), India's state-owned shipping company, may shut its container shipping business in response to continuing losses, said its chief executive. "If we see there is no way we can turn around the loss-making container shipping business, we might as well close it down,"
- STX O&S wins 8 Navig8 chemical tankers
South Korea's STX Offshore & Shipbuilding (STX O&S) has won an order for up to eight chemical tankers from Singapore-based Navig8 Chemical Tankers. Four firm 49,000dwt vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2016 and options for four further ships are attached to the order. Sources estimate the cost
- Kamarajar Port to deepen draught 16 metres
Indian port company, Kamarajar Port Ltd (KPL), formerly known as Ennore Port, has approached the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) to provide deeper draught at three coal berths to accommodate bigger vessels. The dredging work will commence soon and scheduled to be completed in six months. The
- Otto Marine's 2Q14 profits fall
Otto Marine's profits fell 13% year on year to $16.9M in the second quarter in 2014 due to a one-off gain in deconsolidation recorded in 2013. Revenues fell 16% y/y to $112M in the second quarter in 2014 due to a decline in the shipyard and shipping segment, a stock filing of the company said today.
- Inmarsat opens Beijing office
Inmarsat, the global mobile satellite services provider, opened its first China office in Beijing last week. China is one of the biggest markets for Inmarsat's mobile satellite-based voice and broadband services, delivering double-digit growth in the last five years, according to Inmarsat, which was
- China lowers 2020 shale output by half
China's shale and coalbed gas output is projected to reach 30Bn cubic meters (bcm), stated Deng Yusong, an official from the State Council at a recent energy conference. The expected output of shale gas in China has dropped by more than 50% from the targeted 60-100bcm predicted by the National
- Damen delivers ASD 2310 tug to Bhagwan Marine
Damen has delivered a tug to Australian offshore service company Bhagwan Marine. Built in China at Damen Shipyards Group Changde yard and named Bhagwan Pride, the tug was delivered to its owners just two months after contract signing. Bhagwan Pride has an ahead bollard pull of 48.7 tonnes, 46.5
- OOIL returns to black in 1H14
Hong Kong-listed Orient Overseas (International) Limited, the listed parent of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), returned to the black in the first half of 2014, due to higher revenues and contributions of non-shipping business. Profits totalled $181.2M during the period, compared to losses of
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- August US container imports could set record
U.S. container imports could hit an all-time record in August, as July data shows container numbers soared year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation. The NRF released a statement today in conjunction with the latest Global Port Tracker report, noting that retailers have been stocking up on holiday merchandise early in...
- Roadrunner to acquire expedited services firm
Roadrunner Transportation has entered into a definitive deal to acquire Active Aero Group for $115 million, a move that will further the transportation and logistics provider's aggressive acquisition strategy and expand its expedited services. Active Aero is a Belleville, Michigan-based provider of ground and air expedited services, catering in particular to...
- Boston welcomes first calls from Hanjin, Evergreen ships in Asia service
Hanjin MilanoSunny weather and the beginning of the busy shipping season aren't the only reasons the Port of Boston is excited about the month of August. August 1 saw the maiden call of the Milano, a Hanjin Shipping vessel, while the Lunare, a vessel in the Italia Marittima service of Evergreen...
- End to Stockton service won't halt US marine highway push
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Maritime Administration's latest push to promote coastal and inland waterway container services comes despite signs that such efforts are either a long shot or destined to fail. Last week, the Port of Stockton, California, announced it would end its weekly container-on-barge service to and from the Port...
- Construction begins on new Suez Canal channel
Within days of it being officially announced, work on a second channel of the Suez Canal has apparently already begun and, according to Egyptian authorities, will be completed within a year. According to Gulf Ship News, an Egyptian military spokesman told reporters that construction of the new channel began last week....
- Unions accuse Panama Canal of unsafe working conditions
The International Transport Workers' Federation and four Panamanian unions have accused the Panama Canal Authority of ongoing failure to provide decent pay and safe working conditions for more than 9,000 affiliated maritime workers in the canal zone. The 44-mile canal is currently undergoing a $5.25 billion redevelopment, which will see the...
- Panama Canal Authority warns drought could limit drafts
The Panama Canal Authority is warning a drought might force it to limit the drafts of container vessels traversing the waterway, reducing the amount of cargo liners can carry. Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano told Panamanian Channel 2 television station that the authority would have to limit the drafts by the...
- Cut costs and raise revenue - the message from Asian lines
One shipping line is based in Singapore and the other in Hong Kong, but the interim results of APL and OOCL have revealed the importance of managing costs in the current weak freight rate environment, and how boosting container volume with high ship utilization is crucial in the search for...
- Etihad to revive dormant Alitalia Cargo
Etihad Airways plans to revive and expand Alitalia's dormant cargo business after acquiring a 49 percent stake in the perennially loss-making Italian airline. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier is paying €387.5 million ($519 million) to become Alitalia's biggest shareholder and will invest an additional €112.5 million in related assets, including landing slots...
- Falling unit revenue at OOCL offset by rising volume
Acting OOIL CFO Alan Tung speaking on Aug. 11.Hong Kong-listed Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. reported a first-half net profit of $181 million as revenue and volume at its liner shipping division OOCL increased even though revenue per 20-foot container fell more than 5 percent. OOCL revenue grew 4.3 percent year-over-year to...
