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Hapag-Lloyd Gets Four of the 'Best'

Staff from four leading international forwarders have voted Hapag-Lloyd the best shipping line for 2012. Four leading international forwarders have crowned Hapag-Lloyd as their best partner as follows: Kühne + Nagel (“Best Carrier Award”) and DB Schenker (“Ocean Carrier of the Year”), now Hellmann Worldwide Logistics (“Global Carrier Award”) and Panalpina (“Global Ocean Freight Carrier Survey”) have awarded Hapag-Lloyd highest grades for quality and customer service. “These awards make us especially proud as they come from our customers’ staff, the people who work daily with Hapag-Lloyd worldwide: Those who can really judge and value the high quality of our services,” says Michael Behrendt, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd. More and more major shippers are having staff evaluate their most important suppliers using satisfaction questionnaires. “For one carrier to achieve the highest grades in four independent rankings is rare. At the same time the awards are proof of the great trust our customers have in us. This leads us to recognize our obligation to sustain this high level in the future,” says Michael Behrendt.  


Tests on New Technology To Secure Cargo Movement

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced the successful completion of a test of new technology that will help to secure cargo containers entering ports and border crossings throughout the United States. The test, carried out through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program, involved the use of electronic seals (E-Seals), a radio frequency device that transmits shipment information as it passes reader devices and indicates if a


Wave of New Bulk Carriers Expected to Upset Freight Rates

Some shipping brokers expect spot freight rates for Panamax bulk carriers to decline next spring when a large number of new bulk carriers enter service. About 100 newly built bulk carriers with cargo capacities of 50,000 to 80,000 tons are to be delivered in 2001, up from about 70 vessels this year, possibly causing rates to fall, the brokers said. Spot rates for Panamax bulk carriers for the U.S. Gulf/Japan route have recently risen to three-and-a-half year highs.


Interferry Seeks Ro-Ro Recruits to boost IMO Voice

Trade association Interferry is mounting a membership drive with ro-ro operators among key targets in a further move to strengthen its representation at the International Maritime Organization. Interferry, which has had IMO consultative status since 2003, recently became an associate member of the influential International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and has just set up a regulatory committee to direct safety and environmental submissions by its newly expanded delegation.


Container Freight Rates Gain

A short-lived revival in rates still means rich pickings for shippers coming into the transpacific contracting season, but beware the capacity crunch to come.   Shippers should not lose sleep over the recent, short-lived jump in spot rates, but ought instead focus on ways to mitigate the risk of another sudden capacity crunch later in the year, urges Drewry Maritime Research. Freight rates on east-west trades have been in the ascendency of late


Donahue to Direct PwC Freight Transportation

John Donahue

PwC US today announced the addition of John Donahue as a director in the firm’s transportation and logistics sector within the larger Industrial Products practice. With more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of the transportation and logistics industry, Donahue will be responsible for leading the freight-related segments for the firm’s transportation and logistics engagements. According to PwC, Donahue will help freight transportation companies implement new business


Tinsley:Air-to-Sea Technology Transfer

As a response to the marine market's demand for higher power concentrations and increased plant reliability, deliverable at competitive cost, the new offering from Rolls-Royce is stimulating fresh interest within a conservative shipping industry in gas turbine-based solutions. Building on the company's huge investments in aero engine technology over the past decade, the MT30 gas turbine has been specifically prepared for shipboard applications


MarAd Launches Transportation Freight Financing Program Website

The Maritime Administration (MarAd,) with the Export-Import Bank, has developed a program to provide added incentives for the commercial public to ship their United States export cargo on U.S.-flag vessels. Under this program, the Ex-Im Bank provides guaranteed working capital loans for transportation-related cost associated with the export move that is carried on a U.S.-flag vessel. Such transportation costs could include ocean freight, marine insurance, export packing, trucking


Drewry Reports Container Sector Improvement

Drewry Shipping Consultants has published its Annual Container Market Review & Forecast 2010/11. This report is a forecasting tool for both global and individual trade lane supply, demand and pricing analyses. The report says that 2010 has seen a strong improvement by the major container industry stakeholders. Now in its eleventh year, the Container Review is a yearly check-up on the health of this sector. Container volumes are a gauge of global economic well-being that can respond to


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


OSC Plans Fleet Expansion through 2018

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State-owned Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) is projecting to expand its current fleet of 43 ships to 50 by 2018, the Oman Daily Observer reported. According to the report, the expansion is in line with a ramp-up in hydrocarbon, petrochemical and industrial investment throughout Oman.


