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HHI Profits Plummet 68%

Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries expects to post a net profit of $39.8 million (44.4 billion won) in the first half, down 68.2 percent from the first half of 1999. The shipbuilding unit of the Hyundai Group expects the lower profits despite an expected rise in first-half sales to $2.69 billion (3 trillion won), up 8.9 percent. Net profits were shaved by investment losses stemming from the company's sale of stakes in Hyundai affiliates, even though its operating profits increased, he said.


Port Plans $105M Investment

Malaysia's Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) intends to buy more than 400 million ringgit ($105 million) of equipment to handle an expected rise in container shipments. PTP's chief executive Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman was quoted by national Bernama news agency as saying he expected volume to triple to 150,000 TEUs by March after averaging 40,000 to 50,000 in the second-half of last year. PTP, a deep-sea port located at the south-western tip of Peninsular Malaysia


Ship Operating Costs 2013 Held Steady Despite the Odds ...

Calculator credit Dominic Alves CCL

Judging by the findings of Drewry Maritime Research’s latest 'Ship Operating Costs Annual Review and Forecast' , ship operators were able to keep increases in operating costs in 2013 quite low – with increases in total costs typically ranging between 1.0-2.5% depending on the sector in question – despite 2013 being another difficult year for most. Commenting on the latest findings Nigel Gardiner, Managing Director


Teekay Tankers Misses 4Q Profit forecasts

Teekay Tankers vessel in Port Said Egypt  Courtesy Teekay Tankers

Teekay Tankers Ltd. reported adjusted net income attributable to its shareholders of $48.5 million, or $0.31 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to $18.6 million, or $0.21 per share, for the same period in the prior year. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 42 cents per share.


Chemical Shipping Freight Rates to Remain Firm

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Chemical tanker shipping freight rates are expected to remain firm over the medium term, thanks to rising production capacity in key exporting countries, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   Since 2015, the US has started to export more and import less volume of liquid chemical products. US methanol capacity surged 77% in 2015 with the addition of around 3.5 million tonnes per year of new capacity. 


China and India Key Markets for Transportation

Image: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

 The transport sector is looking to Asia Pacific as the key market for investment over the next five years, according to the seventh The way ahead Transport survey from global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.   China and India are the most popular jurisdictions for investment, followed by the US, with growth through consolidation viewed as the best investment opportunity currently.    Harry Theochari, global head of transport at Norton Rose Fulbright


Malaysia Port Klang Sees 1999 Container Volume Up

Container volume at Port Klang, Malaysia's busiest port, is expected to rise to 2.1 million TEUs in 1999 from 1.82 million TEUs in 1998.


Zeebrugge Traffic Up 6.6%

Total traffic through Zeebrugge port rose by 6.6 percent to 26.67 million tons in the first nine months of 1999. At the end of the year it expected total traffic to rise to 35 million tons versus 33.4 million tons in 1998. "On the basis of these interim figures we can see that 1999 will be an absolute record year," port management said in a statement, noting that traffic rose by more than 20 percent over the past three years.


P&O: Economic Slump To Affect Future Revenues

P&O Nedlloyd said on Thursday that global economic slowdown was expected to affect future revenues, as the container shipping group posted a slight rise in second quarter operating profit. P&O Nedlloyd - a joint venture between Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company Plc (P&O) and Koninklijke Nedlloyd Groep - said operating profit for the quarter rose to $46 million from $44 million a year ago. Overall volumes rose four percent from last year


Swiber Holdings Report Profit Surge

Singapore-based offshore energy group Swiber Holdings issues its Q2 & HY 2012 financial report. Swiber Holdings provide offshore construction, offshore marine, subsea & offshore development services. 2Q 2012 highlights: Net Profit surges 66.0% to US$20.9 million Revenue rises 27.1% to US$229.6 million HY 2012 highlights:  Net Profit rose 36.9% to US$33.5 million Revenue increases 28.0% to US$424.0 million


Oil up 2%

Oil prices were up as much as 2 percent on Wednesday after a third surprise weekly drop in U.S. crude stockpiles helped assuage fears over a global oil glut.   Oil was also supported by an industry strike in Norway that threatened to cut North Sea crude output and a weaker dollar ahead of a


VLCC Rates Under Pressure in Oversupplied Market

A EuroNav VLCC Underway (file image, Credit EuroNav)

Owners face difficulty raising rates due to discounted ships. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure next week as charterers drip-feed cargo in the face of surplus tonnage, shipbrokers said.


