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Ocean Carriers: Marginal Impact from Capacity Cuts

Total container capacity supply by ocean carriers on the three main east/west shipping trades rose by an average of 5 percent in 2001 despite the recent attempts of several carriers to remove excess capacity, according to a report released this week by ComPair Data Inc., a global ocean shipping research and information technology firm based in Jacksonville, Fla. Several ocean carriers in the transpacific and Asia/Europe routes made capacity cut-backs in the last three months of 2001, according to the January 2002 World Liner Supply report from ComPair Data, leading to an average 1-percent reduction in east/west capacity. But those reductions did not outweigh the addition of substantial new vessel capacity early last year or the ongoing expansion of other carriers, which led to the overall annual capacity increase. Results of the January 2002 World Liner Supply report show that transpacific shipping lines have expanded capacity by 3 percent between January 2001 and January 2002. Transpacific capacity currently amounts to over 196,000 TEUs a week (equivalent to a yearly one-way capacity of 10.2 million TEUs), down 6 percent from the corresponding figures in October 2001, but up from capacity offered in January 2001. "Capacity growth has slowed down, but there are still concerns about a further rise in over-capacity in the major trades," said Hayes H. Howard, President of ComPair Data

Mediterranean Shipping Co. Announces Appointments

Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc. (MSC) has announced the following staff promotions and appointments effective immediately: Francesco Pansardi was named Marketing Manager, based in New York City; Tom Hughes was named National Trade Manager Transpacific Service, based in Los Angeles; Halina Rosa was named Trade Manager East Coast for the company's Transpacific service based in New York City; and Juan Wilson has been named Credit Manager, also based in New York City.

Lauer Joins Matson as Director, Transpacific Services

John P. Lauer has joined Matson Navigation Company as director, Transpacific services, for Matson's China - Long Beach Express. Lauer will lead Matson's U.S. sales efforts for its burgeoning China - Long Beach Express service and will focus on trade lane yield management and revenue enhancement strategies in conjunction with other Matson operations. He will report to Dave Hoppes, senior vice president, ocean services.

Transpacific Vessel Capacity Resumes Growth

Total vessel capacity supply by ocean carriers on the transpacific trade has started increasing again, according to a report released this week by ComPair Data Inc. Weekly eastbound transpacific capacity expanded by 2 percent between January and April 2002, to 201,000 TEUs, while the latest capacity count also represents a 4-percent increase when compared to April last year. CHART Changes in Asia/North America eastbound capacity 2001-2002 (based on index

Six New Ships on TMM Lines’ Transpacific Service

The deployment of the 4,050teu Aguascalientes on the Mexico-Asia Premier service completes TMM's newbuild program on the transpacific. The ship, on long-term charter, joins the TMM Monterrey and four other sister ships on the weekly Mexico-Asia Premier service. It is the last of the series of newbuilds, both owned and chartered, which we have taken delivery of in the last 18 months. The 3,200 teu TMM Yucatan, TMM Colima and TMM Guanajuato, all owned ships

Transpacific Container Shipping Rate Soars

The Drewry Hong Kong-Los Angeles container rate benchmark, soared by 17.5% to US$2,452 per 40ft container this week. Last week’s Drewry transpacific price benchmark dated 1st August increased by just $71 per 40ft container from levels in the previous week, but it has now become clear that the rate increase was deferred by most carriers. “We said last week that one factor in the price changes was that carriers are staggering the implementation of this month’s GRI [General

APL Finalizes Ship Charter Deal

APL, the container transportation arm of Neptune Orient Lines, has signed a charter agreement for five new post-Panamax container vessels. The ships will each have a nominal capacity of 7,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) and will be deployed in the Transpacific trade from 2009. The vessels are being built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and will be chartered for five years from German owners, Bernhard Schulte.

