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Sched Netweb site
MARCH 26, 2014
  • Record revenue of US$5.5 billion this year for Suez Canal
  • P3 may launch mid-year with US approval, pending China's, EU's nod
  • CSAV shareholders vote yes for Hapag-Lloyd box shipping merger
  • Vancouver back-to-work law developing, striking truckers still defiant
  • Vessels collide causing oil spill, leaving Houston congested amid clean-up
  • Chinese ports take up half of world's top 20 in SISI survey of 2013
  • Agility posts 37pc profit increase to US$164 million, revenue down 3pc
  • Chinese telecom giant ZTE sets up transit centre at Cosco's Pireaus port
  • Seaspan receives energy saver, 10,000 TEU-ship for Hanjin charter
  • Germany best trading nation, China 28th , Singapore, HK slip: World Bank
  • Asia Business sentiment mixed on fears of global economy, China exports
  • State oceanic bureau claims warming, rising seas caused by climate change
  • Air China receives regulatory approval for 26 Boeing and Airbus jets
  • Boeing accelerates production of Next-Gen 737 to 42 a month
  • 75pc of AMI's export shipments are sent out of Manchester airport

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Exim Indiaweb site
MARCH 25, 2014
  • Kalmar to launch new generation electric forklift
  • Scrapping seen at a high this year
  • Suraj Forwarders selects Logi-Sys to edge out competition
  • US to relax tolerance norms for Indian Basmati
  • Kamarajar Port starts land revaluation process
  • VSPL gives warm sendoff to FC Bulk Express
  • Westports' handling capacity to increase to 11 m TEUs by year-end
  • Railways' freight revenue & volume up during Apr.-Feb.
  • Exporters seek release of duty drawback
  • Exports can gain from new regional free trade blocs: Commerce Secy
  • GAIL (I) signs pact with Japanese firm for joint LNG import
  • Indian Baltic Chamber of Commerce pushes for stronger Indo-Lithuanian trade ties
  • INR rallies further against dollar

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International Transport Journalweb site
MARCH 26, 2014
  • Green Cargo hauls bio fuel for Söderenergi
  • "Sad and tragic day" at Malaysia Airlines
  • TFG Transfracht steps up connections to Leipzig
  • ECA fines cheaper than switching bunker
  • Switzerland's most modern logistics centre opens
  • VTG presents optimistic outlook for 2014
  • New names for two European airports
  • Port of Los Angeles: the search goes on
  • Unitechnik: project management in new hands
  • EU supports IMO-ACP cooperation
  • WWPC gathers in Thailand
  • Asian Pacific airlines carry less freight in February
  • Truck sales double in Africa
  • Verzerrter Wettbewerb?
  • Bisnode changing top executive

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Marine Logweb site
MARCH 25, 2014
  • Houston Ship Channel reopens for limited marine traffic
  • LNG carrier to have Wärtsilä dual fuel two stroke engine
  • Fishing vessel's power modes include hybrid system
  • HAVEP shows "reasonable" SOLAS compliance
  • Shipyard De Hoop wins order for Transmix vessel
  • Becker Cross Over Rudder promises major fuel savings
  • Inmarsat data used to determine fate of lost plane

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World Wide Shipperweb site
MARCH 25, 2014
  • Interim LA port director will not seek permanent post
  • Saltchuk named to list of top ethical companies
  • Mitsui celebrates graduation of seafarer training students
  • Port of Seattle releases February container numbers
  • Georgia Ports Authority sees container count gain

