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The Business Timesweb site
JANUARY 19, 2012
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  • Lenders agree to extend Torm's instalment deferral
    Danish shipping company Torm A/S said that its banks agreed to extend a deferral of instalments on its US$1.8 billion of debt to Feb 15 and it hoped to reach a comprehensive financing solution to secure its future.
  • Baltic index falls on weaker China iron ore demand
    The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of commodity shipping costs, fell below 1,000 for the first time since January 2009 on signs Chinese demand for iron-ore cargoes is slowing, worsening a glut of vessels.
  • Glut of supertankers shrinks to 14-month low
    A glut of supertankers competing to load cargoes of Persian Gulf oil shrank to a 14-month low on Chinese crude purchases and persistent tensions over a possible closing of the Strait of Hormuz.

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Sched Netweb site
JANUARY 19, 2012
  • Hainan POS buys Cosco slots to retain three weekly transpacific sailings
  • Hard luck Long Beach container throughput declines 3.2pc in December
  • China blasts US sanctions Iran-trading as inconsistent with UN resolutions
  • Mideast unrest hurts Port of Beirut, but box volumes rise 8.97pc
  • Canadian Forces boxes from Afghanistan arrive filled with sand and stone
  • Pakistani customs cargo processing system creates congestion, say agents
  • AAT tonnage throughput in December falls 9pc
  • Asian air cargo companies turn gloomy about prospects in 2012
  • Keeping Jade Cargo alive while air freight outlook remains poor

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Exim Indiaweb site
JANUARY 19, 2012
  • Containership capacity may rise 8.3 pc this year
  • Eleven-month low for Baltic Dry Index
  • IMO sets emission norms for shipping; sulphur limit in fuel reduced
  • MACCIA's logistics management seminar on Feb. 4
  • Safmarine announces three new senior appointments
  • Cochin Port mulls EoIs for setting up power infra at Vallarpadam
  • KPT to soon decide on Adani group's Tekra-Tuna bid
  • Singapore enjoys record cargo year despite loss of top spot to Shanghai
  • W. Bengal may allow Titagarh Marine to initiate shipbuilding project soon
  • EU may have to rework carbon curbs
  • Rlys planning new policy to draw pvt. participation
  • Corporate India raises $ 1.6 bn through ECBs in Nov.
  • Govt may allow more sugar exports to reap electoral dividends
  • Regulating regulators

