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Sched Netweb site
MARCH 20, 2014
  • FMC decides fate of P3 big three mega container line alliance on Friday
  • Deutsche Post fourth quarter pre-tax profit up 7pc, as DHL rises 13pc
  • Ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam call for tougher NOX emission standards
  • Panama Canal Authority and lock builders reach deal on finishing job
  • Maersk group liner and terminal operating units in capacity sharing deal
  • Zhengzhou-Hamburg railway starts backhaul freight service on March 30
  • Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe rail service to open to new products
  • Pingtan customs checkpoint gains State Council's approval to open
  • Malaysia's Westports looks to rosy future with big ships, bigger volumes
  • 30 million live salmon may be trucked to sea in California drought
  • Bidding invitation enlivens Chennai-Ennore box barge 'highway' scheme
  • Merseyside memorial unveiled to commemorate 'Birkenhead Drill' disaster
  • Ruscon starts flexitank, intermodal liquid bulk service to Kazakhstan
  • EPA sets 'unrealistic' vehicle emission standards, say fuel producers
  • IATA lowers global profit forecast 5.3pc to US$18.7 billion in 2014
  • Air India performance review suspects excessive Dreamliner fuel burn
  • Contest to make profitable, rule-compliant cargo drone by December

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Exim Indiaweb site
MARCH 19, 2014
  • Bhavani Shipping Services handles first shipments under its own CHA Licence
  • SCI enhances presence on Indian coast, adds Hazira to SMILE service
  • Transatlantic vessel size has increased 5 pc over the last 2 years; transit times significantly more
  • UASC opts for additional 18,000-TEU vessel; completes current mega newbuilding order
  • WCA Conference Week moves to Hong Kong
  • Wheat exports likely to surge by another 5 lakh t
  • ASCE grades US port infrastructure as 'mediocre', wants federal govt to maintain, modernise & expand it
  • BCT wins Textainer's 'Area Depot of the Year' Award
  • Conventional tracks should be used for freight movement, says JRC chief
  • Dr C. V. Ananda Bose appointed CRWC Chairman
  • Govt approves setting up company for road projects
  • Infra projects under PPP model dampened by slowdown, approval delays
  • INR rises further on heavy dollar selling
  • Meet steel demand by slashing iron ore exports: Report
  • PMG clears 147 stuck projects worth INR 5 lakh cr.

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International Transport Journalweb site
MARCH 20, 2014
  • Vietnam plans to expand rail network
  • GSF calls for more stringent investigation of P3 impact
  • Finnair celebrates 90th anniversary of maiden flight
  • EVR Cargo's railfreight volume drops
  • Europa creates new air and seafreight position
  • HHLA handles world's largest ship propeller
  • Flash Group satisfies customers
  • IRU: TIR restrictions now extend to Finnish-Russian border
  • Air India operates Dreamliner to Singapore
  • Grup TCB doubles investment in equipment
  • Transfargo appoints new business area manager
  • VW builds new Crafter in Poland
  • New Yusen logistics centre in Duisburg
  • Latam's cargo business looking for its way
  • Third presence in the USA

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Marine Logweb site
MARCH 19, 2014
  • Kristian Rokke to step down as Aker Philly CEO
  • Kvichak delivers pilot boat
  • Fined for using unlicensed foreign officers on U.S.-flag vessels

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World Wide Shipperweb site
MARCH 19, 2014
  • ATA truck tonnage index rises during month of February
  • Washington State Ferries exec announces plans to leave post
  • Coast Guard fines tuna fleet firm for breaking US flagged vessel rules
  • Port of Seattle project will provide GSE charging stations at Sea-Tac Airport
  • Crowley subsidiary nets deal to supply containerized LNG

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Lloyd's Listweb site
MARCH 19, 2014
  • Russian tanker giant Sovcomflot records $27.5m pre-tax loss
    But corner has been turned, Frank believes
  • Tsavliris plays down significance of spate of salvage contracts
    Supramax off Brazil becomes sixth LOF case of the year after 14 in 2013
  • Can VLCCs really recover?
    Owners hold all the cards but are in danger of playing the wrong hand... again
  • Budget 2014: UK needs to attract shipping, says Chamber
    Industry needed to promote export-led recovery, argues Platten
  • MOL to reduce tanker fleet size and enhance pool management
    Japanese shipping giant worried newbuild order spree might jeopardise rate recovery
  • Seanergy completes restructuring as last four bulkers depart
    Restis-backed public company will now evaluate acquisition opportunities
  • China says Ukraine grain shipments flowing normally
    Press reports of dispute over non-delivery of grains have been denied
  • Concordia Maritime sticks to 'schoolbook' for reducing risk
    Ullman highlights lower risk way of deal-making
  • Concordia Maritime and Neste Oil sell two jointly-owned product tankers
    Sale meets both companies' core strategies
  • CMA 2014: Learning to live with private equity
    Connecticut Maritime Association's 2014 Conference told of cultural divide
  • Shagang arrests HNA bulker in Australia
    Company again tries to enforce guarantee for charter contract with liquidated Grand China Shipping
  • Owners back scrubbers to meet sulphur targets
    But shipping should be prepared for stricter emission rules in the future
  • Fyffes and Chiquita merger likely to spark search for shipping synergies
    New entity will create the world's largest banana company
  • Expropriations will cost Crimea ports traffic
    Cargo will switch to facilities still in Ukrainian hands, say local shipping sources