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Lloyd's Listweb site
MARCH 25, 2014
  • Giant containership operators face increased bankruptcy risk
    Pressures are greater now than at the peak of the financial crisis, says Alix Partners
  • Dry cargo paper trades surge as the market brightens
    Signals that the segment is over the worst with traded volumes up 61% so far this year
  • Benefits to Europe's SOx cheats will outweigh the penalties
    SeaIntel highlights discrepancies in the ways countries enforce emission-discharge rules
  • Shipping and logistics faces economic fallout from Ukraine crisis
    Ports in Turkey and Romania take the strain as Russia's terminals are overstretched
  • DVB hikes shipping provisions as profits fall
    Driese is cautiously optimistic for 2014 despite 12% drop in annual pre-tax profit
  • Growing secondary market for shipping loans
    Key trend emerges as banks seek to curb their exposure, but investors need to move now or miss the boat
  • Cosco Pacific posts double-digit volume growth and a slim net profit
    Free to read: Equity throughput rose 10% to 17.2m teu
  • How to define and control dry cargo market risk
    Western Bulk's bespoke risk-modelling aims to beat the market
  • Pan Ocean names preferred bidder in Heungkuk bank sale
    Struggling dry bulk operator plans to offload small mutual savings bank bought in 2011
  • Australia judge frees HNA Group capesize Bulk Peace
    Free to read: Court lifts arrest order as Shagang Shipping fails to prove China firm is beneficial owner
  • Behrendt disappointed as Hapag-Lloyd posts net loss
    German line sees better operating profit but chairman hits out at irrational pricing
  • Tanker Investments starts trading as a listed company in Oslo
    New Teekay company is well-placed to acquire secondhand tonnage

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Fairplayweb site
MARCH 25, 2014
  • Houston Ship Channel partially reopens
    Commercial vessel traffic has been allowed to re-enter the Houston Ship Channel on a limited basis after an oil spill forced a three-day shutdown of America's busiest energy shipping gateway
  • Dawei megaport to go ahead
    The Dawei megaport project is to go ahead but at a slower pace, a Thai government official told IHS Maritime today
  • New order for Wärtsilä engine
    The new Wärtsilä low-pressure, 2-stroke, dual-fuel engine (DF) that meets the demand of the market has been endorsed with an important new order
  • Tanker Investments slips at Oslo trading
    Shares in Tanker Investments Ltd (TIL), the Teekay group spin-off that invests in second-hand ships, slipped slightly as trading began on the Oslo Stock Exchange this morning
  • Carnival 2Q forecast disappoints
    Carnival Corp posted better than expected results for its previous quarter, but its stock has pulled back on a weaker than expected outook for the current quarter
  • Wärtsilä launches 46DF engine
    Wärtsilä has introduced the new dual fuel 46DF engine which will target the high-output market segment, including cruise ships and ferries, merchant vessels, LNG carriers and floating storage and regasification units