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International Transport Journalweb site
JANUARY 18, 2012
  • TAAG Angola adds temporary service to Porto
    Starting today (18 January), TAAG Angola is adding a third weekly service to Porto (Portugal). The service, which utilises Boeing B777-200ER aircraft, rotates between Luanda, Porto...
  • Airbus marks 2011 with record order and delivery numbers
    Beating its previous record set in 2010 by 24 aircraft, Airbus delivered 534 commercial aircraft to 88 customers (ten new) and booked 1,419 net orders in 2011, making it the tenth...
  • Albacor Shipping (USA) organises transport of heavy transformer
    Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc, the US member of the Worldwide Project Consortium WWPC, through their branch in Banning, CA, was involved in a very unique transportation project of a t...
  • Rhenus: Bingen site receives IFS Logistics certificate
    The Rhenus branch office in Bingen (Germany) received the International Food Standard Logistics (IFS Logistics) certificate from TÜV NORD (Technical Inspection Agency North) at the...
  • New partner in Medcenter Container Terminal Gioia Tauro
    On 16 January 2012 Contship Italia signed an agreement for the sale of 50% of CSM Italia-Gate SpA, the sub-holding company controlling 66.7% of Medcenter Container Terminal in Gioi...
  • Italy: truck drivers to strike
    Truck drivers in Italy want to go on strike for five days from next Monday (23 January). The protest is due to massive increases in fuel and motorway costs. The Italian union Trasp...
  • Intelligent truck parking system in Denmark
    Denmark recently inaugurated the first intelligent truck parking system (ITP) at the Ustrup east lay-by on the E45 motorway. The ITP is intended to boost the capacity of the parki...
  • Oskar Schunck's doyen celebrates 80th birthday
    Horst O. A. Schunck, chairman of the supervisory board of Oskar Schunck celebrated his 80th birthday on 17 January. The eminent business man has been guiding the fortunes of the M...
  • Italy's Messina Straits bridge: to be or not to be?
    The government of Italy's new prime minister, Mario Monti, earmarked around EUR 3 billion for construction and infrastructure projects in the first six weeks in office. However, th...
  • New manager at Lufthansa Cargo Center Frankfurt
    Lufthansa Cargo appointed Dr Mohammad Ali Seiraffi as vice-president handling Frankfurt at the beginning of the current year. He is responsible for Lufthansa Cargo Center (LCC) in ...
  • Kombiverkehr, Cemat and Bohemiakombi launch direct Czechia-Italy intermodal train service
    This week Kombiverkehr, Cemat and Bohemiakombi are launching the first-ever direct intermodal road/rail service that links the industrial regions in northern Czechia and southern P...
  • RCA's rail freight subsidiary Linea to become Rail Cargo Italia
    Linea SpA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Rail Cargo Austria corporation (RCA), has been renamed Rail Cargo Italia Srl. The Italian RCA subsidiary is part of the Austrian rail se...
  • Ecu Line opens four new offices in China
    At the beginning of January 2012 , the new Ecu-Line offices in China became fully operational. In early 2011, the Ecu-Line group decided to complete the China network with its own ...
  • Airport Authority Hong Kong welcomes proposed new air quality objectives
    Airport Authority Hong Kong said it welcomes and supports the proposed new air quality objectives (AQOs) recently announced by the island's government. Following the conclusion o...

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Marine Logweb site
JANUARY 18, 2012
  • China Oilfield Services reports advanced AHTS newbuild grounded in shipyard incident
  • Cruise safety subject of House subcommittee hearing
  • Recording reveals heated exchange between Schettino and Captain of the Port
  • Dramatic video shows capture of pirate dhow
  • Hyde Guardian BWTS picked for two OSG newbuilds
  • STX OSV comments on rumors of sale
  • Damen set to deliver tugboat trio to Venezuela

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World Wide Shipperweb site
JANUARY 18, 2012
  • Seattle Port Commissioners Ok Century Agenda plan
  • NYK companies onboard with Singapore Green Pledge
  • Coast Guard announces winners of Video of the Year contest
  • Corps warns of disruptions due to Chittenden Locks repairs
  • Troy Container Line to offer direct service to Liverpool, Manchester

