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Cosmo Lifts US, Mexican oil on Common VLCC

Japanese refiner Cosmo Oil has for the first time shipped U.S. condensate and Mexican crude on the same supertanker to reduce costs, industry sources said on Friday. U.S. condensate exports to Asia have slowed this year after West Texas Intermediate prices strengthened against Dubai crude, the Asian oil benchmark. Asian buyers have also faced high freight costs to ship oil from the Americas as shippers are reluctant to lease out their tankers on such long voyages. To reduce costs, Cosmo Oil is co-loading crude and condensate from the Americas onto a Very Large Crude Carrier which can carry up to 2 million barrels of oil. The Japanese refiner chartered the BW Opal, which loaded Mexican crude in early October, according to trade sources and Reuters shipping data. It then sailed to the U.S. port of Galveston later in October to load condensate. The journey to Cosmo's Yokkaichi refinery will take about 55 days, longer than the usual route as larger vessels cannot pass through the Panama Canal, a source familiar with the matter said. "The market is in contango so the time value has paid for some of the freight costs," he said. In a contango market, oil becomes more expensive in future months. Reporting by Florence Tan


A Call for Transportation Management Upgrades

Gerald Hoppe As Vice President and Product Owner Gerald is responsible for SAP’s solution package offerings for Logistics, R&D and Manufacturing Lines of Businesses. He holds a Degree in Computer Science & Business Administration from University of Mannheim.

Reduce the Headaches: The Need for an Upgraded Transportation Management System In 2009, the United States alone shipped more than 2.2 billion pounds of goods such as coal, crude materials like wood, sand and gravel, and primary manufactured goods (United States Census Bureau). Undoubtedly, this required complex logistical planning for companies shipping their goods and left many transportation managers with headaches


Submarines As Ore Carriers?

Russia'sNorilsk Nickel - a big metal producer -- has finished a feasibility study of a project to use nuclear submarines for ore shipments, which once started will cost $80 million, Norilsk's chairman said. "The feasibility study has been prepared and now the board of directors has to approve spending of up to $80 million for its implementation," Yuri Kotlyar said. "But even then the decommissioning of the submarines should be sanctioned by the state."


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


CaroTrans Assures Seamless Transport on US West Coast

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  CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announces their U.S. West Coast port readiness program to address potential supply chain disruptions. Congestion and current labor issues are impacting the flow of cargo at U.S. West Coast ports and there is the likelihood of further instability. To address this infrastructure challenge, CaroTrans has developed alternative routing solutions to lessen the impact on supply


Cheap Freight Erodes Thai, Australian Sugar Export Advantage over Brazil

Cheap freight is eroding Thai and Australian sugar exporters' competitive advantage over Brazilian suppliers to Far Eastern markets, traders said on Thursday.   Thai raw sugar for March/April shipment was quoted at 25 points ($0.25/lb) over ICE March futures, compared with 10 points over March for Brazilian supplies.   Cheap freight costs mean that Brazilian export offers are almost as competitive as Thai offers in China, the world's top sugar buyer


China Seeks to Build Shipping Railways in Brazil

Brazil hopes that during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping it can boost ties with its biggest trade partner beyond the exchange of commodities for manufactured goods, but that may be wishful thinking. Accords China will sign with Brazil when Xi meets with President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday focus on improving infrastructure to make sure raw materials China is hungry for make it to port, with railways a top priority.


Banking on US Shale Gas Boom, Asia Petrochemical Firms Switch to LPG

Asia petrochemicals firms are building tanks and retooling plants to store and process liquefied petroleum gas imported from the United States, counting on a flood of supply from the shale boom to replace costlier naphtha as a raw material. Samsung Total Petrochemical, LG Chem and Royal Vopak are among a number of companies in Asia expanding import terminals or retrofitting plants over the next one to two years as they buy more LPG


Pioneer Natural Resources to Double Condensate Exports

3rd U.S. condensate export cargo heading to Singapore; Pioneer expects exports to rise to 50,000 bpd next year. Eyes exports of bigger cargoes to reduce freight costs. Pioneer Natural Resources plans to double its U.S. exports of condensate, an ultra-light oil, to 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) next year, its chief executive said on Monday. The U.S. shale resources explorer, along with Enterprise Product Partners LP, received the green light from the U.S


