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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


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


BIMCO: Bulk Market Awaits Freight Rates Lift

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Dry Bulk Shipping: All eyes on Brazilian iron ore exports, as we await the long-anticipated lift in freight rates. Demand The freight market, which performed so well in Q1, has certainly not delivered in the past four months. BDI has dropped from 1,621 on March 20 to hit 747 on July 29. Panamax ships have not been above $10,000 per day since February 20, but below $5,000 per day for most of June and July. BIMCO expected challenging market conditions, also for Panamaxes, but rates below $4


Transpacific Container Shippers Aim for Rate Rise

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A container shipping organisation urged companies on Monday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU), corresponding to an increase of 14.2 percent from current levels, from Sept. 1. TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) said the planned increase follows strong cargo demand and high vessel utilization levels in recent months, which forward bookings suggest will continue through September.


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


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


Maersk to Bump Asia-Europe Rates

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Container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of Danish conglomerate 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 Nov 1. Rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $900, Maersk Line spokesman said after the company sent a letter to clients. According to the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index, twenty foot rates from Asia to Europe stood at $705 this week and it is


Dry Bulk Shipping Group CMB Expects Volatile 2015

Belgian dry bulk shipping group CMB on Thursday said markets would remain volatile after a disappointing 2014 in which falling commodity prices reduced stock building by clients.   The group added that freight rates would come to a sustainable level once overcapacity in the shipping market


Maersk Chief Warns on Global Trade

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Nils Andersen,  chief executive  of AP Møller-Maersks, has warned that global trade will never return to scorching pre-crisis growth rates, in part because western companies are looking to manufacture more goods closer to home, says a report in the Financial Times.


Tighter Supertanker Market Impacts Asian Fuel Supplies

The window to sell Western fuel oil to Asia is starting to close as demand for a limited fleet of supertankers to store cheap crude pushes freight rates to multi-month highs, shipping and trade sources said. Crude prices have fallen nearly 60 percent since June and


Maersk Line to Increase Asia-Europe Rates

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Maersk Line, part of Denmark's A. P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe by $400 per 20-foot container (TEU) from Feb. 1, it said on Tuesday. Rates on the route, the world's busiest for container shipping


Frontline CEO: Solid Tanker Demand to Continue

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CEO Hvide bullish on tanker demand and freight rates.   Oslo-listed crude tanker group Frontline expects continued high demand and solid freight rates, boosted by the drop in oil prices and increased contango driven storage, Chief Executive Robert Hvide Macleod told Reuters on Tuesday.


Maersk Line to Increase Asia-Europe Rates

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Maersk Line, part of Denmark's A. P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe by $800 per 20-foot container (TEU) from Jan. 15, it said on Tuesday. Rates on the route, the world's busiest for container shipping


Asia Bulk-Capesize Rates at 6-year Low

Charter rates at 6-year lows as cargoes scarce; some owners anchoring ships rather than leasing at a loss. Rates for capesize bulk carriers have plunged to fresh six-year lows and could fall further with cargoes scarce in the post-holiday period, brokers said.


Matson Raises Fourth Quarter Outlook

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Matson reports higher than expected 4Q14 ocean transportation operating income; preliminary full year 2015 outlook expected to be flat to modestly higher than 2014 levels    Matson, Inc. said it holds a higher operating income outlook for the fourth quarter 2014


India: Shipping Firms Should Consider Loan Restructuring

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Indian minister for shipping, Nitin Gadkari, says that was a dire need for restructuring of shipping companies’ debt and suggested the finance ministry to talk to banks for more flexibility towards the maritime sector.   Nitin Gadkari, the minister for shipping


Containers Profit Up Thanks to Low Slot Cost

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In spite of record vessel deliveries the container shipping profitability is expected to improve in 2015, driven by lower unit costs. The global fleet is expected to grow 7.2% in 2015, a faster pace than demand which is forecast to expand at a more modest 5.3%.   


Falling Oil Prices Help Boost Braemar Revenues

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Braemar Shipping Services said its ship broking division saw an improvement in its performance during the last quarter. The merger in July with smaller rival ACM Shipping also came in as shot in the arm. A strong dollar and weak oil prices are good for business, too, and freight rates


Singapore's Maritime Industry Reports Strong Performance

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Singapore continues to be the world's top bunkering port, while its annual vessel arrival tonnage also saw growth in 2014, according to advance estimates announced by Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew. The Port of Singapore maintained its position as one of the busiest in the world as it recorded


PSA Container Throughput Up

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  PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA) handled 65.44 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of containers at its port projects around the world for the year ending 31 December 2014. The Group’s volume increased by 5.8% over 2013 with the flagship PSA Singapore Terminals contributing 33


Japan Shipyard Orders Continue Decline

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 In December 2014, orders of Japan yard fell 37% year on year, says Japan Ship Exporters’ Association (JSEA). Japanese shipyards specialize in building dry bulk carriers.  JSEA member yards secured 24 export orders totaling 1,215


Rate Restoration by SCI on Europe Trade

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  To continue to operate the Services with high level of  reliability, proficiency and meet expectations of the Customers, The  Shipping  Corporation of  India  Ltd., announces Rate Restoration on its Indian Subcontinent to Europe Services viz






 
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