Latest Shipbuilding Contracts Include VLCC Order for Philippine Yard

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In the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin newbuilding orders are reported in Far East shipyards for a range of vessels as follows: Bulk carriers Clarkson Hellas understand that Golden Union have declared options for three further 81


DHL Expects Immunity in Price Fixing Investigation

Deutsche Post expects its DHL forwarding business to be granted immunity from prosecution and fines by Singapore antitrust authorities, who are investigating 11 companies for alleged price fixing, the German logistics company said.  


Little Change in Overall Shipping Confidence

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Little change occurred in the latest monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index. Slipping only 0.1 points from 57 in March to 56.9 this month, the overall index did however favor improvements in the present situation increasing 1.6 points to 51.8


Global Forwarders Favour Index-Linked Container Contracts

Fluctuations:Image courtesy of World Container Index assessed by Drewry

Index-linked contracts between shippers and carriers, and between shippers and forwarders, appear to be increasing for valid reasons, according to the latest edition of Drewry's Container Insight Weekly. According to Freight Investor Services


Denmark's Eekels Wins Slow Steaming Technology Prize

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Eekels informs it has been awarded the TBI Innovation Prize 2013 for its “Slow Steaming” entry. The vote was taken at the TBI TOP250 and no less than 66% of those present voted for Eekels’ ingenious technical innovation. Eekels was one of the 3 nominees that had been chosen from


UK Transport Dept. Extends Contract with BMT

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BMT Reliability Consultants (BMT)  has announced a one year contract extension with the UK Department for Transport (DfT).  BMT will continue working with the DfT to provide maritime statistics support, as part of the statutory legislative requirements set out in the Maritime Statistics


AWA Opens Houston Office

American Worldwide Agencies (AWA) is adding to its global network of freight forwarders and agents with a new office in Houston, the company announced today. The Houston office is part of AWA's global expansion plans and will handle the company's growing business in the region for project freight


Israel's Zim Line Falls Deeper in the Red in 2013

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Revenues of Zim, Israel Corp's shipping unit, dropped 7 percent as overall freight rates declined by 9 percent in 2013 and its loss rose from US$ 433-million in 2012 to US$535-million in 2013, according to Xinhua. Container ship operators Zim Line


CaroTrans Launches Direct Le Havre to Houston

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Strategic European hub location offers fastest transits from France to U.S. Gulf. CaroTrans announced a new, weekly LCL export service from Le Havre, France to Houston which will commence April 5. This direct service shortens shipping time by 5-11 days for freight moving from France to the U.S


APL Logistics Named Carrier of the Year by Barilla Pasta

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APL Logistics of Scottsdale, Arizona, provides over the road trucking and intermodal services for Barilla in the U.S.  They explain that they achieved perfect scores in categories such as on-time pick-up and delivery and load completion, exceeding requirements and expectations set by Barilla


Container Industry Stuck in a Vicious Cycle

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The industry is stuck in a vicious cycle, Drewry reports – although new ships may give carriers lower slot costs, the supply/demand dynamics are out of kilter and freight rates remain very volatile. Drewry Maritime Research’s 1Q14 Container Forecaster report highlights that the


Box Prices Rise for the First Time in 2 Years

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Drewry’s latest Container Equipment Insight, exclusive to subscribers of Drewry’s Container Leasing and Container Census reports, saw prices for new dry freight containers increase in the opening months of 2014 for the first time in two years.


New Dry-Freight Box Prices on the Rise

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Prices for new dry freight containers increased in the opening months of 2014 for the first time in two years, observes Drewry's latest 'Container Leasing and Container Census'. Standard box prices declined gradually throughout 2013, falling by late in the year to their lowest point since 2009


Cargo Sits Waiting a Fortnight in Asia: Analysts Seek Reasons

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Jochen Gutschmidt, head of global transport procurement at Nestle, asked the Global Liner Shipping Conference in Hamburg last week: “Why is cargo waiting in Asia for two weeks?” Using data from Drewry’s latest 'Container Forecaster', just published


 
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