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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. The present situation indicates a current market in contraction due to the index figure below the 50-level. However, compared to April 2013, the present situation has improved 7 points. By lane, all lanes except U.S. to Europe, are below the 50-level but compared to the same month in 2013, much improvement has been made. Europe to Asia has improved at 8.1 points higher than 2013 followed by U.S. to Europe up 7.1 points. In fact, for the current month, the U.S. to Europe lane climbed above the 50-level for the first time since the Stifel survey begun. The airfreight expected situation declined on all trade lanes except Europe to Asia which noted a 1.2 point increase to 62. Etihad Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, has noted increases in this trade lane in particular. “We are seeing an adjustment of flows between European exports in China, for example


Bureau Veritas Polar Rules & Ice Guidance

International classification society Bureau Veritas has published new rules for Polar Class vessels and specific guidance on ice/structure interaction. The rules are aimed at speeding Arctic and Caspian Sea oil and gas development by facilitating the building of tank, cargo and offshore service vessels which can operate unsupported by icebreakers in very heavy ice. The guidance note aims to facilitate floating LNG and oil platform construction in high Arctic conditions.


K-Sea Barge Strikes Object, Fuel Spills

AP reported that K-Sea Transportation Partners LP on Friday said one of its tank barges struck an underwater object in the middle of the night, taking in water and leaking unspecified amounts of fuel into the Gulf of Mexico. The company, which runs a fleet of about 100 oil tank barges and tug boats, said the tug boat master reported that the barge rammed an unidentified object in gulf waters. The company noted that it carries both protection and indemnity liability insurance


Hornbeck Offshore Exchange Offer

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) announced that it has successfully completed its offer to exchange $250m aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8% Series A Senior Notes due 2017 (CUSIPs440543 AF 3 and U44070 AC 1), which were issued in a private placement and sold in accordance with Rule 144A or Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, for an equal aggregate principal amount of its 8% Series B Senior Notes due 2017 (CUSIP 440543 AH 9)


Horizon Lines Completes Comprehensive Refinancing

New Capital Structure Provides Opportunity for Significant Deleveraging.   Horizon Lines, Inc. (NYSE: HRZ) today announced that it has completed a comprehensive refinancing of the company's entire capital structure.  The new capital structure addresses the company's financial needs by providing adequate liquidity to fund continuing operations and the ability to achieve substantial additional debt reduction


Courageous Chinese Crew Wins Inmarsat-sponsored Award

A cargo vessel operated by China Navigation Company helped rescue 246 people & wins a Lloyd's List Global Award sponsored by Inmarsat. The Amver Assisted Rescue at Sea Award was presented by President of Inmarsat Maritime, Frank Coles, to Captain Vimar Vidanagamage, representing the China Navigation Company, at a ceremony in London on 26 September 2012. The Chinese ship MV Kwangtung, was diverted using the Amver system to save the lives of passengers from the ferry Rabaul Queen which


Propulsion Annual: ABS: Large Ship Hull Deflections Impact the Shaft Alignment

A report issued earlier this year from ABS indicates that larger ships, driven by the latest generation of very high-powered diesel engines, are particularly susceptible to alignment problems on the bearings supporting the propulsion shafting as well as the main engine bearings. Hull girder deflection is one of the major reasons for the increased number of propulsion shafting and the main engine bearing failures and damages that are being reported


Ship Finance Terminates Charters With Horizon

Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) has agreed to terminate chartering agreements with Horizon Lines, LLC relating to five of its vessels. Ship Finance will receive as termination compensation $40 million in second lien notes issued by Horizon Lines and warrants exercisable into ten percent of the common stock of Horizon Lines, Inc. as part of the restructuring outlined below. The 2,824teu vessels were built in Korea in 2006 and 2007


Bureau Veritas Launches Wind Farm Service Ships Guidance

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International classification society Bureau Veritas has published guidance for designers and builders of Wind Farm Service Ships. Maxime Pachot, offshore service vessel manager at Bureau Veritas, says, “Although some of the existing Offshore Service Vessel fleet can perform the tasks necessary for developing and maintaining offshore wind farms, we see an increasing need for specialist craft. These will include specialised vessels for servicing offshore wind farms


GSL Prices First Priority Secured Notes

Global Ship Lease, Inc. (GSL) announced  that it has priced an offering of $420,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 10.000% first priority secured notes due 2019 at an issue price of 98.5% in a private placement. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally, on a senior basis by Global Ship Lease Services Limited and each of the company's 17 vessel-owning subsidiaries and in the future by certain of the company's existing and future restricted


UK's Dragon LNG Port May Have Booked Two Cargoes

Britain's Dragon liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal shows only two unused import slots available over the next 13 days, compared with four slots advertised earlier this week, a market note showed. The change may indicate that Dragon has booked two cargo arrivals from third-party


Brent up to $61, First Monthly Gain Since July

Brent premium over U.S. crude widens to $12; China's implied oil demand set to grow 3 percent this year. Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday and Brent headed for its first monthly gain since July, helped by strong investor inflows, an improving demand outlook and supply outages.


