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Rhine Shipping Goes Online

Dutch oil, chemicals and storage group Petroplus is one of the partners to launch an Internet-based portal and online exchange to transform the traditional Rhine-based shipping sector. Shippers, integrated barge owner companies, independent barge brokers and individual barge owners will have the opportunity to conduct business online through this portal, Petroplus said in a statement. The other founding shareholders of the project are BP Amoco, shipping and tank storage firm Royal Vopak and Germany's Marquard & Bahls AG which trades under the brand names Mabanaft and Oiltanking. The project is supported by the Rhine Barge Owners Association, Petroplus added. Management and technology consultancy Booz Allen & Hamilton will provide strategy and e-technology services to the venture. Petroplus said the portal would be a neutral market place, focusing on barge freight trading on the Rhine and associated waterways. It will be extended to provide content and services, including weather and information on Rhine levels and rates, pre and post fixture status updates, risk management, bunkering and maintenance and vetting checks. Petroplus said the Rhine transport market had an estimated size of $650 million per year for freight brokering transactions alone. An additional four billion euros is spent on services related to barge operations, it said.


Supertankers Buying Spree to Beat Oil Glut

Oil Tanker: Vitol

 Some of the world’s largest oil traders are reportedly hiring supertankers in a possible attempt to stockpile oil supplies following the plunge in world prices.   Trading firms including Vitol, Trafigura and energy major Shell have all booked crude tankers for up to 12 months, Reuters said, quoting freight brokers and shipping sources. These companies have booked crude tankers for up to 12 months - taking advantage of some cheaper rates of hire.  


Industry veteran Joseph F. Daly, dies at 91

Longtime industry veteran Joseph F. Daly passed away on April 2, 2005. He was 91 years old. Joseph F. Daly began his career in the transportation industry in 1947 when he joined F. W. Hartmann directly out of the armed forces. A veteran of the US Army, Daly enlisted at age 17 and returned from active duty with the rank of Captain after fighting in the Pacific during WWII. Daly later served as President of F. W. Hartmann, a major steamship agent and freight broker that represented Hansa Line


Asian Panamax Rates Rebound

Asian Panamax freight rates for dry bulk cargo bounced back this week and shipping agents said a recovery would become more evident with the start of South American export seasons in March. "Chartering activity is much more active than last week and we saw a substantial number of fixtures this week," said an executive at a shipping firm which operates Panamax-class business. For the benchmark U.S. Gulf to Japan route, freight rates were quoted higher on Friday at $21.775 per ton against $21


Asian Panamax Rates Move Down Slightly

Asian Panamax freight rates for dry bulk cargo market edged lower this week on slowing demand and brokers said on Friday a recovery was likely to come only in mid-March with the start of the South American export season. For the benchmark U.S. Gulf to Japan route, freight rates were quoted lower at US$21.42 per ton compared to $22.19 one week ago, while spot freight rates for the U.S. Pacific route were quoted at US$16.83 per ton, down from $17.28.


Descartes Acquires Oceanwide Logistics

Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, has acquired the logistics business of privately-held Oceanwide Inc. in an all-cash transaction. Oceanwide's logistics business is focused on a web-based, hosted SaaS model suited for customs brokers and freight forwarders who choose to outsource rather than procure or manage traditional enterprise applications behind their own firewalls.


Tanker Earnings Hold Steady

Atlantic Panamax earnings were given a brief respite from the steady erosion of freight rates that has dogged the sector for the past three weeks, shipbrokers said. Brokers felt that freight rates had hit rock bottom, giving Atlantic Panamax returns one last chance to surge before the end of the year. The Baltic Exchange reported that charterer GIC paid $20.85 for an unnamed vessel on the key U.S. Gulf to Japan grain route, which was above last done levels that reached $20


VLCC Rates

Eastbound VLCC freight that nearly topped W200 in November is now firmly mired beneath W100. "The market's really lost its way, but much of that is just down to sentiment," said one London tanker broker. Wednesday's fixture lists showed a number of deals hovering around the W100 mark, and even the very modern New Circassia accepted W101 from Stasco for an eastbound trip. Friday's fixture list however, showed the slightly older Musashi Spirit had been fixed at W90 to Japan