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Lloyd's Listweb site
JANUARY 18, 2012
  • Global refinery demand for crude down for first time in two years
    Poor economy and warm winter lead to refinery throughputs being revised down
  • Strong Chinese dry bulk demand is guaranteed for the 'next decade'
    Seanergy chief Dale Ploughman has faith that China will meet self-imposed targets for economic growth
  • IHO warned of Ecdis errors
    New investigation into reported glitch in upgrading software
  • Information overload
    Complex bridge systems could be increasing the risk of navigation failure
  • VLCC owners cash in as China's chartering rush is boosted by Iran supply fears
    Spate of bookings ahead of Chinese new year also pushes up Atlantic and Middle East markets
  • NITC to be targeted by sanctions
    Hard evidence that links the operator to Iran's nuclear weapons programme has been found, say diplomatic sources
  • Cuba will start first drilling for oil next week
    US politicians raise environmental fears over exploration close to Florida coast
  • Tanker market desperately needs improved demand picture
    Ban on NITC trade could tighten chartering markets
  • EU to implement ban on Iranian oil imports on July 1
    Plan is in line with US sanctions
  • Floating storage is almost exclusively for Iranian crude on NITC tankers
    OSG and Euronav ULCCs have both discharged cargoes while clean petroleum storage remains non-existent
  • Pressure on Iran targets P&I cover
    Diplomats claim sanctions have forced NITC has to seek 'sham' coverage
  • NITC ban to benefit rival tanker owners
    Iranian giant is the world's fourth-largest VLCC operator
  • Döhle takes stake in bulk carrier newbuilds
    German owner to acquire 55% share in four 92,500 dwt post-panamax bulkers under construction at Chinese yard
  • Costa Concordia will bring extra regulatory cost, not hard market
    Broker RFIB argues that this one event alone will not tip the balance
  • Insurers face huge compensation bill if Costa Concordia claims are tried in the US
    It is impossible to calculate what third party liability costs could run to
  • Scerni falls on his sword
    Costa Concordia casualty claims its first scalp
  • Australian iron ore expansion created 290 extra capesize cargoes last year
    All three major Australian mining companies broke production records in 2011
  • Two tier containership chartering market develops for geared vessels
    Lines paying more money for 2,500 teu-3,500 teu boxships with cranes on board
  • Controversy over Costa Concordia course continues
    Vessel sailed within 500 m of Giglio in August while all other operators steered clear
  • Marco Polo debtors bring adversary complaint against Top Ships
    New front in New York Chapter 11 case
  • Investors support plan to buy back Dr Peters fund's tankers
    Move to reacquire two aframax tankers is being watched closely by beleaguered KG industry
  • Putting the squeeze on ship finance
    With shipping classed as high-risk, banks will not back new players
  • OECD indicators point to further slowdown
    Most major economies expected to contract
  • Time for a Singapore Spring?
    Business-friendly state faces growing clamour for political change
  • Gibraltar accident investigation criticises Fedra managers
    Dilek says report misinterprets VDR evidence

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Fairplayweb site
JANUARY 18, 2012
  • EU rules cause KG ripples
    GERMANY's KG ship finance industry faces wide regulatory challenges this year, with stringent EU rules nearing for alternative investment funds
  • CSAV halfway to goal
    CHILEAN box liner CSAV has raised $659M in its rights offering, with capital-raising efforts now shifting toward overseas investors
  • HSH adds more capital
    SHAREHOLDERS of German shipping bank HSH Nordbank today voted for a €500M ($640.8M) capital increase to satisfy EC conditions for the state bail-out of the bank
  • Sietas maps out leaner future
    HAMBURG's Sietas yard announced a layoff today but said it hopes to emerge out of receivership and continue its businesses with reduced capacity
  • Marubeni to pay $54.6M in Nigerian bribery case
    MARUBENI, the major Japanese trading house, has agreed to pay a $54.6M criminal penalty to resolve bribery charges, according to the US Department of Justice
  • Essar substitutes Saudi for Iranian oil
    ESSAR is the latest Indian group to stop buying Iranian crude since international sanctions were applied against Tehran
  • Euronav runs up $96.4M in losses for 2011
    ANTWERP'S tanker operator Euronav racked up after-tax losses of $50.74M, to take its full-2011 losses to $96.38M, according to preliminary results
  • BDI sinks past 1,000
    THE BALTIC Dry Index has fallen below 1,000 points, as it increasingly appears that there is little upside for drybulk shipping in 1Q2012
  • VLCC charterers rushing toward holidays
    CHARTERERS rushing to fix VLCCs before the start of Lunar New Year are forking out more money amid tighter tonnage availability and high bunker prices Chinese COAs continued their momentum, with Unipec taking six ships
  • BHP sets iron ore mark
    AUSTRALIAN mining giant BHP Billiton has followed its competitors in announcing strong iron ore production figures for most recent quarter
  • Mississippi grounding sparks cut in draught
    DRAUGHT limits on the lower Mississippi River are reduced today to 12.8m from 13.4 after a Panamax bulker ran aground
  • Chevron rig burns off Nigerian coast
    A BLAZE that started on a Chevron offshore rig exploring oil and gas fields off Nigeria's coast is still burning
  • Not easy to take STX Europe's stake in STX OSV
    HIGH PRICE for STX Europe's 50.75% stake in Norwegian shipbuilder STX OSV could make it challenging for anyone to make an offer, Singapore securities firm DMG & Partners said today
  • TORM and bankers extend financial accords
    TORM AND its lenders have agreed to extend deferral of installments and a covenant standstill to 15 February

