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Groups Say NZ Port Merger will Cut Costs

Reports said that shipping and business groups say a proposed merger of New Zealand's largest ports will cut costs. The Ports of Auckland and Ports of Tauranga say they are in advanced discussions about working together, making savings for exporters through a more efficient supply chain. The Employers' & Manufacturers' Association agrees the merger has the potential to reduce costs. The association says they could keep the land but publicly float the combined company, freeing ratepayers' money for investment in other areas. The talks come as Danish shipping company Maersk reviews the option of dealing with a single port in the North and South Islands. Source: Radio NZ


Freight Rate Hikes Benefit South Korean Shipping Firms

South Korea’s major shipping companies benefited in 1999 from freight rate hikes and lower foreign debt service costs resulting from the won’s surge against the dollar, analysts said. However, they said, expectations of rising shipping capacity following more deliveries of new ships would weigh down the growth of revenues for shipping firms this year. Container shipping rates rose about six percent on average last year, which is in line with the country’s recovering exports, one analyst said


New Paintjob for Sullom Voe Tugs

The five bright red tugs operating at the Sullom Voe Terminal are soon to display the blue and white corporate colors of their new owner. Shetland Towage, a company wholly owned by the Shetland Charitable Trust, was incorporated into the Shetland Islands Council's ports and harbor operation on February 10, in a bid to streamline operations at the harbor and to cut costs. The first of the tugs is expected to be back in the isles from dry-docking in late June


Halter Marine Confirms Merger Talks

Shipbuilder Halter Marine Group Inc. confirmed it is in talks with an oilfield service company about a possible stock-for-stock merger. The company, which in January announced a sweeping restructuring to cut costs, said it cannot assure the talks will lead to a transaction. It also said it cannot guarantee a deal, if any, would represent a premium over current market prices. Halter Marine, which also builds offshore drilling rigs and engineered products serving the offshore energy industry


Tanker Groups To Pool Vessel Marketing

Two major clean oil product tanker operators will reportedly form a vessel pool to market each other's ships on opposite sides of the world. Japan's NYK Line and International Product Tankers Ltd. (IPC), a joint venture company formed by OMI Corp. and Osprey Maritime Ltd., said the agreement would cut costs and improve services. Under the agreement, IPC will market NYK's fleet of product tankers to European and U.S. customers when positioned in European or Atlantic waters


Pentagon Expected To OK NNS Deal

The Pentagon is widely expected to clear the proposed $2.1 billion merger between the two remaining U.S. builders of nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers, eliminating prospects of any future competition between former rivals. Defense Department officials recognize the peculiarities of the situation faced by General Dynamics Corp. and Newport News Shipbuilding Inc., according to antitrust lawyers, industry consultants and Wall Street analysts. With only one major customer -- the U.S


Cummins Announces 2002 Outlook

Cummins Inc. today released its expectation for improved profitability despite essentially flat revenues for 2002. Cummins Chairman and CEO, Tim Solso, said, "continuing efforts to reduce costs will enable Cummins to achieve a profitability improvement over 2001 with little to no improvement in revenue." During the October 11th teleconference on third quarter earnings Solso noted that rapid market changes in the U.S


Review: Navy Plans to Reduce Fleet

According to www.dailypress.com, a draft Pentagon blueprint renews a plan to shrink the Navy's fleet of aircraft carriers, barely a month after Congress blocked the move. Excerpts of the draft Quadrennial Defense Review, conducted every four years to guide military strategy, call for a fleet of 11 aircraft carriers - or one fewer than exist today. The Navy pushed hard last year to reduce the fleet by mothballing the USS John F. Kennedy, based in Mayport, Fla


Defense Companies Rebound

Defense companies, which have suffered mightily on the stock markets of late, took a sharp upturn, led by General Dynamics Corp., which posted strong earnings last Wednesday and was upgraded by brokerage SG Cowen Thursday. Shares of General Dynamics, builder of the Seawolf submarine and M-1 tank, as well as Gulfstream corporate jets, gained as much as 5-1/8 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange, before settling back to 55-3/4, up 3-3/4. Exchange


