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 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
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
Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton, pictured speaking a the recent annual meeting of the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, was honored by the International Propeller Club. (Photo Credit: Greg Trauthwein) The International Propeller Club named Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton the 2007 Maritime Person of the Year at its 81st annual International Convention held in Athens, Greece. Administrator Connaughton was honored for his “leadership
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
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 London P&I Club has increased its membership by almost two million gross tons over the past year. This increase reflects the entry of further tonnage with the club by existing members, and the addition of new members from China, Greece, Singapore, Turkey, and the U.K. Ian Gooch, chief executive of the club’s management team, says, “The London P&I Club heads into 2014/15 after a solid renewal and further controlled growth
Australia on Monday reached a A$39.3 million ($29.66 million) out-of-court settlement with the owners of a Chinese coal carrier that ran aground in 2010 on the Great Barrier Reef. The settlement, dismissed by an environmental group as not enough
Tropical coral reefs lose up to two thirds of their zooplankton through ocean acidification. This is the conclusion reached by a German-Australian research team that examined two reefs with so-called carbon dioxide seeps off the coast of Papua New Guinea
Did you know that by 2050 there could be more plastics in the ocean than fish, if human habits don’t change? India Clean Seas Conference taking place in Goa, India (22-24 September), discussed what needs to be done to keep the oceans clean.
Agility Logistics, a leading global logistics provider, has signed an agreement with Maersk Line, to cut CO2 emissions by 15% per container transported for Agility shipments by 2020. The agreement is part of Maersk’s Carbon Pact Challenge
Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission today voted in favor of requesting additional information from The Ocean Alliance parties. The Request for Additional Information (RFAI) effectively stops the clock on the agreement until such time as the filing parties
NASA has unveiled plans to send a submarine into the depths of the largest ocean of Saturn's biggest moon, Titan in a bid to explore the depths of its largest ocean. The aim to find the chemical composition of the largest ocean of the moon, Kraken Mare and search for signs of life.
As of August 14, Arctic sea ice extent is tracking third lowest in the satellite record, according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The southern route through the Northwest Passage appears to be largely free of ice. Despite a rather diffuse ice cover in the Chukchi Sea
W&O, a distributor of pipe, valves, fittings as well as automation and engineered solutions, announced the promotion of two associates: Lori Ulrich to Director, Human Resources and Tammy Emerson to President, Propeller Club of Jacksonville
Greek shipping companies Oceanic Illsabe Limited and Oceanfleet Shipping Limited, and two of their employees, were convicted of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), obstruction of justice, false statements, witness tampering and conspiracy
The new Ocean Signal E101V float-free EPIRB with integrated voyage data recorder (VDR) memory capsule is designed according to the latest VDR performance standards as a leading solution for commercial vessels of 3000+ gross tonnage. This is on display at the SMM, Hamburg, 6th to 9th September
Further cooperation on maritime security in the western Indian Ocean area was discussed between members of International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretariat and staff from the EU Critical Maritime Routes Indian Ocean (CRIMARIO).
The ISCO-BIMCO spill response contract was well received at the ACI Maritime Salvage and Casualty Response Conference that took place in London last week. The contract is still under development, but is expected to be published towards the end of this year.
NOAA has released its final Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap, which will guide the agency in more effectively and comprehensively managing ocean noise effects on marine life during the next decade. Sound is critical for the survival of many marine animals
International participants at a high-level conference on the world's oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference
B&G has introduced the new Vulcan 9 sailing chartplotter – a large touchscreen chartplotter for coastal cruising and club racing sailboats, that provides sailors with incredible value. The new 9-inch chartplotter delivers innovative sailing functionality controlled through a bright