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Kintetsu Pays $1.2bln for APL Logistics

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 Japanese freight carrier Kintetsu World Express Inc is buying Singapore's APL Logistics for US$1.2 billion, paying a higher than anticipated price for an overseas deal at a time of slow domestic growth.  Tokyo-headquartered Kintetsu Express said on Tuesday that it agreed to pay S$1.6 billion to buy all of APL's shares from its parent, Neptune Orient Lines (NOL). Its own capital and bank loans will be used to fund the deal, it said.    The sale of APL Logistics to the Japanese company will enable NOL to concentrate on its core but troubled container-shipping business. The Singapore Company said the deal will “unlock the value of the logistics business for its shareholders and strengthen the financial position of the NOL Group”.   NOL said the sale price is 15 times APL Logistics’ EBITDA [earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization] of $80m last year, with KWE winning a competitive auction for the unit with the highest bid price – and reportedly beating competition from the likes of XPO Logistics and Korean company CJ Express – and one that is considerably above the current market average for acquisitions.   The expected APL Logistics deal value is far higher than the US$750 million to US$900 million range that sources said Singapore-based NOL had been looking for


TTS Worldwide is OL USA

Cargo ships entering one busiest ports in world Singapore Photo OL International Holdings

OL International Holdings LLC (OL International) today announced the renaming and rebranding of TTS Worldwide as OL USA. Effective February 1st, 2017, the change is the latest and most symbolic development in an aggressive, multi-year strategic expansion plan for OL International’s businesses – now with representatives on the ground in over 140 countries. The announcement follows quickly on the heels of the launch of OL South Africa and OL Dubai in recent months.


Business Briefs

Hvide Marine/Sun State Christens New Ship Hvide Marine Incorporated (HMI) and subsidiary Sun State Marine Services, Inc., recently christened the first in a series of new cargo ships at its U.S. shipyard facility in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Constructed entirely on-site by Sun State Marine Services, Inc., the 190-foot 'landing craft' type freight vessel is specially designed and ideally suited for conducting trade with Bahamian and Caribbean markets that have minimal or unimproved


Sause Brothers Towing Repowers Ocean Tug

Based in Coos Bay Oregon, Sause Brothers Towing has been towing between Pacific Northwest and Southern Californian ports for over 50 years. A new double-hulled 105,000-barrel oil barge, Sunset Bay, is currently alongside at the company shipyard in Coos Bay. With the hull built at the Gunderson yard in Portland it is being outfitted by Sause. Also at the yard, the ocean going tug Powhatan is undergoing an extensive repower that will see a pair of 850 HP engines replaced with a pair of


Blu Logistics Brings Rate Management In-House

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CargoSphere,  cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh network for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced the completion of Blu Logistics’ integration with CargoSphere’s freight rate management solution.  Blu Logistics, a global logistics company offering sea and air freight services, customs brokerage, ground transportation, and warehousing, previously outsourced freight rate and contract management


Pilot Freight Wins Logistics Award

Pilot Freight, worldwide transportation & logistics provider, picks up its seventh 'Ryder Transportation Management Carrier Quality Award'. Every year Ryder recognizes carriers through this award who demonstrate excellence in on-time performance, claims handling, customer service, technology applicants, economic value and innovation. The Ryder awards recognize excellence through a variety of metrics including: on-time performance, claims handling, customer service, technology applicants


Container Shippers Battle Falling Rates

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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, as they battle with the pressure of falling freight rates. Drewry forecasts that once again, average freight rates will be lower than in the previous year


Ocean Freight Shipping Rates on the Rise

After a downtrend in the freight shipping tanker market since the middle of 2007, the industry has seen nothing but rate increases in the last month. This freight rate increase can affect consumers across the board, according to the freight transportation The cost of freight shipping can mean an increase in the cost of many consumer products, according to FreightBrokering.info, which is why it's so important to keep freight transportation costs down


The Hearsay Portal: part 1 of 2

Chris Giermanski (Director of International Operations, Transportation Services, Inc.)

