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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


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Stay Flat

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize rates to stay flat, but higher fuel prices could provide support   Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to remain flat as vessel supply outpaces cargo demand, while higher bunker prices could support freight rates, ship brokers said on Thursday.   "The market is going nowhere - there is no prospect of an improvement because there are so many ships available (for charter)


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Bottom Out

File image: A ValeMax bulk carrier.

End-of-year cargo flurry still anticipated - brokers. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could bottom next week as owners resist charterers' attempts to force rates lower on the expectation of an end-of-year cargo flurry, brokers said on Thursday. "Nobody wants to lock-in freight prices at the current levels (and miss a November rates rebound)," said a Singapore-based capesize broker on Thursday.


Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday. "There's too many ships in the Pacific. There's a lot of ballasters (empty ships) sailing to Brazil," a Singapore-based ship broker said.


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


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb Slowly

File image: a so-called SuezMax oil tanker (Suez Canal Authority)

Around 47 MidEast charters fixed for July loading so far; older tonnage and new vessels a drag on freight rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to nudge higher next week after moving above nine-month lows on increased charters this week, ship brokers said on Friday, although gains will be capped by ample tanker availability. "The market is still rubbish, but it has turned," a Singapore-based supertanker broker said on Friday.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Soften

Capesize market "overheated" as rates near eight-month highs; optimism for a busier fourth quarter looms. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are likely to take a breather and drift lower after climbing to their highest level in nearly eight months this week following bad weather delays and charterers' need for urgent tonnage, ship brokers said. "It's been really hot. Both the Atlantic and the Pacific have become overheated


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Owners Remain Confident

File Image: typical bulk carrier underway (BSM)

Number of idle ships down to around 15, from 70 in early 2016 - broker. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could nudge lower next week although they are generally expected to remain around the current levels, ship brokers said. "Owners still have confidence in the market," a Shanghai-based capesize broker said on Thursday. That was reflected through the number of idle capesize ships, which were down to 15 vessels this week, the broker said


BG Freight Line Orders Four Containerships

Image: BG Freight Line

BG Freight Line, a fully owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is to receive new tailor-made short sea container feeder vessels optimized for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services.    The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed by BG Freight Line operation with


Asia N.Europe Box Rates PLunge 10.5 pct

A containership alongside engaged in cargo operations in the port of Hamburg, Germany (port of Hamburg)

Container spot freight rates from Asia to Northern Europe fell 10.5 percent to $771 per twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) last week, data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange showed. Specifics of the Intermodal news include:   Freight rates from Asia to ports in the Mediterranean


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Steady as Suezmax Fixtures Weigh

Charterers splitting VLCC cargoes into smaller Suezmax tankers; rates to remain around $24,000 per day, below break-even levels. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on main routes to Asia are set to hold around current levels next week


Brokers Optimistic on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: credit BSM

More activity from Australian miners buoy capesize rates; dry cargo market remains over-tonnaged as fleet growth outpaces demand. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes should stay largely unchanged next week on static cargo volumes though shipowners remain


Hapag-Lloyd in Troubled Waters

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

 German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG has swung to a loss in the first half of the year as tumbling freight rates weighed on revenue.   The bad news comes as the Hamburg-based company tries to boost its fortunes through a merger with United Arab Shipping Company.  


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Plunge 23.5 pct

File Image: a containership alongside during cargo operations in the port of Oakland, CA (credit: Katharine Sweeney)

Container spot freight rates from Asia to Northern Europe fell 23.5 percent to $861 per twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange showed. Freight rates from Asia to ports in the Mediterranean fell 13.8 percent to $865 per TEU. Freight rates from Asia to the U.S


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Fall but Bottom in Sight

File image: Credit EuroNav

VLCC owners sailing slower and idling vessels; slow market to continue into September. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit multi-year lows on Thursday, could slip further next week even as ship owners begin to resist charterers attempts to push rates lower


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Falter on Oil, Tanker Supplies

File Image: A VLCC at sea (EuroNav)

MidEast, West Africa rates hit 11-month low. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit an 11-month low this week, could slide further next week amid a seasonal slowdown exacerbated by strong vessel supply, shipping executives said.


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Jump 58 pct

File Image: A CMA CGM Containership (Marad)

Freight rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 58 percent to $1,125 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending Friday, a person with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Steady as Owners Spurn Low Rates

Owners anchoring ships rather than fix at low rates. W. Australia-China capesize rates hit over two-month low. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to hold steady as ship owners resist charterers' attempts to push rates lower amid a dearth of cargo


Buy and Sell Vessels from a Mobile Device

Photo: SDSD

The maritime software development company SDSD are launching a new web based VSnP - Vessel Sale and Purchase module, enabling Sale and Purchase brokers to buy and sell vessels from anywhere via a smartphone or tablet.   VSnP can improve brokers’ trading margins through key features


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Fall 8.1 pct

File Image (Credit: GPA)

Freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 8.1 percent to $713 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed according to a source with access to the data.


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold, Ample Tonnage Weighs

file image: a VLCC transits the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority)

"Pure" chartering market with little disruption. Rates to hold around W45 for Middle East; W48 for West Africa. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to hold steady around existing levels as new vessel deliveries and a reduction in port delays weigh on a ample


Dark Cloud of Offshore Storage Looms

Glencore books the STI Grace tanker to store fuel at sea-traders. This has not been the summer many oil traders had expected after last year's bumper profits. Banking on more of the same, the world's refineries have churned out more diesel


Asia Tankers: VLCC Rates Steady on Drip-fed Cargoes

Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to maintain the current levels next week as charterers drip-feed cargoes for August loading into an overtonnaged market, ship brokers said.   "There is quite a negative outlook... we may be close to the bottom






 
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