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Improving U.S. Freight Transportation System

The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation published its final report on United States freight transportation, offering an assessment of its current condition with recommendations for strengthening nationwide infrastructure and U.S. economy. The panel, led by its Chairman, U.S. Rep John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), was founded by Full Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W.Va.) in April 2013 to examine U.S. freight transportation, the role it plays on the nation’s economy and ways in which it may be improved, including financially, structurally and technologically. The Freight Panel offered to Congress a list of suggestions to “safely and efficiently meet the needs of freight movement in the 21st century:” Direct the Secretary of Transportation, in coordination with the Secretary of the Army and the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, to establish a comprehensive national freight transportation policy and designate a national, multimodal freight network; Ensure robust public investment in all modes of transportation on which freight movement relies, and incentivize additional private investment in freight transportation facilities, to maintain and improve the condition and performance of the freight transportation network;


Crude Oil Tanker Market Weakened, says OPEC

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 Crude oil tanker market sentiment weakened in April as average spot freight rates dropped on most reported routes, OPEC said in its latest monthly report.   On average, dirty tanker freight rates were down 8% from the month before.  Despite a stronger market seen in the VLCC sector, average dirty spot freight rates declined, influenced by the declines in Suezmax and Aframax freight rates.   


Shipbrokers, Oil Brokerage House Form Freight Forwards

BraemarTankers Ltd., Galbraith's Ltd., E.A.Gibson Shipbrokers Ltd., PVM Oil Associates Ltd. and Seascope Shipping Ltd. have formed Global Freight Forwards Limited. The company has been created initially to broker forward freight swaps for the tanker market segment in key trade routes. Contracts have been devised to meet multi-client needs and in response to Owners' and Charterers' requirements for freight protection without taking physical delivery.


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.


Logistics Confidence Index Again on the Increase

Stifel Nicolaus Logistics Confidence Index suggests the current market remains weak, however the outlook is increasingly positive. The Stifel Nicolaus Logistics Confidence Index increased for the third consecutive month in January 2013, according to the latest industry study undertaken by Transport Intelligence. The overall index, an average of the current and expected situation, increased 0.8 points to 48.8 from 48.0 in the last month of 2012.


Asia to Northern Europe Shipping Rates Jump 177%

Photo by Maersk Line

 Asia to Northern Europe shipping freight rates for transporting containers jumped by 177.3 percent to $1.109 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, reports Reuters, quoting data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange.   As all major container shipping lines implemented a price hike announced earlier, the  freight rates rose nearly three-fold.   Freight rates on the world’s busiest shipping route have tanked this year due to overcapacity in


IRS Changes Freight Tax Exemption

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final, temporary and proposed regulations recently that significantly change certain requirements to claim the exemption from freight tax. In addition, the regulations clarify that certain activities will be treated as "incidental" to international shipping operations, meaning that income from these incidental activities can qualify for the exemption from freight tax. (Source: HK


German Yard FSG Launches its Longest RoRo Ferry

Photo credit FSG

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft launches first of two RoRo freight ferries for the Turkish shipping company Ulusoy Sealines.  “At 208 metres, this is the longest and biggest freight ferry ever built at FSG”, declared shipyard Managing Director Peter Sierk. He added that it was a very significant moment for him and the entire shipbuilding team at FSG to see the “Ulusoy 14” slide into the Flensburg Fiord without a problem.


Crowley Merges Jarvis International Freight into Crowley Logistics

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Business Unit to Now Offer Project Logistics and Global Freight Management Services to New Industries and more Geographic Locations. Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that its recently acquired Houston-based, freight forwarding, export packing and logistics company, Jarvis International Freight, Inc., will transition into the company as a new branch of Crowley Logistics, offering project logistics and global freight management services to a wider array of industries and in more


Free App Makes Freight Markets Mobile

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Freight Investor Services (FIS), a broker of freight and commodity swaps, launched a mobile app that puts the freight and commodity swaps market in the hands of users, wherever they are. The app combines indicative market prices across the main freight and commodity groups with powerful graphing to display forward curves and historical spot prices. Also included are FIS daily reports for all markets, including closing curves, commentaries, spreads and ratios.


Maersk Profit Down 82%

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Danish shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk Group delivered a profit of USD 925m for the full year ending December 31st 2015, against USD 5.2bn reported in 2014, a drop of 82%. Maersk’s underlying profit for full year was USD 3.1bn down from previous year's being USD 4.5bn.


Maersk Line to Face Miserable 2016

Nils Smedegaard Andersen, Group CEO. Photo: Maersk Group

 In a video interview Group CEO of AP Møller-Maersk Nils S. Andersen comments on the 2015 full year result, low oil and freight rates, and the challenges and opportunities for the Maersk Group in these difficult markets.  


Maersk Falls into the Red

Photo by Maersk Line

 Maersk Line posted a steep decline in profit last year to $1.3bn, well down from the 2014 result of $2.3bn and below its most recent forecast as freight rate declines accelerated in the latter stages of 2015.   The net profit of Maersk Group in 2015 amounted to 0


Chemical Shipping Freight Rates to Remain Under Pressure

Chemical tanker orderbook to existing fleet ratio (Source: Drewrys Chemical Forecaster)

On the back of low bunker prices and more new buildings to be delivered in 2016, chemical shipping freight rates for both contracts of affreightment and spot cargoes will be under pressure throughout 2016, as there are some new operators looking to break into the long-haul trade routes


Volumes at Gothenburg Port Spiral

Around 30 per cent of Swedens foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg, the largest port in Scandinavia. Photo Gothenburg Port

Freight volumes at the Port of Gothenburg for 2015 increased by more than one million tonnes – up from 37.1 million in 2014 to 38.2 million last year. The number of cars shipped rose by 29 per cent whilst container volumes fell by two per cent


NVOCCs Form US-South-Africa Partnership

CaroTrans, a global non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) and ocean freight consolidator, has entered a partnership with Thrutainers International, an established NVOCC in South Africa. This cooperation creates a U.S.- Sub-Saharan Africa import/export LCL service network in this important


Cosco Among Investors Eyeing Greek Freight Center

China's Cosco is among investors expected to bid for the development and operation of a freight centre with access to the national railway network and Greece's largest port in Piraeus, a government official told Reuters on Wednesday.  


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


Antwerp Port, ICBC Ink Partnership Deal

Luc Arnouts (HA) en Gao Ming (ICBC) ondertekenen MOU Courtesy Antwerp Port

Antwerp Port Authority today made a partnership agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). The Memorandum of Understanding was signed last week at the official opening of the ICBC’s Antwerp branch in Brasschaat Castle


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.


MISC Bhd: Revenue Up

Puteri Firus, LNG Shipping. Photo: MISC Berhad

 Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC Berhad), a shipping arm of Petronas, has seen an increase of 12.3 percent in its net profit for the 2015 full year financials when compared to 2014.   The liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipper said the higher earnings compared


AIWA Highlights Investment Needs on the Nation’s Marine Highways

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Nowhere is that more important than on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As 2016 begins, we at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) are looking forward to participating in the ongoing dialogue regarding the need for strategic investments in the Nation’s 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

Kurt Nagle (Photo: AAPA)

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






 
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