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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


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.


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.   Mr Halonen, formerly Group Director Road Freight, says: “We felt that it was important to bring together all the services we offer to ensure we can focus on our international growth and strengthen


Traffic Increase between Gothenburg and Belgium

Shipping Line SOL now offer seven departures per week from Gothenburg Roro Terminal.

Belgium is Sweden’s eighth largest export market. The Swedish shipping company SOL is about to expand its departure frequency between the Port of Gothenburg and the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. The change will offer greater scope for Swedish import and export companies to ship freight to and


European Cooperation Essential in Strengthening Inland Navigation

The panellists stressed the need of developing one strong voice for inland navigation in Europe. From left Gunnar Platz, Jukka Hasu, Roland Hörner, Sławomir Kopyść, Karin de Schepper and Stefan Breitenbach Photo Port of Hamburg

European cooperation is necessary in order to integrate inland waterway transport better into the multimodal logistic chains. This opinion was shared by around 130 participants from Poland, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, Finland, Belgium and Czech Republic


Seatruck Reports Growth on Irish Sea

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Freight ferry company Seatruck is reporting growth of more than 18pc in 2016 consolidating its position as the fastest growing operator on the Irish Sea, as more hauliers switch to its services.   Seatruck chief executive Alistair Eagles said freight levels are also up 30pc in November 2016


Frontline Sees Limited Effect on Demand From 'Balanced' OPEC Cut

* Crude oil tanker firm Frontline says a potential "balanced cut and cap from OPEC", as suggested by some analysts, is not expected to have a large impact on the tanker market * Says significant volume cuts by OPEC, although unlikely, would be negative for tanker freight demand


Hanjin Fleet Shrinks

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co

 Following its bankruptcy filing, Hanjin Shipping Co.’s fleet has shrunk to about a tenth of its size after the South Korean container line returned most of its chartered vessels to owners, reports Bloomberg.   All but three of the remaining 14 ships are either stranded or have


Korea Line to Take Over Hanjin's Asia-US Route

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 South Korea’s Korea Line has been picked as the preferred bidder to buy the troubled shipper Hanjin Shipping’s Asia-US operations, beating Hyundai Merchant Marine, reports Reuters.   The judge at the Seoul Central District Court


Rederij Doeksen Plans Freight Catamaran Conversion

The hull of Noord-Nederland will be lengthened by 20 meters as part of a comprehensive vessel conversion plan. (Photo: Damen)

Rederij Doeksen has contracted Damen Shiprepair Harlingen to carry out the conversion of its 47.15-meter-long freight catamaran, Noord-Nederland. The conversion work will provide Rederij Doeksen with increased capacity to manage seasonal fluctuations in freight demands.  


Throughput at Port of Hamburg Up Slightly

Megaboxer at Waltershofer Hafen (Photo: HHM / Dietmar Hasenpusch)

At 104.9 million tons, total seaborne cargo throughput for the first three quarters of 2016, covering general and bulk cargo segments, was up 0.3 percent on the previous year. “Seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg has stabilized and for the first three quarters of 2016 again


Will Ballast Water Management Regs Trigger Tanker Scrapping?

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

Weakness in freight rates will increase tanker shipping demolitions over the next two years, with the trend accelerating in later years as a result of the IMO regulation on ballast water, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


CMA CGM Stays in Red, Pays Back NOL Takeover Loan

File photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping company, posted on Friday another net loss in the third quarter as freight rates remained weak and it integrated Singapore-based NOL, its biggest-ever acquisition.   The sector was showing the "first signs of stabilisation" as


LA, Long Beach Ports Unveil Strategies to Cut GHG

Clean Air Action Plan Photo Ports of Los Angeles & Long Beach

Aggressively deploying zero and near-zero emission trucks and cargo-handling equipment and expanding programs that reduce ship emissions are among the core strategies the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are proposing for the next version of San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).


No recovery for Container Traffic in sight - Drewry

Fig 1 Source Drewry Maritime Research, derived from Container Trade Statistics

Asia to West Africa container traffic fell by 19% in the third quarter; the end-year result will not be much better. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook, published last month, described “multispeed” growth for sub-Saharan Africa economies with the divide between the haves


‘Frothy’ Capesize Sector Threatens New Year Hangover for Dry Bulk

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Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a firm festive season for the dry bulk market, swiftly followed by a New Year comedown.   In its latest Dry Bulk Freight Forecaster* MSI notes that after a steady fall in average daily TCE spot earnings in October


India Aims to Boost Low-grade Coal Sales While Global Prices High

India is trying to boost sales of its low-quality coal by offering more of the fuel at home and initiating steps to lower freight costs, while global prices are high, with the government hoping the moves will help cut imports.   State-controlled Coal India


E-business in Forwarding - Threats and Opportunities

Image: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 In this white paper, Drewry consultants investigate the drivers behind the accelerating use of new e-business models and online platforms in international shipping transactions and assess the implications for freight forwarders, ocean carriers and those investing in the technology and






 
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