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Forwarders’ Volumes Continue to Fall

Following five consecutive monthly increases, the overall Stifel Logistics Confidence Index fell 1 index point to 51.5 in April. Despite the decline, the index remained above the significant 50 mark, denoting expansion, for the third consecutive month. However, a look at the present situation reveals that both air and sea freight volumes are below those expected relative to the time of year. Although the index for sea freight remained virtually flat at 47.4 in April (down 0.1 points from March), it still indicates a decline in volumes. Meanwhile, the index for current air freight volumes fell 1.2 points to 42.0 for the month, indicating an even greater decline relative to the volumes expected for the time of year. In terms of year-on-year comparisons, the sea freight index was 1.4 points higher in April 2013 compared with April 2012. In contrast, the index for air freight was 2.7 points lower compared with the same month last year. Since the Index’s inception over a year ago, the outlook for the next six months has remained very optimistic with respondents consistently anticipating positive volume growth. Although this trend continued in April, with the index at 58.4, it fell 1.3 points which suggests respondents are perhaps becoming less confident in a market revival taking place any time soon.


European Commission to Limit Sulphur Emissions

On July 15, the European Commission published the proposed amendments of the "sulphur directive." Ministers of the EU member states and members of European parliament will begin debates on the directive in the autumn. The proposal is based on the decision made by the International Maritime Organization IMO in 2008 to set the more stringent limits of sulphur content of the bunker fuel and emissions. The severe consequences it will cause to the North Europe have become clear


Little Change in Overall Shipping Confidence

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Little change occurred in the latest monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index. Slipping only 0.1 points from 57 in March to 56.9 this month, the overall index did however favor improvements in the present situation increasing 1.6 points to 51.8. However, expectations for the next six months dimmed falling 1.8 points to 62 for April. The monthly airfreight data is such an example. For April, the present situation increased 0.5 points to 49 whereas expectations declined 2 points to 61.3


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a ninth straight session on Friday on lower vessel activity. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, fell 30 points, or 2.43 percent, to 1,205. The Baltic's capesize index fell 37 points, or 1.58 percent, to 2,306 points.


Falling Vessel Rates Pull Down Baltic Sea Freight Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a tenth straight session on Monday as vessel rates continued to fall. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, fell 19 points, or 1.58 percent, to 1,186. The Baltic's capesize index fell 13 points, or 0.56 percent, to 2,293 points.


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down, Capesize Rates Slump

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an 11th straight session on Tuesday, mainly driven by a heavy drop in capesize vessel rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, fell 88 points, or 7.42 percent, to 1,098. The Baltic's capesize index fell 264 points, or 11.5 percent, to 2,029 points.


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down Again

The Baltic Exchange main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday for a 12th straight session on weak rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, fell 37 points, or 3.37 percent, to 1,061. The Baltic's capesize index fell 83 points, or 4.09 percent, to 1,946 points.


CrewInspector Pursues Business in Ukraine

CrewInspector, an online crew management software provider, recently signed up with number of crew recruitment and crew management agencies based in Ukraine to provide its crewing software for businesses in Ukrainian market. “We see that companies are looking for straight forward software solutions not requiring long set-up and integration. CrewInspector offers high quality solution at very attractive price and that’s the main reason why we are so popular among start-up and


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


Asia Dry Bulk Capesize Rates Stay Flat

Bulk carrier anon: File photo

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are set to remain in the doldrums next week, staying flat or gaining just a few cents as an oversupply of ships weighs on cargo availability, ship brokers said. But there could be brighter prospects in the coming weeks on rates for voyages from Brazil to China if chartering activity increases, brokers added. "There's no real direction to the capesize market. There's not enough cargo volume


Steel Cut for Yamal LNG Project’s Lead Tanker

SCF Yamalmax mock up (image courtesy of SCF Group)

A steel-cutting ceremony was held on September 29 for the lead gas tanker ordered by SCF Group for transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) under the Yamal LNG project. The prototype vessel will be operated under a long-term time charter between OAO Sovcomflot and JSC Yamal LNG.


U.S. Maritime Security: The Portunus Concept

(LLNL Photo)

The mission of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is to strengthen United States’ security through development and application of world-class science and technology. LLNL seeks to enhance the nation’s defense; reduce the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass


U.S. Drivers to Face Delays at Rail Crossings due to Oil Shipments

Delays at Train crossing

  Runaway oil production could slow road traffic as drivers face longer delays to cross train tracks in many congested regions, a U.S. study released on Friday predicted. Oil, coal and grain shipments are taxing the national rail grid as the deliveries of those commodities are expected to


Biden Champions Maritime at Port of Virginia

VP Biden speaks at the Port of Virginia (DOT photo)

Carrying 95 percent of U.S. foreign trade, our maritime transportation system, which includes America’s ports, is a crucial component of our nation’s economy. And with our growing population—and the associated need to increase the amount of freight our transportation network


New Sulphur Rules Force Changes at Stena Line

The new sulphur directive for shipping traffic within the North European SECA area, which comes into force on January 1, 2015, is good for the environment but has a significant economic impact on Stena Line's business.   The whole of the change program that begun in 2013


Two More Damen Twin Axe Catamarans for SeaZip

SeaZip 1 (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards and SeaZip Offshore Service signed another contract for two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 at Wind Energy in Hamburg. The two new vessels, to be named SeaZip 3 and SeaZip 4, will be mobilized in transporting personnel and small quantities of freight to North Sea offshore wind


REL to Supply Deep Ocean Mooring Winch System to NOC

Photo courtesy of REL

Romica Engineering Ltd (REL) have signed a contract with the U.K.’s National Oceanography Center (NOC) to provide a containerized deep ocean mooring winch system. This 4,000m capacity winch system, with a hydraulic power unit, will be used at sea for various large mooring operations


MAN-Powered Cargo Vessel Meets Tier III

Classification society awards SCR system emissions certificate. MAN Diesel & Turbo has been awarded a Tier III - compatibility certificate by the DNV- GL classification society for MAN 8L21/31 four- stroke engine aboard a DFDS Seaways ship with a retrofitted SCR (Selective Catalytic


Livingston Appoint Candace Sider V-P Regulatory, Canada

Candace Sider: Photo Livingston

Customs brokerage and trade compliance advisors, Livingston, say that to better reflect the company’s integral role in regulatory affairs for its clients, Livingston has appointed Candace Sider to the newly created position of Vice President, Regulatory Affairs Canada.


CAGTC Members Win Big in TIGER VI

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced Friday that 72 projects will receive a total of $600 million from the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Of these, 12 Coalition for America’s Gateway and Trade Corridor (CAGTC)


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


USDOT Award Tiger Vl Maritime Grants

Kurt Nagle: Photo credit AAPA

American Association of Port Authorities
 (AAPA) say that after evaluating 797 applications totaling requests for $9 billion for FY 2014 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced 72 awards


Vale, Cosco to Cooperate on Iron Ore Shipping

Brazilian miner Vale SA reached a deal with China Ocean Shipping Co (Cosco) for transporting iron ore, a move that could help the Brazilian miner resolve a costly two-year ban on docking its mega-ships at Chinese ports. Vale said in a statement that it would transfer ownership of four very


Asia-Europe Container Freight Rates Fall 6.6%

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 6.6 percent to $1.055 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Drewry Publish Latest Reefer Shipping Report

Report frontispiece: Image DMR

Drewry Maritime Research advises that it has just published it's latest Reefer Shipping report, which has new and improved content on the containerised segment of the market, providing a balanced analysis of the whole market, both specialised and containerised.






 
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