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Sched Netweb site
JUNE 22, 2015
  • 2M partners offer north Asia-USEC service via Panama in July
  • CMA CGM offers Asia-Med loop with unique call on Turkey's Iskenderun
  • Yokohama box exports up 0.8pc in March, overall cargo down 1.4pc
  • FedEx Ground to pay US$228 million to settle claims by drivers
  • Port of Virginia seeks 17-metre channel to attract mega-ships
  • Tendering peak season Long Beach chassis pool fails to attract bids
  • US shippers hail Transportation Research Board critique on rail rules
  • Scotland's Grangemouth to invest in raising container storage capacity
  • BNSF speeds up intermodal trains from Chicago to Seattle
  • China Southern cargo starts direct Guangzhou to London Stansted route
  • Korean orders 62 Airbus, Boeing planes with options on 40 more
  • FAA to fine Centurion Air Cargo US$66,000 for non-compliant flights
  • UPS Capital takes over Parcel Pro, high value jewelry express company
  • Asia Pacific air cargo volumes rise 3.3pc in April, CAPA says

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Exim Indiaweb site
JUNE 21, 2015
  • Bahri & SEC ink 5-year transportation contract
  • BBC Chartering announces bi-weekly Transatlantic service
  • CMA CGM informs of new regulation concerning shipments arriving at Male, Maldives
  • InterManager prioritising minimum manning & paperless ship
  • London P&I Club calls for improved onboard awareness of VDR testing requirements
  • Maersk Line named Global Carrier of the Year
  • Seaways Shipping successfully executes heavy lift shipment at Paradip Port
  • Maruti Suzuki exports may go up after Suzuki-Proton deal
  • Antwerp port's APEC holds first cold chain logistics seminar
  • Dy Chairman stresses on strong relationship between KoPT & ICD-Durgapur
  • Life sciences needs smarter cold chains to raise global health, says study
  • Netherlands to provide technical support to Mumbai road & metro rail projects
  • Railways carries 182.71 mt of freight during April-May 2015
  • Rajsico ICD despatches first export container to Mundra Port
  • Truck rentals increase by 5-6 pc in May
  • 'SBI eforex' to make forex transactions easier
  • Essel Group to invest in African oil, gas exploration projects
  • Forex reserves up $1.57 bn to new high of $354.28 bn
  • India may join China-led AIIB
  • INR ends at one-month high of 63.55 on heavy dollar selling
  • L&T wins orders worth INR 2,278 cr.
  • World oil demand to increase after price slump: IEA

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International Transport Journalweb site
JUNE 22, 2015
  • TÜV certifies 10.9% cut in fuel consumption
  • Gigantic lift in Turkey
  • Rail interoperability and safety agreement
  • Parcels tie knot with pallets
  • Big league player for Con-way Freight
  • News from the conversion hangars
  • Sweet home Alabama
  • Alston Gayler recruits new broking teams
  • Rail company turns spotlight on Gulf of Mexico
  • Greece joins Project Partners
  • Belly capacity between Taipei and Fuzhou - Taipei
  • Metrans adds Schwarzheide to network
  • Great potential for US east coast ports
  • Proven force moving to Fraport front line
  • Third new Hainan Airlines route to USA this week