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Fairplayweb site
MARCH 19, 2014
  • SNCM persists with four-ship LNG ferry order
    French Mediterranean ferry company SNCM is proceeding with plans to order up to four new LNG-powered vessels, despite the refusal of one of its major shareholders to sanction the project
  • STX Turku to go Dutch
    STX Finland's remaining yard in Turku may be sold to Dutch family-owned shipbuilding group Damen, according to Finnish business daily Kauppalehti
  • WSS invests in offshore activities in Asia
    Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a leading maritime provider, is expanding its network of supply points across Asia as it responds to an increasing level of offshore oil and gas exploration and production
  • Mauritius to build cruise terminal
    The Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) is to construct a terminal building for its Christian Decotter Cruise Jetty in Port Louis
  • Mauritian ambitions built on gas
    The formal opening on 20 March of a gas terminal at Mer Rouge, adjacent to Port Louis harbour, is expected to lay the foundations for the port to become a regional hub for liquid petroleum gas
  • Investment boom may have peaked
    Last year may prove to be the highest point for new shipping investments, according to speakers at the Connecticut Maritime Association conference
  • Wärtsilä to supply VIEC systems
    Wärtsilä will deliver three Vessel Internal Electrostatic Coalescer systems to Aker Midsund between April and August 2014 for three North Sea oil fields
  • Debate intensifies on US export ban
    Momentum is building for a US policy change to allow crude exports, according to speakers at the Connecticut Maritime Association conference
  • Solo operators 'not viable' in liner shipping
    Changing market dynamics in container shipping is making it tougher for companies operating alone and consolidation and alliances will be the order of the day, the Asia Pacific Maritime conference heard today
  • FSL Trust sold two vessels at $23.55M
    Singapore-based FSL Trust announced yesterday that it sold two 15 year old drybulk vessels, MT Stella Fomalhaut and MT FSL Durban at $23.55M
  • Products tanker orders 'out of hand'
    Newbuilding orders for products tankers have been going through the roof since 2011, and Italian shipbroker Banchero Costa is urging ship owners to be cautious

