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Sched Netweb site
MARCH 19, 2015
  • Hong Kong 3rd runway a done deal, but Cathay irked by user fee financing
  • Singapore oil exports plunge 47.7pc as OW Bunker haunts market
  • Cathay profit up 20.2pc to US$406.02 million as revenues rise 5.5pc
  • Consultant study: Most listed ocean carriers in financial 'distress zone'
  • February marks second month of 18pc increases of Charleston box volume
  • Clarkson profit up 35pc to US$5.6 million as revenues rise 20pc
  • NCSP Group cargo throughput rises 8pc in January-February
  • US poultry exports at risk after new case of avian flu emerges
  • Poultry demand to soar after Indian state bans beef
  • Vietnam learns its lesson, distances state from private sector port action
  • Unmanned vehicles to change the face of transportation industry
  • DHL Global Forwarding profit down 8.9pc to US$1.89 billion, sales up 2.2pc
  • Virgin Atlantic Cargo achieves revenues of US$327m for 2014
  • Servisair takeover puts Swissport revenue up 38pc to US$2.8 billion

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Exim Indiaweb site
MARCH 18, 2015
  • DHL launches new global brand campaign
  • MOL Group establishes 'MOL Project & Heavy Cargo'
  • BUDGET REACTION - Mr Ravindra Gandhi, Regional Director, Peel Ports Group
  • Govt forms task force for roads, highways & ports
  • Indo-Iranian trade agreement in Indian rupees-UCO Bank's role
  • INR turns marginally weak on fresh dollar demand
  • CONquest 2015 provides food for thought & celebrates success

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International Transport Journalweb site
MARCH 19, 2015
  • First breakthrough on Ceneri base tunnel
  • Merger in South Africa
  • Frankfurt Hahn loses biggest cargo customer
  • Intercargo Hungary moves head office
  • Moscow-Kazan railway - construction going ahead
  • Springtime in Europe's air and road traffic sector
  • US railway splashing out on improvements
  • Green ship technology award goes to Stena
  • New deal for ND
  • Tam Cargo inaugurates Latam's largest terminal
  • Liebherr produces new flagship crane
  • Switzerland: concerns about competitiveness
  • New intermodal hub in Ontario
  • Bifa appoints policy and compliance advisor
  • Gothenburg reduces emissions

