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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.


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

Photo: Tanner Matheny

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


60th Birthday for Container Shipping

Chart: Clarkson Research

 From its origins in the first seaborne transportation of containers on board Malcolm McLean’s Ideal-X on 26 April 1956, containerized shipment has become the glue that holds together today’s globalised economy, points out Clarksons Research.   Clarksons Research takes a look at how the container sector exploded into the centre ground of the world’s shipping business.   The man acknowledged to have been container shipping’s true pioneer, Malcolm McLean


Maersk Profit Plunges

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 Danish shipping and offshore energy conglomerate Maersk Group reported its profit at US$ 224 million for the first quarter of 2016, a drop of 86 percent compared to $ 1.6 billion seen in the same period a year earlier.   Hit by low oil prices and freight rates


Halonen Named COO, Greencarrier Freight Services

Jarmo Halonen Photo Greencarrier Freight Services

Greencarrier Freight Services has promoted Jarmo Halonen to the role of Chief Operating Officer, with combined responsibility for the company’s air, ocean, road and rail freight activities. This is the first time the four modes have been brought under the control of one director.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Under Pressure

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Capesize rates fall in a quiet market as holidays weigh; 20 charter-free capesize ships could add to downward trend. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to drift lower next week unless there is an uptick in chartering activity from major miners


Slower Demand for Larger Vessels Drags Baltic Index Lower

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday due to diminishing demand for larger vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, fell 10 points


Container Shipping Faces Tough 2016 as Rates Plunge 78 pct

File image: a Maersk boxship in the port of New Orleans (credit: port of New Orleans)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe have plummeted 78 percent this year, after posting another drop this week, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Sagarmala Project to Sail Through 5 Years

Indian PM Narendra Modi. Pic: Govt of India

 India government will speed up the ambitious Sagarmala project from 10 years to five years, said Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping.   “Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention


Maersk to Increase Asia-Europe Freight Rates

Photo courtesy of Maersk Line

The world's largest container shipping company Maersk Line, owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe by $550 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from May 1, it said on Tuesday.  


Baltic Index Rises to Five-month High

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, on Tuesday rose to its highest in over five months on improved rates across vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Hamburg Süd Reports Growth in a Challenging Year

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 The Hamburg Süd Group reported it has increased its total turnover by 16.8 percent to 6,058 million euros, driven primarily by its takeover and integration of the container operations of the Chilean shipping company Compañía Chilena de Navegación


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Market Direction Uncertain

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier. These vessels were built primarily to carry iron ore from Brazil to the far east. (image: Vale)

Owners resisting charterers' attempts to push market lower; rates slip from 5-1/2-month highs. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes face an uncertain outlook next week with some owners resisting charterers' attempts to push hire rates down even as freight rates


Waterways Are the Greenest Way to Go

Photo courtesy of AWO

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) released a fact sheet highlighting the many environmental and energy efficiency benefits of our nation’s waterways.    Among them, Did You Know...  


Fitch: M&A, Not Alliances to Help Revive Container Shipping

File Image: a containership at the berth in the Port of Savannah, GA (credit: GPA)

The following statement was released by the rating agency: Mergers and acquisitions, rather than the historically more popular alliances, are inevitable to address chronic overcapacity and drive further cost savings in container shipping, Fitch Ratings says


Pressure Steady on LNG Shipping Rates -Drewry

LNG shipowners will have to wait until 2018 for earnings to improve, when the majority of new US plants are expected to come online, according to the latest edition of the LNG Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Jump 170 pct

File Image: a Maersk containership underway (Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 170 percent to $732 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed. Spot freight rates on the world's busiest routes soared as a


BIMCO: Dry Bulk Recovery Will be a Multi-Year Effort

Photo:  Cosco Corporation

 In an exclusive interview with “Akti Miaouli” newspaper, BIMCO Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand, provides insight into the markets for dry bulkers, tankers and containerships in 2016 and what to expect going forward.  






 
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