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Sched Netweb site
MARCH 30, 2015
  • Asia-Europe down 5.5pc to US$586/TEU - transpac off 9pc to $1,639/FEU
  • Singapore's MPA backs Hong Kong's Noble Group's denial of wrong-doing
  • OOCL starts intra-Asia loop ranging from Shanghai to Jakarta from April 5
  • Congestion: Ships face 5 - 6 days delay in transiting Panama Canal
  • DB Schenker profit slips 0.3pc to US$352 million as revenue rises 0.6pc
  • Union Pacific must pay damages to alleged whistleblower: Regulator
  • Arbitration agreement accord vital in EU-US trade deal: EU trade chief
  • Japan-US trade deal hard to reach before Prime Minster Abe's US visit
  • Gulftainer's box terminals post 8pc growth in 2014 to 6.4 million TEU
  • Yemen shuts major ports as Saudi tanks roll in attacking rebel positions
  • Iran's naval forces say they are fighting pirates off the coast of Yemen
  • Baltic index rises spurred on by higher freight rates
  • Omani markets future rail link to Gulf states without docking at Gulf port
  • Fourth Cargo Facts Asia conference to be held in Hong Kong April 20-21
  • Lufthansa Cargo delays decision on exercising option to buy new B777F
  • Federal Aviation Administration to facilitate commercial drone use: source
  • LATAM Group opens its biggest ever cargo terminal at Sao Paulo airport
  • El Paso firemen clear 200 gallons of leaked jet fuel at air cargo unit

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Exim Indiaweb site
MARCH 27, 2015
  • Australian ship joins NATO counter-piracy mission in Gulf of Aden
  • Collaboration to facilitate continuous global visibility of intermodal containers
  • Hapag-Lloyd's volume, revenue up in past year
  • IRClass Academy organises panel discussion on attracting & retaining talent in the maritime industry
  • Maersk Line orders seven ice-class container vessels
  • MoS urges FinMin to give infra status to shipbuilding industry
  • OSL Shipping Agencies obtains coveted ISO 9001:2008 certification
  • Revolutionary Cabinet decisions will give a fillip to the shipping sector: Nitin Gadkari
  • TN textile mills opt for sea route to bring cotton from Gujarat
  • Beef ban & fall in Brazil's currency to hit exports
  • Fall in prices may boost cotton exports
  • First batch of Alphonso mango exported to UK
  • First buffalo meat cargo shipped to Russia after agency approval
  • Potato exports shoot up to over 2.50 lakh t in April-Dec.
  • Rice exports grow 6 pc in April-Dec.
  • Andhra Pradesh needs major infra facilities to become logistics hub, says Sravan Shipping MD
  • DP World inks MoU with Maldives for development of ports & logistics industry
  • Govt to set up 12 smart cities & several CEZs under Sagarmala project, says Gadkari
  • Paradip Port surpasses MoS' cargo handling target for 2014-15
  • Freight trains may have private operators soon
  • Expert recommends Indian govt reignite trade reforms via FTA policy
  • Forex reserves shoot up to all-time high of $ 339.99 bn
  • Garment exports to miss official target of $45 bn on poor Chinese demand
  • Indian states & Chinese provinces to work together to promote bilateral trade, says Chinese envoy
  • INR pares early heavy losses against dollar, ends moderately weak at 62.41
  • L&T Construction bags orders worth INR 1,711 cr.
  • OECD pegs economic growth at 7.7 pc in 2015
  • PNB bonds attract INR 1,800 cr. for infra projects
  • FLS-KAA appointed exclusive WWPC member for Iraq
  • GPLN exhibits at Breakbulk China
  • SAL vessel carries eight tugs
  • Three additional heavy lift vessels for Jumbo
  • Transformers transported from China to Kazakhstan

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International Transport Journalweb site
MARCH 30, 2015
  • «We're aiming for 50 million t»
  • TNT opens healthcare hub in Netherlands
  • Foreign truckers contribute princely sum to UK
  • Longer working hours to remedy economic pressure
  • New traction to reinforce international services
  • New head of German sea-air division at Hellmann
  • Drewry warns multipurpose sector
  • Growing faster than the market
  • American Airlines already ending Viracopos service
  • EU to support new terminal in Tarragona
  • Hapag-Lloyd: losses worsen, brighter future looms
  • C.H. Robinson wins Walmart award
  • Magneti in Milano
  • First direct link between Vietnam and Africa

