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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.


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


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.


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

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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.


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.


Asia-Europe Container Rates Fall Almost 11 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 10.7 percent to $1,198 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. It was the second consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route. Container freight rates have so far increased in 10 weeks this year but fallen in 23 weeks.


Scottish Exporters Bullish on New Shipping Service

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 As the shipping operator BG Freight Line is set for a new freight service connecting the links, Scotland’s food and drink, chemical and manufacturing industries are looking for a boost.   BG Freight Line, wholly-owned by Clydeport owner Peel Ports


Neptune Orient Lines Logs Q2 Profit

Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) swung to a tiny net profit in its second quarter after six straight quarters of losses but said it had seen severe freight rate erosion. "The group's container shipping business continued to face a challenging environment characterised by


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Soften

Capesize market "overheated" as rates near eight-month highs; optimism for a busier fourth quarter looms. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are likely to take a breather and drift lower after climbing to their highest level in nearly eight months this week following bad weather


SSE Rolls Out Two Shipping Indices

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 Shanghai Shipping Exchange launched on Wednesday the "Belt and Road" shipping indices, tracking trade data and shipping freight rates under the initiatives of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, reported China Securities Journal.  


TT Club Urges Immediate Action on Box Weighing

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Provider of insurance and related risk management services to the transport and logistics industry TT Club said it welcomes the initiative of the World Shipping Council (WSC) in its recent publication of guidelines to the industry in relation to implementing the SOLAS requirements that become


Seattle, Tacoma Ports Welcome State Transport Investment

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Washington State Legislature’s passed a $16.2 billion transportation investment package that ports of Tacoma and Seattle say will benefit the state’s economy by speeding the movement of cargo through the ports and freight corridors.  


Maersk Line Seeks to Raise Asia-Europe Freight Rate

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Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, told its clients on Tuesday it would raise the freight rate from Far East Asia to Europe by $1,000 per 20-foot container (TEU) as of Aug 1. The company declined to say what the current rate was or what the new rate would be as numbers


Retailers: Short-term Transportation Bill Isn’t Enough

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Addressing the House vote scheduled this afternoon on a temporary five-month extension of transportation funding, the National Retail Federation (NRF) issued the following statement from Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold:  


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


$1.7 billion NOL Up for Sale. Will Hapag-Lloyd Buy?

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 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


Strong Half Year for Antwerp Port

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  The port of Antwerp handled 104,529,242 tonnes of freight in the first six months of this year, up 6.4% on the same period last year. The strong performance during the half year was mainly due to the impressive growth in container freight (up 9.5% in TEU and 7


Container Equipment Leasing Rates Hit Record Lows

Development of per diem rental rates and ex-factory prices for newbuild 20ft standard container placed on long-term operating lease (LTL), 2004-16 (Source: Drewry Maritime Research)

Container equipment rental rates came under renewed pressure in 2014 and by mid-2015 new dry freight pricing was at a 10-year low, while lease rates had fallen to an all-time low, according to the latest edition of the Container Leasing report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry


Direct Cambodia-China Cargo on Course

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 Two Chinese shipping giants are likely to sign agreements with Cambodia's Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP), paving the way for exporters to move cargo directly from Cambodia to China, Xinhua reported.  Both Cosco and China Shipping are expected to sign with Sihanoukville Autonomous


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

Brazil-China capesize rates hit seven-month high; Pacific capesize market dragged by buoyant tonnage supply. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are likely to hold steady next week although a rush of cargo in the Atlantic would again provide the trigger for rates to move higher


Asia-Europe Box Rates Down 23 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe dropped 22.8 percent to $400 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended last Friday, data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed.  






 
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