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Sched Netweb site
MARCH 20, 2015
  • DP World profit up 25.1pc to US$676 million as revenue rises 11.3pc
  • LA-Long Beach February volumes fall 17pc to 702,205 TEU
  • 40pc of 400 shippers, 200 3PLs plan to shift from west to east coast ports
  • NY-NJ battles cargo backlogs, dashing hopes of USWC market share grab
  • Hapag-Lloyd intends to sell 16 boxships in fleet reform post CSAV merger
  • Savannah docks its biggest ship yet, the 10,000-TEU Zim Tianjin
  • US Labour Secretary: West coast waterfront bosses need new leaders
  • NY-NJ battles cargo backlogs, dashing hopes of USWC market share grab
  • Melbourne port's 800pc rent hike sparks talk of Canberra control
  • Rail chief: Ethiopia's new railway to Djibouti to open early next year
  • SDVs hybrid shuttle takes to the road in downtown Singapore
  • Martinair lays off 330, mostly ground staff, but also 110 pilots
  • Korean Air to offer 4 weekly flights on Seoul-Nha Trang route
  • MASkargo to charge all-in rates for ex-Europe cargo

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Exim Indiaweb site
MARCH 19, 2015
  • Divya Logistics Group sponsors junior college of commerce in Mumbai as part of CSR
  • London P&I Club increases entry at recent renewal
  • MANSA organises 14th "Champions Trophy" cricket tournament for trade
  • Milaha launches first-ever Direct container service between Qatar & India
  • MOL holds safety conference in Mumbai & other global locations
  • Sugar exports hit by lower price, weak Brazilian currency
  • Wheat exports likely to tumble
  • Adani Hazira Port gets the highest endorsement - From its users
  • Chennai Port handles 6.95 mt of cargo through rail
  • DP World honours excellence across its terminals
  • Govt okays KPT's plan to set up port-based multi-product SEZ at Kandla & Tuna
  • India agrees to upgrade sea & air links to Mauritius to check Chinese influence
  • Kamarajar Port surpasses throughput target for 2014-15
  • Mumbai Port Trust handles all-time high throughput
  • Etihad Rail & DB Schenker launch first freight trains in UAE
  • Exports rise marginally by 0.88 pc during April-Feb.
  • INR surges on heavy dollar selling
  • EU may export more wheat after fall in euro

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International Transport Journalweb site
MARCH 20, 2015
  • China: new XCMG factory
  • Russia's customs told to accept TIR carnet
  • Outsourcing well established
  • Maersk Line appoints new CFO
  • Automotive supplier lands big deal
  • Railfreight volumes vaulting in Indonesia
  • Mars elects officers for 2015
  • Delivery of first South Carolina-built B787-9
  • Automatic start-stop traction aids UK environment
  • Ex-Champ becomes Accelya CEO
  • Lufthansa Cargo reports profit uplift
  • Perishables at Heathrow
  • Grimaldi Group honoured again
  • Arctic emergency response/rescue strategies