Japanese Shipbuilding Consolidation Is Imminent

Kawasaki Heavy Industries is said to be considering integrating its shipbuilding business with those of Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. (IHI) and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. A spokesman for Kawasaki Heavy, Japan's second-largest heavy machinery and shipbuilding firm, said it sees such consolidation as one option but no accord has been reached. Business daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported on Wednesday that IHI and Kawasaki Heavy had reached a basic agreement to merge their


Barclays to Quit Majority of Commodities Businesses

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Barclays Plc said it is quitting the majority of its commodities businesses to join a retreat from the area by a number of banks as tougher regulations make it less profitable. Barclays will exit from most of its metals, energy and agricultural trading but remain trading precious metals


ESAB Releases Updated Columbus III

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ESAB Welding & Cutting Products announces the release of Columbus III version 1.2, a powerful CAD/CAM programming and nesting software optimized for plasma, oxy-fuel, laser and waterjet cutting. This latest version of Columbus III offers many new features and updates to make programming easier


Barclays To Exit Some Commodities Markets

  Barclays is planning to withdraw from parts of the metals, agricultural and energy markets, echoing moves by other major players like JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley away from the commodities business, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.


Litigation Can Cost Shipbrokers an Arm & a Leg

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A survey of London solicitors by specialist intermediaries insurer ITIC has highlighted the high cost of litigation for shipbrokers and others seeking judgment in the English courts, reports trade association Maritime London. Indemnity insurers ITIC gave a panel of London solicitors – all


Shale Revolution Reverses Global Energy Flow

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The United States has replaced OPEC as the marginal petroleum supplier to the world thanks to the shale revolution and improvements in automotive fuel efficiency. Net U.S. imports of crude and products have halved over the last five years


Petrobras Setbacks Threaten 2014 Production Goals

Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA suffered another setback in its effort to boost oil output last month when Italian contractor Saipem SpA dropped a 2.3 km steel pipe into the Atlantic Ocean. On March 16, the rigging used to wrangle the pipe into position on a floating oil


High Cost of English Litigation for Shipbrokers

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A survey of London solicitors by ITIC has highlighted the high cost of litigation for shipbrokers and others seeking judgment in the English courts. ITIC gave a panel of London solicitors – all of whom had previously been instructed on cases involving ITIC members – a hypothetical


P3 Network Restructures the Shipping World

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The P3 agreement between Maersk, MSC, and CGM CMA continues to roil the waters. While the agreement’s pros-and cons are about to be scrutinized in an upcoming meeting between America’s Federal Maritime Commission, the European Competition Commission


Israel Seaport Shut When Workers Stage Slowdown

(Reuters) - Israel's Haifa seaport, one of the country's main trade arteries, has been shut indefinitely after management told employees involved in a work slowdown to stay home. Since last week, workers at the port on Israel's northern Mediterranean coast have been operating cranes that load


Glimpses of AIS Trends in the PortVision 2014 Crystal Ball

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Houston, Texas-based PortVision, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, shares its projections for the top vessel-tracking trends that it believes will have the greatest impact on the maritime industry during 2014


FleetPlan Helps Generate Cost Savings

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Fleet management solutions are designed to help cut costs associated with maintaining vessels by streamlining your workflow. FleetPlan manages risk, warranties and supports facility management. HMC’s FleetPlan optimizes fleet planning to reduce downtime.


Efficient Fleet Planning: FleetPlan Generates Cost Savings

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Fleet management solutions are designed to help cut costs associated with maintaining vessels by streamlining workflow, and FleetPlan clains their use can reduce up to 20 % cost by efficient fleet planning. The goal of HMC’s FleetPlan is to generate an optimised Fleet schedule on a daily


Container Reliability Declines for Third Consecutive Quarter

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Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight report, just published, revealed a disappointing drop in performance for both ship-level and container-level reliability Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the third quarter. Containership reliability dipped below 70% for the first time since the


German Greens Cool on Sustainable Energy Subsidy Cuts

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The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has agreed to proposals to curb aid for new onshore projects to cut the cost of the country’s unprecedented switch from nuclear energy to renewables. The output energy goal for sea-based wind farms is also to be cut to 6


Holidays Retail Imports Up Despite Government Shutdown

Despite concerns over the government shutdown, import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 9.1% in October over the same month last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett


 
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