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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. New York’s port difficulties may have been a problem for ocean carriers, however, as the average freight rate from Genoa to Houston declined from $1,820/40ft to $1,760/40ft, and the average from Genoa to Montreal fell from $3,240/40ft to $3,110/40ft. Industry sources say that westbound contract freight rate levels also fell at the beginning of January, prompted by concern over future market share once the P3’s new services are launched in 2Q 14. With a current 49% market share of effective vessel capacity, the combination of Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM represents a powerful alliance, even though each will continue to price itself separately. Source: Drewry's Container Insight Weekly    


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


Blu Logistics Brings Rate Management In-House

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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


Freight Rate Trends: Upcoming Free Supply Chain Webinar

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Drewry Maritime Research says it is hosting a free webinar for supply chain professionals to explain recent trends in ocean & air freight rates and provide an outlook for the future. The webinar presentation will examine and explain: Recent ocean & air freight rate trends on Global trades Economic drivers Drewry's outlook for freight rates The event will be hosted by Simon Heaney, Senior Manager, and Philip Damas


BIMCO: Bulk Market Awaits Freight Rates Lift

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Dry Bulk Shipping: All eyes on Brazilian iron ore exports, as we await the long-anticipated lift in freight rates. Demand The freight market, which performed so well in Q1, has certainly not delivered in the past four months. BDI has dropped from 1,621 on March 20 to hit 747 on July 29. Panamax ships have not been above $10,000 per day since February 20, but below $5,000 per day for most of June and July. BIMCO expected challenging market conditions, also for Panamaxes, but rates below $4


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Hit 6-Year Low

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 23 percent to $342 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to Shanghai Containerized Freight Index data told Reuters. Freight rates on the world's busiest trade route are now at the lowest level since the index began in 2009 and have more than halved this month. Overcapacity of vessels and sluggish trade are behind the fall.


Rapid Panamax Expansion Affects Freight Rates

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.


Big Carriers Gain Market Share

Change 3Q12 to 3Q13 (’000 teu)

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


Transpacific Container Shippers Aim for Rate Rise

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A container shipping organisation urged companies on Monday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU), corresponding to an increase of 14.2 percent from current levels, from Sept. 1. TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) said the planned increase follows strong cargo demand and high vessel utilization levels in recent months, which forward bookings suggest will continue through September.


Maersk to Bump Asia-Europe Rates

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Container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk , plans to raise freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from Nov 1. Rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $900, Maersk Line spokesman said after the company sent a letter to clients. According to the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index, twenty foot rates from Asia to Europe stood at $705 this week and it is


The Hour of the Wolf for Panamaxes - Platts Report

Shipowners operating in the trans-Atlantic dry bulk

Shipowners operating in the trans-Atlantic dry bulk market, where prices have been plumbing two-year lows on the back of acute vessel oversupply and shifting patterns in minerals demand, could be facing brighter days, according to the latest special report released by Platts


Hyundai Sees Mega Ships Leading Global Demand

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 As the demand for mega vessels has increased, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. expects mega- sized container ships to lead global orders until early next year as shipping companies seek ways to cut costs, reports Bloomberg. Hyundai Heavy is the world’s biggest shipbuilder.  


Confidence Low in Shipping Idustry

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 Confidence levels in the global shipping market have fallen to a seven-year low as a glut of cargo ships, weak freight rates and excess liquidity continue to batter the industry, a survey by Moore Stephens, a London-based consulting firm finds.  


Bahri Goes to Hyundai Samho for Five More VLCCs

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 Immediately after signing contract with signed with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to build five VLCCs, with an option to build additional five VLCCs, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) signed a contract with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to build additional five VLCCs


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Mixed on Uncertainty

Capesize rates slide after hitting 5-month high. Rates for capesize bulk carriers eased this week after hitting their highest since December, and could come under pressure next week if charterers hold back cargoes, ship brokers said. "So far, I can't see too much cargo in the market


Shipping Freight Rates Drop Amidst Overcapacity

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Shipping freight rates on the world's busiest route, from Asia to Northern Europe, fell by the largest percentage amount since 2008, reflecting wild volatility in the market as vessel operators continue to wrestle with overcapacity. Rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe


Homeless Atlantic Oil Cargoes Deepen Glut

Millions of stranded barrels underscore glut; elevated freight rates complicate search for buyers. A shadowy build up of oil has intensified in the Atlantic Basin with homeless cargoes of crude turning into unintentional floating storage - another sign the global surplus has some way to go


Biggies to Rule Ocean, says Maersk CEO

Nils Andersen. Photo: Maersk Line

 The WSJ reports that the Danish container-shipping group is ordering more megaships even as freight rates remain low. Reason?   The world’s biggest container-shipping companies are set to dominate seaborne trade over the next few years


Container Shipping Capacity Threat for Profitability

Estimated average unit revenue, 1Q12-1Q15 (US$ per teu). Source: Drewry Maritime Research

 The rapid expansion of container shipping capacity this year threatens to reverse the strong profitability ocean carriers showed in the first quarter, Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd said.   Carriers weathered a storm of low rates in the first quarter to deliver some of the best


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Softening

Owners waiting for charterers to release July cargoes next week.   Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes are set to soften early next week before rebounding on the first wave of supertanker charters from the Middle East to Asia in July's fixture


Tanker Market Full Streams Ahead, Says OPEC

Monthly averages of crude oil spot freight rates. Graph by OPEC

 The dirty tanker market enjoyed a general improving sentiment in May for vessels in all reported classes on the back of high tonnage demand and increased activities.    Clean tanker freight rates declined on average, mainly as freight rates reported on the West of Suez were weak


Moody's Changes Hapag-Lloyd Rating to Stable

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Moody's Investors Service has changed to stable from negative the outlook on the B2 corporate family rating (CFR), the B2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) and the Caa1  senior unsecured rating of Hapag-Lloyd AG. Concurrently, Moody's has  affirmed the ratings assigned to the


Greece Shipping Earnings Up 9 % in 2014

Greek shipping. Photo by: North Star Marine S.A.

 The Greek economy’s foreign currency revenues from shipping activities expanded 9.04 percent last year from 2013, reaching 13.18 billion euros, in spite of the country's financial woes, according to the annual report of the Association of Greek Shipowners (EEE).  


Singapore Grows Box Terminal, Woos Mega-Ships

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Singapore opened the newest addition to its container port on Tuesday, aiming to handle more of the increasing number of mega-ships plying the oceans. A few of the planned 15 berths in Phases 3 and 4 of the Pasir Panjang Terminal are operational. The rest of the S$3.5  billion ($2


China Ship Scrapping Subsidies Extended to 2017

Ship scrapping subsidy program originally due to run to end-2015; show of government support amid continuing industry downturn. China on Tuesday extended by two years a subsidy programme that encourages shipping companies to scrap old vessels in a bid to support an industry struggling to emerge






 
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