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
MARCH 19, 2014
  • Shift to Ocean Erodes Air Cargo Market Share
    The global air cargo business has been losing market share to ocean freight over the past 13 years as shippers seek less costly transport solutions in ocean freight. The share of total global containerized or unitized cargo transported by air cargo declined from 3.1 percent in 2000 to 1.7 percent in...
  • TSA Members Reschedule GRI
    Shipping lines in the eastbound trans-Pacific trade lane intend to advance by two weeks their previously announced rate hike that was scheduled for May 1. The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement announced today that the general rate increase of $300 per 40-foot container is now scheduled to take effect on April 15. The...
  • Monterrey Inland Port Harnesses Mexican Boom
    Monterrey, MexicoThe inland port of Monterrey, Mexico, is attracting new shippers, and new customs legislation will allow existing and future tenants to more easily tap foreign trade zone benefits. Interpuerto Monterrey is finalizing agreements with a heavy equipment manufacturer, an automaker and a power generation company for industrial space totaling about...
  • Econocaribe Consolidators Appoints Camilo Quintero as USA Sales Manager
    March 16, 2014 Miami: Econocaribe Consolidators announced role enhancements for some of its management team members globally. Mr. Camilo Quintero has been appointed as USA Sales Manager. As part of the world's largest LCL consolidator ECU-LINE, Econocaribe has recently undertaken management promotions across its teams, in line to its vision to...
  • Econocaribe Consolidators Appoints Joan Puig as Puerto Rico Terminal Manager
    March 16, 2014 San Juan: Econocaribe Consolidators announced role enhancements for some of its management team members globally. Mr. Joan Puig has been appointed as Puerto Rico Terminal Manager. As part of the world's largest LCL consolidator ECU-LINE, Econocaribe has recently undertaken management promotions across its teams, in line to...
  • Stirling Capital Investments Kicks Off 2014 with a Series of Leases and Spec Office Build Out Activity at Southern California Logistics Centre in Victorville, CA
    VICTORVILLE, CA (March 19, 2014) - Stirling Capital Investments announced a positive start to 2014 with a series of leases and spec office build out activity at the Southern California Logistics Centre (SCLC), a 2,500-acre industrial and commercial complex in Victorville, Calif. Solar City Corporation, a national leader in clean energy services,...
  • Hong Kong's Container Traffic Faces Further Decline
    Hong Kong container portThe port of Hong Kong, which is already losing container market share to rival Chinese ports, faces further "significant" decline in volume following the launch of the P3 Network alliance, according to Alphaliner. Hong Kong's container throughput in the last four years. Full-size image Hong Kong saw traffic fall 3.3...
  • Drewry: TSA's Asia-US Rate Hike Attempt Partially Achieved
    Drewry Container Rate Benchmark, March 19, 2014 Full-size image The Drewry benchmark rate for shipping from Hong Kong to Los Angeles climbed $100 from last week to $1,986 per 40-foot container in the week of March 19, on the heels of a March 15 general rate increase. Carriers in the Transpacific Stabilization...
  • Japan's Trade Surplus With US Shrinks
    Japan's trade surplus with the U.S. narrowed for the first time in 14 months in February on a year-over-year basis, as imports grew at a much faster pace than exports, according to preliminary figures released by Japan's Finance Ministry. Japan's monthly imports and exports in terms of value from February 2013...
  • US Customs Issues Guidelines for Vancouver Diversions
    TSI DeltaportU.S. Customs and Border Protection says cargo diverted to U.S. Pacific Northwest ports because of the truck driver strike in Vancouver, British Columbia, must comply with U.S. laws and regulations enforced by the agency. A customs advisory said shipments must comply with U.S. laws and regulations, including Importer Security Filings,...
  • TPM Conference 2015
    Headed into its 15th year, TPM continues to be a must attend networking gathering for the trans-Pacific and global container shipping community. Held annually in early March in Long Beach at the heart of the LA-Long Beach trade gateway, TPM is attended by 2,000+ of the world's most senior international...
  • Vancouver Port Community Grasping for Strike Solution
    Port Metro Vancouver edged closer today to suspending and possibly revoking the licenses of the striking truck drivers who are crippling commerce at Canada's largest port. Robin Silvester, the port's president and CEO, said the port-issued licenses are designed to ensure adequate truck capacity in the harbor. Truckers who are awarded...
  • Last-Minute Federal Approval for Florida Port Deepening Work?
    WASHINGTON - The Florida ports of Jacksonville and Everglades could get federal authorization to deepen their channels this year instead of having to wait two years or more for the passage of another water resources development bill. Waterways Council CEO and President Mike Toohey said today that part of the reason...

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TradeWindsweb site
MARCH 19, 2014
  • 'Magic' advice from Chalos
    Shipping companies should tie key vessel documentation to its registered owner, rather than the operator, as a protection from US prosecution over oil dumping, lawyer George Chalos said.
  • Boyden goes boutique
    Industry veteran Natasha Boyden has landed on the front line of a boutique investment bank's campaign to break into the shipping industry.
  • TOTE takes the lead
    TOTE appears to be closing in on a $320m loan guarantee backed by the US Maritime Administration (MarAd).
  • Nagel leads tributes
    The German Shipowners' Association has paid tribute to former managing director Dierk Lindemann who died on Monday.
  • Russian cash needed
    Finnish economy minister says Turku shipyard could be rescued by roubles.
  • SCF slips into the red
    Russian shipowner SCF fell to a loss in 2013 but the company believes 2014 is already shaping up to be a better year.
  • Quarantine lifted
    St Lucia has lifted a quarantine on a cargoship on which one crewman died and another fell ill.
  • IHB takes yard hit
    Shipbuilding group Industrial Holding Bulgaria (IHB) has revealed it will book a big hit from yard impairments that will cut its annual earnings.
  • Seanergy eyes comeback
    Restis-controlled Seanergy is eyeing a quick return to the shipowning arena after putting the finishing touches to its financial restructuring.
  • CSAV removes hurdle
    Compania Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) bondholders have agreed to a change of covenants to allow the company to sell its container shipping division.
  • Iran eyes fee hike
    Iran is planning to raise fees for domestic and foreign shipping lines calling at its ports.
  • Kristian Rokke to step down
    Kristian Rokke is to step down as chief executive officer of Oslo-listed Aker Philadelphia Shipyard after three years at the helm.
  • Vinalines plots terminal IPO
    Restructuring Vietnamese owner Vinalines is planning an IPO for its Haiphong port operation.
  • GSL confirms rate cut
    US-listed Global Ship Lease (GSL) has extended charters for four boxships to CMA CGM, but has had to take a pay cut.
  • HHI ship orders leap
    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has seen a huge rise in the value of newbuilding contracts this year with VLGCs the order of the day.
  • Malaysia's cry for help
    Malaysia's shipping industry desperately needs funds to prevent more companies from slipping into bankruptcy, according to Maritime Institute of Malaysia senior fellow Nazery Khalid.
  • Fesco grabs grain deal
    Shipowner Fesco is teaming up with Japan's Marubeni to boost grain exports from Russia's far east ports.
  • More work for Otto
    Singapore's Otto Marine has won $21m of charters for one of its multipurpose supply vessels (MPSVs).
  • KSEW turns a profit
    Pakistan's Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) has made a profit of PKR 523.67m ($5.33m) in its latest fiscal year.
  • Neste sells two more
    Finnish group Neste Oil has offloaded two more tankers as its shipping exit continues.
  • Axe falls on fewer
    Engine maker Wartsila is laying off fewer staff than planned in Finland as part of cost-cutting measures.
  • Haisheng back in black
    China Shipping Haisheng has returned to profit in 2013 as revenue rose.
  • No decline in demand
    China's demand for iron ore from Australia is not about to decline anytime soon, according to ratings agency Fitch.
  • SWS behind PSV orders
    Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) has emerged as the builder of a series of PSVs ordered by Pacific Radiance.
  • Fred Olsen coughs up
    Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is to pay out £280,000 ($460,000) in compensation to passengers that fell ill on board one of its ships.
  • Heidmar loses Bo Hansen
    Jesper Bo Hansen made waves at the Shipping 2014 conference in Connecticut Tuesday when delegates learned that the local legend is no longer with Heidmar.
  • John I floats free
    A supramax bulker that went aground off the Newfoundland coast of Canada has reportedly refloated and is now at anchor.
  • Faucher abandons ship
    Len Faucher appears to have parted ways with Charles R Weber following a tour of duty that lasted nearly a decade.