Cautious Recovery for the Container Sector

Drewry’s latest Container Forecaster is optimistic that a market‘recovery is underway but cautions that close monitoring of key market drivers is essential as the patient is not off the at-risk list yet. The latest container trade data suggests we may have entered a real recovery phase but comparisons with the depth of the recession in 2009 must be treated with caution. With a major carrier failure thus far averted and container volumes on the upturn

Horizon Hawk Enters Service

The Horizon Hawk, a new 2,824 TEU containership in the Horizon Lines, Inc. fleet, made her maiden call today at Tacoma, launching the carrier's enhanced Transpacific-1 (TP1) service between Mainland US, Guam, Micronesia and Asia. The Horizon Hawk is the first of the five Hunter class vessels entering service this year for Horizon Lines, the leading American domestic ocean carrier. All five are of proven international design, have a service speed of over 23 knots and are U.S

Four Honors for NOL at Asian Freight Awards


APL, APL Logistics singled out; Lifetime Achievement Award for CEO Widdows SINGAPORE, 27 APRIL 2011 – NOL Group won accolades for excellence in Shipping and Logistics and CEO Ron Widdows received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards here tonight.  Both of NOL’s principal businesses were honored at one of the longest-running awards tributes in the Asian transportation sector

Box Shipping Eyes More Overcapacity, Financial Pain

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Slowing global trade and a bloated orderbook of large vessel capacity mean that container shipping is set for another three years of overcapacity and financial pain, according to the latest Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand

Liner Reliability Slips for First Time in 6 Months

Source: Drewry Carrier Performance Insight (

Breaking a run of six consecutive months of improvement, container service reliability across the three main East-West trades declined in July, falling by 4.0 percentage points from June to 73.3%, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady at 8-month High

Freight rates climb after BHP-led charter flurry; tight tonnage supply bolsters capesize freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could hold around current levels after reaching their highest in more than eight months this week following a surge of fixtures by Australian miners

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Soften

Capesize market "overheated" as rates near eight-month highs; optimism for a busier fourth quarter looms. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are likely to take a breather and drift lower after climbing to their highest level in nearly eight months this week following bad weather

OOCL’s Revenues Plummet

Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)

 Hong Kong-based container shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) saw a 2.1% dip in total container shipping volumes in the second quarter of 2015 when compared to the same period last year.   Total revenues decreased by 9.3% to USD 1,362.4 million

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

Brazil-China capesize rates hit seven-month high; Pacific capesize market dragged by buoyant tonnage supply. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are likely to hold steady next week although a rush of cargo in the Atlantic would again provide the trigger for rates to move higher

Container Shipping Lucky to Break Even in 2015

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A toxic mixture of overcapacity, weak demand and aggressive commercial pricing is threatening liner shipping industry profitability for the rest of 2015, according to the Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

CaroTrans Launches US-Japan LCL Export Service

Global non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) and ocean freight consolidator CaroTrans announced a new weekly less than container load (LCL) service from Atlanta to major markets in Japan including: Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Nagoya and Osaka.  

Carrier Schedule Reliability Improves in April

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Transport consultant Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight (CPI) for April records 67.6%, up by 4.1 percentage improvement on the previous month in the aggregate reliability of ships on the main Asia-Europe, transpacific and transatlantic trades.  

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Mixed on Uncertainty

Capesize rates slide after hitting 5-month high. Rates for capesize bulk carriers eased this week after hitting their highest since December, and could come under pressure next week if charterers hold back cargoes, ship brokers said. "So far, I can't see too much cargo in the market

Containership Reliability Reaches New High

Photo: Maersk Line

Container service reliability reached a data-series high in April with the aggregate on-time performance for the three key East-West trades rising to 67.6%, up by 4.1 percentage points on March, according to Carrier Performance Insight , the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

Rates for capesize bulk carriers, which climbed to their highest since at least January on Wednesday, are likely to remain steady next week on tighter tonnage supply, ship brokers said. That comes as charterers could hold back cargoes to cool this week's rise in freight rates

Cheaper Fuel to Boost Container Shipping

Photo: Tanner Matheny

Lower oil prices are sharply reducing the cost of shipping merchandise from Asia to the United States and Europe as the cost of bunker fuel tumbles. Container shipping companies deal with the volatility in fuel prices by adding a separate bunker adjustment factor or fuel surcharge to their

Maher to Invest in Prince Rupert Port Expansion

Tugs escort a container vessel to Fairview Container Terminal

  Maher Terminals Holding Corp., the operator of the Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal, today announced its decision to proceed with expansion of the 7-year-old facility, increasing its container capacity by 500

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