- Shanghai air cargo tonnage surged in July
Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminals Co. Ltd (PACTL) reported 23 percent growth in air freight throughput in July year-over-year as strong demand from international markets continued. Electronics dominate the air cargo volumes, and with the iPhone 6 launch now scheduled for September 9, the expectations of a solid peak season...
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- Firm preps for PE exits
Seward & Kissel hired a ship finance expert from rival law firm Watson, Farley & Williams (WFW) in an effort to meet expected demand from private equity clients seeking to exit their shipping investments.
- Nordic American upped
Evercore Partners hiked its rating on Nordic American Tankers' New York-listed shares thanks to expectations of an improved suezmax market through 2015.
- US Shipping refinances
US Shipping Corp has re-priced a major loan that will significantly reduce its interest rate, the tanker owner has announced.
- Shares, not ships
John Fredriksen's Frontline 2012 is believed to have been busy buying up shares rather than ships during the past few months.
- Newport sees dry rise
Freight rates are set to rise across all dry bulk carriers segments, Newport Shipping predicted in its latest edition of Dry Bulk Market Outlook.
- Devine takes RBS post
Shipping newcomer Alan Devine is the man to fill Lambros Varnavides's shoes at Royal Bank of Scotland.
- AVIC back to profit
AVIC Maritime saw its business returning to profit with a net gain of CNY 6.2m ($1m) in its second quarter. This result follows a CNY 9.3m loss recorded in the same period of last year.
- SCF pays $380m for trio
SCF Group (Sovcomflot) will pay $380m for a trio of stand-by vessels at Arctech Helsinki, the shipyard said today.
- NAT in the red for Q2
Nordic American Tankers continued to bang the drum for an improving suezmax market as it reported a second quarter loss today.
- Owner scraps mini-cape
Great Harvest is exiting the capesize business after selling its oldest bulker for scrap, brokers believe.
- TOO exercises FAU option
Teekay Offshore Partners has exercised the first of six options to build another floating accommodation unit (FAU).
- Coal boost for bulkers
Supply and demand issues in India and tensions over Ukraine could provide a much need boost for coal shipments.
- ASL in profit warning
ASL Marine Holdings is expected to report a loss for the fourth quarter.
- 12 West stake revealed
12 West Capital has amassed a 22.4% slice of Diana Containerships, the US investor has revealed.
- Maltby joins Epic Gas
Charles Maltby has been named as the new executive chairman of LPG shipowner Epic Gas, it was announced Monday.
- AKPS buys back $4.26m
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard has mopped up NOK 26.63m ($4.26m) of its own stock after a tender offer received only partial take-up from investors.
- OOIL back in black
First half results at Overseas Orient (International) Ltd came in ahead of analyst's expectations in figures released Monday.
- Hedland's new high
Port Hedland, the world's largest iron ore terminal, has seen exports reach a new record driven by higher shipments to China.
- German kudos to DFDS
Danish ro-ro operator is getting credit for carrying out Germany's biggest seaborne military logistics job since you know when.
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- DP World Vancouver restricts intermodal rail containers to U.S.
"DP World Vancouver is still experiencing an extremely high discharge volume of U.S. cargoes. This, combined with a Canadian cargo increase and rail car supply that does not meet the discharging volumes" led to the restrictions.
- Obama signs highway bill
The temporary funding law is paid for by raising customs fees, taking money from another trust fund, and adjusting pension rules so companies pay more in taxes now than in the future.
- Panama Canal in talks for 4th set of locks
With work still not complete on the $6 billion-plus third set of locks for the Panama Canal, the agency that manages the critical commercial waterway has already begun to plan the next expansion.
- Airports see 2.2% rise in cargo
- VT Halter launches new ship for Pasha
Pasha has said the ship is expected to enter service later this year, carrying containers and ro/ro cargo between Southern California and Hawaii, where today it operates the ro/ro ship Jean Anne.
- Calif. container-on-barge service falters
To date, the service has hauled 7,259 containers on 116 voyages, which has removed an estimated 24,629 truck trips from I-580 and helped reduce diesel emissions by 80 percent.
- Forwarder group against FMCSA intermediary rule
- More than half of U.S. food exports to Russian affected by ban
- Hapag Lloyd announces rate hikes
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- Pirates ambush product tanker in Gulf of Guinea
Vessel's crew, however, inititated anti-piracy tatics to fend off attack.
- Prices soften in Fujairah
Most suppliers reported tight availability in Middle East hub.
- Bunker prices start week soft
Rotterdam market soft.
- No sign of recovery in fuel oil arbitrage volumes
'Not much oil expected to come in even for September,' says Singapore trader.
- OW Bunker poised to expand in Colombia
Strategic partnership with Colombian player is 'a timely move'.
- Buy on the dips!
Brokers/traders telling clients to buy on an increasing market is ludicrous.
- International shipping reduces GHG contribution
IMO study shows share of global CO2 output falling most years since 2008, although fuel consumption has varied.
- Asian market starts week softer
Strong winds and swells affecting bunkering ops in Busan.
- 'Stringent cost control' helps put container line back in profit
OOIL sees 'positive sentiment in the marketplace'.
- Shipping firms to face charges over 2013 bunker spill
Philippine official seeking close to $2 million in compensation.
- Diesel smuggling suspects nabbed in Thailand
Oil allegedly for resale along country's eastern coastlines.
- Brightoil completes upstream purchase
Company now holds participating interests in Anadarko's Bohai Bay units.