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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.  


Temasek to Sell Neptune Orient Lines

Singapore state investment company Temasek Holdings has put up its struggling $1.7 billion shipping company for sale, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL), 65 percent-owned by Temasek, announced in February the sale of its logistics business to Japanese freight carrier Kintetsu World Express Inc for $1.2 billion. NOL's move to sell its logistics business had renewed market speculation of a sale of the entire company.


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


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.


$1.7 billion NOL Up for Sale. Will Hapag-Lloyd Buy?

Photo: NOL Group

 Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund Temasek Holdings has put Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) up for sale, says a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report.   The WSJ reported that Temasek was in talks with one buyer in recent months but the two sides could not agree on a price for the loss-making company. The WSJ put NOL's market capitalization at 2.3 billion Singapore dollars ($1.7 billion).   The report, citing unnamed sources


NOL in Acquisition Talks with CMA CGM, Maersk

Photo: Neptune Orient Lines Ltd

 Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL)  has officially confirmed that it is a takeover target of two separate companies: French shipping company CMA CGM and Danish conglomerate AP Moeller-Maersk.    As per a report in the Business Times, NOL said in an announcement on Saturday evening that it was in preliminary talks with the two "with respect to a potential acquisition of NOL".    


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


Container Ship Industry ‘Lucky to Break Even' in 2015,

Image: Maersk Line

 Global shipping consultancy Drewry predicts the container ship industry will be "lucky to break even this year" as shipping rates slump due to catastrophic overcapacity.   A toxic mixture of overcapacity, weak demand and aggressive commercial pricing is threatening liner shipping industry profitability for the rest of 2015.   Drewry’s new view of the market revises its earlier forecast that carriers would collectively generate profits of up to $8 billion in


A Tale of Two Trades

Graph: Drewry

 Downsizing of capacity on the Asia-ECSA trade has paid dividends to carriers with much improved freight rates; why isn’t the scalpel also being used on other routes?   In container shipping it is said that freight rates fall much further and quickly than they rise in the opposite direction. Most often a sudden rate decrease will take carriers months, or longer, to painfully recover losses.   


Baltic Exchange Board Backs SGX Bid

The Baltic Exchange board has unanimously backed a takeover bid from Singapore Exchange Ltd , a deal that will give SGX access to a trading platform for the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market.   On Aug. 4, SGX offered shareholders in London's privately owned Baltic Exchange 160


Tanker Market: ‘New Normal’ Drives Downbeat Summer Sentiment

Antigone (Photo: Euronav)

The tanker market is forecast to see challenging conditions with technical and structural factors impacting earnings, according to independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI).   In its latest Tanker Freight Forecaster


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


Skaugen Goes to Red Again

Photo: I.M. Skaugen SE

 Norwegian Marine Transportation Service Company I.M. Skaugen SE reported interim losses but cautiously positive and expecting a gradual recovery of trading opportunities for long routes the petrochemical market.   The gas carrier owner reported profit before and after tax of minus $ 5


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


Hapag-Lloyd Posts H1 Loss

File Image: A Hapag-Lloyd Containership. (credit: Hapag-Lloyd)

Freight rates down 20 pct; CEO says to focus on costs cuts, merger deal with UASC. German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd said it dropped to a first-half operating loss as disappointing freight rates hurt its business. The loss before interest and tax (EBIT) came to 39


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.  


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


Cost Cuts Ease Pain of Maersk's Gloomy Shipping Forecast

File photo: Maersk Line

Net profit below forecasts, operating figure above; group hit by low freight rates and low oil prices. A.P. Moller-Maersk's progress in cutting costs reassured investors on Friday after the Danish shipping and oil giant reported a sharp decline in quarterly profit and its new chief executive


Maersk Paints a Gloomy Picure

Photo: Maersk Line

 Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S has reported a plunge in profits in the second quarter in the face of tough market conditions.    Maersk's quarterly net profit dropped 89 per cent to $118m compared with a year earlier


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


Low Freight Rates Hit Maersk Line

Photo: Maersk Line

 Record low freight rates have driven the World’s largest container carrier Maersk Line to report a second-quarter loss of US$151 million.   The second quarter result and revenue both fall year-on-year as average freight rates hit record low levels


Wave goodbye to $50 bln - Drewry

Figure 1 Estimated industry revenue, 2008-16F (USD billion) Note Preliminary forecast based on smaller 1H16 sample

Container industry revenues are contracting faster than carriers can cut costs. First-half results so far suggest sales are down by around 18%, increasing the pressure to reduce costs. The container shipping industry is currently enduring a severe revenue contraction that is placing carriers


Hong Kong Shipping Group Wants Aid to Arrested Ship's Crew

The Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) on Thursday called on the city's authorities to provide assistance to the crew of a Hong Kong-flagged coal ship off the east coast of Australia that is running out of food and fuel. Local Australian media and Great Britain's Guardian newspaper


Q4 Bounce Forecast for Dry Bulk Market

File photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping

The Q4 bounce – a seasonal staple of the dry bulk markets – looks likely for Capesize and Panamax segments, but the effects may be limited.    Independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a fourth quarter bounce in dry






 
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