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IHS Maritimeweb site
MARCH 19, 2015
  • Jan De Nul orders world's most powerful cutter
    Belgian dredging and offshore services company Jan De Nul Group has ordered what will be the world's most powerful self-propelled cutter suction dredger (CSD) from Croatian shipyard Uljanik Brodogradiliste. Speaking to IHS Maritime, a Jan De Nul Group spokesperson declined to reveal the cost of the
  • News analysis: Insurers seek to clarify who will pay following Tunisian attack
    Marine insurers say the question about which insurance policy will pay for the passengers of two cruise ships who were killed and injured in the attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis is far from clear. The passengers, who were spending the day in the Tunisian capital, were on a tour to the museum and
  • APMT boasts US throughput record
    Three ultra-large containerships recently docked and worked simultaneously at America's largest port in what APM Terminals contends is a new record for US port operations. The handling of 34,465 box moves over nine days at APMT's Pier 400 at the Port of Los Angeles counters assertions that west
  • Child pirate gets prison term in Seychelles
    Nine Somalis, including a juvenile who was 14 years old at the time of arrest, have each been found guilty on three counts of piracy. The Seychelles Supreme Court sentenced the eight adults to 14 years in prison on all three counts and the juvenile to three years. The sentences are to run
  • India moves to secure Trinco, counter China
    India is moving to secure a stronger presence in the eastern port of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, to counter the growing influence of China, which has two terminals on the west and south coasts. The Sri Lankan unit of Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and the island's state-owned refiner, Ceylon Petroleum
  • Update: Twelve cruise passengers among Tunis terror victims
    At least 12 cruise passengers were among those murdered in yesterday's terrorist attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises confirmed today. MSC said that nine of its guests from MSC Splendida lost their lives, 12 were injured, and six (two Spanish nationals, one Belgian,
  • Jan De Nul wins DONG Energy cable contract
    Belgian dredging and offshore services contractor Jan De Nul Group is to install a total of 148 km of subsea export cable at the UK Race Bank offshore wind farm as part of a deal signed with Denmark-based DONG Energy. When operational, Race Bank will have a capacity of up to 580 MW, enough to power
  • Jan De Nul launches 'unique' vessel
    Belgian dredging giant Jan De Nul Group has launched the multipurpose Isaac Newton vessel that can be deployed on a variety of projects, including subsea cable installation, trench dredging and subsea rock placement. Built at the Uljanik Brodogradiliste yard in Croatia, Isaac Newton is 138 m long,
  • Yangzhou Dayang secures White Sea Ultramax order
    China's Yangzhou Dayang Shipbuilding has secured an order for two Ultramax bulkers from Greek shipowner White Sea Navigation. The two 63,000 dwt Crown 63-designed eco ships will have an overall length of 199.99 m, beam of 32.26 m and depth of 18.5 m with delivery scheduled for November this year
  • Wärtsilä introduces two-stroke engine with Tier III-compliant SCR
    Wärtsilä has launched the first two-stroke engine with a high-pressure Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system manufactured in China. The system is fitted to a 5-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex58T-D 2-stroke, low speed engine produced at the Hudong Heavy Machinery (HHM) facilities. The SCR reactor was
  • COSCO International profits up 49% in 2014
    Hong Kong-listed COSCO International announced on 19 March that the company recorded profit of HKD359 million (USD46.3 million) for 2014, up 49% year on year (y/y). The great increase was attributed to the marked increase in operating profits of coatings, ship-trading agency, and marine equipment
  • Malaysia to boost connectivity to Port Klang
    Malaysia will improve access to Port Klang as part of a government initiative to boost exports. Approximately MYR300 million (USD81.45 million) will be allocated to improve the last-mile connectivity to Port Klang under the Logistics and Trade Facilitation Masterplan announced by the country's
  • Tanjung Offshore may undergo forensic audit
    Malaysia-listed offshore marine services provider Tanjung Offshore may undergo a forensic audit on all its transactions after an extraordinary general meeting (EGM). Tan Kean Soon, a non-independent and non-executive director of Tanjung Offshore, has called an EGM that will take place on 27 March
  • Vegetable oil trade to grow in 2015, says analyst
    Seaborne trade of vegetable oils (including palm) is expected to grow in 2015 to reach 82.3 million tonnes, according to Italian shipbroker Banchero Costa. Trade volumes are expected to grow in the next few years, fuelled by emerging economies, especially China and India. Consumption growth is expected
  • Myanmar to inspect all state-owned vessels after ferry accident
    Myanmar will inspect all state-owned vessels following a fatal ferry accident off the country's northwestern coast, with the current death toll at 61. According to the state media, a commission has been established to examine other vessels plying in the country's many waterways. On 13 March, the
  • STX O&S takes more tanker orders from BW Pacific
    South Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding (STX O&S) said on 19 March that it has clinched orders for two more LR1 product tankers from BW Group's unit, BW Pacific, after the latter exercised options for more vessels. These recent orders came after BW Pacific, a joint venture between BW

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Marine Logweb site
MARCH 19, 2015
  • Clipper converts HFO tanks to MGO for ECA operations
  • Fast attack submarine to become Moored Training Ship
  • Seychelles prison for Somalis who got Danish compensation
  • Reinauer picks GE Marine Tier 4 diesels for ATB newbuild
  • Marine industry veteran Socha joins Baker Marine Solutions
  • Damen and Bellona to cooperate on concept vessels
  • Twelve cruise passengers killed in terror attack
  • USCG and NYC agencies tackle fire on 45 year old RO/RO
  • MSC Cruises releases details on its fleet expansion

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World Wide Shipperweb site
MARCH 19, 2015
  • BTS report shows year-over-year gain in trade between NAFTA partners
  • Georgia Ports Authority welcomes its largest box ship
  • Alaska Airlines to add Boise to Spokane flights
  • US rail freight traffic count posts inbcrease during week
  • Boeing selects Jeff Johnson for military aircraft VP post

