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Panamax Trades Firm

Freight rates for Panamaxes trading the Pacific remained firm due to a flurry of business ahead of the Lunar New year, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. In the Far East, owners of larger Panamax sizes have been negotiating firm returns recently and continue to do so. Chinese charterers told shipbrokers that business there will grind to a halt between January 24 and 30 in observance of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Brokers added that the impending holiday will start to affect the Panamax markets by the end of the week and added that demand during the following week could be limited. Meanwhile, despite a firmer tone in the Atlantic Panamax sector, many shipbrokers believe that in the near term, the sector will be at best steady. They said recent sentiment that Atlantic rates could see a revival was based more on optimism than fact. Brokers pointed out that only limited orders were emerging in the U.S. Gulf due to a long weekend in the U.S. and saw no reason to hint that rate trends would change sharply for the better. However, severe weather patterns on Atlantic trading routes could cause disruption and delays in the weeks ahead for the Panamax market. This could push rates up on a positional basis, they said. - (Reuters)


Pacific Panamax Rates Remain Steady

Freight rates for panamaxes trading the Pacific remained firm due to a flurry of business ahead of the Lunar New year, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. In the Far East, owners of larger panamax sizes have been negotiating firm returns recently and continue to do so. Chinese charterers told shipbrokers that business there will grind to a halt between January 24 and 30 in observance of the Lunar New Year celebrations.


Long Beach CEO Expects Port Cutbacks This Weekend

Jon Slangerup (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

Shipping lines are expected to curtail cargo operations at U.S. West Coast ports again this weekend amid stalled labor talks between the companies and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers, the chief executive of the Port of Long Beach said on Wednesday.   "This weekend is going to be yet another limited operating weekend, just like last weekend was," Long Beach port CEO Jon Slangerup said in an interview with Reuters in New York


SF Bay Ferry's Re-schedule After BART Strike Ends

Image courtesy of SF Bay Ferry

With the ending of the BART workers' strike, SF Bay Ferry say they were pleased to do their part, having carried triple the number of commute passengers. Boats carried more than 54,000 passengers‹triple their pre-strike daily average. Below is a cumulative overview of total SF Bay Ferry ridership from July 1-3, 2013. UPDATED SCHEDULE: This weekend, July 6 and 7, SF Bay Ferry will be running regular weekend service between Vallejo and San Francisco


USCG Issues High Water Warnings

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a safety travel advisory for sections of the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers due to rising water levels near St. Louis. The Coast Guard said barges traveling on the upper-Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois, to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, (mile markers 205.0 to 55.2) and on the Missouri River near St. Louis (mile markers 0.0 to 150.0) were advised to watch for sudden changes in river conditions over the next several days.


San Francisco Ferry Plans for Possible Transit Strike

Photo: SF Bay Ferry

With the announcement that BART Unions and BART management have requested an extension of their negotiations for another day, the SF Bay Ferry will continue with its regular weekday schedule Wednesday, October 16. If a partial day midday strike occurs, San Francisco Bay Ferry will operate its strike schedule for the whole day and will return to its regular schedule the next morning. Weekend BART strike service will be provided to/from the Vallejo, Oakland


LRAD Deployment Thwarts Pirate Attack

American Technology Corporation (ATC) (NASDAQ:ATCO), announced that its LRAD 1000X directed sound system was used by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force to help prevent a pirate attack on a Singaporean tanker off the coast of Somalia on the weekend of April 4. Responding to a distress call from the tanker, a Japanese destroyer used LRAD’s powerful voice commands to identify itself and warn the pirates away.


Boat Migrant Found Dead in Mediterranean, 354 Rescued

Rescuers found one migrant dead and saved 354 on a fishing boat in rough seas near the southwestern shore of Italy, the coast guard said on Monday.   The body was found on Sunday night, adding to the weekend's Mediterranean death toll after 49 people were found dead, probably from suffocation, on an overcrowded fishing boat.   Two Italian coast guard ships, a Croatian coast guard vessel deployed under the European Union's Triton maritime mission and a merchant ship carried out


SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Scheduled for Newport Appearance

Recent aft view of the hull of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry at Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, R.I. (Photo Credit Rod Smith)

Fundraiser, dedication ceremony and public visits to highlight ship’s visit over July 4 weekend. It’s not just Rhode Island but the whole of North America that is watching as the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry becomes a reality. The 196-foot, three-masted, square rigged tall ship, currently under construction and designated by the legislature and the Governor of Rhode Island as the state’s official “Sailing Education Vessel