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
MARCH 25, 2014
  • Ship Traffic Resumes After Houston Oil Spill
    The Houston Ship Channel was partially reopened to vessel traffic on today, three days after a barge carrying 900,000 gallons of oil collided with a cargo vessel, spilling about 170,000 gallons of oil into the busy ship channel. The Port of Houston, passing on information it received from the Coast Guard,...
  • Li & Fung Buys China Container Line
    Li & Fung, the Hong Kong-based consumer goods sourcing, logistics and distribution group, has acquired China Container Line as part of a new restructuring strategy that will focus on sourcing and logistics and move away from global brands. The company, which supplies some of the world's biggest retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target...
  • Yokohama Container Trade Sinks
    The Port of Yokohama in Japan saw its container trade with foreign countries plunge 5.2 percent in 2013 from a year earlier to about 2.588 million 20-foot-equivalent units (TEUs), according to preliminary figures released by the Yokohama municipal government. In 2013, the Port of Yokohama exported 1.388 million TEUs of containers,...
  • Railroads, NITL Clash Over Reciprocal Switching Proposal
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. rail industry and the nation's largest shipper group today presented to the Surface Transportation Board widely disparate scenarios about what would happen if the rail regulatory agency mandated reciprocal switching for certain railroad customers. The National Industrial Transportation League said the proposed rule change would "inject" a...
  • Back-to-Work Legislation Targets Vancouver Drayage Drivers
    An on-strike container-truck driver pulls over his truck in a street during the protest at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver, Canada, March 21, 2014. Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA/Newscom.The provincial government of British Columbia was making progress today on implementing a back-to-work bill designed to end a crippling truckers' strike...
  • Anacostia Rail Holdings, Pacific Harbor Line To Get Four Top Safety Awards
    CHICAGO, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Harbor Line and its parent company Anacostia Rail Holdings ( will receive four top safety awards from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association April 24 at its annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. Pacific Harbor Line will receive the President's Award for posting the most hours of injury-free...
  • APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive invests in high-capacity rakes, gears up new rail-based offering for finished vehicles in India
    NEW DELHI, India, 25 March 2014: APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive today announced it has placed orders with Kolkata-based freight car maker Texmaco Rail & Engineering for three rail rakes. Each rail rake - equipped with 27 wagons - is capable of carrying more than 300 vehicles. The delivery of the first...
  • ILA Members Rally Against Waterfront Commission
    Longshoremen rally against the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.Several hundred New York-New Jersey longshoremen halted work for two hours today to cheer union, business and political officials who denounced the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor and urged repeal of the commission's authority over dockworker hiring. "The Waterfront Commission is...
  • AirBridgeCargo launches B747F services to Dallas/Fort Worth and increases Chicago operations
    Russia's largest cargo carrier, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), is expanding its presence in the U.S. market with the launch of Boeing 747-8 freighter flights linking Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) with Amsterdam and Moscow. New twice-weekly all-cargo flights from Dallas/Fort Worth will operate on Mondays and Thursdays to Amsterdam Schiphol and Moscow's Sheremetyevo airports. The...
  • Cheryl Johnson Joins Echo Global Logistics as Senior Vice President of Talent
    CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/25/14 -- Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECHO), a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced today the appointment of Cheryl Johnson to the post of Senior Vice President of Talent. Ms. Johnson holds more than 16 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments. Ms....
  • EVO Trillium, LLC breaks ground on new CNG fueling station at Central Freight Lines terminal in Fort Worth, Texas
    Tolleson, AZ - EVO CNG and its joint venture partner, TrilliumCNG are pleased to announce the start of construction for a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station located at the Central Freight Lines terminal located at 5200 East Loop 820 South in Fort Worth, Texas. The station will open Spring 2014. The station...
  • Truckload Carriers Expand Through Acquisitions
    Schneider National is No. 2 in the JOC's ranking of the Top 25 Truckload Carriers in 2013.When it came to expansion, the 25 largest truckload carriers idled their engines last year, increasing their combined revenue by just 0.6 percent to $25.6 billion. The growth they did enjoy came largely from...
  • DVB Bank Posts Lower Profit as Shipping Loss Provisions Jump
    DVB Bank, one of the leading financiers to the international transport sector, today posted a decline of almost 12 percent its net income for 2013 as it made record loss provisions for loans to the crisis-hit maritime industry, including container shipping. The German bank's consolidated net income after taxes fell to...
  • AlixPartners Warns Some Ocean Carriers Face Bankruptcy
    Some container lines have taken on so much debt in recent years to order new, more efficient mega-ships that they are now in a struggle for survival. The global container shipping industry as a whole face a greater risk of financial distress, including possible bankruptcy, than at any time since 2010,...
  • Shippers, Forwarders Increasingly Opt for Index-Linked Contracts, Drewry Says
    Growing numbers of shippers and freight forwarders are signing index-linked container contracts (ILCCs) with ocean carriers in response to increased market volatility, according to Drewry Maritime Research. The move toward ILCCs appears to be driven mainly by the need to simplify contract negotiations during periods of high freight rate volatility, as...

