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U.S. Cargo Preference Billing

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Transportation released a report stating that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is required to reimburse the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for “excess” ocean freight costs that food assistance programs incur in order to comply with cargo preference statutes. There is a dispute between MARAD and USDA regarding how to calculate the amount owed. USDA recently billed MARAD $379 million in excess freight charges. OIG reviewed the billing in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and concludes that MARAD owes USDA a total of $164 million, rather than the $379 million billed. Report Number FI-2004-057 (HK Law).


Grindrod Inks Writedown Charge, Cites Flagging Profit

South Africa's Grindrod flagged as much as 35 percent drop in annual profit on Thursday, after taking a $100 million writedown charge due to a slide in shipping rates and volumes. Africa's biggest shipping group said headline earnings per share - a widely watched measure of profit in South Africa that strips out certain one-off items - is likely to drop by between 30 and 35 percent for the year ending in December.


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


TEN Reports 4Q Results

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18th consecutive year of profitability Company declares quarterly dividend of $0.15 payable in April 2011 Total dividends reach $333 million since 2002 NYSE listing 2010 HIGHLIGHTS - Voyage revenues of $408.0 million. - Operating income of $80.7 million, after vessel impairment charge of $3.1 million. - Net income of $19.8 million, after vessel impairment charge of $3.1 million. - EPS (diluted) of $0.50 ($0.58 per share excluding impairment charge). 


World Container Index (WCI) to launch in September

Drewry Shipping Consultants and The Cleartrade Exchange announced that the World Container Index (WCI), the first Europe-based assessment of container freight rates and index production, is scheduled for launch in September 2011. The index will be designed to provide a new and important facility for the global market to hedge their freight rate risk and see major improvements in forward price discovery through the container derivatives market.


Irish Continental Group Release 2012 Results

Irish Continental Group (ICG) produced another resilient performance in the face of continued economic weakness, which affects both consumer travel and import/export trade flows, the two areas of economic interest for the Group. During the year, the Group announced and completed the sale of its subsidiary Feederlink. Revenue for the year from continuing operations was up 1.7% at €256.1 million while continuing EBITDA  was down 3.2%, to €45


Fratelli Cosulich Celebrates 150 Years in Shipping

Fratelli Cosulich is celebrating 150 years in shipping during 2007. The Euro600m turnover global group began as a shipowner in 1857 and today has diversified interests in shipowning, liner, tramp, yacht and cruise agency, ship management, bunkering, freight forwarding and NVOCC, travel agency, trading and IT. The group employs about 350 people in six offices in Italy and 10 offices abroad. There are subsidiary companies


Master Charged with Operating Ship While Intoxicated

The Greek master of a commercial ship pleaded guilty and was charged Thursday with operating his vessel while intoxicated. Nikolaos Zografos was charged before a U.S. magistrate judge with being drunk while aboard the 580-foot freight ship Winner at St. John's Buoys, near Reserve, La. Zografos pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to one-year probation, restriction from being a master or licensed officer on any vessel in U.S


NOL Reports Shipping Business EBIT Turnaround in Q2 2012

Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) Group reports US$57 million Year-on-Year improvement in Core EBIT. Excerpts from the financial report follow: NOL Group report second quarter 2012 Core EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes) of US$16 million, a US$57 million turnaround in the key profitability measure from a year ago.  NOL’s container shipping line, APL, reported second quarter Core EBIT of US$7 million


Commissioner Doyle: China Clarifies VAT

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Last week Commissioner William P. Doyle of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) briefed the full Commission with a report on his work seeking clarity and certainty on the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) as it relates to maritime commerce. Doyle informed the Commission that the Chinese government was expected to clarify its position on the VAT that has confused the shipper and carrier communities


Crowley Adds Houston-Caribbean LCL Service

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Starting July 1, Crowley Maritime Corporation will offer weekly, fixed-day, less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping services from Houston to 33 port destinations throughout the Caribbean Basin, the shipper announced today.   The new logistics service is designed to enhance supply chain


Slowing Shipping Fleet Growth to Ease Officer Shortage

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Slowing growth in the size of the shipping fleet will reduce the shortage of officers over the coming years, according to the latest Manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   The global shipping fleet – encompassing all sectors except the non-cargo


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb Slowly

File image: a so-called SuezMax oil tanker (Suez Canal Authority)

Around 47 MidEast charters fixed for July loading so far; older tonnage and new vessels a drag on freight rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to nudge higher next week after moving above nine-month lows on increased charters this week, ship brokers said on Friday


Baltic Index up for Third Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, for a third straight session, on rising demand across all vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Down as Capesize Demand Disappoints

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued its fall Monday on weaker demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 5 points, or 0


Rosneft, Pietro Barbaro JV Enters Global Shipping Markets

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 Russia's Rosneft and Italy's shipping company Pietro Barbaro have agreed to jointly develop international sea freight operations, as the oil group has been aiming to expand its shipping business.   Rosneft (represented by RN-International projects) and Pietro Barbaro S.p.A


ABB to Power Emission-free Electric Ferries

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ABB informs it will supply the complete power and propulsion systems for two HH Ferries Group vessels to become the world´s largest emission-free electric ferries. The modernizations utilize turnkey ABB solutions including batteries, an energy storage control system and Onboard DC Grid


Maritime Projects Continue Shaping Rhode Island’s Future

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When I visit Rhode Island, one of the first things I notice its extensive water resources available for tourism, sports and commerce not to mention the ability to move people from one place to another. Next, I think about the dynamic men and women working on and near the water in the maritime


Baltic Index Down on Falling Capesize Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell Tuesday on lower demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 2 points, or 0


Shippers Don’t Expect Volume Uplift: Drewry

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 Shippers tell Drewry survey they don’t expect much of a volume uplift in the third-quarter peak season.   Nearly half of the 51 shippers who responded to our survey said that they expect volumes for the third-quarter peak season to be the same as they were last year


Baltic Index Rises on Higher Demand Across Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday on stronger demand across all types of vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax, and handysize shipping vessels, was up five points


Recovering Freight Rates Pose Risks for Shippers

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According to Xeneta’s global database of over 12 million contracted ocean freight rates, the containership market is staging a small recovery, with short-term rates rising, suggesting long-term costs could soon follow suit. This may be positive news for carriers


Negative Outlook for Global Shipping Industry: Moody’s

Photo: Global Shippers Association (GSA)

 Moody's Japan K.K. says that its outlook for the global shipping industry over the next 12-18 months is negative.   "The negative outlook reflects our expectation that earnings will worsen, with freight rates likely to remain depressed amid ample supply," says Mariko Semetko


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Rise in Short Term

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Shipowners seeking $10 per tonne from Brazil-China; dry cargo demand to remain subdued this year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes may firm up next week on increased chartering activity, tighter tonnage supply and possible port disruption caused by bad


Strong Demand Across Vessel Segments Pushes Up Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday as demand strengthened across all vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels






 
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