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IHS Maritimeweb site
MARCH 27, 2015
  • Carnival shares surge on strong profits
    Cruise giant Carnival Corp has announced better-than-expected 1Q15 results, prompting its NYSE-listed stock to rise in heavy trading. Carnival reported net income of USD49 million for 1Q15 versus a net loss of USD20 million in 1Q14. Excluding non-cash items, Carnival had adjusted net income of
  • 'K' Line executive jailed for price-fixing scam
    Japanese shipping executive Toru Otoda has been sentenced to 18 months in a United States prison and fined USD20,000 after admitting taking part in a scheme to rig bids and fix prices on ro-ro cargo. Otoda, a general manager of the car carrier division of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ('K' Line), conspired
  • Cross-Med container service upgraded
    Italian shortsea container carrier Tarros and Turkish ship operator Arkas Line have upgraded their joint intra-Mediterranean service by adding a fifth vessel - the geared 1,736 teu EM Spetses. Marketed as 'Great Pendulum Service' (GPS) by La Spezia-based Tarros, the loop connects ports across the
  • China clears way for auction of arrested bareboat charter vessels
    China's Supreme People's Court has made it clear for the first time that arrested vessels on bareboat chartering can be auctioned at the request of creditors. The new ruling came as the latest sign that China's maritime courts are tapping into international conventions in their trials. Before
  • Hapag posts USD660 million loss
    German container line Hapag-Lloyd closed 2014 with a huge net loss of EUR604 million (USD662 million) despite solid cargo volume growth and savings from lower fuel costs. The result marks a sharp deterioration from 2013 when the line lost EUR97 million. The company blamed the loss on special items
  • Golden Ocean, Knightsbridge shareholders approve merger
    Shareholders of Golden Ocean Group and Knightsbridge Shipping, both listed dry bulk carrier operators in John Fredriksen's business empire, have agreed to a proposed merger. The new company will be called Golden Ocean Group Limited and its shares will be listed on both the New York and the Oslo
  • India fears the pirates it cannot prosecute
    Somali pirates are moving closer to India, defence minister Manohar Parrikar has claimed. "Somali pirates ... are shifting their locations towards India. Because their [shipping] lanes are heavily guarded, they have slightly moved to this side. They are still 450 n miles away from India," he
  • Cyprus ready to launch Limassol Port privatisation
    The Cypriot government has announced plans to transfer all commercial operations at the Port of Limassol to private sector operators by the beginning of April next year. Minister of Communications and Works Marios Demetriades told IHS Maritime he intended to open the bidding for commercial services
  • Wan Hai Lines to launch new Asia-Middle East service
    Taiwanese carrier Wan Hai Lines announced today that a new Asia-Middle East string called China-Middle East Service II will be launched in April, which will be the second loop of Wan Hai Lines' Asia-Middle East service. The new service, jointly operated by Wan Hai Lines, Yang Ming, Cosco Container
  • Chinese commodity imports remain weak
    Most Chinese commodity imports remained weak in February, stated Italian shipbroker Banchero Costa in its latest research report. China imported 68 million tonnes of iron ore in February, up 11% year on year (y/y), but due to the Lunar New Year holidays, the import volume dipped in comparison to
  • Franbo Lines secures USD32 mil. to order three newbuildings
    Taiwan-listed bulk carrier Franbo Lines announced on 26 March that the company has borrowed USD32 million from five financial institutions to order three eco-ships. As the first listed bulk carrier in Kaohsiung, Franbo Lines currently operates a fleet of nine vessels, and it expects to take the
  • Sewol victims' families urge prompt salvage
    Families of the nine Sewol victims who remain missing have urged the government to hoist the vessel ahead of the first anniversary of the tragedy on 16 April. On that date last year, Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew, capsized during a routine Incheon-Jeju trip. More than 300 of them were
  • Plant outage in China prompts benzene imports
    A series of suspensions and turnarounds in Chinese benzene and aromatics plants has seen the country stepping up imports from its Asian neighbours in the first quarter of 2015. Singapore-based chemical tanker brokerage SPI Marine noted that South Korea's benzene exports surged 77% month on month in
  • MPA dismisses allegations on Noble Group
    The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has dismissed claims that commodities trader Noble Group was involved in "illegal activities" as part of its commercial practices in Singapore, and links to the collapse of the OW Bunker in November 2014. MPA stressed that the closure of OW Bunker
  • China COSCO's profit up 54% y/y on subsidies
    China COSCO Holdings' profit jumped 54% year on year (y/y) to CNY362.5 million (USD58.5 million) on government subsidies for scrapping old tonnage. Excluding one-off gains, its loss narrowed 81% y/y to CNY1.4 billion due to slump in fuel costs and contraction of its chartered-in fleet, according to
  • Tanjung Offshore drops legal suits after cancellation of EGM
    Malaysia-listed offshore marine services provider Tanjung Offshore has withdrawn its civil suit against Tan Kean Soon, a non-independent and non-executive director of the company, and five others. According to Tanjung Offshore's filing to the Malaysian stock exchange or Bursa Malaysia, the legal
  • Canadian 'waste' in Manila sparks controversy
    The Canadian embassy in the Philippines has sidestepped criticisms made by BAN Toxics, an alliance of environmental and public health groups, over containers in Manila Port containing waste exports. The dispute has arisen over 50 containers of waste, including used adult diapers, exported to Manila
  • Carnival Corp tightens shipyard ties
    Carnival Corp has announced plans for nine additional newbuilds and sealed strategic partnerships with Italy's Fincantieri and Germany's Meyer Werft. Memorandums of agreement were signed for five newbuilds at Fincantieri to be built at the Monfalcone and Marghera yards for deliveries in 2019-2022.