San Francisco Bay Ferry Strike Service in Effect

With the announcement that the BART Strike is on, the SF Bay Ferry has implemented increased service on most routes. Enhanced service will begin with a 5 a.m. Vallejo departure to San Francisco on Friday, October 18. See sanfranciscobayferry.com for all BART strike schedules.   The BART strike service schedules will be in effect until BART formally announces the strike is called off. If a partial day mid-day strike occurs


APL Saipan Makes Maiden Call to Guam

GSX – Guam Saipan Express Courtesy APL

On 2 January, APL and Guam celebrated the New Year with APL Saipan’s maiden call at the Port of Guam, officially commencing the weekly service for the Guam Saipan Express (GSX) service. The US flagged APL Saipan joins its sister ship, the US flagged APL Guam which first arrived in Guam a


Search Called off for Cruise Passenger off New Jersey

Queen Mary 2 (File photo: Cunard)

The U.S. Coast Guard has called off a search for a woman who went missing from the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship off the coast of New Jersey over the Christmas holiday weekend, a spokesman said on Wednesday.   The 74-year-old passenger was reported missing in the early hours of Friday about 100


Long Beach Approves MSC's Bid for Hanjin Terminal

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach’s Harbor Commission on Wednesday approved an agreement to replace the bankrupt operator of its largest cargo terminal. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners greenlighted the move by a subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Co


Long Beach Weighs Offer for Hanjin Terminal

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners will consider a proposal by a terminal investor to take over a majority stake in a long-term lease to operate the largest container terminal in the Port of Long Beach.   If approved, the pact could bring in business to replace the cargo volume


Oil Steady, Supply Outlook Unclear

Oil prices were little changed on Monday, with little news to influence a market waiting to see whether U.S. production from shale fields will grow enough to offset planned output cuts by OPEC, Russia and other producers next year. Brent futures for February delivery were down 24 cents, or 0


Coast Guard Plucks Sailors from Icy Annapolis Waters

Four people were rescued from frigid waters off Annapolis, Maryland, on Sunday after more than a dozen sailboats capsized during a race held in rough, windy weather, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Severn Sailing Association reported that 22 people had fallen into the water off 15 small


Kleven Delivers 116 m Superyacht

Norway’s Kleven has delivered a 116 m superyacht to its owner, Graeme Hart. The vessel left Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway this weekend, heading for Germany, where the final completion of the vessel is to be carried out by mid 2017.   


With China's Support, Duterte to Ban Fishing in Disputed Lagoon

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will issue an executive order declaring part of the disputed Scarborough Shoal a marine sanctuary off-limits to all fishermen, a move his office said was supported by Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.  


IMO to focus on Passenger Ship Safety Level

Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

Which safety level should be established for small passenger ships and what is it technically possible to acquire? These are some of the items on next week's IMO agenda. At the 97th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), the IMO is to take a final position on the choice between these


Tampa Bay Ferry Pilot Program Underway

Provincetown IV (Photo: HMS Global Maritime)

HMS Ferries, Inc. has begin a passenger only ferry pilot project in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area, called the “Cross Bay Ferry.” The six-month pilot project was launched on November 1, 2016 and will connect the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa, and end on May 1, 2017.   


APL Doubles Frequency of Guam Saipan Express Service

Photo: APL

 APL has announced the introduction of a second vessel to its Guam Saipan Express (GSX) service.    Serving both Guam and Saipan, the APL U.S. flagged service will be refined from a fortnightly to a weekly service.   “The enhancement of the GSX service is timely as


MSC Enhances Transpacific Service

Map: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced the launch of its sixth service, named SEQUOIA, from Asia to the U.S. West Coast.   The new trade provides a direct connections from South China to Long Beach, as well as a shuttle service from South China and transit time of 12 days


Vattenfall Wins Danish Wind Project

By Erik Matzen and Nikolaj Skydsgaard Swedish utility Vattenfall has won a tender to build Denmark's biggest offshore wind farm, but still faces the potential cancellation of a separate wind project in the country, the Danish energy ministry said on Wednesday.


APL Expands Intra-Asia Service Network with New Services

Photo: APL

 APL is expanding its Intra-Asia service network with the launch of a new Japan Taiwan 6 (JT6) Service and an upgraded Japan Thailand 2 (JT2) Service. The new JT6 Service links the markets of Japan, Taiwan, South China with the Philippines.   


Long Beach Port Leads Way to Clear Backlog of Containers Due to Hanjin Bankruptcy

Chassis and Hanjin containers at the Port of Long Beach. Photo LBP

The Port of Long Beach is helping to clear a significant backlog of empty cargo containers from Southern California and free up the chassis they sit on, as part of an agreement with terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI) to bring in a container ship to remove up to 4






 
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