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Finnlines Shares Plunge On Profit Warning

Shares in Finnish shipping company Finnlines plunged on Wednesday after it said 2000 profit would be worse than expected due to tough competition, higher oil prices and strikes hindering business. On Wednesday shares were trading down 12.5 percent at 23.99 euros, under-performing already soft Helsinki shares. In February Finnlines posted a 1999 profit before extraordinary items of 67.3 million euros ($64.46 million) and said the outlook for 2000 was uncertain due to factors such as tighter competition and a drop in import volumes. Finnline’s released statement, reads in part as follows: A strong imbalance exists between exports and imports of unitized cargo in Finland. Since the company has wished to maintain its export service at the level requested by its customers, no measures have so far been taken to reduce cargo capacity. Competition for imported freight has led to unhealthy price levels. The volume of Russian transit traffic has remained low. The continuing high price of oil has raised operating costs significantly and it has been possible to transfer only a small proportion of these costs to freight prices owing to the intense competition. Ongoing industrial actions in Finland have caused substantial harm to the maritime industry and port operations. Sympathy strikes have been held at Finnish ports since March 14, 2000 to expedite negotiations in a dispute involving bus drivers in Tampere


Marks & Spencer Signs Contract with Drewry

Marks & Spencer joined other multinationals from North America, Asia and Europe which have found in Drewry’s 150 sets of port region-to-port region container freight rates a valuable source of pricing benchmarks to help their transport procurement decisions. Due to the launch of the global container freight rate benchmarks and associated regional and global freight rate indices, Drewry is making the unique, industry-first freight rate data available on-line to subscribers at www


Canada Clarke Expanes Freight Management Ops

Canada's Clarke Inc. doubled the size of its freight-management division with the purchase of four U.S.-based companies. Clarke, which has freight transportation and logistics services throughout North America, said it had bought Focus Carriers of Memphis, Tennessee; Kenley Trucking Inc of Atlanta, Georgia; and Creative Logistics of Ripon, California. Purchase prices were not disclosed. - (Reuters)


Index-Linked Container Contracts Take-Off

Half of all index-linked contracts filed with the US Federal Maritime Commission reference Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight pricing benchmarks.   Drewry Maritime Research’s container freight rate benchmarks are the index of choice in index-linked container contracts, according to the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The agency also indicated that uptake of index-linked container contracts on US trades was fast growing


Descartes Acquires Impatex

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Descartes Systems Group, a global company uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, acquired Impatex Freight Software Limited, a provider of electronic customs filing and freight forwarding solutions in the U.K. Impatex brings more than 200 freight forwarder customers to Descartes’ Global Logistic Network, with the majority of these in the U.K. By combining Impatex’s leading U.K. customs and forwarding solutions with Descartes’ global community of logistics


Mediterranean/N.American Freight Rate Stagnancy

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Ocean carriers were unable to increase freight rates between the Mediterranean and North America from November to January due to continuing poor vessel utilisation and the approaching threat of P3, according to the latest edition of Drewry's Container Insight Weekly. Westbound According to Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight, the average all-in freight rate quoted to forwarders for spot cargo from Genoa to New York remained a poor $1,950/40ft throughout.


Improving Rates May Help Shippers Cope With Fuel Costs

Shipowners are now better placed to cope with soaring fuel prices because of growth in trade as Asia recovers from economic crisis, industry sources and analysts said. The price of bunker fuel, which typically makes up about five percent of a shipper's total operating costs, has - over the past six months - doubled to $140 per ton. The spoils from improved conditions have not been evenly shared within the industry, with tanker owners hit the worst.


Shipping Execs Agree to Plead Guilty

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that four individuals have agreed to plead guilty for their involvement in a conspiracy to eliminate competition and raise prices for moving freight between the Continental U.S. and . A fifth shipping executive has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence of the shipping conspiracy. The five executives charged  work for large companies that provide freight shipping services to customers transporting goods between the continental and


Hapag-Lloyd Reports 2Q Numbers

Operating in an ever more competitive environment, Hapag-Lloyd achieved sales of €1.5 billion (over $2.1 billion) and a positive adjusted EBIT of €26 million (almost $36.7 million) in the 2nd quarter of 2011. This was slightly up on the previous quarter (€16.1 million/$22.8 million), while in the record year 2010 the comparable figure was €211.3 million (almost $298.9 million). EBIT came to €42.1 million (over $59


