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Clean Tanker Rates Drop Another 10 Points

Clean tankers in the intra-Asian trades have suffered an eighth week of stagnant trading, causing rates to slip another 10 points to W240 ($15.69 per ton), Singapore brokers said on Wednesday. "The panel rate (judged by a panel of six brokerages) is around W250, but we think it's much nearer W240 at the moment," said a broker. The benchmark trade from Singapore to Japan on 30,000 ton tankes almost touched W300 in June ($19.62 per ton). Another Singapore broker pegged the trade at W245 and said to ignore rumors of a fixture this week at W230. "There's just very little enquiry for ships from Singapore," said the broker. Singapore brokers were uncertain of the underlying reason, but Olso broker Lorenzen & Stemoco said in a report last week that Asian trades were set to be undermined by Atlantic trades and trans-Pacific trades, which were trading down on slack demand from the U.S. Rates for long-range cargoes from the Mideast Gulf to Japan on 75,000 ton tankers appear to have stabilized around the W200 mark ($25.48 per ton), following a slip from W230 at the start of June. "It's difficult to judge, because there hasn't been a 75,000 ton fixture in ages, but last week Vitol fixed an 80,000 ton cargo from the Red Sea to Japan at W192.5," said a broker. He pegged the trade on 55,000 ton tankers at W220 ($28.03 per ton).


SS&Y Pacific & Atlantic Index Drops

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 281 points in the week ending Monday to 5,337. "The Pacific has weakened with tonnage being fixed APS Australia plus ballast bonus by a number of Chinese operators, which has been helped by diluted interest in December stems for trans-Pacific and backhaul routes," SS&Y said. "This has led owners to seek refuge in Richards Bay although rates are headed downwards at present, which hasn't been helped by this movement of vessels


News Drives A.P. Moeller Shares Down

Shares in A.P. Moeller dropped three percent after news reports container traffic growth was slowing due to the weaker U.S. economy. At 1005 GMT Moeller's two shares, D/S 1912 and D/S Svendborg, traded at 81,000 crowns ($10,097) and 108,000 crowns respectively, down 3.0 and 2.7 percent compared to closing prices on Friday. Container traffic and freight rates may tumble this year compared to 2000, denting Moeller's profits


Freight Rates Tumbling

According to a Jan. 10 report from Bloomberg, at a time when analysts anticipate record profits for the biggest mining companies and a third year of gains in commodity prices, shipping lines carrying raw materials are set for the lowest freight rates since 2002. Leasing costs for capesizes, 1,000-foot-long ships hauling iron ore and coal, will drop 34 percent to average $22,000 a day this year, according to the median in a Bloomberg survey of eight fund managers and analysts.


NOL’s 2013 Financial Performance up 82%

Group narrows net loss; lifted by $470 million (USD) cost savings and building sale. NOL Group today reported a 2013 net loss of $76 million, improving 82 percent from a $412 million loss the previous year. The group’s full year financial results were helped by a non-recurring $200 million gain from the completed sale of its headquarter building in Singapore, as well as its continued focus on operational efficiency and cost management


Hapag-Lloyd Operating Profit Down on Lower Freight Rates

Containership loading: Photo Hapag-Lloyd

Germany's Hapag-Lloyd's said it expected operating profit to drop considerably this year after tough competition in container shipping dragged freight rates lower in the second quarter. The company, partly owned by TUI AG, posted a second-quarter operating loss of 73.7 million euros ($98.5 million), compared with an operating profit of 13.5 million euros a year earlier. "The fact that we ended up with this unsatisfactory result despite clear efforts to cut costs is down to the


Brokers See End To Tanker Slide

A continued slide in Middle East tanker rates to near year lows was expected to end this week by the emergence of Saudi stems and a resumption of Iraqi exports, shipping brokers said. VLCC tanker operators' earnings hit their lowest levels yet this year as a result of a combination of heavily depressed Middle East tanker rates and fixtures plus high bunker prices, brokers said. With only eight VLCCs fixed from the Middle East last week, rates to Japan fell to W45 ($4


NOL Reports Half Profit of $1M

The tough economic situation and business environment has not prevented Neptune Orient Line from first half profits, as the company announced $11 million profits (albeit down 78 percent from 1H 2000 profits) on revenues of $2.3 billion (up 6 percent from 1H 2000 revenues.) In summarizing his company's results, Flemming R. Jacobs, NOL Group president and CEO, said "We have achieved much. We came from a difficult past and we are on the right track to return to full health


Panama Canal 4Q Metrics

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The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) released fourth quarter (Q4) operational metrics for fiscal year (FY) 2008. These metrics are based on operations from July through September 2008, the fourth quarter of the ACP's 2008 fiscal year and are compared with Q4 of FY 2007. In Q4 of FY 2008, tonnage decreased minimally, but tanker and passenger transits and tonnage jumped significantly. During Q4 of FY 2008, Canal Waters Time (CWT)


Falling Vessel Rates Keep Baltic Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday for a 13th straight session as vessel rates continued to soften. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, dropped 32 points, or 3.02 percent, to 1,029. The Baltic's capesize index fell 81 points, or 4.16 percent, to 1,865 points.


