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CMA CGM Hikes Asia-Europe Rate

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM will increase rates US$900 per TEU from all Asian ports to the Mediterranean including the Black Sea and North Africa - and EUR800 (US$892.93) per TEU to Syria from March 1.   The Frech shipping giant will also increase rates US$250 per TEU and $400 per FEU on 40-foot high cube dry containers and tank containers from north Europe to the Far East from March 15.   "In a continued effort to provide quality services, CMA CGM hereby informs its customers of a Rate Restoration Program: from Far East and Japan and to West Med, East Med, Adriatic, Black Sea and North Africa," says a statement from the company.   The increases apply to cargo from north Europe, Scandinavia, Baltic and the United Kingdom going to China, Japan, Korea, southeast Asia and Bangladesh.  


Sweeney Promoted to VP of Far East Operations at Crowley

Effective March 1, 2004, Alex Sweeney will assume the position of Vice President of Russian Far East Operations. In his new position, Sweeney is responsible for the management of the BETS Sealift to Lunskoye, Sakhalin Island and the tow of the Orlan from Sov Govan, Russia to Ulsan, Korea. He will report directly to Steve Peterson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Energy and Marine Services and will work closely with Chris Peterson, General Manager, Contract Services


Dry Bulk Trends

Change Of Sentiment Seen In Atlantic Sector The dry cargo freight market saw a 15 point decline in the Baltic Panamax Index to 1,595, which was largely caused by a change of sentiment in the Atlantic, brokers said. March tonnage in the U.S. Gulf was struggling to obtain previously fixed levels and rates to the Far East in particular were lower, they added. Capesize rates remained steady but handy sizes were in stronger demand world-wide and there were signs that the hitherto depressed


Hamburg Port's Liner Network

Hamburg has one of the most comprehensive liner networks in Europe, which in turn means that it plays an important role as a transport hub for global cargo flows. Specialized liner traffic connects Hamburg to six continents. Over 100 container liner services travelling to destinations all over the world are based in Hamburg. One of the main markets for the Port of Hamburg are liner services from and to the Far East


UMM Salal First Call in Port of Hamburg

On 7 June 2011 the UMM SALAL, the biggest containership to date belonging to United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), tied up in the Port of Hamburg on her maiden voyage. The giant container ship, with a capacity of 13,100 TEU (20 foot standard containers) was handled at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH).   The UMM SALAL is 365.5 metres long, 48.40 metres wide and is equipped with over 1,000 reefer slots, making it the first of nine ships of this size to be completed in 2011 and 2012


Braemar Appoints New Director

Graeme Temple, Regional Director

Braemar Technical Services (Incorporating The Salvage Association) announced the appointment of Graeme Temple to the role of Regional Director for its Far East region.   Graeme will take responsibility for strengthening the company’s surveyor network in this important region and further developing relationships with the London and International Insurance markets as well as the local Singapore and other Far East Insurance markets


SembCorp Gets BP Shipping Deal

Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd., a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine, has entered an agreement to repair the Far East fleet of BP Shipping Ltd. for an indeterminate amount of time. Sembawang Shipyard managing director Heng Chiang Gnee said the company expects to refit and drydock about 12 of BP Shipping's fleet of 30 in a typical year. He said he expected a typical contract value of about $1.2 to $1.7 million to repair each of the vessels


Westbound Tanker Markets Strengthening

Westbound tanker markets from the Middle East are strengthening while eastern charterers take a break, brokers said. Mideast-U.S. Gulf rates are running at about W80-85 ($17.50 per ton) for VLCC liftings and from West Africa about W90 ($9.25) - up a couple of Worldscale points on last week. But rates to Far East have eased back to the mid W90s ($10.75 to Japan) after climbing past W100 last week.


PD Ports Promote Trade Opps in Far East

PD Ports senior representatives, including David Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, have returned to PD Ports’ Teesport operations, following a successful 14-day tour of the Far East. The aim of the tour, which included visits to Taipei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Dubai, was to promote greater use of Teesport and stimulate interest for new shipping lines to call at the Port direct.  Teesport currently has frequent callings from eight container shipping lines


Shipping Majors Expand Cooperative Setup

CMA CGM Jules Verne (Photo courtesy CMA CGM)

The CMA CGM Group announced a new cooperation setup with current partner Maersk Line, APL and OOCL on three existing Far East to Indian Subcontinent services (CIMEX 2/FM3, CIX, CIX3), starting in February 2014. In a Slot Sharing Agreement that also includes partners as Emirates Shipping Line, Hamburg Süd and Regional Container Lines, 18 vessels with a total capacity of about 17,500 TEU’s will be deployed on the three Far East-Indian Subcontinent services.