Breaking Down The Cost of MARPOL

Since January 8, 2009, United States (U.S.) and foreign flagged ships operating in the waters of the U.S. have been subject to MARPOL Annex VI. The Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted amendments to Annex VI and the nitrogen oxides (NOx) Technical Code, collectively referred to as Annex VI (Revised). Annex VI (Revised) entered into force on July 1, 2010


Latest Shipbuilding Contracts Include VLCC Order for Philippine Yard

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In the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin newbuilding orders are reported in Far East shipyards for a range of vessels as follows: Bulk carriers Clarkson Hellas understand that Golden Union have declared options for three further 81


POSH raises $311m in Singapore IPO

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POSH prices IPO at S$1.15 per share, near bottom of indicative range. POSH focuses on service to production, maintenance and is keen on growing offshore accommodation business. PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH) could raise at least S$388


DHL Expects Immunity in Price Fixing Investigation

Deutsche Post expects its DHL forwarding business to be granted immunity from prosecution and fines by Singapore antitrust authorities, who are investigating 11 companies for alleged price fixing, the German logistics company said.  


Little Change in Overall Shipping Confidence

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Little change occurred in the latest monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index. Slipping only 0.1 points from 57 in March to 56.9 this month, the overall index did however favor improvements in the present situation increasing 1.6 points to 51.8


Israel's Zim Line Falls Deeper in the Red in 2013

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Revenues of Zim, Israel Corp's shipping unit, dropped 7 percent as overall freight rates declined by 9 percent in 2013 and its loss rose from US$ 433-million in 2012 to US$535-million in 2013, according to Xinhua. Container ship operators Zim Line


MR Tankship Market Analysis: Second-Hand Price-Rise Outstrips Newbuild

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In their latest analysis, shipbrokers & marine transport consultants, McQuilling Services, in their latest analysis discuss observations, current and historical, for the clean tanker market, specifically MR tankers. The report concludes that they believe the current MR secondhand asset market


CaroTrans Launches Direct Le Havre to Houston

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Strategic European hub location offers fastest transits from France to U.S. Gulf. CaroTrans announced a new, weekly LCL export service from Le Havre, France to Houston which will commence April 5. This direct service shortens shipping time by 5-11 days for freight moving from France to the U.S


Hamburg Süd: Business is Well Despite Market Conditions

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Overview of Hamburg Süd growth Growth in the global economy and containerized transportation by sea in 2013 was slightly below the level of the previous year. Once again, available global slot capacity outpaced container transport volume as deliveries continue to exceed the level of scrappage


Container Industry Stuck in a Vicious Cycle

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The industry is stuck in a vicious cycle, Drewry reports – although new ships may give carriers lower slot costs, the supply/demand dynamics are out of kilter and freight rates remain very volatile. Drewry Maritime Research’s 1Q14 Container Forecaster report highlights that the


Investors Snap Up Shipping Loans, Reflecting Growing Confidence

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Global private equity firm KKR has bought $150 million worth of shipping loans from two European banks amid a surge of interest in the industry as world trade in goods picks up along with the global economy. There have been a flurry of deals in recent months for ship finance loans


Russia Sacrifices Gazprom Profit for Politics in Ukraine

Russia's top natural gas producer, Gazprom, will eventually lose more than it gains from raising the gas price for Ukraine by 80 percent, analysts said on Friday, predicting Kiev would cut purchases and fail to pay in full. Gazprom on Thursday announced a price rise for Ukraine to $485 per 1


Vanishing Volatility Signals Oil Market Shift

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The oil market has rarely been so quiet. Benchmark Brent has traded in a narrow range of $5 either side of $110 per barrel since the summer of 2012. Price volatility has fallen to some of the lowest levels since crude futures markets were established in the early 1980s.  


Box Prices Rise for the First Time in 2 Years

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Drewry’s latest Container Equipment Insight, exclusive to subscribers of Drewry’s Container Leasing and Container Census reports, saw prices for new dry freight containers increase in the opening months of 2014 for the first time in two years.


New Dry-Freight Box Prices on the Rise

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Prices for new dry freight containers increased in the opening months of 2014 for the first time in two years, observes Drewry's latest 'Container Leasing and Container Census'. Standard box prices declined gradually throughout 2013, falling by late in the year to their lowest point since 2009


North Sea: Potential VLCC Moves to South Korea

North Sea Forties crude differentials were unchanged on Wednesday in very quiet pre-Easter trade, with dealers still watching two potential VLCC shipments to Asia and the stuttering return of Libyan oil supplies. A strong early rally in flat-price Brent futures also kept traders on the sidelines


 
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