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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


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.


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 to Bump Asia-Europe Rates

File photo: a Maersk containership

Container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of Danish conglomerate 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 Nov 1. Rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $900


Final Payment on Fortis Debentures

  Fortis Inc. announced that holders of its 4% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures represented by instalment receipts  that the final instalment payment of $667 per $1,000 principal amount of Debentures is due by October 27, 2014


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Fall on Cargo Woes

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are again likely to fall as the volume of tonnage limits any price gains from an increase in chartering activity, brokers said. Freight rates for a voyage from Australia to China have steadily fallen since Sept


Floating Storage at Sea Stalls Despite Falling Oil Prices

Falling oil prices still to attract large scale storage at sea Oil tanker rates gaining ground after years in doldrums Despite falling oil prices, traders in recent weeks have booked just a few tankers to store cargoes at sea as higher freight costs outweigh any profit play for now


Asia-Europe Container Rates at One-Year Low

Container freight rates fell 10.2 percent on busy route; Maersk expects gradually declining rates. Freight rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 10.2 percent to $738 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday


Dry Bulk Drought: Asia Rates Fall

(Photo - Vale do Rio Doce)

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes could continue to fall next week in the absence of major charterers although lower freight rates could tempt top iron ore miners back into the market and potentially buoy rates, brokers said.


ITIC Urges Shipbrokers to Put it in Writing

 ITIC has warned shipbrokers that they face the risk of serious financial loss if they fail to ensure that all parties to fixture agreements are in possession of full, confirmed information prior to the conclusion of negotiations.  


NY Harbor Supply & Distribution Fall Reception/Buffet

More than 600 attendees are expected at the 52nd annual New York Harbor Supply & Distribution Fall Reception/Buffet for the energy and energy related industries at the NY Hilton Hotel Trianon Ballroom, New York on Thursday, October 16, 2014.


U.S. Maritime Security: The Portunus Concept

(LLNL Photo)

The mission of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is to strengthen United States’ security through development and application of world-class science and technology. LLNL seeks to enhance the nation’s defense; reduce the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass


Biden Champions Maritime at Port of Virginia

VP Biden speaks at the Port of Virginia (DOT photo)

Carrying 95 percent of U.S. foreign trade, our maritime transportation system, which includes America’s ports, is a crucial component of our nation’s economy. And with our growing population—and the associated need to increase the amount of freight our transportation network


Charterers Remain Optimistic Despite Small Downturn

Richard Greiner

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell slightly during the three months to August 2014, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. They are, however, still higher than at the corresponding period twelve


Livingston Appoint Candace Sider V-P Regulatory, Canada

Candace Sider: Photo Livingston

Customs brokerage and trade compliance advisors, Livingston, say that to better reflect the company’s integral role in regulatory affairs for its clients, Livingston has appointed Candace Sider to the newly created position of Vice President, Regulatory Affairs Canada.


CAGTC Members Win Big in TIGER VI

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced Friday that 72 projects will receive a total of $600 million from the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Of these, 12 Coalition for America’s Gateway and Trade Corridor (CAGTC)


Mideast Crude Tanker Rates Near 3-month Low

Crude oil tanker earnings on the major Middle East route fell to their lowest in nearly three months as a slowdown in business in recent days battered rate sentiment. The world's benchmark VLCC export route from the Middle East Gulf (MEG) to Japan <DFRT-ME-JAP> on Monday reached W37


USDOT Award Tiger Vl Maritime Grants

Kurt Nagle: Photo credit AAPA

American Association of Port Authorities
 (AAPA) say that after evaluating 797 applications totaling requests for $9 billion for FY 2014 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced 72 awards






 
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