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Marine Logweb site
MARCH 27, 2015
  • BAE San Diego shipyard to get additional dry dock
  • AMSEC LLC promotes Cathy Cope
  • Rolls-Royce propulsion package picked for Polar ship
  • Conrad overall net sapped by repair and conversion result

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World Wide Shipperweb site
MARCH 27, 2015
  • Port of Seattle teams with Customs for new Mobile Passport Control app
  • Trio of carriers plan to add new Far East/America service
  • Current Hapag-Lloyd CFO plans to leave company April 1
  • Port of Port Angeles calling for Community Partner Program applications
  • Maersk Line places order for seven container vessels

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Lloyd's Listweb site
MARCH 27, 2015
  • Minimal changes made to ISO 28007 standards for maritime security
    But revised document offers clarification for PMSCs, according to rules body
  • Greek officials underline interest in Chinese land-sea bridge
    Syriza government ponders policy on Piraeus as Beijing underlines port's importance
  • China Shipping Development returns to the black
    Reversal of fortune is due to a rebound in the tanker division and an accounting manoeuvre in 2013
  • Avance Gas to seek compensation from yard for delivery delays of first China-built VLGCs
    Significant delays at CSSC yard in delivering at least four of the eight VLGCs on Oslo-listed owner's orderbook
  • Henderson sheds light on Shell's vetting practices
    World's second-biggest tanker charterer reveals what it looks for in a ship, and says it is willing to work with owners
  • Seanergy is back in business after cape delivery
    First ship has already been fixed as Nasdaq-listed owner pursues further acquisitions
  • Yemen conflict having limited impact on tankers for now
    An escalation could result in closure of an important oil passageway and may force vessels to divert around Cape of Good Hope
  • Freight rates continue downward spiral
    Carriers pin hopes on April GRIs as east-west rates reach new lows
  • Hapag-Lloyd to order 12,000 teu ships as it prepares for IPO
    German line expects to make decision on ultra large tonnage later this year
  • LPG shipping attractive for banks and export credit agencies
    But it's not always easy dealing with export credit agencies, experts advise
  • Hapag-Lloyd loss balloons to $654m in 2014 as CSAV integration costs hit bottom line
    Update: Results 'extremely disappointing', says Habben Jansen but new ship orders to be placed within weeks
  • TEN plans VLCC and LNG carrier orders
    But Tsakos-led owner will only build vessels tied to long-term charter contracts
  • CSCL ekes out $8.5m in core profits as fuel prices decline
    China Shipping unit giant faces fragile recovery due to ship oversupply and fiercer competition
  • China Cosco Holdings sees net profits rise 54% to $58.5m
    But excluding one-off items, underlying losses still stand at Yuan1.4bn

