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Sched Netweb site
JULY 24, 2014
  • Panicky shippers, fearing labour strife, cause west coast congestion
  • Evergreen re-starts REX 3/ARC 2 Far East-southern Red Sea service
  • India to decide to what trade promises it made in Bali it intends to keep
  • APM Terminals sells high-tech Virginia terminal to investment funds
  • Qingdao container terminal to raise in US$145 million bond sale
  • Investigation into 24-rail CP car derailment in Moose Jaw continues
  • European forwarders' mood undulates as market goes up and down
  • Panalpina profit up 2pc to US$66.5 million, but revenue declines 3pc
  • CN quarterly profit up 18pc to US$788.6 million as sales rise 17pc
  • Matson fined US$9 million and agrees to pay $950,000 to whistleblower
  • Obama uses executive authority to boost infrastructure investment
  • Brazil wins US$7.5 billion in funding for 50-jet order from China
  • Cathay Pacific Services appoints Kelvin Ko CEO of main cargo terminal
  • Airbus orderbook beats Boeing's in contract race at Farnborough fair
  • Regulators halt Air Uganda's Entebbe-Nairobi route, rivals jump in
  • Boston airport to install US$1.65 million new ship detection system
  • Abu Dhabi's Etihad starts twice weekly freighter service to Hanoi

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Exim Indiaweb site
JULY 23, 2014
  • CMA CGM reorganises rotations of its ASAF & WAX lines to improve service between Asia & West Africa
  • Indian lines could own foreign flag ships directly
  • IWAI inks MoU to develop NW-5 for cargo movement
  • P. S. Atree & Co. achieves AEO status
  • Post easing of EU sanctions, lines resuming services to Iran
  • Spot rates on Asia-Europe routes in a downswing
  • Trial run for Indo-Bangla coastal shipping in Oct.
  • Gangavaram port may get 5 mtpa LNG project
  • Commissioner of Customs Nhava Sheva flags off FFFAI's INSTC dry run
  • Rlys proposes new PPP model
  • IRGA urges govt to freeze NR import under advance licence
  • Onion exports need not be banned: Ministries
  • RBI simplifies procedure for exporters

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Marine Logweb site
JULY 23, 2014
  • Costa Concordia wreck under tow for scrapping
  • Harvey Gulf orders hybrid MPFSV at Eastern Shipbuilding
  • Dropped mooring line brings pollution fine
  • Belco scrubber tested in Maersk containership
  • GE and LR look for gas turbine commercial ship opportunities
  • Saab completes Kockums acquisition
  • MTU 2000 engine passes 360 deg rotation test
  • HHI develops collision avoidance system for ships
  • Schettino parties as Concordia tow away nears

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World Wide Shipperweb site
JULY 23, 2014
  • One millionth container for year passes through Port of Tacoma
  • Seattle Port Commission holds job creation meeting
  • Landscape photography exhibit on display at Portland Airport
  • American Trucking Associations releases latest truck tonnage index
  • Mitsui takes delivery of new coal carrier

