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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.   

Excess Tonnage Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Credit: Vale)

Capesize market "absolutely dead" on Thursday - broker. Vale says no new cargoes but owners sail empty vessels to Brazil. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as too many ships chase available cargoes

Container Shipping Industry Calls for Climate Action

Pic: Business for Social Responsibility

 Members of BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) have agreed on a climate action statement and call to action for the container shipping sector and its value chain to support private-sector contributions for the global goals on climate change.   

Ready for take-off? - Drewry

Tab1e 1 Note 2016 data is up to 20 October only Source Drewry Maritime Research, derived from World Container Index

The recent rally in Asia to Europe spot market rates has improved carriers’ chances of securing higher 2017 contract rates. How much extra will shippers have to fork out? It has been another typically volatile year as far as the spot freight rate market (i.e

Intermodal terminal moves to Gothenburg Port

Freight terminal in central Gothenburg moves to the Port of Gothenburg Photo Gothenburg Port

Plans are in place to move the freight terminal currently located in the central city of Gothenburg to the Port of Gothenburg. The switch will allow a higher proportion of transport by rail instead of road. At the intermodal terminal, in the city centre of Gothenburg

Zim to Defer $115 Million in Debt Payments

A Zim Boxship alongside and working cargo. (Credit: Zim)

Israeli shipping company Zim, which has been hit hard by the weak global shipping market, said on Wednesday it was planning to defer $115 million of upcoming payments to creditors until 2018. Zim said in its second quarter report that it had agreed with some of its creditors to defer payments

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Remain Steady

File Image (Credit BSM)

Owners seeking to push rates higher, close to year-long highs; dry bulk sector to see greater consolidation - BIMCO. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to remain steady next week even as owners try to push rates up close to year-highs

Japan's NYK Line Warns of $1.9 bln hit to Earnings

NYK Line may book losses as shipping slump slashes asset values. Nippon Yusen, Japan's biggest shipper by sales, warned it would book a $1.9 billion hit to first-half income, after the industry's deepening slump forced it to write down the value of container ships and other assets.

Drewry Finds Risk of Carrier Failure Still High

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Drewry’s Z-score carrier financial stress index sunk to its lowest ever point following the first-half 2016 results. After Hanjin’s bankruptcy shippers are demanding more financial transparency from carriers. There is still much work to be done to clean up the logistical chaos

NYK Expects Loss of $1.9 Bln

Image: NYK Line

 The Japanese shipping operator Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) will book an ‘extraordinary’ loss totaling 195 billion Japanese yen (U.S. $1.89 billion) for the interim period of its current fiscal year, forced by a deep slump in the shipping market to write down the

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could slide as Tonnage Outweighs Demand

A typical Capesize Bulker (credit: BSM)

Many vessels available for charter put pressure on freight rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as the number of ships available for charter outpaced cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday.

Freight Futures Market Avoids Tougher EU Information Disclosures

The European Union's securities markets regulator has dropped proposals to make participants in the multi-billion dollar commodity derivatives market for freight rates disclose knowledge of loading conditions, the Baltic Exchange said.  

VLCC Rates to Hold Firm as Owners Await MidEast Cargoes

File photo: Euronav

Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which rose to multi-month highs this week, are likely to hold firm as owners tread water before the release of further Middle-East and West Africa cargoes, ship brokers said on Friday.  

Florida's First Ocean-to-Air Transhipment

Innovative programs such as this one also help  business community strengthen ties within the global marketplace Photo Crowley

Already the busiest port of entry in America for international air freight, Miami International Airport will soon be able to receive perishable freight imports by sea as well – a first for any Florida airport – through a permit approved in September by the U.S

Container Shipping Market has Bottomed Out

Photo: CMA CGM

Hanjin’s receivership represents the trough of the container shipping market and despite continuing concerns of weak trade growth and fleet oversupply a gradual market recovery is now expected, according to the latest annual Container Forecaster and Review 2016/17 report published by global

Moore Stephens: 4th Straight Year of Operating Costs Decline

Richard Greiner (Photo: Moore Stephens)

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 2.4% in 2015.   This compares with the 0.8% average fall in costs recorded for 2014, and is the fourth successive overall year-on-year reduction

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