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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


CMA CGM Slowed by Rates, Sees 2016 Recovery

The containership CMA CGM Marco Polo underway (file image)

France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, said freight rates should recover next year after a market downturn led to a sharp fall in its third-quarter profits.   The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, hit a new all-time low on Friday, pulled down by a vessel glut and slowing industrial demand from China.   "Freight rates are expected to remain weak in the fourth quarter of 2015


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


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


US Grain Shipments via St. Lawrence Seaway Up 63%

The Calumet coming into the Port of Green Bay. Photo supplied by the Port of Green Bay.

American grain shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 63 percent so far this season as ships transport corn to Canada and soybeans for international export, reports the Chamber of Marine Commerce.   According to figures from the St. Lawrence Seaway, U.S. grain totaled 765,000 metric tons for the period from April 2 through July 31. U.S. Great Lakes ports that receive and export grain through the waterway include Duluth-Superior, Toledo, Milwaukee, Chicago


Tanker Freight Rates Could Weaken in 2016

Crude tanker utilization (%) (Source: Drewry Maritime Research)

Tanker shipping freight rates are expected to remain firm in the first few months of 2016, but with the influx of tonnage these rates are expected to soften towards the end of the year, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Four major factors led to the big leap in tanker earnings in 2015: strong growth in oil trade, sluggish expansion of the fleet, a sharp increase in floating storage and lower bunker prices


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)


Mediterranean/N.American Freight Rate Stagnancy

Image credit APM

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.


Hapag-Lloyd Sees Profit Jump in Q1

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd generated a profit in the first three months of this year, and concluded the first quarter with a profit of EUR 128.2 million (prior year period: EUR -119.1 million). EBITDA reached EUR 283.6 million (prior year period: EUR 2.9 million) and the underlying EBIT was EUR 160.5 million (prior year period: EUR -63.2 million). The sharp increase in profit was achieved in a challenging market environment, with an average freight rate in the first quarter of USD 1,331/TEU


U.S. Freight Volume Dips: Kemp

File image: Barge fleeting operations on the U.S. inland river system (WCI)

Freight volumes in the United States have fallen year on year for the first time since 2012 and before that the recession of 2009, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The total volume of freight moved by road, rail, pipeline, inland waterways and as air cargo in November 2015 was 1.1 percent lower than in the corresponding month a year earlier. Freight demand growth has been slowing since the start of last year but the slowdown intensified in the second half and


Canada Oil Sands Asia Export Dream Faces Port Bottleneck

The bullish view for Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO), Cenovus Energy Inc (CVE.TO) and other Canadian energy producers calls for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by next month to approve a major pipeline expansion to the west coast, boosting sales of land-locked oil sands crude to Asia.  


Vessel Oversupply to Persist in the VLGC Shipping Sector

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 High scheduled deliveries and low demolition prospects will drive unwanted fleet growth of very large gas carriers (VLGC) in 2017 putting additional pressure on freight rates, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


Seatruck Reports Growth on Irish Sea

Photo: Seatruck

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


Industry to Prevent Shipping of Counterfeit Goods

Brand owners and representatives from the international shipping industry have joined forces in signing an historic declaration of intent aimed at preventing the maritime transport of counterfeit goods. Leaders from global shipping firms, freight forwarders


Aframax Rates in Mediterranean Jump on Shortage of Ships

File photo: Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation

Freight rates for Aframax tankers on Black Sea-Mediterranean and cross Mediterranean routes almost doubled on Friday to their highest since July, driven by demand for loadings at the end of November at a time when many Aframaxes are storing oil at sea.  


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

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 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.


Shipping Shares Drop after Seanergy Maritime Offer

Photo: Seanergy Maritime

Shares of many shipping companies dropped in volatile trading, retracing more of their post-U.S. election gains after Seanergy Maritime Holdings on Friday became the latest shipper this week to announce a direct share offer pricing.  


New Building Price Dynamics Low On Impact

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Newbuilding prices have fallen fairly consistently since the end of 2014, and this trend has continued in recent months, says Clarksons Research.    Cutting newbuild prices can be an effective way for yards to stimulate new orders, but this is not always the case.   


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

Photo: BSM

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






 
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