Harvest Halts as Rains Douse Midwest, Could Impact Barge Loading

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Heavy rains and flooding swamped a broad swathe of the northern Midwest this week, halting the harvest of corn and soybeans and forcing the closure of at least two Iowa crop processing plants, traders and farmers said on Friday. Farmers' concerns grew that standing water in fields could damage


Cruising To New Horizons

Graph: Clarksons Research

 During the summer, the cruise ship fleet surged past half a million berths of total capacity. The cruise industry is continuing to expand its horizons, and has seen strong newbuilding investment this year, says Clarksons Research.  


Global Climate Change Threatens Papahānaumokuākea Marine

Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA

 Despite its remote location in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument faces a looming threat of global climate change that will affect its land and marine ecosystems, as well as its cultural resources, according to a new NOAA report.  


French Sub Info Leaked

Leaked DCNS documents "neither critical nor confidential" - source   Leaked documents about French naval contractor DCNS' Scorpene submarines appear to be neither critical nor confidential, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday.  


The Economics of Ship Breaking & Scrapping

Photo Credit iStock rajami2

Sometimes being an industry supplier offers interesting insights – your business is touched by the ups and downs of the charter market, but you are never so involved in it that you lose sight of the big picture. Some of our clients have been hit hard by the market’s general downturn;


This Day In Naval History: August 25

1864 - CSS Tallahassee, commanded by Cmdr. John Taylor Wood, returns to Wilmington, N.C. to refuel on coal. During her more than two week raid, CSS Tallahassee destroys 26 vessels and captures seven others.   1927 - USS Los Angeles (ZR 3) rises to a near-vertical position due to the sudden


Asia’s Biggest Container Shipper Posts Loss

Photo: China COSCO Holdings Company Limted

 Asia’s largest container shipping company China Cosco Holdings Co  posted a net loss of Yuan7.2bn ($1.1bn) for the first six months of 2016, reversing the Yuan2bn net profit seen during the same period last year as excess capacity dragged down cargo rates.  


More Hanjin Ships Seized, Box Rates Surge & Shippers Fret

About 10 Hanjin vessels effectively seized at China ports; Court says plans to start rehabilitations proceedings soon. Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd vessels have been seized at Chinese ports in the wake of the South Korean firm's collapse, further roiling the industry as freight rates jump and


Hermine Hammers Florida and moves North

Wind and rain from Hurricane Hermine toppled trees and power lines along Florida's northern Gulf Coast, inundating coastal areas with storm surges before it weakened to a tropical storm over land and plowed toward the Atlantic Coast on Friday.


Dry Bulk Insight: BDI likely to stabalise

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Drewry expects the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) movements to moderate in September on the back of steady grain, minor bulk and coal trades. However, the iron ore trade is likely to lose its momentum in coming months.   The BDI continued its rollercoaster ride into August first falling then


IEA: Global Energy Investment Down 8% in 2015

While the plummet in energy spending should come as little surprise to anyone knowing anything about global maritime and energy markets, the International Energy Agency helped to put the precipitous drop in perspective, reporting that the global energy spend was down 8% in 2015.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier commly used in the South America-to-Far East trades (credit: Vale)

Holidays in Asia likely to dampen chartering activity; Outlook still "slightly positive" for fourth quarter. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could hold steady around current levels next week in a quiet market, ship brokers said on Thursday.


Coal's Cost Advantage over LNG Slipping

file image: a ttypical bulk carrier at sea (Credit: BSM)

Thermal coal has been one of the commodity success stories this year, but there is a risk that it becomes a victim of its own success by eating into its advantage over liquefied natural gas (LNG) in generating electricity. The benchmark Australian thermal coal price, the Newcastle Index






 
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