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Lloyd's Listweb site
MARCH 19, 2015
  • Tanker pessimists will be proved wrong, says Euronav's Paddy Rodgers
    In a candid interview, Euronav chief says that if owners believe in a sustained, robust tanker recovery, it will happen, and the naysayers will end up with egg on their faces
  • DP World keeps options open on Suez Canal Zone project
    The $50bn project will create a platform for manufacturing, transport, logistics, information and communications, and energy
  • Cosco International posts $50.9m profit
    One-off gains behind 45% improvement in results
  • Profit sharing adds $5.5m to TEN's strong fourth quarter
    Tanker owner bounces back from loss but takes a one-off hit from bunker hedging
  • Top terminal operators enhance market dominance
    The world's top six global terminal operators recorded growth across the board in 2014
  • Rickmers looks at Wall Street options
    New York IPO among range of possibilities being examined
  • It's cautious optimism for Clarksons' chemical tanker man Josh Saxby
    There are positives on the horizon for the chemical tanker industry, but risks clearly exist
  • Banks and owners see little impact from Greek economic crisis
    XRTC survey says financing for owners continues but mainly outside cash-strapped Greece
  • Product tanker fleet growing 'very fast' warns Braemar ACM
    Warning comes as BW Group orders two new tankers at South Korean yard STX
  • Second quarter should still be rosy for tankers, says Nordic American
    Suezmax owner that likes to 'underpromise and overdeliver' looks to be doing just that in the current bullish tanker market
  • PSA Sines to add capacity with $43m expansion
    Portuguese terminal upgrade will bring capacity to 2.5m teus
  • AP Moller-Maersk hopes Danske Bank share sale will raise $4.9bn
    Shareholders invited to just over 200m shares in bank on a pro-rate basis
  • DP World posts $675m in profits for 2014
    Company expects 8m teu in new capacity coming on line by year-end 2015
  • CSCL to provide $1.5bn guarantee for Hong Kong-based subsidiary
    Board says the risks can be controlled
  • Box lines need to develop alliances further to improve profits
    With overcapacity here to stay carriers are encouraged to seek further cost savings through alliances

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
MARCH 19, 2015
  • Malaysia's plan to spend millions of dollars on Port Klang short on details
    Malaysia plans to invest millions of dollars into the transportation infrastructure supporting Port Klang in an effort to boost exports out of the country's main maritime gateway. About 300 million Malaysian ringgit ($81.45 million) will be spent to improve the "last-mile connectivity" to Port Klang under a "Logistics and Trade Facilitation...
  • Challenges loom for key US truck safety intiative
    Federal officials, including Acting FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling III, testify at a Senate hearing on FMCSA reform March 4. WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Transportation's key truck safety initiative - the Compliance, Safety, Accountability or CSA program - is coming under fresh fire on Capitol Hill and from a...
  • Planned deployment of new Asia-East Coast services rattles West Coast ports
    The announcement last week by carrier alliances that beginning in late March they will deploy three new all-water services from Asia to the East Coast through the Panama Canal was a dagger to the hearts of West Coast ports besieged by congestion and labor problems. Still to be answered is the...
  • Congress expected to 'kick the can' again on highway funding solution
    WASHINGTON - If shippers and transportation providers are expecting Congress to do anything more than kick the can down the road on federal highway funding, they're in for major disappointment come June, say transportation industry insiders. Lawmakers have until May 31 to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, which has faced chronic...
  • Truckers feel spike in NY-NJ port congestion
    New York-New Jersey port truckers are growing frustrated with delays accompanying a late-winter cargo spike that container terminals are struggling to handle. Diversions of West Coast traffic, carrier deployments of large "extra loader" ships to handle Asian cargo, and the arrival of imports booked before last month's Lunar New Year holiday...
  • Profit, revenue, container volumes all up at DP World
    Dubai's DP World booked an 11.8 percent increase in 2014 profit as it benefited from its focus on container terminals in fast-growing emerging markets. The world's fourth-largest container terminal operator made a net profit of $675 million, compared with $604 million in 2013, on revenue up 11 percent at $3.4 billion. Traffic...
  • West Coast lost-time port injuries in 2014 halved from peak
    Lost-time injury incidents at West Coast ports in 2014 declined by almost half compared to the peak year of 2002, according to the annual safety report published by the Pacific Maritime Association. Commenting on the results, the Port of Oakland said terminals such as those operating in the Northern California port...
  • US Senate bill would speed up rail project permitting
    WASHINGTON - If passed, U.S. Senate legislation introduced on Wednesday could allow railroads to expedite construction of intermodal terminals and other projects, providing shippers with more capacity and more reliable service. The legislation, introduced by Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., seeks to reform the permitting process so that...
  • Though DB Schenker Logistics volumes grow, profit slips
    DB Schenker Logistics profit stalled in 2014 even as the company increased ocean container, air freight and trucking volumes. The transport division of Deutsche Bahn, Germany's state-owned railroad company, saw adjusted earnings before interest and tax slip to 332 million euros ($352 million) from 335 million euros in 2013. Revenue edged up...
  • Carriers advised to tap more value from alliances to restore profitability
    Ocean carriers must unlock more value from alliances and accelerate internal transformation programs to restore profitability, according to Boston Consulting Group. Container shipping faces continued overcapacity "with no market recovery in sight," the U.S.-based consultancy warned in a report released today. Carriers, especially mid-sized global operators, are struggling to generate returns...
  • CCL takeover rewards Li & Fung with sharp logistics revenue growth
    Source: Li & Fung 2014 financial results.HONG KONG - Revenue from Li & Fung's logistics network soared 66 percent in 2014 to $874 million as the acquisition of giant sea freight forwarder China Container Line last year made its presence felt on the financial statements of the supply chain and...
  • Shipper options grow with China's expanding rail network
    HONG KONG - China is steadily adding to the rail network linking the mainland with central Asia and Europe, with a large portion of the $130 billion rail development budget for 2014 spent on improving connections in central and western parts of the country.The latest railway project is to build...
  • Government support needed to tackle Hong Kong port challenges
    Graphic provided by OOCL to analysts.HONG KONG - The formidable challenges facing Hong Kong port were perfectly captured in the above illustration that was presented with OOCL's 2014 financial results recently. Few, if any, ports around the world have had to cope with such a thorough change in cargo mix...
  • Damages ruling against ILWU fails to improve Portland productivity
    A March 13 U.S. District Court decision in Portland that ordered the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to pay $60,000 to the National Labor Relations Board for engaging in illegal work slowdowns at the Port of Portland has not resulted in improved productivity at the Oregon port. Elvis Ganda, CEO of...