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
JANUARY 18, 2012
  • Ambassador Bridge Traffic Decline Gives Owner Ammunition
    The 2.5 percent year-over-year decline in truck traffic on the Ambassador Bridge in 2011 gives the bridge's owner ammunition in...
  • Philadelphia Sees Strong Container, Auto Traffic Growth
    The Port of Philadelphia in 2011 saw container traffic rise 6.7 percent year-over-year and auto shipments skyrocket 85 percent in...
  • World Bank Says Trade Growth to Slow to 4.7 Percent
    The World Bank on Wednesday said international trade will expand only 4.7 percent this year and 6.8 percent in 2013,...
  • US Beer Shipments Fell 1.5 Percent in 2011
    The beer market appears to have gone flat, with total U.S. beer shipments dropping 1.5 percent in 2011 to 204.9...
  • South Korea Expects Air Cargo Rebound in 2012
    South Korean air cargo traffic in 2011 fell 1.9 percent year-over-year, but government officials expect various international events, including the...
  • Antwerp Container Traffic Rose 2.3 Percent Last Year
    Antwerp's container traffic rose 2.3 percent year-over-year in 2011, pushing total volume at Europe's second-largest port up 5 percent. ...
  • US Industrial Production Rebounds 0.4 Percent
    U.S. industrial output in December bounced back at 0.4 percent year-over-year, as manufacturing production rose 0.9 percent, the briskest pace...
  • CSAV Raises $659 Million for $1.2 Billion Capital Plan
    Troubled Chilean ocean carrier CSAV announced its shareholders raised $659 million in the first stage of a planned $1.2 billion...
  • Truckload Carriers Eye Increase in Driver Pay
    Truckload carriers struggling to find and keep drivers are increasingly convinced driver pay needs to increase significantly, Transport Capital Partners...
  • Russia's National Container Saw Growth Stall in 2011
    National Container Company, Russia's largest container stevedore, said traffic growth stalled in 2011, reflecting the disruption of Balitic Sea shipping...
  • Maersk Upgrades India-Middle East-Europe Service
    Maersk Line is upgrading its Europe-Middle East 3 (ME3) Service between India, the Middle East and Europe, effective this month....
  • Maersk Raises India to Africa Rates
    Maersk Line imposed general rate increases on cargo shipped from India to Mombasa, Kenya, and ports in West Africa. ...
  • CP Raises Capital Spending Goal to $1.2 Billion
    Canadian Pacific Railway, demonstrating a drive to increase profitability while beset by a proxy war, will spend up to $1.2...
  • Diesel Prices Rise for Second Week
    Diesel prices across the United States increased for the second week in a row in the week ending Jan. 16,...

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Containerisation Internationalweb site
JANUARY 18, 2012
  • Duisburg underlines transfer of cargo operations away from Benelux coast
    Europe's largest inland port Duisburg increased its container terminal traffic by 11.1% last year, up to 2.5 million TEU, emphasizing the trend of transferring ...
  • Panama Canal expansion work halted
    Work on the expansion programme for the Panama Canal, which involves the construction of a third set of much bigger locks, has been suspended for two days. An escalating ...
  • Trailer Bridge's plan to beat bankruptcy sees SEACOR become greatest shareholder
    US Jones Act carrier Trailer Bridge has come up with a plan to save it from bankruptcy which includes Florida-headquartered SEACOR Holdings, whose varied ...
  • Indian exporters facing a tough year
    Despite a 6.7% year-on-year spurt in India's exports in December and an on-track 20% growth forecast for its fiscal year end [March 31,2012] the government has ...
  • LA/LB 2011 imports strike a flat note
    The combined loaded imports of the US west coast ports of Long Beach (LB) and Los Angeles (LA) for 2011 was flat compared to 2010 - a sign of the difficult economic ...
  • World Bank slashes global growth forecast
    The Washington DC-based World Bank has sharply cut its global economic growth forecast for 2012 to 2.5% from its previous prediction of 3.6% citing the eurozone ...
  • Suez Canal Authority posts good results
    The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has announced an improved amount of traffic and revenue compared with 2010. Total turnover of USD5.2 billion and net tonnage transits ...
  • Rena box salvage resumes

