Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West trade routes fell by another 18% between February and May, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight rates. The Drewry Benchmarking Club Contract Rate Index, based on average Transpacific and Asia-Europe contract freight rate data provided confidentially by shippers, has now declined by 29% in the year to May, as shippers secured, first, big cuts in Asia-Europe annual contract rates and, second, considerable reductions in their transpacific rates effective from May. Drewry can confirm that it has also secured for shippers 30%+ reductions in contract rates for new contracts starting from the 2nd quarter via its new eSourcing Ocean Freight SolutionTM platform. “The price war between carriers in the container shipping market continues and this is, for now, resulting in substantial reductions in contract rates for exporters and importers buying under contract,” said Philip Damas, head of the logistics practice of Drewry. The specialised procurement consultant said that the number of companies in the Drewry benchmarking club has doubled in the year to May. “More and more companies are realising both the tactical and the ongoing management value of benchmarking both costs and carrier service features,” Damas added
The European Commission has opened formal proceedings to investigate whether certain provisions accompanying claim-sharing and joint-reinsurance agreements in the marine insurance sector might infringe European Union antitrust rules. The Commission fears that the provisions at stake in the agreements between the Protection & Indemnity Clubs (P&I Clubs) within the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) may harm ship owners and the insurers that are not members of the IG.
Dr Matthias Reith, director of German bulk carrier owner Orion Schiffahrtsgesellschaft Reith & Co of Hamburg, helped the North of England P&I club celebrate 21 years of working with the German shipping industry today. Speaking a major industry reception organized by the club at the Zipplehaus restaurant in Hamburg, Dr Reith said 'In 1982 Orion became the first company from Germany to join the North of England. The club now insures 36 fleets in Germany and works with 11 of the German-based
The London P&I Club achieved its premium income targets during the renewal negotiations completed on February 20. It now has a total fleet entry of more than 30 million gross tons, covering all categories of membership. Major new entries in the Club included fourteen bulk carriers operated by Petros Pappas' Sentinel Marine Services in Greece. Also, existing members - including the Schuldt Group, V Ships, Cosco Hong Kong, and MISC - entered additional vessels with the Club.
The UK P&I Club board has agreed at its meeting on October 27, 2014 that the general increase for the 2015 renewal will be 6.5%. The premium rating increase is in addition to any change in the cost of the international group reinsurance premium for 2015 for the mutual members, which will be determined next January. In setting the general increase, the UK Club board said it is mindful of the balance between the needs of the club’s members and its commitment to maintaining
The 13 P&I Clubs within the International Group continue to dominate the world market for shipowners' liability insurance despite increasing competition in recent years from fixed premium facilities. The development of the fixed premium market and, in particular, the rapid growth of the P&I account of the marine and energy syndicate 329 at Lloyd's led by Jonathan Jones, served to increase pressure on premium rating in recent years
TT Club, established to fill a gap in insurance as the freight container revolutionized trade, celebrates 45 years dedicated service to the transport and logistics sector. In 1956, the first strengthened containers were loaded onto a spar deck of the converted tanker, Ideal X. This marked the fulfilment of a dream for American trucker Malcom McLean who had, since 1937, been working on how to reduce the long waiting hours for dockers to stow or unload his vehicles onto or off ships
The Swedish Club reported to its board today that it has achieved a consistent 2015 underwriting performance with financial stability and cost-efficient quality services for its members. It delivered a balanced underwriting result, despite higher claims activity and increased volatility, and demonstrated a resilience that is underpinned by diversification in its product lines, based on prudent management, the Club announced.
Seaway CEO to speak at Montreal's Canadian Club (March 26) and Toronto's Economic Club (March 27). Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, will be delivering a speech entitled "The Seaway - Not Just a Marine Highway". The speech will be given at the Montreal Canadian Club on March 26, and at the Toronto Economic Club on March 27.
TT Club, the leading mutual insurer in the international freight and logistics arena, has had its financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) re-affirmed by the US rating agency, A. M. Best. TT’s issuer credit rating was also maintained at "a-" by the agency, which at the same time determined that the outlook for both ratings remains "stable." In a statement issued today announcing the Club’s ratings, A. M
Freightgate Inc announced an easy to use, integrated (SSO enabled) solution for International Shippers around the world to comply with the new IMO Requirement to certify VGM (Verified Gross Mass). The new solution includes a plug-in that let’s you connect directly from
The American Club reported solid progress during 2015 at the annual meeting of its members held in New York yesterday. Despite a challenging economic climate, the Club’s business developed respectably, and 2016 had started on a positive note.
The first ocean cleanup system ever tested at sea will soon be deployed for trials 23 kilometers (12 NM) off the Dutch coast. The goal of the test is to see how the floating barrier design is able to cope in extreme weather at sea during a 12-month period.
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has today filed a rule in its Marine Terminal Operating Schedule (MTOS) outlining its process for adherence to the IMO regulations regarding Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Regulation VI/2, consistent with the U.S
The annual Shetland Race from Bergen will be at Lerwick from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 June. 2016 marks the 30th annual race which started in 1987 – that first year with only one competitor actually making the trip but it still ranked as a qualifying race
International Maritime Organization (IMO) will have an important contribution to make to the UN 2017 Oceans Conference, which is being co-hosted by Fiji and Sweden from 5 to 9 June 2017. It has aims to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and
The boards of the UK P&I and Britannia Clubs since February 2016 have been in discussion regarding a potential merger between the two clubs. While a number of potential synergies and benefits were recognized, no agreement could be reached on acceptable terms
Nearly 400 scientists from more than a dozen countries signed a letter urging U.S. President Barack Obama to take the Arctic Ocean out of the next federal offshore lease sale plan, thus ruling out the possibility of offshore drilling in the Arctic in the near future.
Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West trade routes fell by another 18% between February and May, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight
A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday maintained its projections for the La Nina weather phenomenon to take place in the Northern Hemisphere later this year, as El Nino conditions dissipated. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service
Another ocean freight executive has been indicted for participation in a long-running conspiracy to restrain trade in international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo to and from the Port of Baltimore and elsewhere in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
TT Club has announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2015, and AM Best affirms its A- (Excellent) rating for the 10th consecutive year. Knud Pontoppidan, Chairman of TT Club, said, “After very good years in 2013 and 2014
The London P&I Club says it continues to see cases of injuries and fatalities associated with entry into enclosed onboard spaces, including cargo holds on bulk carriers where atmospheres have not been treated as potentially dangerous.
North P&I Club reports that an exceptionally low year for claims has helped it increase its free reserves by $90 million to $428 million and deliver a combined ratio of 73.3 percent in the financial year ended February 20, 2016. This brings the combined ratio average of the past five years
The Dubai Council on Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMI) and the World Ocean Council (WOC) have agreed to collaborate on ocean sustainable development and corporate ocean responsibility. The WOC is increasingly working with and through “maritime clusters” to