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TradeWindsweb site
MARCH 19, 2015
  • STNG seals loans
    Scorpio Tankers (STNG) has secured more than $110m in bank financing to support the buy of four vessels from sister Scorpio Bulkers (SALT), with pricing significantly below margins in its current portfolio.
  • ISC plots expansion
    International Shipholding Corp (ISC) may expand its exposure to the pure car/truck carrier (PCTC) market, according to Global Hunter Securities.
  • Buy in bulk!
    A leading equity analyst is encouraging clients to accumulate shares of US-listed bulker owners with exposure to the spot market.
  • Navios seals period deal
    It appears that Navios Maritime Holdings has lined up a period deal for one of its capesize bulkers.
  • Capes gain
    There were signs of life in the capesize segment today as day rates gained traction for the first time in more than three weeks.
  • Boskalis steps back
    Royal Boskalis Westminster has abandoned its efforts to amend an anti-takeover clause in Fugro's constitution.
  • Costa drops Tunisia
    Carnival-owned Costa Cruises is halting port calls in Tunisia after the terrorist massacre in the capital Tunis on Wednesday.
  • Seatruck names new CEO
    Clipper's ro-ro wing Seatruck Ferries has named one of its founders as its new chief executive officer.
  • TEN on cloud nine
    Tsakos Energy Navigation has raced past analysts' expectations in the fourth quarter.
  • Anek ferry lifts anchor
    An arrested passenger ferry owned by Greece's Anek Lines will lift its anchor tomorrow, after sitting idle in the port of Patras for two weeks.
  • WW pockets $40m
    Norway's Wilh Wilhelmsen (WW) is reducing its shareholding in Korean car carrier owner Hyundai Glovis from 12.5% to 12%.
  • Westlie in stock sale
    AP Moller-Maersk chief financial officer Trond Westlie has sold shares in the company worth over $1.5m.
  • Siem streamlines
    Norway's Siem Offshore has announced organisational changes designed to bring together its main businesses.
  • AKOFS converts vessel
    A multi-functional support vessel owned by Ocean Yield and operated by AKOFS Offshore will be converted into a subsea installation ship.
  • Damen looks ahead
    Dutch shipbuilder Damen is to work with the Oslo-based Bellona Foundation to develop the eco-ships of the future.
  • Navigator eyes charters
    Wilbur Ross-backed Navigator Holdings is hopeful of lining up charters for its three open ethane carrier newbuildings in the next few months.
  • NAT to grow again
    Nordic American Tanker (NAT) has pledged to expand its fleet as its boss demonstrated his confidence in future earnings by snapping up shares.
  • DP World ups dividend
    Dubai's DP World has revealed plans to pay $195.1m to its shareholders following a strong annual performance.
  • SPO suffers in 2014
    Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) has seen earnings chopped in 2014 in tough markets.
  • Polemis pounces on VLCC
    Greek owner Adam Polemis is understood to have made his second VLCC purchase in three months.
  • CSL seals Samsung deal
    India's state-controlled Cochin Shipyard (CSL) has reached an agreement with Samsung Heavy Industries to team up on building LNG carriers.
  • Pirates raid tanker
    Pirates have hijacked a Malaysian tanker off Indonesia and stolen its fuel cargo.
  • Maersk in $4.9bn sale
    AP Moller-Maersk expects to collect almost $5bn from the disposal of its shareholding in Danske Bank.
  • Two more for BW
    Singapore group declares options for extra LR1s at STX in South Korea.
  • Four in for ferries
    France's Eurotunnel has revealed it has received four expressions of interest for its MyFerryLink cross-Channel ferry business.
  • HPH Trust raises $1bn
    Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Trust has successfully raised $1bn from the bond market, the company has confirmed.
  • MSC passengers killed
    Nine passengers from an MSC cruise ship were killed in Wednesday's gun attack in Tunisia, the cruise line has confirmed.
  • Osborne cuts North Sea taxes
    The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer has unveiled major changes to the North Sea tax regime in the UK Budget 2015.
  • Tax changes welcomed
    Oil & Gas UK says it welcomes the UK government's decisive move to restructure the North Sea tax regime.
  • Double-digit drops
    Three major US west coast container ports have reported substantial year-on-year declines in container throughput for February.