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IHS Maritimeweb site
MARCH 18, 2015
  • Updated: Costa recalls cruise trips after Tunis terror attack
    Costa Cruises said it is carefully monitoring the situation in Tunis after gunmen attacked the Bardo National Museum, killing at least 17 foreign tourists today. The line's Costa Fascinosa cruise ship is currently berthed in the Tunisian capital as part of its scheduled seven-day cruise of the West Mediterranean.
  • Box volumes plunge at LA ports
    Los Angeles and Long Beach ports' latest container figures reflect an earlier cargo buildup with a 17% year-on-year plunge in February's import-export volume. Imports fell 18% year on year to 458,687 teu while exports dropped 17% to 242,518 teu at the largest US container port complex. Congestion,
  • Sobelmar seeks US court protection
    Belgium's Sobelmar Antwerp NV has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Connecticut to protect itself from German lender HSH Nordbank. Sobelmar's fleet is comprised of four Handysize bulkers: the 2009-built Brasschaat and Zarachensk and the 2010-built Vyritsa and Kovdor. Sobelmar borrowed USD82.8
  • Europol sets up centre to tackle people smuggling
    A maritime intelligence centre to target people traffickers in the Mediterranean Sea has been opened by Europol, the European Union's (EU) law enforcement agency. Stationed at Europol's headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands, the Joint Operational Team Mare (JOT Mare) is an intelligence-led attempt
  • Ultrabulk warns of weak 2015 on demand concerns
    Ultrabulk has forecast that dry bulk demand will rise even less in 2015 than last year. In its 2014 annual report released today, the Chilean Ultramar group's Danish dry bulk shipping unit also predicted timecharter rates would fail to match their 2014 figure. "For the total dry bulk market,
  • European forwarders reveal muted outlook
    Freight forwarders in Europe expect their ocean freight bookings to flatline over the coming two months, says Danske Bank. In its European Freight Forwarding Index published today, Danske reports volume expectations for sea freight during April at 50, down from March's outlook of 52 points. As
  • European cruise market loses steam in 2014
    European cruise demand was almost static in 2014, when 6.39 million of the continent's holidaymakers booked a cruise, up only 0.5% on the previous year. The trend significantly slows the market's expansion, according to new Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) figures. "Since the
  • Cyclonic weather halts MH370 search
    The search for the missing Malaysian aircraft MH370 has been marred by cyclones, which have halted the search for several days, The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) reported today. While category 5 Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu, piling yachts onto each other in Port Villa in the Pacific
  • Chinese yards new orders down 78.9%
    Chinese shipyards' new orders slumped 78.9% year on year (y/y) to 3.8 million dwt in the first two months of 2015, the China National Association of Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) said on 18 March. The orderbook of the Chinese shipbuilders grew 1.8% y/y to 147.6 million dwt at the end of February,
  • Zhoushan ship exports to rise 15% in 2015
    Ship exports of Zhoushan in Zhejiang Province, China, are expected to increase by 15% this year, showed data released by the local government. The city's ship exports valued a total of USD2.538 billion in 2014, up 6.68% from the USD2.379 billion in 2013. According to Fu Zhiye, a local ship trade
  • China's first 30,000 m³ LNG carrier launched
    China's first 30,000 m³ LNG carrier, designed by Shanghai Ship Research and Design Institute (SDARI), the leading ship design company in China, was launched on 4 March for test voyage. Hai Yang Shi You 301 was developed by SDARI for CNOOC Energy Technology & Services and constructed at China State
  • Two marine officers charged over deadly 2012 Hong Kong ferry crash
    Two marine officers in Hong Kong have been charged over a deadly vessel collision in 2012. So Ping-chi, 58, assistant director of the Marine Department of Hong Kong, was charged with one count of misconduct in public office, local police department said. Wong Kam-ching, 60, retired senior
  • Green panel slams Nicaragua Canal plan
    Economic and environmental risk factors associated with the yet-to-be-financed Nicaragua Canal will be too high to attract interest from private investors, according to an engineering expert. Speaking in Washington, D.C., on 17 March on a panel hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue titled 'What's
  • MOL establishes unified brand for breakbulk segment
    Mitsui OSK Lines announced on 18 March that the establishment of a unified brand - MOL Project & Heavy Cargo - highlights MOL Group's capabilities in the rapidly growing plant and heavyweight cargo transport sector. The new brand reflects MOL's efforts to convey the logistics services of each group
  • XMH posts 30.4% drop in earnings
    Singapore-listed marine and industrial diesel engines distributors XMH Holdings posted a 30.4% drop year on year (y/y) to SGD23.08 million (USD16.6 million) in its revenue for the third quarter ended 31 January 2015. The lower earnings prompted a 15% y/y decrease in its profit for the third quarter
  • AAL takes heavy-lift ship on long-term charter
    Singapore-based heavy-lift and breakbulk shipping company AAL Shipping has chartered-in a heavy-lift vessel as part of its fleet expansion strategy. The ship, named AAL Galveston, will join the company's fleet on long-term timecharter and add capacity to its tramp and projects division, focusing on
  • APL Logistics signs agreement to invest in Sri Lanka
    Singapore-headquartered container transportation and shipping company APL Logistics has signed an agreement with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka for investment in the Katunayake Export Processing Zone (EPZ). APL Logistics, the logistics arm of Singapore-listed Neptune Orient Lines (NOL),
  • Pirates hijack tanker off Pulau Repong, Indonesia
    A product tanker was hijacked off Pulau Repong, Indonesia, by armed pirates, reported anti-piracy watchdog International Maritime Bureau (IMB). Singa Berlian was under way around 37 nm south of Pulau Repong when it was boarded by seven masked men armed with guns and long knives on 9 March at 21:08
  • Oil price slide deters LPG trade
    Freight rates to haul LPG on very large gas carriers (VLGCs) have been falling as US oil prices hit a six-year low this week, creating uncertainty in future LPG prices. Prices of light sweet crude closed at USD43.46 on the New York Mercantile Exchange on 16 March, the lowest since March 2009.

