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Malaysia Mulls Second Shipping Line

Malaysia reportedly may set up a second national shipping line to help reduce freight charges between the peninsula and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo island, as traders in the two east Malaysian states had complained about high freight costs. "The proposal has come from the Ministry and the Cabinet is actively studying it," an official said. Malaysia International Shipping Corp., controlled by state oil firm Petronas, is currently the country's sole national shipper.


Baltic Exchange Shareholders Approve Singapore Exchange Takeover

Baltic Exchange shareholders on Monday approved an 87 million pound ($112 million) takeover by Singapore Exchange for one of London's oldest institutions, in a deal that will give SGX access to the multi-billion-dollar freight derivatives market. The proposed transaction, unanimously recommended by the Baltic's board last month, was approved by shareholders at a general meeting in the historic City of London. It will now need regulatory approval


Caribbean Upcoast Trade Experiences Downturn

Shipping's most volatile market, the Caribbean upcoast trade, has plummeted in the last few days to levels not seen since last November and freight costs are now less than half of what they were just two weeks ago, brokers said on Tuesday. But they were also quick to point out that this was merely a normal part of the yearly cycle as refinery turnarounds start to bite into the supply-demand balance. "Every April for the last three years the Aframax (70


Submarines As Ore Carriers?

Russia'sNorilsk Nickel - a big metal producer -- has finished a feasibility study of a project to use nuclear submarines for ore shipments, which once started will cost $80 million, Norilsk's chairman said. "The feasibility study has been prepared and now the board of directors has to approve spending of up to $80 million for its implementation," Yuri Kotlyar said. "But even then the decommissioning of the submarines should be sanctioned by the state."


DSME Launches LNG Carrier for Teekay

Creole Spirit (Photo: Teekay)

Creole Spirit launched to sea 87 days after keel laying   Teekay’s first M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI)-powered LNG vessel, Creole Spirit, was floated out at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea on May 29. The vessel is on charter contract with Cheniere and is expected to enter service early 2016, making it the most efficient LNG ship on the water with the lowest unit freight cost in the world fleet.  


Creole Spirit Sets Sail for Sea Trials

Creole Spirit (Photo: Teekay)

Teekay’s first M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI)-powered LNG vessel, Creole Spirit, has sailed out from the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard for sea trials.   Creole Spirit is Teekay’s first of nine LNG newbuildings equipped with dual fuel two stroke MEGI engines from MAN Diesel & Turbo. The engines were installed shortly after the ship’s keel was laid in March.  


Auckland Port Led JV to Develop Inland Port

Ports of Auckland, Napier Port and Icepak today announced the formation of a joint-venture to develop a new inland port and intermodal freight hub at Longburn, Palmerston North and to target Growth in Manawatu-Whanganui Region. Located on the site of the old Longburn freezing works owned by Icepak, the venture will see the nine hectare site transformed into a significant intermodal logistics and manufacturing hub.


Indian Diesel Cargoes to Australia in Rare Move

India-Australia vessels booked despite higher freight costs; Chevron moving 1-2 cargoes a month to Australia. Indian diesel cargoes are being shipped to Australia in a rare move as rising competition from new Middle East refineries has made it more difficult to land the fuel in India's core traditional markets in Europe and Africa. Diesel is typically shipped to Australia from North Asia or Singapore as freight rates for the India-Australia route can cost as much as 50 percent more


Vale Concludes Sale of VLOCs to Cosco

Vale Brasil. Photo by Vale

 Brazilian miner Vale has completed the sale of four other large iron ore carriers to China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco), which was agreed last September.    This transaction is related to the agreement signed with Cosco on September 12, 2014.   The transaction amounted to 445 million dollars and the amount will be received by Vale upon delivery of the vessels to Cosco, which is scheduled to take place in June 2015.  


Half of Hanjin Boxships Denied Port Access

A Hanjin Containership at Sea (Credit: Hanjin)

Of 98 container ships, 44 blocked from ports. U.S. firms take legal action over unpaid bills. Roughly half of Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd's container vessels have been blocked from ports since the South Korean firm's collapse, putting manufacturers and their customers increasingly on edge about the fate of cargo and spikes in freight costs. Woes for world's seventh-largest container shipper have only deepened since its banks withdrew support and it filed for court receivership this week


Is Dry Bulk Still on Track for Profitability in 2019?