Total Refinery Plans Revealed by Next Spring

La Mede/Lavera plant merger project failed; Total may invest 300 mln euros in La Mede near Marseille. Total, Europe's biggest oil refiner, is giving itself until the spring of 2015 to review its options for the French refining sector, which could include capacity cuts but no site closures


Brent Holds Above $97, Eyes Worst Quarter Since 2012

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Brent crude futures hovered above $97 a barrel on Tuesday, aided by firm U.S. and Chinese data, but the oil benchmark was on track for its deepest quarterly drop in more than two years on plentiful supplies. * Underpinned by firm U.S. economic data, steady China PMI


GasLog Closes First Option Vessels Dropdown

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  GasLog Ltd.  announced today the closing of the sale of two modern liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) carriers, the Methane Jane Elizabeth and Methane Rita Andrea, to GasLog Partners LP for an aggregate price of $328 million (the “Transaction”)


Video: Containerships Collide in Suez Canal

Video screenshot via PoliceInPortsaid of Colombo Express (right) about to collide with Maersk Tanjong in the Suez Canal

Two large containerships collided in the Suez Canal off Port Said at roughly 5:30 local time Monday morning. The Hapag-Lloyd’s Colombo Express, a 324-meter German-flagged containership, collided with 332-meter Singapore-flagged Maersk Tanjong


India Allows Sick Italian Marine Home for Treatment

 India's top court on Friday granted permission for an ailing Italian marine facing murder charges to return home for four months for medical treatment. Massimiliano Lattore, who suffered a stroke in August, is one of two Italian marines being held over the 2012 shooting of two fishermen


China Aug Power Output Falls First Time in 4 yrs

Chinas Output fell first in four years

  China's power output, a bellwether for economic activity, posted its first annual decline in more than four years in August, adding to evidence that the world's second-largest economy is losing momentum after a brief rebound in the second quarter.


US Imports Above Average as Port Contract Talks Continue

Container lift: File photo

Retailers concerned by the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract will continue to bring merchandise into the country at above-average levels this month but volume will drop from the record set in August, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National


Brent Oil Hits 26-month Low Under US$97

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 Brent crude oil on Monday slumped to its lowest in over two years, below $97 per barrel as lacklustre economic data from China, the world's top energy consumer, cast a shadow over the outlook for oil demand at a time of abundant supply.


Mideast Crude Tanker Rates Near 3-month Low

Crude oil tanker earnings on the major Middle East route fell to their lowest in nearly three months as a slowdown in business in recent days battered rate sentiment. The world's benchmark VLCC export route from the Middle East Gulf (MEG) to Japan <DFRT-ME-JAP> on Monday reached W37


Commissioner Doyle Addresses NCBFAA

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Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle spoke today at the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Government Affairs Conference in Washington, DC. There, he addressed OTI regulations, port congestion forums and the upcoming U.S


Greek Owners CPP Charter Out Three Tankships

MT Avax: Image courtesy of CPP

Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPP) an international diversified shipping company, says it has secured time charter employment for the M/T ‘Avax’, M/T ‘Agisilaos’ and M/T ‘Alkiviadis’. M/T ‘Alkiviadis’ (36,760 dwt


Russia's Yamal LNG Project May Tap Wealth Fund in 2014

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  Russia's Novatek may get funds from the National Wealth Fund for its Yamal LNG project before the year-end, a minister said, as part of government plans to support sanction-hit companies. Russia's No.2 gas producer, co-owned by an ally of President Vladimir Putin, Gennady Timchenko


Navy, Other Agencies, Award Bio-refinery Contracts to 3 Firms

Biofuel RAS: Photo USN

As part of a 2011 Presidential directive, the Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture have announced that three companies have been awarded contracts to construct and commission biorefineries capable of producing "drop-in" biofuels to meet the transportation needs of the military


Charterers Remain Optimistic Despite Small Downturn

Richard Greiner

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell slightly during the three months to August 2014, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. They are, however, still higher than at the corresponding period twelve


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