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American Shipperweb site
MARCH 19, 2014
  • Japanese fines against car carriers total $224M
    The Japan Fair Trade Commission said Tuesday that surcharge payment orders against four car carrier companies -- NYK, "K" Line, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co. -- totaled about $223.7 million.
  • Washington Notebook: Signs point to WRDA vote in May
    Congressional negotiators are expected to finalize joint legislation to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act by late April and take it to the House and Senate for a final vote in May, maritime industry officials say.
  • Vancouver trucker strike causes cargo diversion to U.S.
    Ocean carriers are making plans to divert cargo from Port Metro Vancouver, where a strike by truckers upset about driving rates has severely handicapped operations to U.S. ports in the Pacific Northwest, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
  • ICS chairman: Shipping regulations could cost $500B over next decade
  • Private investors hire Bechtel for new La. port concept
    Global engineering and construction giant Bechtel announced earlier this month that it has been selected by a developer to manage the pre-construction phase of a privately financed container port on the Gulf of Mexico.
  • L.A., Long Beach report lower container volumes
  • Commercial air cargo planes eyed for Dover AFB
    The Delaware Economic Development Office will issue a request for proposals later this month from the private sector on expanding the ramp area and load-bearing capacity at Dover Air Force Base's civilian air terminal.
  • Roadrunner acquires L.A.-based Unitrans
  • Coyote Logistics, AAT to merge
  • Ex-Im Bank, FCIB spread word on export financing

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
MARCH 19, 2014
  • ICS: New shipping regs could cost $500 billion over next decade
    'System for proper cost-benefit analysis missing from regulatory debate,' says chairman.
  • IFO prices show gains in Fujairah
    Mixed price movements in South Africa.
  • Vancouver port strike holds
    Container operations disrupted.
  • Prices lack direction in Rotterdam
    But were mainly firm in southern ports.
  • Class society targets erratic fuel consumption
    DNV GL data shows a large variation in fuel efficiency between ships of the same design.
  • Survey: Scrubber interest growing
    But LNG could become solution for longer term.
  • Bunkering halted for the second time this week
    Operations suspended in Novorossiysk.
  • Call for slow steaming in battle against emissions
    'Shipping's CO2 emissions are the greatest challenge facing the maritime sector.'
  • Shell: Decision on US gas barges 'imminent'
    Barges integral to overall LNG bunkering projects.
  • Asian market holding steady
    Low to average demand seen in Singapore.
  • ClassNK to buy over technology firm
    Move made in support of research into bunker-saving technologies.
  • Shipping firm using 'e-learning' in drive to save fuel
    The e-learning course was developed by DNV GL.
  • Wartsila: Fuel efficiency is standard
    Firm believes efficiency has become a basic, design requirement for engines.
  • Second guilty plea in US Navy bribery case
    Former manager admits to overcharging.
  • Options declared for fuel efficient PSV newbuilds
    Ulstein PX121 design curries favour with charterers.

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