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
MARCH 27, 2015
  • New shipper coalition blasts carriers for focusing on price instead of service
    A week after announcing its formation, a new shipper coalition in Shanghai lambasted container lines for focusing on price to the detriment of service. The Global Shippers' Alliance - which consists of membership from the European Shippers' Council, the Asian Shippers' Association and the American Association of Exporters and Importers -...
  • Agreement would allow West Coast stakeholders to tackle congestion together
    Terminal operators and equipment managers on the West Coast intend to form a discussion agreement that will allow them to work with industry stakeholders such as shipping lines, motor carriers and railroads to reduce congestion and improve cargo velocity. The West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement (WCMTOA) and the Ocean Carrier...
  • Yemen shuts down ports after Saudi airstrike
    Yemen has shut down its major seaports after a series of airstrikes from neighboring Saudi Arabia against rebels fighting Yemen's Western-backed government, according to various reports. Port of Aden officials, however, have publicly denounced the claims, saying the country's largest container gateway is still operational despite the crisis. Industry and local reports...
  • Port of Tokyo to reward environment-friendly ships
    The Port of Tokyo will become Japan's first and Northeast Asia's second port to join the international Environmental Ship Index program and reward environment-friendly container ships. The Port of Tokyo, Japan's largest container port, will start providing discounts on port dues for ocean-going ships with ESI scores of 20 or higher...
  • Depth restrictions at Santos limiting container capacity
    New depth restrictions on container ships calling at the port of Santos, supported by pilots citing dangers to navigation from shallow channels, is sparking criticism from carriers and terminals affected by the restrictions. According to a senior executive of a global carrier with several services operating out of Brazil, all major...
  • Top Rotterdam barge operator to levy congestion surcharge
    A leading European barge operator will levy a congestion surcharge on containers shipped to and from Rotterdam next week. Contargo said it will introduce a surcharge of 6 euros [$6.50] per full and empty 20-foot container on March 30 because of "increasing" bottlenecks at Europe's largest container port. The German company...
  • Houston laden container imports rocket 40 percent
    The Port of Houston's volume of loaded import containers in February jumped 44.2 percent from a year earlier, boosted by shippers seeking an alternative to congested West Coast ports. Houston's February volume of loaded containers during the month totaled 139,532 twenty-foot-equivalent units - 66,518 TEUs of imports and 73,014 TEUs of...
  • OOCL, Yang Ming upgrade China-Pakistan Express with Hazira call
    OOCL and Yang Ming Line have expanded their joint China-Pakistan Express (CPX) Service by adding a direct call at Adani Hazira Container Terminal, a private facility in West India, starting in mid-April. The intra-Asia service will now offer the following port rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo and Shekou, China; Singapore, Karachi, Pakistan; Mundra...
  • Shift in traffic from West to East and Gulf Coast ports could be permanent
    It wasn't supposed to be this way. For U.S. West Coast ports, 2015 was going to be a year to solidify market share in the competitive U.S. container trades as ports on the East Coast prepared for completion of the Panama Canal expansion project. Instead, the first quarter of 2015...
  • West Coast market share slide tied to more than ILWU-PMA debacle
    East and Gulf Coast ports have been winning the market share battle in the U.S. containerized ocean trade since 2008. What happened? To examine the shift, let's go back to 2000, a neutral year in that it was before the aftershocks of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the 2002 U.S....
  • India moves forward on rail-port connectivity initiative
    The Indian federal government has approved a special-purpose company with equity participation of all major ports to implement rail connectivity projects aimed at improving supply chain services. The move is part of the new Narendra Modi-led government's much-publicized "sagar-mala" project designed to upgrade connectivity between port sites and hinterland points. The proposed...
  • Hapag-Lloyd loss soars to $652 million on CSAV merger costs
    Hapag-Lloyd, Germany's biggest container line, slumped to a net loss of 603.7 million euros [$652 million] in 2014 largely due to the one-off cost of acquiring and integrating Chilean carrier CSAV. The impairment charge for a portfolio of aging container ships also contributed to the six-fold increase from a 97.4 million...
  • SCFI: Rate falls for eighth straight week on Asia-Europe, Med trades
    HONG KONG - The slow season continued to exert its negative influence on spot rates across major east-west trades, with Asia-Mediterranean leading the way down this week and hitting lows not seen since October 2013, according to the latest reading of the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI).It will cost $735...
  • China's top two carriers report mixed results
    HONG KONG - It was one up and one down for China's two largest carriers as China Cosco Holdings reported net profit tumbling 46 percent, while China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) stepped back into profitable territory.The lines reported their annual results for 2014, during which CSCL posted an sharp turnaround,...