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Lloyd's Listweb site
JULY 23, 2014
  • US sanctions will not hold back Yamal LNG export project, says Novatek
    Russian gas producer confident that work will continue as planned
  • Energy sanctions against Russia are self-defeating
    Why global dependence on Russian gas may outweigh anger over the loss of flight MH17
  • Indonesia's president elect will talk to miners about export restrictions
    Bauxite and raw mineral shipments have collapsed as India and Australia fill the gap
  • Westfal-Larsen pool deal with Saga tackles changing timber and pulp market
    Fleet of 52 ships aligns with rise in larger forestry and paper companies and shift to Asia
  • MOL fixture boosts VLCC market rate
    Vessel will load Middle Eastern cargo on August 3
  • Tsakos vessel discharges first LNG at Indonesia's new FSRU
    Rise in power needs sparks expansion of imports
  • Hapag-Lloyd warns of congestion at US and Canadian ports
    Bottlenecks emerge after a rush to move cargo amid fears of a west coast strike
  • StealthGas looks for commercial edge from adding midsize LPG carriers
    Leading owner of smaller ships wants to offer charterers a more complete package
  • South Carolina savours a rise in container traffic
    Volumes handled climb 8% in the 2014 fiscal year
  • Asian piracy falls, but severity of South China Sea attacks rises
    Singapore's ReCaap notes eight pirate attacks in the South China Sea, up from five in 2013
  • Costa Concordia now under tow
    Vessel due to arrive in Genoa in four days' time
  • Box Ships wins discount for Commerzbank loan repayment
    German bank accepts 70% as it continues its retreat from shipping
  • BHP Billiton reports 20% rise in iron ore production
    Australian miner anticipates 245m tonne output for 2015
  • Shipping expects rise in turnover in 2014
    HSH Nordbank says 43% of players surveyed are expecting higher profits
  • CSD underwrites construction of Yamal LNG trio
    Guarantees of up to $490m for ice-class carriers to built at DSME applies to CSD's joint venture with Japan's MOL
  • Euronav loss does not dampen hopes for resurgent crude tanker freight market
    Expansion-minded owner looks forward to improved results in final quarters

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Sea-webweb site
JULY 23, 2014
  • US dredger wins Bahrain contract
    Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) has been awarded a $35M dredging contract to support development at Hidd Port in Bahrain. The Oak Brook, Illinois-based dredging company announced on 22 July that the contract, secured with Bahrain's Ministry of Works, is part of a two-phase project to create a 63ha
  • BV and LR tackle LNG bunkering and ships
    International classification societies Bureau Veritas and Lloyd's Register are both heavily involved in promoting the adoption of liquid natural gas (LNG) as ship fuel. Bureau Veritas (BV) has published 'Guidance on LNG Bunkering NI 618a', a comprehensive set of guidelines that have the aim of
  • Italy's cargo ports in flux
    It is all change at ports on Italy's northwest coast, with Hapag-Lloyd abandoning La Spezia, and Genoa said to have been toppled from its position as Italy's leading cargo port. Last week, German container line Hapag-Lloyd announced it was concentrating its cargo services at its core Italian ports
  • Panama first gates moved to new locks
    The Panama Canal expansion project has passed another important milestone with the transfer of the first 3,000-tonne steel gates to the new Atlantic side locks complex. Eight of the 16 rolling gates that will be used for the new locks are already in Panama. The remaining eight will arrive in two
  • Costa Concordia gets under way
    The Costa Concordia began its final voyage from the Italian island of Giglio to the port of Genoa shortly before 09.00 local time today. Final preparations for its departure got under way at 06.00. Salvors waited for the arrival of a final ferry from the mainland at 08.30 before disconnecting the
  • Winning Shipping looks to ship Malaysian bauxite
    Singapore and Qingdao-based Winning Shipping is said to be in the market for a Supramax bulker to load bauxite in Malaysia. The request has piqued the interest of brokers and chartering managers as bauxite shipments have been hard to come by after Indonesia imposed export taxes on the
  • Thailand to improve infrastructure
    Thailand's military government is to develop its rail and road infrastructure as it prepares for ASEAN's economic community next year. "The priority will be on rail transport. This is the difficulty we have faced," said Chula Sukmanop, director-general of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy
  • Thailand reveals more about port development
    Thailand's military rulers plan to develop its ports and water transport system with specific rather than sweeping measures, a government official told a Bangkok meeting today. No major new infrastructure is planned but there will be a dedicated coastal terminal at the country's gateway port of Laem
  • Business closed in Taiwan as typhoon hits
    Business across Taiwan is closed today as torrential rain and strong winds are forecast across the island after Typhoon Matmo's expected landfall on its east coast early this morning. Shipping services between Green Island, Orchid Island, and Taitung were suspended from Tuesday for three days.
  • Prosecution shifts focus to Sewol owner's family
    South Korean prosecutors have turned their attention to the family of the fugitive owner of the ferry Sewol after the latter's death was confirmed. Yoo Byung Eun, 73, the owner of Chonghaejin Marine, had been wanted for more than two months as prosecutors sought to question him over his alleged
  • Ezion enters sale and purchase agreement with AusGroup
    Singapore-listed offshore service provider, Ezion Holdings Limited (EOL), has entered into a sale and purchase agreement with AusGroup for the disposal of Ezion Offshore Logistics Hub and Teras at an aggregate consideration of SGD55M ($44.3M). EOL's primary business involves the operation of a port
  • HHI develops anti-collision system
    Hyundai HI said today that it has developed an anti-collision system, the Hyundai Intelligent Collision Avoidance Support System (HiCASS) to ensure safe and optimum navigation of vessels. The system searches the optimum sea routes and prevents collisions by automatically detecting potential
  • COSCO shipyards win barge, bulker contracts
    Singapore-listed COSCO Corporation (Singapore) has announced that its shipyards have secured contracts valued at approximately $300M to build one accommodation barge and seven bulk carriers. COSCO (Zhoushan) Shipyard has won contracts from a European company to build one DP3 accommodation barge
  • Cargo ship goes adrift in South China Sea
    A general cargo ship went adrift in South China Sea yesterday, according to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Rainbow Joy, owned by Ocean Eleven Shipping Corporation, reported sustaining mechanical or operational failure that disabled the ship. Rainbow Joy was drifting in the South
  • East Sunrise orders 10 platforms
    Hong Kong East Sunrise Group disclosed that it had placed new orders for 10 jack-up offshore platforms at shipyards of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). The new orders will cost a total of CNY10Bn ($1.6Bn), with deliveries scheduled within 18 months from the beginning of the
  • Paraxylene lull weighs on chemical tankers
    A quiet period for paraxylene demand is weighing down on the chemical tanker market in northeast Asia. Freight rates for intra-northeast Asia shipments, based on 3,000-tonne parcels, now stand at around $25/tonne, a 12.28% year-on-year decline, according to chemical tanker brokerage SPI Marine. IHS

