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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.


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


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


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


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.


Panamax Market May Get Jump Start From Active Atlantic

The panamax market may see a boost from increased activity in the Atlantic and more business coming from South America, brokers said on Wednesday. Prospects for the market in the short term looked positive, despite a slow pace in freight rates, they also said. Modern panamaxes booked for delivery in the Atlantic in May, followed by a voyage to South America could fetch up to $11,500 a day or even more after negotiations.


Maersk Aims to Raise Aisia-Europe Freight Rates

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The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it planned to raise freight rates on routes from Asia to northern Europe by $450 per 20-foot container (TEU). The new rates will take effect from Aug. 1, the company told Reuters in an email on Friday


Asia-Europe Container Shipping Rate Falls 5.5%

Container ships bow: Photo courtesy of APL

Reportedly, shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 5.5 percent to $1,230 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-Pacific Container Shipping Rate Hike on the Cards

Container ship: Photo APL

Container shipping companies were urged to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) with effect from Aug. 1, their organisation TSA said on Wednesday. Members of the TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) include 15 of the world's biggest container shipping


Trans-pacific Container Shipping Group Aims for Rise in Rates

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Container shipping companies were urged to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) with effect from Aug. 1, their organisation TSA said on Wednesday. Members of the TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) include 15 of the world's biggest container shipping


Med Tanker Market Pins Freight Rate Hopes on Libya Oil Export Push

Rising oil exports from Libya after months of disruption helped push Mediterranean tanker rates to the highest levels in nearly six months on Wednesday, and shipping players expected more gains in earnings as shipments from the OPEC member step up.


PayCargo Re-introduces its Logistics Credit Program

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Provider of electronic invoicing and settlement solutions for the shipping industry, PayCargo, LLC, says it has brought back its highly successful PayCargo Credit Program. PayCargo provides a global, online freight payment system that allows shippers


Dover Sets Freight Vehicles Export Record

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A record number of freight vehicles departed on services through the Port of Dover yesterday, reaching numbers not seen since before the recession. The port said 5,337 freight vehicles departed for Calais and Dunkirk from Europe’s busiest ferry port, beating the previous record of 5


Shipping Industry Not Quite as Upbeat About Future: Analyst

Dock scene: File photo

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell slightly during the three-month period to May 2014, due to concerns that overtonnaging could hit freight rates, but nevertheless remain at their second-highest level for the past six years with shipmanagers in particular remaining upbeat


Ravi Capoor, Jt. Commerce Secretary Meets FFFAI

Sailesh Bhatia – Vice 	  							Chairman felicitating Ravi Capoor

  Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) convened conference and a meeting at FFFAI – Mumbai office of its members with Mr. Ravi Capoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce to brief members on International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC)


Capesize Bulker Over-supply in Asia Trade: Rate Slide Forecast

Capesize Bulker: Image CCL

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as too many ships chase too few cargoes from Australia and Brazil, brokers said. There are around 32 capesize ships in ballast and currently available for charter


Cost-Cutting Container Carriers Forge Ahead: Analysis

Maersk Triple E: Photo CCL 3

As freight rates keep declining, cost reductions are the top priority for box carriers, according to Drewry's 2Q14 'Container Forecaster', highlighting that there is a widening gap between the positive financials of the few carriers really focused on cutting costs and the rest of the top 20 lines


Container Shippers Battle Falling Rates

Photo: Greg Trauthwein

As freight rates keep declining, cost reductions are the top priority for box carriers. Drewry’s 2Q14 Container Forecaster highlights that there is a widening gap between the positive financials of the few carriers really focused on cutting costs and the rest of the top 20 lines


Freight Rate Trends: Upcoming Free Supply Chain Webinar

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Drewry Maritime Research says it is hosting a free webinar for supply chain professionals to explain recent trends in ocean & air freight rates and provide an outlook for the future. The webinar presentation will examine and explain:


Port of Long Beach Recognized for Green Efforts

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach was recognized Tuesday, June 17, as the “Best Green Seaport” at the 28th annual Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards hosted in Shanghai, China. Known for its nearly 10-year-old Green Port Policy, the Port of Long Beach has regularly reported reduced impacts


Maersk Line to Raise Freight Rates from Asia to Europe

Maersk Triple E ship in port (Photo courtesy of Maersk Line)

Container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to raise freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from July 1. Rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $575






 
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