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American Shipperweb site
MARCH 19, 2015
  • Rail reform bill introduced in Senate
  • New Global Shippers Alliance formed
  • March container volumes rebound in Los Angeles/Long Beach
  • FedEx cost containment spurs strong profit growth
  • U.S. requests WTO dispute panel over Indonesia's ag trade restrictions
  • Williams-Sonoma takes revenue hit from West Coast port slowdown
  • Industry group calls for swift action on new TSA chief
  • Trailer orders drop 'expectedly' in February
  • ATA puts premium on coalition-building
  • Unifor ratifies labor contracts at CN
  • Service Announcements: Maersk Line and CMA CGM, CN and IAG
  • Executive moves: YRC and Midwest Association of Rail Shippers
  • Rep. Lowenthal would tax cargo to fund freight infrastructure

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
MARCH 19, 2015
  • Worldscale to review ECA fixed rate differentials
    Expected to be revised, published by April 10.
  • Yard delivers China's 'first' LNG-powered inland vessel
    The Green 6002 is the first in a series of 200 ships.
  • Towing vessel sinks on Ohio River
    The David Dunnigan was carrying an estimated 3,000 gallons of fuel oil onboard.
  • Demand for 'ECA' bunker fuel set to grow, says Shell
    Oil major says residue-based product proving popular.
  • Fuel oil inventories climb 20% in a week
    Singapore inventories at 21-month high.
  • New supplier in Gulf of Oman and Arabian Gulf
    Physical operations start next week.
  • TEN posts annual, quarterly profit
    But bottom line pared down by bunker hedging losses.
  • Eurotunnel to benefit from 'ECA effect'
    Rail company says higher fares will push passengers their way.
  • 'Good quality product' from suppliers in Russian Far East
    No major problems with fuel quality in 2014, says Saybolt surveyor.
  • Bunker volumes fall for Hong Kong-listed group
    But Cosco International Holdings sees annual profits rise.
  • Case for LNG is 'compelling'
    Low oil prices are putting a break on the spread of LNG as a marine fuel.
  • Scrubbers: Good for the pocket and the environment
    DFDS says experience has proved technology's worth.
  • Vessel trimming could create lashing issue
    Dynamic forces on containers and lashings could exceed limit when vessel trim is changed.
  • Advisory highlights 'potential problems' of distillate fuels
    Stabilisers in distillates have limited shelf life, says white paper.
  • DNV GL adds new tool to fleet performance service
    World fleet could be sailing with approximately 30% added resistance, it says.
  • Malaysia: Missing ship found
    But without marine fuel cargo.
  • Singapore-Seychelles partnership to focus on bunkering
    Countries strengthen economic ties with MoU.
  • WTI crude rises after US Federal Reserve announcement
    Prices rally on news that US interest rates will increase in the near term.

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