Dr. Jim Giermanski (Chairman, Powers Global Holdings, Inc.) and Chris Giermanski (Director of International Operations, Transportation Services, Inc.) weigh in on the balance between facilitating trade and guaranteeing cargo identity and quantity - and what CPB needs to do to achieve just that. Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Modernizing the flow of Customs data and improving security began many years ago


Container Shipping Market Move from Bad to Worse

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 A record volume of capacity entered the container markets in 2015. But where have the ships been deployed, and which carriers have taken on the most?   The shipping consultants Drewry released their container shipping review for the first quarter 2016, and the outlook does not look positive.    The drop in newbuild containership orders could be continued as container shipping companies seem to be running out of profitable trades to deploy their big ships


COSCO Shipping Reports $1.4 bln Loss for 2016

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China's COSCO Shipping Holdings Co Ltd made a loss last year of 9.9 billion yuan ($1.44 billion), the company reported on Thursday, due to both persistently weak freight rates and restructuring costs. Freight shipping firms have been hit hard by a prolonged downturn in rates caused by


Baltic Index Hits Two-year High

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for dry-bulk carriers, hit a more than two-year high on Wednesday as rates for panamax vessels rose. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 5 points at 1


Antwerp Focuses on India, China and Eastern Europe

Map with international representatives: Port of Antwerp

 Malini Dutt, Robert Feng and Martin Hubenack have recently been appointed to represent the port of Antwerp in India, China and Eastern Europe respectively.   This brings the number of port representatives to 12, reinforcing Antwerp's presence in its core hinterland and important


Hapag-Lloyd Expects Rising Freight Rates in 2017

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Moderate increases in freights to be achieved in 2016; new Alliance membership starts on April 1.   German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd expects freight rates to be several percentage points higher this year than in 2016, one of a number of factors that should help the company


Hapag-Lloyd: Positive Operating Result in a Challenging Environment

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 Hapag-Lloyd AG remains bullish on the substantial earnings contribution from synergies from CSAV acquisition and OCTAVE cost-cutting programme alongwith further synergies expected due to the merger with UASC.   Hapag-Lloyd closed the 2016 financial year with EBITDA of EUR 607


Hapag-Lloyd Says Prospects Buoyed by Rising Freight Rates

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German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd expects increased operating earnings this year, it said on Friday, citing a rise in freight rates as market conditions improve.   The shipping industry has been grappling with a prolonged downturn brought about by overcapacity in a faltering


VLCC Rates to Remain Weak on Output, Tonnage Woes

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to a near six-month low on Thursday, will remain weak until the Asian refinery maintenance season gets completed, starting April-end.   "I haven't seen a collapse in rates like this for some time


Market Volatility Affects Sovcomflot

Tanker SCF Baltica. Photo:  PAO Sovcomflot

 Russia’s largest shipping company PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has announced its results for the full year to 31 December 2016 that the compay claims to be an example of 'robust strategy delivering solid results despite market volatility in 2016.'  


Is Dry Bulk Still on Track for Profitability in 2019?

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The dry bulk industry remains well on target for profitable freight rates in 2019, according to BIMCO. This relies however, on the projected fleet supply growth rate of 0 percent in 2017 continuing. The handymax segment may even see profits in 2018 as demand may go beyond 2 percent in 2017 before


Asia Tankers-VLCC Weighed by Excess Tonnage

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MidEast, West Africa rates diverge; oil output curbs in Iraq and West Africa could weigh on tanker market.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure with hire rates from the Middle East to Asia tracking lower in the face of excess tonnage in


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb Again

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Number of spot capesize cargoes double from January levels; Pacific capesize earnings now around $14,000 per day.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-month highs this week, are set to jump further next week on tight tonnage supply and


Spot Freight Rates Soar from North Europe to Asia

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 Spot container freight rates from North Europe to China increased by 45 percent this week, reaching a four-year high.   The “World Container Index assessed by Drewry” market reading on the route from Rotterdam to Shanghai jumped to $1,076 per 40ft dry container today


IBM, Maersk in Blockchain Tie-up for Shipping Industry

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IBM and Danish transport company Maersk said they were working together to digitize, manage, and track shipping transactions using blockchain technology.   The technology, which powers the digital currency bitcoin, enables data sharing across a network of individual computers


Intermodel Usage Excels in Port of Gdansk

Photo: Port of Gdansk/Kacper Kowalski

 The Port of Gdansk  handled a total of nearly half a million trucks and almost 240,000 railway wagons in 2016.    In comparison to 2015, it was a leap of 43% in the case of trucks, and of 24% in terms of the intensity of rail traffic


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Pressured Abundant Tonnage

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Capesize rates from Western Australia to China at 8-week high; shipowners parking ships off South Africa to stop rates falling.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes could remain rangebound next week as abundant tonnage puts a ceiling on freight rates even






 
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