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TradeWindsweb site
MARCH 25, 2014
  • As seen on TV
    Monday marked the 25-year anniversary of the oil spill involving the Exxon Valdez, the tanker that crashed into an Alaskan reef and sent over 11 million gallons of crude into Prince William Sound.
  • Spill sparks suit
    Kirby Inland Marine of the US and Greek bulker operator Cleopatra Shipping Agency have emerged as the targets of a lawsuit that stems from an oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel.
  • Tipster passes torch
    An equity analyst at JP Morgan has transferred research coverage of US-listed shipping stocks to long-time colleague Nishant Mani.
  • Liner risk rises
    The outlook may have brightened for some sectors of the shipping industry but stock listed containerlines are at more risk of going out of business today than they were three years ago, a new report says.
  • Branson in cruise move
    Billionaire Richard Branson has announced plans to start his own cruise line.
  • NWS hits back
    Russia's North-Western Shipping (NWS) has defended its crew pay levels after a row with a Finnish union.
  • Beware great expectations
    Jefferies has challenged the consensus view of a dry cargo market recovery warning investors to be aware of heightened expectations.
  • Fuel burns Carnival
    Carnival Corp was dragged into the red by fuel derivatives in the first quarter and is warning of the potential for further negative earnings in the next three months.
  • CMES falls to loss
    China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) has slipped to a loss for 2013 as costs grew.
  • Epic Gas seals finance
    Singapore-based gas carrier outfit Epic Gas has secured a loan to help fund its expansion drive.
  • West takes Euroseas stake
    West Capital Management has emerged as a major investor in Aristides Pittas-led Euroseas.
  • De Hoop's African coup
    Shipyard De Hoop has bagged an order for a multifunctional support vessel from Awaritse Nigeria.
  • Vosco under scrutiny
    The shares of Vietnam Ocean Shipping (Vosco) has been placed under supervision after it posted a loss for 2013.
  • TIL opens in Oslo
    Teekay spin-off Tanker Investments Ltd (TIL) has had a quiet start to life on the Oslo Stock Exchange as its stock traded down on debut today.
  • Ukraine port calls pulled
    Six cruiseship companies are re-routing vessels from Ukraine as Russia continues to strengthen its grip on Crimea.
  • Fehn likes Latvia
    Germany's Fehn Ship Management is planning to reflag at least two of its vessels to the Latvian register within months.
  • Cosco Pacific beats bets
    Cosco Pacific has turned in a strong set of full year figures.
  • Tanker crew to be freed
    Libya has pledged to release the crew of Morning Glory, the tanker that tried to carry crude from a rebel-held Libyan port last month.
  • Spill strands LPG ships worth $680m
    Some of the world's largest LPG shipowners have seen vessels held up by the closure of the Houston Ship Channel following an oil spill.
  • DVB loss provisions rise
    German lender DVB Bank has made higher provisions for shipping loan losses as 2013 profit fell.
  • OW Bunker sells out
    OW Bunker will begin trading on the Nasdaq OMX on Friday after closing its IPO early due to high demand.
  • Stolt reverses gains
    Norway's Stolt-Nielsen has agreed to reverse $12.3m in non-cash gains relating to the 2012 acquisitions of two tank terminals.
  • Blackstone in at Ardmore
    Private equity power Blackstone has emerged as one of the largest investors in products tanker owner Ardmore Shipping.
  • Grand Circle adds one
    Grand Circle Cruise Line has bought a 98-passenger cruiseship for Antarctic operations.
  • Longhe adds cargoships
    China's Yangzhou Longhe Shipbuilding has won a deal from Korea for two firm 3,700-dwt general cargoships with an option for a third.
  • Sula seeks PE cash
    India's Sula Shipping and Logistics is hoping to raise $150m to fund fleet expansion.
  • Addax extends FPSO
    BW Offshore has agreed a long-term contract extension for an FPSO unit deployed off the coast of Nigeria.
  • Subsea 7 eyes newbuild
    Subsea 7 is reported to be inviting tenders for the construction of a new $500m high-spec flexible pipelay vessel.
  • Astomos back at MHI
    Astomos Energy Corp has returned to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to order an additional VLGC newbuilding.
  • BG sums up savings
    An expanded Panama Canal could be a competitive shortcut to the Far East for LNG carriers but shipments through the Arctic passages are likely to be used more opportunistically, according to BG.
  • China books mini gas ship
    Chinese ship owner Zhejiang Huaxiang Shipping Co has ordered a small LNG carrier from a domestic shipbuilder.
  • Sanctions scramble
    Certain members of the shipping industry were reeling this week in the wake of escalating tensions between the US and Russia, according to Holland & Knight.
  • CNY clips US volumes
    The US ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have both reported lower container volumes for February 2014.

