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Mediterranean/N.American Freight Rate Stagnancy

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Ocean carriers were unable to increase freight rates between the Mediterranean and North America from November to January due to continuing poor vessel utilisation and the approaching threat of P3, according to the latest edition of Drewry's Container Insight Weekly. Westbound According to Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight, the average all-in freight rate quoted to forwarders for spot cargo from Genoa to New York remained a poor $1,950/40ft throughout. New York’s port difficulties may have been a problem for ocean carriers, however, as the average freight rate from Genoa to Houston declined from $1,820/40ft to $1,760/40ft, and the average from Genoa to Montreal fell from $3,240/40ft to $3,110/40ft. Industry sources say that westbound contract freight rate levels also fell at the beginning of January, prompted by concern over future market share once the P3’s new services are launched in 2Q 14. With a current 49% market share of effective vessel capacity, the combination of Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM represents a powerful alliance, even though each will continue to price itself separately. Source: Drewry's Container Insight Weekly    


Index-Linked Container Contracts Take-Off

Half of all index-linked contracts filed with the US Federal Maritime Commission reference Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight pricing benchmarks.   Drewry Maritime Research’s container freight rate benchmarks are the index of choice in index-linked container contracts, according to the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The agency also indicated that uptake of index-linked container contracts on US trades was fast growing


Rapid Panamax Expansion Affects Freight Rates

A fast expansion of the fleet in the panamax sector has outpaced trade and affected freight rates, shipbrokers on Monday. "Panamax freight rates are not weaker due to falling demand, but rather because the fleet is growing faster than trade," a broker said. Rates quoted on the Baltic Panamax Index reflected a negative trend across the board, with average daily rates for transatlantic round voyages and fronthaul charter starting to ease back, brokers said.


Big Carriers Gain Market Share

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Drewry’s analysis of ocean carriers’ latest financial results shows significant changes in cargo market shares, but how much of it is due to service differentiation is unclear.   Ocean carriers’ third quarter financial results reported so far reveal that the largest are growing faster than the smallest. Maersk’s year-on-year cargo growth of 9.5% in 3Q13 was over double the global average of 4.2%, Hapag-Lloyd’s cargo increased by 8


Blu Logistics Brings Rate Management In-House

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CargoSphere,  cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh network for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced the completion of Blu Logistics’ integration with CargoSphere’s freight rate management solution.  Blu Logistics, a global logistics company offering sea and air freight services, customs brokerage, ground transportation, and warehousing, previously outsourced freight rate and contract management


Freight Rate Trends: Upcoming Free Supply Chain Webinar

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Drewry Maritime Research says it is hosting a free webinar for supply chain professionals to explain recent trends in ocean & air freight rates and provide an outlook for the future. The webinar presentation will examine and explain: Recent ocean & air freight rate trends on Global trades Economic drivers Drewry's outlook for freight rates The event will be hosted by Simon Heaney, Senior Manager, and Philip Damas


Enterprise Shipholding Rating Downgraded To B2 From Ba3

Moody's Investors Service downgraded its rating for the senior notes of Enterprises Shipholding Corp. to B2 from Ba3. The downgrade reflects Moody's expectation that the pressure on freight rates will continue to build beyond the normal level of seasonality, especially in the light of substantial excess capacities in the reefer industry. In addition, management faces the challenge of allocating operating cash flow and balance sheet liquidity between operating requirements


P&O Nedlloyd 4Q Results

P&O Nedlloyd announced that it achieved an operating profit of $84 million in 4Q 2003, compared with an operating loss of $49 million in 4Q 2002. Driving the improved performance: average freight rates increased 16 percent over 2002, and volumes shipped were up 5 percent. Commenting on the future, the company sees a favorable trend in freight rates, and provided trade growth continues as in 2003, the outlook for the container shipping industry remains positive for 2004 although cost


Big Ship Iron Ore Freight Rates Fall

Capesize Bulker: Image CCL

Capesize iron ore freight rates in the Pacific and Atlantic fell further Tuesday, driven by lower-priced fixtures out of South Africa in the absence of Brazilian and West Australian charterers, reports Platts. Platts say they assessed the Capesize iron ore freight rate at $15.50/wmt on the Saldanha Bay to Qingdao route Tuesday, down $1.50/wmt from the previous day.
 A Japanese shipowner estimated there were presently about 30 Capesize vessels chasing cargoes in the Pacific.