Moscow demands N.Korea's explanation on Russian Yacht Detention

Photo Korean Central News Agency (For North Korea )

 A North Korean coast guard ship has detained a Russian yacht with a crew of five people on board, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, adding it had sent a note to Pyongyang demanding explanation for the cause of the detention.


US, Malaysia Bolster Port Security Partnership

Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Gavilanes (Far Right/Light Blue Shirt), Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Beaudoin (Brown Shirt), Lt. Alejandro Collazo (Light Blue Shirt/Hand Gesture) and Mr. Tivo Romero (Aloha Shirt). (Photo courtesy Penang Port Sdn Bhd.)

A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with Malaysian officials in April.   This engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with the Ministry of Infrastructure Marine and Ports Division to observe the implementation of the


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates May Dip

Rates from Western Australia to China fall from six-month high. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could slide next week as charterers rein in their activity following a flurry of fixtures which pushed rates from Western Australia to China to a six-month high


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Climb

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier, typically used in the Brazil-China trades (Credit: Vale)

More coal cargoes, rising oil prices could support rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to rise next week on an increase in coal cargoes and higher fuel prices, ship brokers said. That comes as Brent crude futures breached the psychologically


Hydro Group Shortlisted for Made in Scotland Awards

Doug Whyte, managing director Photo Hydro Group

Aberdeen-headquarted, Hydro Group plc is recognised as a finalist at the 2016 Made in Scotland Awards for the categories Manufacturer of the Year and Exporter of the Year.   The subsea cable and connector specialist is at the forefront in the development and innovation of subsea product


Sibur Targets LPG Exports Growth, Eyes Asia

Dmitry Konov (Photo: Sibur)

Russia's largest petrochemical producer, Sibur plans to boost exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in 2016-2020 before an increase in domestic demand, Sibur's director general Dmitry Konov told reporters.   Sibur, in which Kirill Shamalov


GAC, Far East Development Fund Team up to develop NSR

International shipping companies transiting the Northern Sea Route Photo GAC

GAC Russia has teamed up with the Far East Development Fund to address the challenges faced by international shipping companies transiting the Northern Sea Route (NSR), and to make this transport corridor more attractive to ship and cargo owners.


Anticipating Market Change Crucial for Industry - Braemar

(l to r) James aBeckett, Head of Dry Cargo Broking Braemar ACM; Denis Petropoulos, President Braemar Group Asia; and Peter Ryan, Head of Consultancy Braemar Incorporating the Salvage Association. Photo Braemar Group

Being in a position to accurately anticipate change in the shipping markets is becoming ever more crucial for maritime service providers, as owning principals demand more solutions to the problems created by over-ordering, according to Braemar Group Asia President Denis Petropoulos.


Fitch: M&A, Not Alliances to Help Revive Container Shipping

File Image: a containership at the berth in the Port of Savannah, GA (credit: GPA)

The following statement was released by the rating agency: Mergers and acquisitions, rather than the historically more popular alliances, are inevitable to address chronic overcapacity and drive further cost savings in container shipping, Fitch Ratings says


Pressure Steady on LNG Shipping Rates -Drewry

LNG shipowners will have to wait until 2018 for earnings to improve, when the majority of new US plants are expected to come online, according to the latest edition of the LNG Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Floating Products Storage in Focus

Graph: Gibson Tanker Report

 For much of 2015, talk of floating storage was dominated by speculation that the contango in crude futures might support crude floating storage, says Gibson Tanker Report.   However, at the same time, much of the oil surplus was being absorbed by refiners chasing some of the best


CMA CGM Announces Emergency Operational Surcharge for Zanzibar

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM has announced to its customers that there is increasing deterioration of the port congestion up to 15 days in Zanzibar, Tanzania, which is beyond their control.   CMA CGM will implement an Emergency Operational surcharge in Zanzibar applicable to all shipments until further


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Under Pressure

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Capesize rates fall in a quiet market as holidays weigh; 20 charter-free capesize ships could add to downward trend. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to drift lower next week unless there is an uptick in chartering activity from major miners


London P&I Club Reports Increased Free Reserves

The London P&I Club’s result for the 2015/2016 financial year produced an overall operating surplus of $3.3 million, lifting the free reserve to $160.7 million.  This result was underpinned by a technical underwriting surplus of $15.3 million, with the combined ratio standing at 82


Tracking Chinese Seaborne Trade

Graph: Clarksons Research

 One of the major drivers behind the challenges currently facing many of the shipping markets has been slower demand growth.    World seaborne trade grew by less than 2% in 2015, the slowest pace since 2009, with trends in China pivotal






 
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