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Marine Logweb site
MARCH 18, 2015
  • Bestobell valves chosen for LNG-fueled harbor tug
  • DNV GL module analyzes hull and propeller performance
  • Fuel savings measures a threat to container lashings?
  • World's largest civilian hospital ship to have Azipods
  • Project aims to create Extreme Value Thruster for arctic
  • Dazzling performance by Mersey shipyard

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World Wide Shipperweb site
MARCH 18, 2015
  • Port of Bellingham eyes deal for new waterfront development
  • Drewry releases report covering on-time performance
  • Panama Canal Authority earns award for ethics
  • Greenbrier nets orders for 10,100 new railcars
  • Port of Los Angeles delivers cargo numbers for February

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Lloyd's Listweb site
MARCH 18, 2015
  • Beijing bid to attract shipping falters as owners shun Shanghai FTZ
    The Free Trade Zone has been in operation for 17 months, but so far no shipowners have chosen to register their vessels under scheme
  • EU set to reimpose IRISL sanctions
    Brussels planning to relist companies allegedly associated with Iran nuclear programme, law firm reveals
  • Lower oil price is crucial driver behind product tanker improvements
    Refineries are running at full throttle, taking advantage of lower oil prices, offering greater volumes for product tankers to carry and boosting the freight market
  • Safety regulation: lashing and securing is the next frontier
    TT Club chief looks at moves to address container safety
  • Out with the old, in with the teu?
    With the big box lines continuing to influence the movement of perishable goods, how are conventional reefership operators rising to the challenge?
  • Charles Taylor launches rights issue after strong full-year results
    Standard Club manager sees pre-tax profit jump 39%
  • GSI to conclude its $890m acquisitions and change company name
    Meanwhile, four directors have resigned but there is no divergence of views, says shipyard
  • California ports see better times ahead after February cargo plunge
    Cargo backlogs starting to clear after months of congestion
  • Cheaper oil and new sulphur regulations help boost Aegean
    Chairman Peter Georgiopoulos says good riddance to OW as Greece-based bunker supplier hikes profits
  • Navigator doubles profits in the fourth quarter
    Wilbur Ross-controlled gas carrier player benefits from lower costs and better rates