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American Shipperweb site
MARCH 25, 2014
  • U.S. to talk trade with EU at Brussels summit
  • P3 to help carriers manage yield, 3PL executive says
    Ocean carriers in the new P3 Network will have increased flexibility to optimize the types of vessels deployed on particular service strings, a logistics industry executive said Monday.
  • Maersk, Rickmers fold U.S.-flag project cargo unit
    Maersk Line, Limited and Rickmers-Linie (Americas) have ended their joint venture, Maersk-Rickmers U.S. Flag Project Carrier, which had operated two multipurpose ships, and have sold the vessels to Thorco Shipping.
  • Houston port still closed for oil spill cleanup
    As of Monday evening, the Port of Houston remained closed due to the continuation of oil cleanup work underway in the shipping channel. Meanwhile, there are 46 outbound vessels and 47 inbound vessels in the queue for transit in the port.
  • AirBridgeCargo to launch Dallas flights
    AirBridgeCargo Airlines will launch twice-weekly, Boeing 747-8 freighter service on Monday to Dallas. The flight will link Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with Amsterdam Schiphol and Moscow Sheremetyevo.
  • NEWSFLASH: 2014 'bleak' for container carriers
    This year's outlook for the container shipping industry is "bleak" and publicly-listed global container shipping companies "face a greater risk of financial distress, including possible bankruptcy, than at any time since 2010," according to the global business-advisory firm AlixPartners, which Tuesday released a new study titled "Change on the Horizon: The 2014 Container Shipping Outlook."
  • UPS invests $200M at Cologne/Bonn airport
  • Washington Notebook: Corporate giants team up to urge transport investments
  • Georgia Ports Authority reports increase in TEUs
  • Agility 2013 profit rises despite decreased revenue
  • Groups, regulators clash over N.Y. port hiring, rally planned
  • APL Logistics VASCOR orders more rail capacity for India auto distribution product
  • Executive moves

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
MARCH 25, 2014
  • Fujairah prices soften, Cape Town remains dry
    Cape Town suppliers have yet to give replenishment dates.
  • Houston Ship Channel reopens to barge traffic
    Waterway remains closed to other vessels.
  • Gains shortlived as Rotterdam market turns soft
    Softer pricing takes hold across most markets.
  • Glycerine event planned for June
    Workshop to explore alternative marine fuel and get feedback from potential users.
  • Indian port to see bunker volumes 'more than double'
    Kochi is seeing a steady increase in bunker sales, according to data obtained by Bunkerworld.
  • Maersk director: Slow steaming needed in intra-Asia trade
    Says container lines are destroying their own market by competing too hard, and need to cut costs.
  • LNG 'rapidly gaining acceptance' as a bunker fuel
    Pilot projects 'are backed by policy makers.'
  • OW Bunker: IPO brought forward
    Strong demand means earlier launch for listing.
  • Asian bunker prices display mixed picture
    Prices lacking clear direction across key hubs.
  • Shipping group cuts yearly losses
    Bottom line helped by lower bunker costs.
  • Shipowner buys dual fuel engines for LNG carriers
    Engine represents 'a very feasible solution' for vessel class, says engine maker.
  • FMC: Lower fuel consumption a benefit of P3 Alliance
    US regulators have cleared the P3 alliance.
  • Houston Ship Channel remains closed on bunker spill
    Over 90 vessels in queue for transit at the Port of Houston.
  • Greater blending will create problems with quality, warns ex-IBIA chairman
    ECA-derived demand for low sulphur material could leave quality issues in its wake, says Simon Neo.

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