Asian Panamax Rates Edge Higher

Asian Panamax freight rates for dry bulk cargo in the Pacific market edged higher this week on the back of pre-Lunar New Year holiday grain purchases and persistent coal shipments, shipping agents said. But brokers said they expected freight rates to show signs of weakness next week as several Asian countries would be on holiday. "Chartering activity will slow down next week as many countries in the Asian region close for the Chinese New Year," said one domestic broker


Oversupply, Limited Cargoes Contribute To Weakening Panamax Rates

Panamax rates continued to weaken due to oversupply and limited cargoes on Monday, but owners were hopeful that the market was finding a floor, brokers said. The physical market remained in decline, but the forward freight agreement market was holding steady. Buying interest on the Biffex futures market on Friday had suggested a potential bounce this week, brokers said. Panamaxes struggled to find employment and charterers were still using their advantage to push rates lower.


Tanker Backlog Builds at Basra

Ships face up to a three week wait; bad weather in February delayed loading, created backlog. * April intake to be reduced to clear backlog By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE, April 1 (Reuters) - A backlog of over 30 oil tankers has built up outside the Iraqi port of Basra and shippers face


U.S. Port Delay Boost February Air Freight

Global air freight volumes rose 11.7 percent year-on-year in February, driven by the Chinese New Year, the International Air Transport Association said on Wednesday. Freight volumes traditionally increase in the weeks leading up to the holiday, which last year occurred in January


Baltic Sea Freight Index Up on Higher Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday, mostly on higher capesize rates.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels


Asia-Europe Box Rates Fall Almost 6 pct

File image: a Maersk Line Box ship.

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 5.5 percent to $586 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Asia VLCC Rates: Ample Tonnage, Few Cargoes

Owners resist charterers moves to force rates under W50; West Africa cargo volumes remain steady. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes will face further pressure next week even as owners resist attempts to push rates lower, brokers said.


CaroTrans Adds New Asia-US Service

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CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, announced a new all-water LCL (less than container-load) import service from Shanghai to Atlanta via the Port of Savannah.  It is a 32-day transit


Shipping Industry Faces Shake Up

Photo: Aurelie Moulin

As global shipping grapples with its worst downturn in 30 years, private equity firms are unwinding massive bets made on the sector in a move set to accelerate a restructuring of the shipping industry.   Private equity invested tens of billions in global shipping after the 2008 financial


Asia-Europe Container Freight Rates Fell 6.5 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 6.5 percent to $938 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Danish-Swedish Port Boosts Rail Freight

Photo: CMP

Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) has engaged in a new collaboration to increase freight traffic by train to and from Northern Harbour. The new train service starts from the Netherlands and serves Malmö three times a week.   Freight traffic by rail will now increase in Malmö and


Logistics Suffer as U.S. Port Dispute Continues

File image: A containership unloads at the port of Oakland, CA

Dozens of ships queuing to dock due to ports dispute; Honda slowing North American car production as parts held up. A labor dispute at ports on the U.S. West Coast is disrupting supply chains across the Pacific, forcing some Asian suppliers to resort to costly air freight and pushing up


LNG Tankers Idled as Gas Downturn Widens

Combined tanker capacity of at least 2.25 mcm LNG lies unused. Over a dozen liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers are parked, many idle, in and around Singapore - one of the world's biggest trading hubs for the fuel - in a sign that the slowdown engulfing world gas markets may be worsening into a


Asia-EuropeBox Rates Fall 5 pct

File Photo (Maersk)

Freight rates for shipping containers from Asia to Northern Europe fell by 5.1 percent in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. The rates fell to $1,003 per 20-foot container (TEU).


Indian Diesel Cargoes to Australia in Rare Move

India-Australia vessels booked despite higher freight costs; Chevron moving 1-2 cargoes a month to Australia. Indian diesel cargoes are being shipped to Australia in a rare move as rising competition from new Middle East refineries has made it more difficult to land the fuel in India's core


Asia-Europe Container Freight Rates Fall 8.3%

Photo: Maersk Line

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 8.3 percent to $1,057 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Transpacific Container Shippers Plan Freight Rate Rise

A container shipping organisation urged companies on Wednesday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Feb. 9, and indicated that it will follow with a second $600 per FEU increase on March 9.  






 
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