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The dry bulk industry remains well on target for profitable freight rates in 2019, according to BIMCO. This relies however, on the projected fleet supply growth rate of 0 percent in 2017 continuing. The handymax segment may even see profits in 2018 as demand may go beyond 2 percent in 2017 before


VLCC Rates to Remain Weak on Output, Tonnage Woes

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to a near six-month low on Thursday, will remain weak until the Asian refinery maintenance season gets completed, starting April-end.   "I haven't seen a collapse in rates like this for some time


Hapag-Lloyd Says Prospects Buoyed by Rising Freight Rates

File photo: Hapag-Lloyd

German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd expects increased operating earnings this year, it said on Friday, citing a rise in freight rates as market conditions improve.   The shipping industry has been grappling with a prolonged downturn brought about by overcapacity in a faltering


Hapag-Lloyd: Positive Operating Result in a Challenging Environment

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

 Hapag-Lloyd AG remains bullish on the substantial earnings contribution from synergies from CSAV acquisition and OCTAVE cost-cutting programme alongwith further synergies expected due to the merger with UASC.   Hapag-Lloyd closed the 2016 financial year with EBITDA of EUR 607


Benchmarking Against Peers Upheld Among BCOs

Image: World Shipping Council

 International transport and logistics executives are increasingly benchmarking their companies’ costs and supplier terms in ocean transport contracts, according to data gathered by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.   In the past 6 months


Odebrecht Tries Again to Shed Colombia River Stake

Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht is looking to dispose of its entire stake in Colombia's Magdalena River navigability project, as the company battles corruption allegations across Latin America, an official told Reuters.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Hold Steady

File Image: A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Vale)

Brazil-China rates hit 15-month high for second time this year.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could hold steady or slip slightly next week after unexpectedly climbing this week on strong cargo volumes, ship brokers said.  


Russian Seaport Cargo Volumes All Time High

Photo: Port of Novorossiysk

 The turnover of goods of seaports of Russia for the first time in history exceeded the mark of 700 million tons per year, reports local media.   According to figures released by the Russian Maritime Ports Association, the sector's overall turnover rose 6.7 percent in 2016. 


Container lines earned $42 less per TEU

Notes US Trade based on USD per forty foot unit -FEU

The container shipping lines received an average rate 7% (USD 42) lower in 2016 than in 2015, if they operated in the spot market on all Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) trade routes. This has primarily been due to the devastating low rates received in the first half of 2016


Maersk Line posts $376 mln Loss

Courtesy Maersk Line

Maersk Line reported a 2016 result that is USD 1,679 million lower than the 2015 result (USD 1,303 million). The overriding reason for the loss is a 19% decline in freight rates compared to 2015. Revenue was USD 20.7 billion, which is 13% lower than 2015 (USD 23.7bn).  


Tauranga Port Aims to Handle a Million Cargo Containers

Photo: Port of Tauranga

 New Zealand's largest freight gateway Port of Tauranga says it is on track to break the country's record for transporting more than one million containers in a single year.   "Our results show the Port of Tauranga is continuing to reinforce its position as the country's premier


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Up on Increased Traffic

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Record iron ore prices fuelling capesize chartering boom; freight rates rise by around $1 per tonne in a week.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-week highs on Wednesday, are set to continue to climb next week on buoyant iron ore cargo


Asia-North Europe Box Rates Up 7 pct

File Image: Credit Port of Boston

Container spot freight rates from Asia to Northern Europe rose 7 percent to $961 per twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed on Friday.    Freight rates from Asia to ports in the Mediterranean rose $38 to $882 per TEU


Hapag-Lloyd 2016 Profit Dips on Weaker Box Rates

File photo: Hapag-Lloyd

FY operating profit down 66 pct and freight rates down 15.4 percent in 2016. Company says merger benefits, cost cuts help.   German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd on Tuesday reported a 66 percent year-on-year fall in operating profit for 2016


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Uncertain on Tonnage Woes

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MidEast tanker rates fall to $22,000 a day, below breakeven; 52 VLCCs to be delivered this year, highest since 2011.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to four-month lows this week, face an uncertain direction next week as refinery maintenance and excess






 
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