Cost-Cutting Container Carriers Forge Ahead: Analysis

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As freight rates keep declining, cost reductions are the top priority for box carriers, according to Drewry's 2Q14 'Container Forecaster', highlighting that there is a widening gap between the positive financials of the few carriers really focused on cutting costs and the rest of the top 20 lines, as they battle with the pressure of falling freight rates. Drewry forecasts that once again, average freight rates will be lower than in the previous year


Trans-pacific Container Shipping Group Aims for Rise in Rates

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Container shipping companies were urged to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) with effect from Aug. 1, their organisation TSA said on Wednesday. Members of the TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) include 15 of the world's biggest container shipping


Asia-Pacific Container Shipping Rate Hike on the Cards

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Container shipping companies were urged to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) with effect from Aug. 1, their organisation TSA said on Wednesday. Members of the TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) include 15 of the world's biggest container shipping


Asia-Europe Container Shipping Rate Falls 5.5%

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Reportedly, shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 5.5 percent to $1,230 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Maersk Aims to Raise Aisia-Europe Freight Rates

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The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it planned to raise freight rates on routes from Asia to northern Europe by $450 per 20-foot container (TEU). The new rates will take effect from Aug. 1, the company told Reuters in an email on Friday


China, Vietnam, Shipyards Deliver Newbuilds to VSL

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Investors in the shipping & logistics industries VSL, says that in just over a week its first two eco-newbuildings joined its fleet, with the delivery from Vietnam of the 'High Sun' product tanker (in partnership with d’Amico International Shipping – DIS) and the 'Giulia I'


GSF welcomes monitoring of compliance of P3

Global Shippers Forum

 The Global Shippers' Forum has welcomed confirmation that the European Competition Commission will closely monitor the P3 for compliance with EU competition rules. GSF Secretary General, Chris Welsh, said,"The GSF has asked the Commission to closely scrutinise the P3 to ensure the


Thorco Chairman: More Ships and IPO

Thorco Triumph (image: Thorco Shipping)

Thorco sees fleet expanding by 50 pct in coming years. Multi-purpose shipping company aims to list in Copenhagen. Drewry expects industry to pick up in next few years. Denmark's Thorco Shipping expects to expand its fleet by 50 percent in coming years and plans to list on the Copenhagen stock


Deep Sea Carriers Attracted to Intra-Asia Routes: Analysis

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Cargo growth on intra-Asia routes is attracting deep-sea carriers due to the availability of cheap charter vessels and economies of scale between China and SE Asia, but regional players also know how to form defensive alliances, reports Drewry Maritime Research in its latest 'Container Insight


Hamburg Süd Seeks Options after Failed Hapag-Lloyd Merger Talks

Hamburg Süds Cap San Nicolas in the South China Sea (Photo courtesy of Hamburg Süd)

Germany's second biggest container shipper Hamburg Süd is seeking options for the business after merger talks with bigger rival Hapag-Lloyd failed last year, Chief Executive Ottmar Gast said on Tuesday. "We are working on alternatives


Maersk Line to Raise Freight Rates from Asia to Europe

Maersk Triple E ship in port (Photo courtesy of Maersk Line)

Container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to raise freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from July 1. Rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $575


Container Shippers Battle Falling Rates

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As freight rates keep declining, cost reductions are the top priority for box carriers. Drewry’s 2Q14 Container Forecaster highlights that there is a widening gap between the positive financials of the few carriers really focused on cutting costs and the rest of the top 20 lines


Capesize Bulker Over-supply in Asia Trade: Rate Slide Forecast

Capesize Bulker: Image CCL

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as too many ships chase too few cargoes from Australia and Brazil, brokers said. There are around 32 capesize ships in ballast and currently available for charter


Shipping Industry Not Quite as Upbeat About Future: Analyst

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Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell slightly during the three-month period to May 2014, due to concerns that overtonnaging could hit freight rates, but nevertheless remain at their second-highest level for the past six years with shipmanagers in particular remaining upbeat


High Shipping Costs Deter Buyers of W. Africa Crude

Nigerian crude oil differentials held at two-year lows on Monday as demand remained subdued, partly due to high shipping costs from West Africa to Europe. Nearly half of the loading program for August, which originally had 65 cargos, was unsold on Monday


Med Tanker Market Pins Freight Rate Hopes on Libya Oil Export Push

Rising oil exports from Libya after months of disruption helped push Mediterranean tanker rates to the highest levels in nearly six months on Wednesday, and shipping players expected more gains in earnings as shipments from the OPEC member step up.






 
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