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TradeWindsweb site
JANUARY 18, 2012
  • Lights out at Hovensa
    Broker expects closure of Hess and Pdvsa's St Croix refinery to have "significant impact" on crude and product tanker markets.
  • Marines foil pirate attack
    Military personnel from the Netherlands prevent hijacking by opening fire on armed assailants in the Gulf of Aden.
  • Space ship on the rocks
    The tragic wreck of the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia is clearly visible from an orbiting satellite.
  • Poor rates don't stem tide
    Four of the five major tanker sectors show a slowdown in slippage and cancellation of newbuildings during 2011.
  • Grindrod in Vitol tie up
    South African shipowner finds investor for Mozambique terminal ahead of proposed expansion.
  • Aframax damaged in clash
    Valles Steamship tanker kept outside Milford Haven after accident involving Belgian fishing vessel.
  • Period pain for cape owners
    Clearlake picks up capesize newbuilding for up to six months at cheap rate as dry gloom deepens.
  • Captain "admits error"
    Francesco Schettino tells Italian court he ordered cruiseship to turn too late to avoid rocks.
  • CSAV sees fundraiser flop
    Struggling Chilean containership owner raises just over half the $1.2bn targeted in rights issue.
  • Bulker refloated in US
    Grounding of Iino's Rondeau raises more questions about dredging cutbacks in Mississippi.
  • DOF inks PSV charter
    Mons Aase-led owner fixes Skandi Waveney to Den Helder for up to three years.
  • Ro-ro battle begins
    Marten Carlquist comes out of retirement to lead Swedish start-up taking on DFDS between Gothenburg and UK.

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
JANUARY 18, 2012
  • Final rule for Great Lakes steamship marine diesel engine programme
    Programme would cut CO2 emissions and automatically permit the use of residual fuel, through December 31, 2025.
  • Prices generally falling in European ports
    'Limited activity' in Hamburg.
  • Fujairah prices firm slightly
    Durban suppliers still not quoting.
  • Socar to apply for Fujairah bunker licence
    National oil company wants 'foothold' in marine fuel market.
  • Regulations face operators with 'difficult' choices
    Decisions on how best to comply with ECA sulphur caps not to be 'taken lightly.'
  • Fuel oil arbitrage volumes to reach 'seven-year high'
    But Singapore bunker market to remain under pressure, say traders.
  • Prices firming in key Asian ports
    Demand mixed at major Asian bunkering hubs.
  • US research vessel switches to biodiesel fuel
    First US research ship to use the alternative fuel, says University of Rhode Island.
  • Bunkering resumes in Novorossiysk
    As weather conditions improved at the port.
  • WFS shares downgraded
    Investment bank lowers ratings to 'hold' from 'buy.'
  • Indian port starts cold ironing operations
    Supply of onshore power to cruise vessel Amet Majesty a 'beginning.'
  • Lanka IOC's bunker tanker in drydock
    Bunker tanker SP Berlin will be drydocked for two months, says Lanka IOC.
  • Bunker supplier makes Pakistan's 'first' bonded lube oil delivery
    Zak Bunkers deliver Total's Atlanta Marine D3005 to MV Star Cosmo at Karachi port.
  • Belgian tanker firm maintains slow steaming policy
    Bunkers continue to be 'extremely expensive' relative to freight, says Euronav.
  • HK bunker supplier moves to new office
    Bomin Bunker Oil moves to a new location.

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