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IHS Maritimeweb site
JUNE 19, 2015
  • Seaway cruise accident injures 30
    Emergency workers used ladders and cranes to evacuate 27 passengers and 3 crew injured when a cruise ship struck the side of a lock in the St Lawrence Seaway. The accident occurred at 2130 h local time on 18 June as the Haimark Lines' Saint Laurent attempted to enter the Eisenhower Lock near
  • Chilean ports hit by strikes over labour reform
    Chilean port workers started strikes against a labour reform on 18 June, one day after the lower chamber of Congress had approved it. Although the Ports Union (Unión Portuaria) initially called for an indefinite nationwide strike, the industrial action did not last longer than 24 hours. At the
  • ECB audit may curb bank lending
    European commercial loans to ship owners could be further reduced by a new regulatory audit, according to bankers speaking at the annual Marine Money Week conference in New York. Most European shipping banks use their own internal models under the Basel II regulatory regime to rate the risk of
  • P&I reserves go up
    Two more P&I Clubs of the International Group have posted positive financial results for 2014/15, beefing up their free reserves. Newcastle-headquartered North P&I - the International Group's second-largest mutual, on a par with the UK P&I Club - reported a net surplus of USD25million which allowed
  • Sri Lanka to do full EIA on suspended Port City project
    Sri Lanka's Central Environmental Authority is to do a full environmental impact assessment (EIA) on the suspended Port City project by the state-owned China Communications Construction Company on reclaimed land off Colombo, the Sri Lankan government announced on Thursday. The EIA is expected to
  • Evergreen to order 20 box ships for Asia services
    Taiwanese carrier Evergreen is to place orders for 20 3,000 teu container ships, vice group chairman Bronson Hsieh told a shareholders' conference on 17 June. The orders will expand its Asian services by 20%, he said. South Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Japan's Imabari Shipbuilding, and CSBC
  • STX O&S wins up to six VLCCs from John Fredriksen
    South Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding (O&S) has announced that oil tanker magnate John Fredriksen has ordered up to six VLCCs in his personal capacity. The order comprises two firm orders and four options, the company said on 19 June. Each of the 300,000 dwt tankers is 330 m long,
  • Robbers flee hijacked tanker on rescue boat
    Eight armed pirates who hijacked a Malaysian-flagged tanker have fled the vessel using its rescue boat, said Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) chief Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar. In a Twitter post on 19 June, Adm Aziz said the eight men, believed to be Indonesians, fled on the rescue boat at about 2030 h
  • Chemical tanker sinks in Yangtze River, two missing
    Two crew members of a chemical tanker are missing after the vessel capsized on the Yangtze River, Nanjing, in the early morning of 18 June. The ship was ferrying around 280 tonnes of liquid caustic soda from Taizhou, Jiangsu, to Hefei, Anhui, when it sank near Chuantian Shipyard. The ship's rated
  • Mega-ships end link between cities and ports
    Cities have long been coexisting with ports, but the era of ultra-large container ships (ULCS) threatens to end that link, an industry expert has said. Speaking at the "Shipping, Cities and their Interdependencies" lecture in Singapore on 19 June, International Transport Forum's administrator for
  • Japan ship export orders rebound in May
    Orders at Japanese shipyards went up in May 2015, compared with a low base in the same month last year. Figures from the Japan Ship Exporters' Association (JSEA) showed its member shipyards clinched 17 export orders of 1.47 million gt in May 2015, compared with 14 export orders totalling 454,140 gt
  • Ship deaths spark Australia 'FOC' status probe
    Suspected murders of three men on board the Panamanian flagged Sage Sagittarius in 2012 yesterday sparked a Senate inquiry into Flag of Convenience shipping in Australia. Already under scrutiny of a coronial inquest, the Sage Sagittarius starred in an Australian Broadcasting Commission

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The Loadstarweb site
JUNE 19, 2015
  • Shippers call on watchdogs for a careful eye to be kept on shipping line alliances
  • NYK needs more focus, not differentiation - and not keeping its investors in the dark
  • Exclusive images of the damage caused by the battle for Tripoli Airport

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Marine Logweb site
JUNE 19, 2015
  • World's largest Lego ship goes on display
  • Kotug names its latest hybrid rotortug in Bremerhaven
  • Solstad Offshore returns to Gibdock
  • Scorpio adds a "poison pill"
  • Denmark issues reminder of Crimea cruise call prohibition
  • Cruise ship hits lock wall in Saint Lawrence

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World Wide Shipperweb site
JUNE 19, 2015
  • Report finds expanded Panama Canal will cause container traffic route shift
  • Parties from US, Europe, China discuss maritime regulations
  • Inchcape Shipping Services taps Çetin for communications
  • Port of Seattle marks completion of East Marginal Way Phase II
  • Crowley Maritime expanding service from New Jersey to Puerto Rico