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
JULY 23, 2014
  • Military exercises threaten China's air cargo recovery
    The recent recovery in China's air cargo exports could stall this month as flight cancellations and lengthy delays hit airports across China's eastern seaboard where suspected military drills are wreaking havoc on commercial air space that is already in short supply. Hundreds of flights have been canceled since Monday, and state...
  • Stifel: Forwarding growth reined in by overcapacity
    Chronic overcapacity in air and ocean container markets presents a long-term obstacle to profitability of forwarders, which achieve better results when rates are higher, according to Stifel. In a report released today, Stifel said overcapacity in both ocean container and air freight markets will hurt freight forwarders in the long run....
  • Drivers sue US agency over truck driver safety info
    Six members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a class-action suit in accusing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of unlawfully disseminating reports of driver safety records to potential employers. The FMCSA's Pre-Employment Screening Program compiles records that include a commercial vehicle driver's five-year crash and three-year inspection history. The lawsuit,...
  • Route clear for US Senate vote on short-term highway bill
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate will vote this week on a House bill that would pump $10.9 billion into the dwindling Highway Trust Fund, keeping funding for road and bridge projects flowing to states until next May. At the same time, the Senate will consider four amendments to the...
  • INTTRA to focus on digital strategy under new CEO
    John F. Fay, new CEO of INTTRA.INTTRA has hiredJohn F. Fay as CEO, effective immediately, in line with the e-commerce shipping network's new digital strategy. Fay replaces Ken Bloom, who announced his departure from INTTRA in March 2014. Bloom had been INTTRA's CEO since its founding by six container lines in 2000. Fay most...
  • Imports drive Barcelona's container growth
    The Port of Barcelona handled 886,000 20-foot-equivalent units during the first half of 2014, up 7 percent from the same period last year as imports showed a significant improvement. The port, which is positioning itself as the gateway to southern Europe for goods imported from Asia, handled 214,110 import containers during...
  • Drewry trans-Pacific benchmark loses ground before planned August rate hike
    The Drewry benchmark spot rate from Hong Kong to Los Angeles dropped $100 this week to $1,800 per FEU. Full-size chart With another week left before carriers in the trans-Pacific lanes attempt a general rate increase of $600 per 40-foot container, spot rates from Asia to the U.S. West Coast dropped once...
  • ATA urges US Senate to shorten highway bill 'patch' and go long on infrastructure
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Trucking Associations is urging the U.S. Senate to pass a shorter "short-term patch" to the Highway Trust Fund than that approved by the House of Representatives earlier this month and then quickly move to finding a long-term funding solution. The House approved legislation earlier this month...
  • Big ships boost container volume at Kaohsiung port
    Taiwan's largest port, Kaohsiung, boasted its second-highest throughput on record in June as larger vessels called at the port and island trade showed strong growth. Kaohsiung handled 914,000 20-foot-equivalent-unit containers last month, a year-over-year increase of 17 percent, according to the Taiwan International Port Corp., a government body that runs the...
  • Tied in knots
    Virtually everyone with a stake in container shipping is focusing on two main issues these days: the West Coast longshore contract negotiations and what's next now that the P3 mega-alliance is dead. Regarding the first issue, shippers are breathing a sigh of relief because there haven't been any major disruptions at...
  • IMF frets over German banks' toxic container ship loans
    German banks' toxic shipping loans are a matter of concern ahead of the European Central Bank's stress tests, the International Monetary Fund warned. German banks are "generally well positioned," but those with extensive shipping loans "could be a source of further impairments," the IMF said in its latest country report on...
  • Scheduled events could push ILWU talks into August
    The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday. The caucus of democratically elected union members discussed a number of issues, including progress in the contract negotiations with waterfront employers. ILWU spokesman...
  • Drayage sector warns of strike at Port Metro Vancouver
    The union representing about 400 harbor truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver has given Canadian officials until July 30 to enforce government-mandated pay rates for drivers, or face another possible trucker strike at Canada's largest port. "We will reconvene next Wednesday. We expect time frames," said Gavin McGarrigle, director of the...
  • Rising demand has Asia's air cargo sector on a high
    The air freight market out of Asia is taking off, with solid figures reported by terminals, carriers, forwarders and the semiconductor industry, which plays a significant role in driving air cargo growth. Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Ltd. reported record-setting numbers with international cargo volume up 15 percent in the...