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
MARCH 18, 2015
  • Virginia port grapples with near-unprecedented congestion
    The Port of Virginia is about to enter its second week of near-unprecedented congestion that has now spread to three of its four terminals on the Elizabeth River. After the port was forced to shut down for four consecutive days in mid-February due to winter weather, the Virginia Port Authority released...
  • Shippers seek to fix broken US labor-management system
    WASHINGTON - After finally getting Congress and the Obama administration to turn their attention to U.S. West Coast congestion exacerbated by union slowdowns, shippers are lobbying for a change to what they consider a broken labor-management system. The most likely vehicle for reforming the system that allowed the International Longshore and...
  • Agility truck drivers in Kenya end strike, return to work
    Truck drivers employed by Agility in Kenya ended a strike and are back at work, the company said, after a Kenyan court issued an order calling the strike "unlawful, and therefore unprotected." The drivers, which the company said were fewer in number than previously reported, haul cargo between the Port...
  • FedEx profit soars as 'modest' global growth improves outlook
    Across-the-board gains in freight volumes and a strong peak shipping season drove FedEx profit skyward, lifting net income 53 percent year-over-year to $580 million in the fiscal quarter that ended Feb. 28, while total revenue rose 4 percent to $11.7 billion. Neither winter weather, successive holiday peaks nor significant changes in...
  • First 10,000-TEU ship calls at NY-NJ and Savannah
    The Zim Tianjin is the first ship of its size to call at the Port of Savannah. Photo credit: Stephen MortonThe ports of New York-New Jersey and Savannah have handled the first container ship with capacity of more than 10,000 20-foot-equivalent units to call on the U.S. East Coast. Zim Integrated...
  • Newark mayor to port authority: Pay more or we'll sell land
    The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, has renewed his call for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to provide more money for city-owned land the bistate agency uses for seaport and airport facilities. Mayor Ras Baraka said that if the port authority won't do so, he is prepared...
  • Panama Canal to appeal negligence award to contractor group
    The Grupo Unidos por el Canal consortium claimed it was unable to obtain basalt - a key ingredient in cement - of the kind and quantity the canal authority said would be available at the start of construction. Subsequently, the group filed a $463 million suit against the Panama Canal...
  • Global container on-time reliability improves slightly, Drewry says
    Container lines' overall on-time arrival rates on major east-west routes improved slightly in February despite U.S. West Coast port congestion that upset trans-Pacific schedules, according to Drewry Maritime Research. Some 55 percent of ships in Asia-Europe, trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trades arrived within 24 hours of their advertised estimated time of arrival,...
  • APM Terminals may look outside the box for investments
    APM Terminals took a $102 million impairment charge in the fourth quarter of 2014 because of lower traffic at Global Ports, Russia's largest container handler, in which it has a 30.75 percent stake.APM Terminals is considering investments in non-container sectors, including oil and coal, starting this year, according to the...
  • LTL's road to riches
    Less-than-truckload growth accelerated in a big way in 2014 as total market revenue grew 7.5 percent to a record $35.4 billion. After years of losing share to parcel and truckload carriers, it seems the LTL industry is finally regaining some of its old business. SJ Consulting Group estimates that LTL...
  • Healthy growth for India major ports in latest throughput data
    Containers at Nhava Sheva port. Publicly owned major ports in India reported healthy levels of container throughput growth during April 2014 to February 2015, the first 11 months of fiscal year 2014-15, compared to the volumes in the previous year, according to the latest provisional figures compiled by Container-handling in the...
  • Houston port orders nine rubber-tire gantry cranes
    The Port of Houston has ordered nine rubber-tire gantry cranes for container yard operations at the Bayport terminal. The order will bring to 69 the number of RTGs at the port. The new cranes, supplied by Konecranes, are 16-wheeled devices with diesel gensets. They will have lifting capacity of 40 long...
  • Robust auto trade drives up Japan's US exports
    Japan's exports to the U.S. rose for the sixth consecutive month in February, surging 14.3 percent to 1.215 trillion yen ($10.0 billion) on the back of brisk auto shipments, according to preliminary trade figures released by the Japanese Finance Ministry this week.Shipments of automobiles, which include trucks and buses as...
  • Martinair Cargo to lay off 110 pilots in freighter cuts
    Martinair, Air France-KLM's all-cargo unit, announced it is laying off 330 employees, including 110 pilots, as it downsizes its freighter fleet in a bid to return to profitability. "Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo has decided on a business model which requires less freighter capacity, rather than a model with no freighters at all,"...
  • Cargo contribution pushes up Cathay Pacific profits
    HONG KONG - Cathay Pacific reported a 20 percent increase in net profit for 2014 as a strong second half recovery in the cargo market helped drive up earnings to $403 million. Revenue for 2014 rose 5.5 percent year-over-year to $13 billion, with almost a quarter of that delivered by the...
  • Clean fuel law to raise cost of shipping via Hong Kong
    HONG KONG - A bill requiring ocean going ships to switch to low sulfur fuel while at berth in Hong Kong was tabled at the Legislative Council today and, if passed, will effectively raise the cost of shipping containers through the city even as it steadily loses market share to...
  • Container volumes plunged again in Los Angeles-Long Beach in February
    Container volumes in Los Angeles and Long Beach plummeted in February as the ports faced another month of severe congestion and labor problems. Los Angeles, the largest U.S. port, recorded a 10.2 percent decline in total container volume to 502,663 20-foot container units. Imports dropped 10.7 percent and exports were down...