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Lloyd's Listweb site
JUNE 19, 2015
  • China fines 21 box carriers in antitrust probe
    Subsidiaries of Chinese state giants and Maersk Line among violators in China-Japan trades
  • Lim looks to bridge the gaps in the race to lead IMO
    South Korean candidate Lim Ki-tack is promising to consolidate the best aspects of IMO leadership to steer the embattled UN agency forward
  • Stronger US and slowing China growth hits Stolt-Nielsen
    Chemical tanker boss reveals a disappointing year
  • Fredriksen linked to six VLCC newbuildings
    Low price of $90m each could drag down overall market value for new VLCCs
  • Crude tanker rates climb further
    A notable week, but questions for suezmaxes arise over orderbook and Libyan export issues
  • Make-or-break summer for HSH Nordbank
    Catch-22 European Commission ruling on state aid could prove fatal, either way
  • Battistello says logistics the answer to box lines' woes
    Contship boss says carriers are depriving themselves of revenue by ignoring landside opportunities
  • Capesize rates hit 2015 highs
    But the gloss may have already started to come off
  • Northern Australia earmarked to be global LNG powerhouse
    Australia intends to unlock huge potential of resource-rich region
  • South Carolina sets throughput record
    SCPA ports handle just over 104,000 boxes
  • No let-up for Asia-Europe carriers as rates continue to tumble
    SCFI shows new lows for key east-west trade
  • Maritime regulators to deepen co-operation on alliance monitoring
    US, China and EU pledge to work together on container line and port competition oversight
  • Data Hub: Trade Lane Analysis
    Asia-Africa trade lanes ship capacities increasing as MSC brings in 8,000 teu vessels
  • Scorpio Bulkers board approves shareholder rights plan
    Company adopts a defensive strategy to protect against others gaining control by market accumulation or 'coercive tactics'
  • Balancing act will challenge the IMO election winner
    Future secretary-general will need to build the IMO into a more inclusive organisation that can produce policies and rules that are workable, not just aspirational