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TradeWindsweb site
JULY 23, 2014
  • Costamare beats bets
    Costamare reported a drop in second-quarter earnings that was less severe than analysts expected.
  • Concordia's final voyage
    The wreck of the Costa Concordia has begun its last voyage, as salvors tow the cruiseship to Genoa for shipbreaking.
  • Euronav shrinks loss
    Euronav trimmed its losses in the second quarter as it revealed a rising rate spot environment for VLCCs and suezmaxes.
  • MSC sued
    Two Californian companies have sued Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) over a shipment of allegedly rotten fruit.
  • GulfMark estimates dip
    Iberia Capital Partners has slashed its earnings forecasts for GulfMark Offshore as an analyst expressed concerns about the future of the North Sea market.
  • Nigeria eyes tanker move
    Nigeria is inviting domestic owners to form a new national tanker company for crude exports.
  • Nakilat JV nets $110m deals
    Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine has secured contracts worth $110m, it announced today.
  • Samudera bounces back
    Singapore-listed owner Samudera Shipping Line has said it will sell more ships after it returned to profit in the second quarter.
  • Broker merger approved
    The merger of London brokers Braemar Shipping Services and ACM Shipping has been sanctioned by the UK high court of justice.
  • Israel calls pulled
    Two more cruise lines have halted calls in Israel as violence in Gaza continues.
  • NSB under fire
    The UK's RMT union has warned of a "race to the bottom" after Germany's NSB threatened to bring in cheaper crews.
  • BMZ snaps up tanker
    A Turkish company run by prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son has paid a reported $35m for a new products tanker.
  • Stifel sounds MLP support
    Stifel has backed more shipowners to complete MLP spin-offs as it tweaked earnings estimates for some existing companies in the peer group.
  • CSDC backs Yamal orders
    China Shipping Development Co (CSDC) has guaranteed orders for three LNG carriers signed for at DSME by its joint venture with Japan's MOL.
  • Second half hope
    Vard set for an improvement in the back half of 2014 given recent orders, analyst says.
  • Boxship towed
    An Indian boxship is heading back to a repair yard after its engine failed.
  • Trial runs prepared
    India and Bangladesh are to start trial runs for a new coastal service in October.
  • Substitute needed
    Condor Ferries is seeking a replacement vessel after a ro-pax grounded off the UK.
  • Mitsubishi plans terminal
    Mitsubishi Corp says it is entering Australia's diesel market by building a AUD 110m ($104m) gas oil import terminal.
  • RIG files MLP IPO
    Transocean has filed a registration statement for an IPO in the US for shares in its master limited partnership (MLP) Transocean Partners.
  • Bauxite imports surge
    China saw imports of bauxite jump nearly 40% last month, but the figure was still well down on pre-Indonesian ban highs.