'Harmony of the Seas' to be World's Largest Cruise Ship

Harmony of the Seas - Image by Royal Caribbean International

 Royal Caribbean International will outdo itself again when it launches MV Harmony of the Seas in April 2016 which shall officially become the world’s largest cruise ship.     The line says the third vessel in its Oasis class series, to be called Harmony of the Seas


Long Beach Harbor Tour Season

Online reservations for free boat excursion available Monday, March 2

  Long Beach Port is once again giving tourists opportunity to enjoy a rare view of port operations on a free Port of Long Beach harbor tour. The organizers are being welcomed to experience an up-close view of the biggest ships to call in North America and learn about cargo operations


Turkey Serious about Kanal Istanbul Project

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 Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has released the details of the construction and zoning plans for Kanal Istanbul project, which will be built on the European side of Istanbul and it will connect the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. 


Successful Light Off for Pasha’s New ConRo

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Pasha Hawaii achieves main engine light off for its new ConRo vessel, the M/V Marjorie C   ConRo vessel M/V Marjorie has attained main engine light off while under final construction at VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss., signaling that the ship’s complex network of systems is


Indian Shipping Policy Waiting for Final Nod

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 The shipping ministry of India had circulated a draft policy note seeking comments from various ministries ahead of its submission to the cabinet. But the finance ministry headed by Arun Jaitley is yet to offer its comments on the note, says a report in the Livemint  


CMA CGM Finance Stronger than Hapag-Lloyd

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 The credit profile of CMA CGM S.A. (CMA) is more robust than that of competitor Hapag-Lloyd AG (HL) on account of its higher profitability, bigger market share and more diverse geographic presence, says Moody's Investors Service.  


Artificial Islands Boost China Regional Power

Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery shows Chinese progress in building an island at Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands. (Credit: CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/HIS)

China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters.


World’s Largest Boxship Classed by DNV GL

MSC Oscar at sea trial (Image courtesy of MSC)

 DNV GL welcomed the world’s largest containership, MSC Oscar, into class. Delivered in January by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Geoje, South Korea, the 19,224 TEU vessel has already entered service on the line’s new East-West service.  


Stolt-Nielsen Secures $250m Financing

Stolt-Nielsen Limited has closed a $250 million private placement with American International Group (AIG).   The private placement has a term of 10 years and is secured by the Stolt-Nielsen’s terminal in Houston.    Proceeds from the notes will be used to repay existing


Asian Maritime Battle Heats Up

Chinese vessel building project in the Spratly Islands (Image by Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs)

 New satellite imagery reveals Chinese advances in ongoing land reclamation project in the South China Sea, reports The Australian.   Intensifying concerns about Beijing’s territorial ambitions, the images show a ¬dra¬matic expansion in China’s construction of


Ulstein Delivers PSV Blue Queen

Blue Queen (Photo: Ulstein)

Platform supply vessel (PSV) Blue Queen, of Ulstein’s PX121 design, was delivered to Blue Ship Invest from Ulstein Verft on February 24, 2015. This vessel is the first of two for which Norway-based Golden Energy offshore is awarded the ship management contract.


Sulphur Enforcement Event to be Held in Brussels

Trident Alliance has invited representatives from national and European authorities and NGO’s to discuss how effective enforcement of sulphur regulations can be achieved on the high seas. The event will take place on March 3 during the European Shipping Week in Brussels.   


CSCL Globe Calls the Port of Zeebrugge

CSCL Globe calls the Port of Zeebrugge (Photo courtesy of the Port of Zeebrugge)

On her maiden voyage in the AEX1 service, China Shipping Container Lines’ containership CSCL Globe, currently the world’s largest container vessel, moored at Belgium's Port of Zeebrugge after embarking on its first voyage in China last December.






 
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