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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%

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 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

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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.


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.


Crowley Adds Houston-Caribbean LCL Service

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Starting July 1, Crowley Maritime Corporation will offer weekly, fixed-day, less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping services from Houston to 33 port destinations throughout the Caribbean Basin, the shipper announced today.   The new logistics service is designed to enhance supply chain


Slowing Shipping Fleet Growth to Ease Officer Shortage

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Slowing growth in the size of the shipping fleet will reduce the shortage of officers over the coming years, according to the latest Manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   The global shipping fleet – encompassing all sectors except the non-cargo


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb Slowly

File image: a so-called SuezMax oil tanker (Suez Canal Authority)

Around 47 MidEast charters fixed for July loading so far; older tonnage and new vessels a drag on freight rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to nudge higher next week after moving above nine-month lows on increased charters this week, ship brokers said on Friday


Baltic Index up for Third Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, for a third straight session, on rising demand across all vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Plunge

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 17.8 percent to $540 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.


Baltic Index Down on Weak Capesize Demand

 The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Friday due to lower rates for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 11 points


Baltic Index Down as Capesize Demand Disappoints

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued its fall Monday on weaker demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 5 points, or 0


Rosneft, Pietro Barbaro JV Enters Global Shipping Markets

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 Russia's Rosneft and Italy's shipping company Pietro Barbaro have agreed to jointly develop international sea freight operations, as the oil group has been aiming to expand its shipping business.   Rosneft (represented by RN-International projects) and Pietro Barbaro S.p.A


Baltic Index Down on Falling Capesize Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell Tuesday on lower demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 2 points, or 0


Shippers Don’t Expect Volume Uplift: Drewry

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 Shippers tell Drewry survey they don’t expect much of a volume uplift in the third-quarter peak season.   Nearly half of the 51 shippers who responded to our survey said that they expect volumes for the third-quarter peak season to be the same as they were last year


Baltic Index Rises on Higher Demand Across Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday on stronger demand across all types of vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax, and handysize shipping vessels, was up five points


Recovering Freight Rates Pose Risks for Shippers

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According to Xeneta’s global database of over 12 million contracted ocean freight rates, the containership market is staging a small recovery, with short-term rates rising, suggesting long-term costs could soon follow suit. This may be positive news for carriers


Negative Outlook for Global Shipping Industry: Moody’s

Photo: Global Shippers Association (GSA)

 Moody's Japan K.K. says that its outlook for the global shipping industry over the next 12-18 months is negative.   "The negative outlook reflects our expectation that earnings will worsen, with freight rates likely to remain depressed amid ample supply," says Mariko Semetko


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Rise in Short Term

File Image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier, commonly used in th Brazil-Asian trades (credit: Vale)

Shipowners seeking $10 per tonne from Brazil-China; dry cargo demand to remain subdued this year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes may firm up next week on increased chartering activity, tighter tonnage supply and possible port disruption caused by bad


Strong Demand Across Vessel Segments Pushes Up Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday as demand strengthened across all vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels






 
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