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American Shipperweb site
JULY 23, 2014
  • DOT proposes new tank-car standards
    Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., said the proposed rules are "a step in the right direction," but added that regulators and industry officials are not done working "to ensure that crude oil can be transported safely by rail."
  • Railroads reap second-quarter profits
  • Truck tonnage off slightly in June
  • Delta Q2 cargo revenue down 1%
  • Dachser completes acquisition of Korean JV
    "We plan to pursue the targeted expansion of our activities in the Korean market and leverage the close logistical connection to Greater China, the U.S. and Europe for our customers," Dachser Korea's managing director, Roman Muller, said.
  • Port Canaveral pier damaged in accident
    The damage, which is expected to take three months to repair, will not slow cargo operations, but may require ships to be moved to alternative berths, according to port officials. Larger biodiesel tankers that use the pier will require help.
  • Report: Crowley in talks to buy Horizon Puerto Rico operations
  • Service to Iranian ports resuming
  • ATA backs short extension of highway bill
    The Senate bill being debated would provide 10 months of funding, through next May, for the Highway Trust Fund, from various new revenue sources and budgetary maneuvering. The House last week approved a similar measure.
  • Executive moves

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
JULY 23, 2014
  • Firms to conduct study of gas turbines for ships
    Aim is to get technology approved for commercial use, says GE Marine.
  • Global bunker broker looking for new hires
    'Glander International Bunkering is looking for experienced bunker trader and broker professionals.'
  • Prices send mixed signals across Europe
    Five vessels waiting to bunker at Gibraltar.
  • Fujairah prices lack direction
    Prices generally firm in South Africa.
  • 'Start date uncertain' for Durban port project
    Plans to quadruple container handling capacity have faced opposition.
  • European port opts for 'cold-ironing'
    Hamburg Port Authority hopes cruise terminal will be supplying shore-side electricity in less than a year.
  • Matson settles fuel surcharge case
    Out of court payment no admission of guilt.
  • New storage terminal for Australia
    Australian venture a response to rising demand for oil product imports.
  • Fuel oil exports fall
    Russian refinery damaged by fire could be back on line next month.
  • Asian prices spiralling down
    Mixed demand seen in Singapore, Hong Kong.
  • Bunkering disrupted at Argentinean ports
    Action by tugboat operators hits bunkering operations.
  • Chinese bunker supplier to extend market reach
    Firm planning to expand distribution network beyond China.
  • Offshore firm places new vessel order
    Vessel designer claims improved diesel fuel efficiency with newbuilding.

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