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. Index-linked contracts allow freight rates to be adjusted during the life of the agreement by reference to an external, independent market price index. Speaking at the Container Freight Derivatives Association’s (CFDA) Global Container Freight Forum in London last month, FMC chief of staff Lowry Crook said that over 50 index-linked contracts had been filed with its organisation this year. Many more are expected to be filed in the upcoming contracting season. “Of the roughly 50 service contracts filed with the FMC that reference freight indices, nearly half refer to Drewry’s index,” confirmed Crook. These benchmarks are published monthly and online in Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight. The FMC has a good knowledge of shipping agreements as all carrier-shipper service contracts covering US trades must be filed with the agency by law.
CargoSphere, cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh network for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced the completion of Blu Logistics’ integration with CargoSphere’s freight rate management solution. Blu Logistics, a global logistics company offering sea and air freight services, customs brokerage, ground transportation, and warehousing, previously outsourced freight rate and contract management
A fast expansion of the fleet in the panamax sector has outpaced trade and affected freight rates, shipbrokers on Monday. "Panamax freight rates are not weaker due to falling demand, but rather because the fleet is growing faster than trade," a broker said. Rates quoted on the Baltic Panamax Index reflected a negative trend across the board, with average daily rates for transatlantic round voyages and fronthaul charter starting to ease back, brokers said.
Drewry’s analysis of ocean carriers’ latest financial results shows significant changes in cargo market shares, but how much of it is due to service differentiation is unclear. Ocean carriers’ third quarter financial results reported so far reveal that the largest are growing faster than the smallest. Maersk’s year-on-year cargo growth of 9.5% in 3Q13 was over double the global average of 4.2%, Hapag-Lloyd’s cargo increased by 8
Capesize iron ore freight rates in the Pacific and Atlantic fell further Tuesday, driven by lower-priced fixtures out of South Africa in the absence of Brazilian and West Australian charterers, reports Platts. Platts say they assessed the Capesize iron ore freight rate at $15.50/wmt on the Saldanha Bay to Qingdao route Tuesday, down $1.50/wmt from the previous day. A Japanese shipowner estimated there were presently about 30 Capesize vessels chasing cargoes in the Pacific.
Moody's Investors Service downgraded its rating for the senior notes of Enterprises Shipholding Corp. to B2 from Ba3. The downgrade reflects Moody's expectation that the pressure on freight rates will continue to build beyond the normal level of seasonality, especially in the light of substantial excess capacities in the reefer industry. In addition, management faces the challenge of allocating operating cash flow and balance sheet liquidity between operating requirements
P&O Nedlloyd announced that it achieved an operating profit of $84 million in 4Q 2003, compared with an operating loss of $49 million in 4Q 2002. Driving the improved performance: average freight rates increased 16 percent over 2002, and volumes shipped were up 5 percent. Commenting on the future, the company sees a favorable trend in freight rates, and provided trade growth continues as in 2003, the outlook for the container shipping industry remains positive for 2004 although cost
Despite the firming of broader demand fundamentals short-term, the Suezmax sector still faces more wild cards that other sectors in the years ahead, considers Poten & Partners in a recent Market Opinion from their Commodity Consulting & Analytics department. Excerpts follow: Last week, the Suezmax sector finally began to cash in on the freight rate gains exhibited by their larger VLCC cousins over the past two months.
MISC Bhd expects freight rates for crude oil to remain soft over the next two years as competitors put more new tankers to sea. MISC earns 90% of its profits from shipping oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG). A subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), the world's largest carrier of LNG. LNG is shipped under long-term contracts, but MISC still faces significant exposure to oil freight rates, with crude oil tankers accounting for 40% of its profits.
Drewry Shipping Consultants and The Cleartrade Exchange have 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 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.
By Jonathan Saul, Reuters Crude oil tanker earnings on the major Middle East route fell on Tuesday as a build up of vessels available for hire weighed on rate sentiment. Shipping markets continued to monitor developments in Ukraine after Russia sent military forces into the Crimea region of
Reuters – Chilean shipping firm Compania Sudamericana de Vapores has agreed to plead guilty to a price-fixing conspiracy and pay an $8.9 million criminal fine to the U.S. government, the U.S. Justice Department informs. The Justice Department's anti-trust prosecutors said in a
Q4 net profit falls to $936 mln vs $808 mln forecast; Company will issue bonus shares. Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk said 2013 net profit fell less than expected thanks to higher earnings at container shipping business Maersk Line
As expected, 2013 did not bring significant changes to the evolution of the world economy and consequently the rate of growth of world trade. With regard to the maritime freight market, the same situation of imbalance between supply and demand continued with a consequent reflection in value of
The ‘A’ rated North P&I club said it achieved another solid year of development ending on February 20, 2014, further consolidating the club’s position as one of the largest and most financially secure members of the International Group of P&I Clubs.
Group narrows net loss; lifted by $470 million (USD) cost savings and building sale. NOL Group today reported a 2013 net loss of $76 million, improving 82 percent from a $412 million loss the previous year. The group’s full year financial results were helped by a non-recurring $200
Marine transport advisors, McQuilling Services recently released its 2014-2018 Tanker Market Outlook that forecasts spot freight rates across eight tanker classes and 13 major trading routes. This year’s edition also includes a forecast of asset prices over the same period for
Marine Transport Advisors, McQuilling Services, explain important elements of their forecasting process when they develop the final forecast set out in their recent '2014-2018 Tanker Market Outlook' analysis. The Outlook is synthesized from the following six components:
International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens believes that the shipping industry’s fortunes should be noticeably improved by 2015 if it maintains the recovery which got under way last year. But it warns that the prospects for recovery may still be fragile if the industry
The shipping world appears to be entering 2014 with a higher level of confidence than it has the past three years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and Maritime London member Moore Stephens.
Rising fuel prices, low freight rates and overcapacity point to a challenging year ahead in the marine sector, says Dorit Timmann, head of ABB Turbocharging’s business in Germany, who fleshes out his opinion in the following Q&A: How would you characterize the current climate in the
Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the three and the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Adjusted Net income for the third quarter of 2013 was $2
The Board of Directors of CMA CGM Group, the world’s third largest container shipping group, met under the chairmanship of Jacques R. Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to review the financial statements for the third quarter 2013.
The surprising surge in cargo volumes from Asia to the East Coast of North America since July remained strong in September, and even appears to have continued in October says a Drewry Maritime Research analysis. Eastbound Shipments from Asia to the East Coast of North America (ECNA) continued
United Bulk Terminals USA Inc. and Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG announced a cooperative agreement to market combined loading and shipping of coal and petroleum coke in capesize vessels from the U.S. Gulf Coast to India and East Asia