Cheaper Fuel to Boost Container Shipping

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Lower oil prices are sharply reducing the cost of shipping merchandise from Asia to the United States and Europe as the cost of bunker fuel tumbles. Container shipping companies deal with the volatility in fuel prices by adding a separate bunker adjustment factor or fuel surcharge to their freight rates. Fuel can account for more than 60 percent of the total operating costs of moving freight across the oceans so the surcharges are one of the most important elements of total


Asia-Europe Box Rates Down 8 pct

The containership Maersk Kalmar. Maersk controls around a fifth of containers transported from Asia to Europe. (file image)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 8.1 percent to $431 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Great Lakes Shippers Set Top Priorities

North America’s largest mining, manufacturing and agricultural companies have helped identify four top priorities to improve the competitiveness of Great Lakes shipping, and as a result, the prosperity of the entire region.   These priorities will be the Chamber of Marine


Amazon Expands Logistics Reach in China

Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages.   Its plans in China, outlined in filings there, include handling cargo and customs for goods headed to ports in Japan


Obama’s Budget ‘Grossly Imbalanced’ For US Ports -AAPA

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Landside freight transportation funds would increase; navigation, port security and emission reduction funds would drop    The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) said today it is encouraged by the potential of significant gains for landside freight transportation programs


Box Rates Drop, Chinese New Year No Help

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Falling shipping freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe on Friday showed there was no traditional surge in cargo exports from China ahead of the Chinese New Year, indicating a bleak outlook for the industry.


Ro-Ro Volumes at Ports of Stockholm Thrive

Courtesy Ports of Stockholm

High volumes of RoRo freight in December generated the strongest end of year monthly figures at Ports of Stockholm since 2011. Freight volumes in the RoRo segment, goods transported by haulage vehicles on ferries, were higher than the December totals for the previous three years


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Likely to Remain Flat

File Image: a so-called ValeMax Bulk Carrier

Chinese iron ore and coal imports to fall in 2016 - Clarkson Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to stay flat as vessel volumes outpace cargo demand and the approaching Chinese New Year holiday further dampens chartering activity, ship brokers said on Thursday


Peel Ports Secures WEC Lines Service for Liverpool

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Dutch company WEC Lines is to begin weekly calls at the Port of Liverpool from February 10th, providing a new option for shippers looking to access central and northern UK markets.   The brand new service will connect Liverpool with Lisbon, Setubal, Leixoes and Sines and vice versa


Dry Bulker Business Down, Says MOL

Dry Bulker. By Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 In the dry bulker business, the market is deteriorating to a new record low due to the imbalance of fleet supply and demand, along with stagnant cargo trade resulting from the slowdown in China’s economy since last fall, says Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.  


Asia-Europe Box Rates Fall Again

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 13.9 percent to $469 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Baltic Index Continues Fall to New Record Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, continued its fall to close at a fresh record low on Friday.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser


NYK Line Posts Loss on Dry Bulk Fleet Revaluation

Image: NYK Line India

 Japan's Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has posted a $277.5mln extraordinary loss in the third quarter of year ended 31 March 2016 as it reduced the book value of its fleet inline with current market prices and expectations. The extraordinary loss came after it re-assessed the recoverable value of


Dramatic Turnaround for Hanjin Shipping in 2015

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 The Korean shipping giant Hanjin Shipping  improved its financial result in 2015 and came back to profit trajectory.    It reported a $6m net profit in 2015 from a $396m loss the previous year and said it expects cost-saving measures to help it weather a tough 2016.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Should Remain Flat

Western Australia-China rates hit near 17-year low; owners explore laying-up ships. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes should remain flat next week as the Lunar New Year holiday in China will curtail chartering activity, shipbrokers said on Thursday.


Baltic Index Slips Below 300 Points

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped below 300 points on Thursday, to an all-time low.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser






 
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