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TradeWindsweb site
MARCH 18, 2015
  • Daebo under siege
    A bulker controlled by Taiwan Navigation has landed at the centre of a legal battle between Daebo International Shipping and one of the insolvent South Korean operator's creditors.
  • Barge adrift for months
    An unmanned Canadian supply barge, which has been sailing adrift for more than four months in the Arctic Ocean, is now approaching Russia's coast.
  • Tananbaum takes Eagle stock
    Hedge fund tycoon Steven Tananbaum has snapped up over $1m worth of shares in Eagle Bulk Shipping.
  • Van Oord's $1bn plan
    Dutch owner Van Oord is planning to spend more than EUR 1bn ($1.06bn) by 2018 on modernising its fleet.
  • NPCC orders in China
    National Petroleum Construction Co (NPCC) of the UAE has ordered two jack-up barges in China.
  • SBM helps in probe
    Dutch FPSO specialist SBM Offshore will assist Brazilian authorities investigating companies for corrupt deals with state-run Petrobras.
  • More lay-ups likely
    Shipowners are likely to remove more platform supply ships (PSVs) from the over-tonnaged North Sea spot market as rates weakened again on Wednesday.
  • Hayward nets pay rise
    Anthony Hayward's rise to the chairmanship at Glencore pushed his pay packed into seven figures in 2014.
  • Tanker burns off Korea
    All 16 crew have been evacuated from a tanker that suffered a fierce fire off South Korea.
  • Crewman goes missing
    A crewman from a Russian-flagged research vessel has gone missing off the Bahamas.
  • GSI gets facelift
    Hong Kong-listed Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) is changing its name to reflect an injection of yard assets by Chinese state parent CSSC.
  • Another nine for Navig8
    UK-headquartered pools power Navig8 has added nine more vessels to its fleet so far this month.
  • Nordic on the mend
    Nordic Shipholding seems to be back on a profitable track following a radical restructuring that took place in 2013.
  • Ultrabulk eyes more buys
    Ultrabulk is keeping an eye out for further distressed opportunities to follow up its entry into the multi-purpose sector via the hiring of a team from Copenship.
  • Ferry freed from ice
    A Marine Atlantic ferry has reached port after spending a night stuck in ice off Canada.
  • U-Ming eyes double order
    Taiwanese bulker owner U-Ming will order two new cement carriers as it phases out older ships.
  • Ferry chaos looms
    Ferry companies are warning of huge delays at Dover if the UK goes ahead with exit checks for passengers.
  • Pal wants revenue boost
    State-owned Indonesian shipbuilder PT Pal is aiming to boost revenue by 200% this year.
  • Bluewater takes a hit
    Bluewater has become the latest offshore vessel operator to be forced to take a pay cut on one of its existing charters.
  • MSC unveils US move
    MSC Cruises announced plans to deploy an innovatively designed newbuilding to the United States, a move that would up its fledgling presence in North America.
  • Navigator in clover
    Navigator Holdings has seen its net profit more than double on the back of a larger fleet and improved charter rates.
  • APL selects Sri Lanka
    Neptune Orient Lines' (NOL) logistics arm is set to establish a regional consolidation hub for South Asia in Sri Lanka.

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American Shipperweb site
MARCH 18, 2015
  • OSHA rules UP illegally disciplined worker for reporting injury
  • Mayor of Newark, N.J. wants fee on shipping containers
  • Shippers and BCOs divert cargo to avoid West Coast port congestion
  • U.S. poultry industry scrambles to contain avian flu
  • Virginia Port Authority increases box density at PMT
  • BNSF sued over tank car safety surcharges
  • MOL solidifies heavy cargo business
  • California ports see container volume drop
  • MSC will base new cruise ship in Miami
  • Service Announcements: DB Schenker Rail UK, TAM Cargo and GAC
  • Executive Moves: Riker Danzig, MatchBack Systems and Dayton Freight Lines

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
MARCH 18, 2015
  • CMA CGM 'in talks' to order trio of mega-boxships
    Sources say vessel deliveries could start in 2017.
  • Gunvor reportedly receives Rosneft oil tender
    Three years after exiting Russian oil market, report says.
  • Report: Tanker engulfed in flames sinks off South Korea
    All 16 crewmembers have reportedly been evacuated to safety.
  • Ports lying outside ECAs 'gaining favour'
    Survey of vehicle-handling ports shows 'competitive lift' for ports were sulphur regulations don't apply.
  • Hong Kong emissions law may cost shippers
    Box lines mulling passing on extra cost of fuel.
  • Bunker ports in the Russia Far East see volumes double
    Nakhodka now outstrips St Petersburg and Novorossiysk, claims market observer.
  • Belgian dry bulk operator seeks protection
    Sobelmar aims re-emerge from restructuring.
  • Dock workers call for strict enforcement of emissions rules
    Hong Kong dock workers have reported a range of breathing problems.
  • Oil terminal boost to Cape Verde bunkering
    Two-pier terminal in place at Mindelo
  • Vladivostok: Bunker taxes could be lifted next year
    'Free port' status sought.
  • Finnlines orders vessel scrubber system
    System to be installed on the MS Finnmerchant.
  • Cruise company orders fuel-saving propulsion system
    Other vessels of Norwegian Cruise Line use similar system.
  • Bunker sales triple at Russian port
    Increased cargo flows into Crimea boosts ship calls.
  • Glander International Bunkering expands Dubai ops
    To accommodate growth.
  • Aegean poised to benefit from ECA market
    Company has infrastructure to support demand for 0.10% sulphur product.

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