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
JUNE 19, 2015
  • Congressmen talk harbor improvements at Port of Wilmington
    Wilmington, N.C. - The North Carolina State Ports Authority welcomed Congressman Bill Shuster (PA-9) and Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) to the Port of Wilmington on Friday where they discussed the importance of the Wilmington Harbor and the Port of Wilmington's impact on the state's economy. "This is an exciting time for...
  • Georgia, South Carolina provide $2.5 million for Jasper port planning
    Preliminary studies for the proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal on the Georgia-South Carolina border will continue during the next fiscal year with $2.5 million in funding from the states' port authorities. If built, the proposed terminal would handle large container ships at a 1,500-acre site along the Savannah River. The land is...
  • China fines 21 carriers for misreporting rates
    China has fined 21 container carriers a total of RMB 4.25 million ($684,000) for providing customers in the China-Japan trade with rates below officially quoted levels. The Chinese Ministry of Transport announced the administrative fines, saying the carriers violated China's regulations on international maritime transportation. The fines grew out of an investigation...
  • Balancing costs and threats of piracy
    When it comes to piracy, carriers must balance the speeds and routes their vessels take with crew safety and delivering maximum efficiency to clients. Typically, ships move at slower than their maximum speeds to reduce fuel usage and increase savings for both carriers and customers alike. While these benefits are tangible,...
  • Con-way Inc. elects new board members
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - June 18, 2015 - Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) announced that Gretchen W. McClain and Matthew J. Espe have been appointed to the Con-way Inc. Board of Directors. The appointments were effective June 16. The addition of Ms. McClain and Mr. Espe, along with the recent election to...
  • Samskip named Regional Carrier of the Year
    Samskip has been declared the winner of the Regional Carrier of the Year by judges of the prestigious Containerisation Awards, 2015. Considered to be the ultimate accolade for service providers involved in unitised transport, this year's Containerisation Awards were staged at London's Jumeriah Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge on Thursday, June 18. "This...
  • APM Terminals wins 2015 innovation award
    LONDON - APM Terminals' new Maasvlakte II facility was named the winner of the "Innovation of the Year" award at the 4th Annual Containerisation International Awards ceremony held in London yesterday, in recognition of the industry-changing technological advances represented by the world's first fully-automated and emissions-free, sustainably-powered container terminal. The advanced...
  • Management chief defends ILWU contract
    LONG BEACH, California - Critics of the five-year contract ratified in May by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association say the benefits were weighted heavily in favor of the union, but PMA President Jim McKenna says that wasn't the case at all. Citing measures to stop...
  • Tanzania to tax imports to finance rail projects
    Tanzania has instituted a 1.5 percent levy on all imports to fund rail projects intended to bolster national and international connectivity. The new tax, based on the price, insurance and transportation of imports, will help the country raise $14.2 billion for rail projects. One railway, at a cost $7.6 billion and length...
  • Crowley adds North Atlantic-Puerto Rico sailing
    Crowley Maritime will add a roundtrip monthly sailing between the Philadelphia area and San Juan, Puerto Rico, to meet demand in a tight southbound market. The added sailing by a triple-deck roll-on, roll-off barge capable of carrying 345 loads is the latest in a series of service expansions that Crowley and...
  • Three yards in the running for Evergreen's 20 small-ship order
    Evergreen Line will order 20 new vessels, each with capacity for 3,000 20-foot-equivalent units, Vice Group Chairman Bronson Hsieh said at a shareholders' meeting Wednesday. The news comes just days after shipping analysts said they suspected a decline in the number of smaller capacity ships in the past five years could...
  • Surplus capacity, weak demand clouds outlook for Asia's cargo carriers
    Global economic uncertainty and a slowing China continues to hang over cargo markets, with air and ocean transportation providers struggling to match capacity to demand while having little visibility going into the second half of 2015. With most of the world's supply chains beginning in Asia, transportation providers will feel the...
  • Shipowners debate merits of megaships
    NEW YORK - Far from being out of sync with the global market, the mega-ships that are being deployed today are a natural evolution of the growth in global demand, according to an executive of one of the largest container ship chartering companies. "A 20,000 twenty-foot-equivalent unit vessel is completely in...
  • UPS to build pharmaceutical hub in Netherlands
    LONDON - UPS has begun the construction of a new healthcare distribution center in the Netherlands a month after it opened a pharmaceuticals freight forwarding facility at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. The new 28,000 square metres (301,000 square feet) facility in Roermond scheduled for completion in January 2016 "is part of UPS's...
  • Freighter orders at Paris Air Show signal confidence in all-cargo option
    HONG KONG - Any suggestion that freighter aircraft would play a lesser role in the supply chains of the future was firmly put to bed with 29 the number of all-cargo planes ordered from Boeing by the time the Paris Air Show ended this week.Russian airline Volga Dnepr signed a...
  • Asia-Europe rates shed 80 percent in a year, SCFI data shows
    HONG KONG - Asia-Europe freight rates are now 82 percent lower than at the same time last year, dropping by 15.6 percent this week to settle at the latest record low of $205 per 20-foot container, according to the latest reading of the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index.This time of year...
  • Freighter orders at Paris Air Show signal confidence in all-cargo option
    HONG KONG - Any suggestion that freighter aircraft would play a lesser role in the supply chains of the future was firmly put to bed with 29 the number of all-cargo planes ordered from Boeing by the time the Paris Air Show ended this week.Russian airline Volga Dnepr signed a...
  • Top U.S. port lobby wary of port performance bill
    WASHINGTON - A U.S. trade group representing public port authorities Thursday voiced its strong opposition to new legislation aimed at providing Congress with a database of port performance metrics in order to avoid a repeat of the crippling West Coast longshore labor negotiations earlier this year. In a letter to the...
  • US, European, Chinese regulators to work together to monitor shipping alliances
    U.S, European and Chinese maritime regulators on Thursday agreed to work together to keep a sharper eye on massive shipping alliances. The meeting in Brussels attended by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition and the Chinese Ministry of Transport officials comes as shippers groups urge authorities...
  • Port of Virginia reports profits along with record volume
    The Port of Virginia's record container volume in May was accompanied by a $4.5 million operating profit, the port's best monthly financial performance in its 2015 fiscal year, which ends June 30. Click to EnlargeThe port's May volume was 230,511 twenty-foot-equivalent units, up 13 percent year-over-year. It was the port's seventh...