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TradeWindsweb site
MARCH 27, 2015
  • Venezuelan exports fall
    Venezuela has cut its subsidised crude exports to Cuba and the Caribbean by half since 2012.
  • Carnival starts strong
    Carnival Corp has followed up a nine ship newbuilding order with a return to profit in the first quarter.
  • TTA to rebound
    Earnings for Thoresen Thai Agencies (TTA) should recover from a first quarter blip in the second three months, according to Bualuang Securities.
  • NAO nets more cash
    Herbjorn Hansson's Nordic American Offshore has added $90m to a credit facility with DNB Bank and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB).
  • A $60m special
    John Fredriksen's Frontline 2012 has today dividend out almost $60m worth of shares in VLGC owner Avance Gas.
  • DFDS sheds freight ferry
    Denmark's DFDS has agreed to sell a 2000-built freight ro-ro after rejigging its North Sea network.
  • Opening for owners
    The Philippines is preparing to ease cabotage restrictions preventing foreign vessels from operating in domestic trades.
  • New boxship S&P record set
    Clarksons says tide of German disposals and hike in panamax deals leads to new benchmark.
  • Hapag posts big loss
    Germany's Hapag-Lloyd has sunk to a deficit of EUR 604m ($655.3m) in 2014, a year during which it became the fourth largest liner company in the world.
  • Gotland sells trio
    Sweden's Rederi AB Gotland has sold shares in three MR tankers to its domestic partner Laurin Maritime after buying into three newer tankers.
  • Ferry takes hit
    A Danish ferry needed a tow back to port after hitting an underwater obstruction.
  • Vinalines mulls stake sale
    Vietnam's Vinalines is planning to sell more than half its shares during an initial public offering (IPO) promised by the end of the first quarter.
  • Hugo on 20 years as boss
    Mogens Hugo says he is sad to leave the chairmanship of Norden at a difficult time but content with the way the company has handled market fluctuations.
  • Shikoku adds two
    Japan's Shikoku Dockyard has clinched a new order for its biggest bulkers yet.
  • Moller sets special dividend
    AP Moller-Maersk investors are set for a DKK 1,671 ($242.104) per share special dividend after the shipowner completed its offer of Danske Bank stock.
  • Mipo wins car carriers
    Korea's Hyundai Mipo has won its first car carrier order for a year.
  • Everybody out!
    We take a look at what was said in the market over the past week.
  • Solstad CSV retained
    Italy's Saipem has declared its final optional year for a chartered Solstad ship.
  • Duo died in ferry leap
    Two deportees were killed after jumping from a Stena ferry in the North Sea last year, a UK inquest heard.
  • Nine crew feared dead
    Nine seafarers are feared dead after their general cargoship sank off Indonesia.
  • Epic Gas offloads duo
    Epic Gas has sold two of its oldest and smallest LPG carriers as it looks to modernize its expanding fleet.
  • SapKen downgraded
    SapuraKencana Petroleum (SapKen) has been downgraded by UOB Kay Hian following a disappointing fourth quarter.
  • Third K Line man jailed
    A third K Line executive faces jail time in the US for his part in a long running ro-ro cargo price fixing scandal.
  • Disposals boost CSCL
    China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) has returned to profit in 2014 thanks to a combination of factors.
  • GSI cools merger talk
    Rumours of a potential merger between two major Chinese shipbuilders have been dismissed by one of the parties involved.
  • Carnival readies spending spree
    Carnival Corp made waves today after unveiling a multibillion-dollar newbuilding campaign that will involve the construction of at least nine cruiseships over the next four years.

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American Shipperweb site
MARCH 27, 2015
  • Hapag-Lloyd reports 'disappointing' 2014
  • Port congestion continues to weigh on shippers
  • Hanjin, HMM and YM to launch joint Asia-WCSA string
  • Spot container rates from China drop
  • FMC reviews 16 OTI license applications
  • ILWU Coast Committee to discuss tentative labor contract
  • Executive moves: TeamOne and Menlo
  • Southeast ports expect to capture more West Coast cargo

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
MARCH 27, 2015
  • Security concerns cause Yemen to shutdown ports
    Including: Aden, Al Mukalla, Al Mokha and Al Hudayadah.
  • Australia looks to invest in Port Louis's marine fuels sector
    Investment bank expresses interest to finance port's first offshore bunkering facility.
  • Methanol-fuelled ferry 'is setting an example to the world'
    European Commissioner praises Stena Line as 'innovative and brave'.
  • CSCL books annual profit
    But result more down to subsidy, market observers say.
  • Carnival reports 'significantly higher earnings'
    Results boosted by lower bunker prices and higher demand.
  • ECA-related engine failure 'ongoing problem'
    LR's marine director says blackout can be avoided if correct advice is followed.
  • Bunker supplies 'back to normal' at Brazilian port
    Operations were suspended replenishment delays.
  • Hapag-Lloyd records biggest loss in five years
    Fall in bunker prices came too late to make an impact.
  • Caltex Australia up for sale
    50% stake going in Australian refiner.
  • Caribbean island to get bunkering facilities
    As part or world-scale dry docking yard.
  • Cruise giant buys series of fuel-efficient newbuilds
    'These will be the most efficient ships we have ever built,' says company head.
  • Bunker tanker joins Black Sea fleet
    To refuel oil tankers and boxships transiting the area.
  • Skuld highlights risks involved with HK's low sulphur rule
    'Vessels should be prepared,' insurer says.
  • HFO 'could disappear' from marine fuels market in 2025
    If output level from oil producers continues downward trend, says DNV GL business director for LNG-fuelled ships.

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