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TradeWindsweb site
JUNE 19, 2015
  • Grimaldi inks up to 12
    Italy's Grimaldi Group has inked a deal worth $720m for up to a dozen Pure Car Truck Carriers (PCTC).
  • A Korean Cargill?
    South Korea's largest meat producer is aiming to turn its new acquisition Pan Ocean into a diversified company modelled on US commodities giant Cargill.
  • Ceylon eyes shipowning
    Sri Lanka's state shipping company reveals plans to acquire its own vessels.
  • Tonnage list lengthens
    The weak recovery in platform supply ship (PSV) rates is being threatened by the build-up of vessels in North Sea ports once more.
  • All weather cover
    A bleak outlook for hull underwriters, what tomorrow holds and classification pride.
  • BBC opens up route
    Germany's BBC Chartering is offering up extra space on a new regular service to the US for Airbus.
  • Cruiseship hits wall
    Injuries reported after Great Lakes vessel bashes the side in Saint Lawrence seaway.
  • Fred Olsen close to deal
    Fred Olsen is close to securing fresh investment in its UK onshore windfarms.
  • SCF suezmax aground
    Russian owner's SCF Khibiny stuck off Istanbul; no pollution reported.
  • VLCC sales streak extends
    A frenzy of VLCC sale and purchase activity has continued with a Dr Peters tanker the latest to change hands.
  • Shifting "bullets"
    The recent move of giant LPG storage tanks from northern Spain presented a tricky challenge for Braemar SA.
  • Greeks hold firm
    Despite the financial woes faced by their country and the global shipping industry, Greek owners have managed to keep a prime position internationally, a report shows.
  • Crowley expands ro-ro route
    Crowley Maritime Corp is adding ro-ro sailings to Puerto Rico to meet growing demand this summer.
  • Fredriksen's firm price
    John Fredriksen has secured a series of VLCC newbuildings at the lowest price paid globally in 18 months.
  • Bibby Line stronger
    UK owner Bibby Line Group has posted higher profit from its shipping operations as offshore and floatels increased their contributions.
  • Japanese eye drillships
    Japanese yards have been linked to a takeover of shipowner Sete Brasil's cancelled drillship order for Petrobras.
  • Taiwan Nav profit falls
    Bulker owner Taiwan Navigation has posted lower earnings in the first quarter as revenue fell.
  • Orkim Harmony recovered
    A product tanker hijacked last week is heading back to Malaysia after the perpetrators abandoned the vessel.
  • HERO heads for Chapter 11
    Hercules Offshore has entered into a restructuring agreement with a majority of its debtors, the company has confirmed.
  • Tanker being shadowed
    Malaysian is reported to be in negotiations with the hijackers of a product tanker, according to media reports.
  • Ditch oil export ban
    The US should lift its ban on oil exports to take full economic and geopolitical advantage of its fracturing boom, says a new study.

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American Shipperweb site
JUNE 19, 2015
  • Poseidon Containers seeks to raise up to $100m in IPO
  • Crowley to add Puerto Rico sailings
  • U.S., French border agencies intercept fake healthcare products
  • FMC meets with regulators from China, Europe

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
JUNE 19, 2015
  • Update: Orkim Harmony hijackers caught
    Group of eight found in a lifeboat near Tho Chu Island, Vietnam.
  • Dangers of fuel switching 'can be controlled'
    'Fuel switching is already done safely in jurisdictions all around the world,' says NSW official.
  • Iron ore prices buoyed by slow steaming
    Bulk carriers have extended sailing times to reduce fuel costs.
  • More shots fired in Sydney emissions row
    Engine failure from fuel switchover highlighted by critics.
  • Judge refuses to quash charges against Monjasa
    Application to drop the charges 'lacks merit'.
  • Canadian company wins Navy and Coast Guard contract
    Specialises in selling bio-free ECA-compliant MGO.
  • Iron ore prices bouyed by slow steaming
    Bulk carriers have extended sailing times to reduce fuel costs.
  • Bio-fuel entrepreneur sets out stall
    Similar market share as LNG predicted by 2020.
  • Hijacked oil tanker freed
    Crew safe, Malaysian navy pursing hijackers.
  • Lukoil may expand supply of its Eco Marine Fuel
    Product selling at big discount to MGO has 'good potential to grow'.
  • Bunkering sales up for Korean firm
    Operating profit for bunkering has increased 8% on year, says SK Shipping.
  • Terminal operator mulls oil trading move
    Along with expanding pipeline business.
  • Terminal operator considers entry into oil trading sector
    Move will be a first for the company, if it goes ahead.
  • Condition survey reminder issued for fuel oil tankers
    Survey applies of certain vessels aged 10 years or more, says P&I club.
  • Bunkering resumes at Houston
    Ports in the area halted operations due to bad weather.
  • IGF Code has 'limitations'
    Does not provide in-depth training requirements, bunkering interface and port specific operational requirements, says LNG specialist.
  • Cape Town fuel storage terminal receives 'eco' approval
    Construction will begin once all relevant permits, licences have been acquired.

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