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New Scheduled International Cargo Shipping Service

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today joined the Port of Cleveland in announcing the launch of the Port of Cleveland’s Express Ocean Freight Service.  The new service will run between the Port of Cleveland and Antwerp, Belgium via the Saint Lawrence Seaway and is the first regularly scheduled international cargo shipping service to a U.S. port on the Great Lakes in decades.     “Our ports play a critical role in freight movement, and the Port of Cleveland has been a leader in finding new ways to expand the use of the Great Lakes Seaway System,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.  “As freight shipments continue to increase, this service will provide new opportunities and grow businesses in the manufacturing heartland of America.”   The arrival at the port of the Dutch vessel Fortunagracht out of Antwerp on April 19 marked the inaugural voyage of the Cleveland-Europe Express Ocean Freight Service.  The vessel is carrying a variety of cargo and departs back to Europe today with U.S. exports.  The service will continue to make one round trip each month and is expected to grow as demand increases. Administrator Betty Sutton joined with local leaders in Cleveland for the announcement today.  


PVA Elects President, Officers and Board Members

Terri Bernstein

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2014, held January 18-21 in Houston, members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Terri Bernstein, BB Riverboats Newport, Ky., as PVA President for 2014. Also elected to terms as PVA Officers for 2014 were: PVA Vice President: Dave Anderson, Fire Island Ferries, Inc., Bay Shore, N.Y. PVA Secretary Treasurer: Margo Marks, Beaver Island Boat Company, Charlevoix, Mich. PVA President: Terri Bernstein  


P&O Stena Lines Resumes Operations

P&O Stena Line has resumed full passenger and freight services from the British port of Dover after French fishermen began to lift their blockade of French ports. P&O spokeswoman Gail Isted said that the company's vessel 'Dover' had left Calais in France for Dover in mid-afternoon. "P&O Stena Line ferries will now leave Dover and Calais every 45 minutes and will revert to their usual sailing patterns overnight," the company said in a statement.


SEAaT Welcomes New Associates

SEAaT (Shipping Emissions Abatement and Trading) announced today that international legal practice Norton Rose LLP and the freight services division of global mining group Rio Tinto have become its newest associate members. Norton Rose LLP has had shipping at its core throughout its 200-year history, and is home to one of the world’s leading transport legal practices. Norton Rose LLP has over 100 specialist shipping lawyers across the globe


U.S. DOJ: Guilty Plea in Price Fixing Case

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Florida-Based Sea Star Line LLC Agrees to Plead Guilty and Its Former President Is Indicted for Price Fixing on Coastal Freight Services Between the Continental United States and Puerto Rico Sea Star Line Also Agrees to Pay $14.2 Million Criminal Fine. Sea Star Line LLC has agreed today to plead guilty and to pay a $14.2 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices in the coastal water freight transportation industry, the Department of Justice announced


Online Retailer Amazon Expands into Ocean Shipping

Amazon.com Inc's China arm has registered as an ocean freight forwarder, according to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, a move that will give it more control over shipping products from Chinese factories to U.S. shoppers.   The registration is the latest indication that Amazon plans to expand its logistics reach to cut costs for its retail business and potentially provide third-party logistics services to other industries.  


Seatruck Invests to Double Capacity

IRISH Sea freight ferry operator Seatruck Ferries has ordered two new ro-ro freight ferries from Spain's Astilleros de Huelva. When they enter service in 2007 they will be able to move 130,000 freight trailers per annum on Seatruck's Warrenpoint - Heysham route, more than doubling present capacity. Seatruck's general manager Alistair Eagles says, "This is fantastic news for all of our freight customers. We have been running at full capacity for some


Former Shipping Exec Sentenced

A former high-level shipping executive was sentenced today to serve 48 months in jail and to pay a $20,000 criminal fine for his role in an antitrust conspiracy involving the transportation of goods to and from the continental United States and Puerto Rico by ocean vessel, the Department of Justice announced on Jan. 30. This is the longest jail sentence ever imposed for a single antitrust charge. Peter Baci of Jacksonville, Fla., pleaded guilty on Oct. 20, 2008, in the U.S


Crowley Restructures Senior Management

Rockwell Smith (Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corporation)

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced a restructuring involving three members of its senior leadership team. John Douglass and Rob Grune will move to new positions, with Douglass taking over as senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services, and Grune taking over as senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's petroleum transportation group. Both executives will remain domiciled in Jacksonville and continue to report to Tom Crowley


Björk.Eklund Group changes to Greencarrier AB

Following the renaming of the Björk.Eklund Group to Greencarrier AB, its founders Stefan Björk (left) and Björn Eklund (right), will continue to hold the positions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer respectively.

The Björk.Eklund Group is changing its name to Greencarrier AB with effect from February 1, 2012. Previously the Greencarrier name had only been used by companies that formed part of Greencarrier Freight Services, the division of the Björk.Eklund Group offering customised logistics and transport solutions worldwide.  Now the majority of Group companies not currently branded Greencarrier will also change their names to reflect their membership of the Greencarrier Group


FESCO Trans-Caspian Service Links Russia and Iran

Photo FESCO Transportation Group

FESCO Transportation Group, in cooperation with the Maritime port of Olya, is launching the Trans-Caspian intermodal service FESCO Russia Iran Service (FRIS), to carry out freightage between Russia and Iran. The service includes shipping over the Caspian


OSC’s New Feeder Service Links Oman to UAE

Tarik Mohamed Al Junaidi (Photo: OSC)

Oman Shipping Company (OSC) is launching a new freight service linking all Omani ports to the United Arab Emirates by mid-April, 2016, in a move that aims to boost trade links.   OSC’s new fortnightly Oman Express Service will be the first freight feeder operator to connect all Omani


Mixed Prospects for Container Shipping

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 The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International (MSI) makes a more optimistic forecast on the demand side.    Though its supply-side predictions are broadly aligned with those of Drewry and Alphaliner


Maersk Opens Direct Cork-Cuba Service

Photo: Maersk Line

 Danish shipping giant Maersk — the world’s largest container carrier — began its first ever connection between northern European ports and Cuba last Friday, promising the fastest freight transit times between Europe and the Cuban port of Mariel.   


Amazon Expands Logistics Reach in China

Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages.   Its plans in China, outlined in filings there, include handling cargo and customs for goods headed to ports in Japan


Container Freight Market Hit by Exceptionally Weak Demand

The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International reports ‘flickers of improvement’ in February after an opening to the year which saw 1.3m teu of capacity idle, freight rates struggling and the charter market on its knees.  


Container Shipping Paints Gloomy Picture

Photo: Maersk Line

The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International reports ‘flickers of improvement’ in February after an opening to the year which saw 1.3m teu of capacity idle, freight rates struggling and the charter market on its knees.  


US to Award $800 Mln in Transport Grants

File photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is now soliciting applications for the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant program. The FASTLANE program is a new program in the Fixing America’s Surface


Kapellskär Port Volume Up

courtesy Port of Kapellskar, Sweden

The positive trend of increasing freight volumes has continued and during 2015 six percent more freight was transported via the Port of Kapellskär than in 2014. Freight volumes at the Port of Kapellskär increased by six percent in 2015 compared to the figures for the previous year


Argosy Transportation Group Celebrates 20 Years

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As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Argosy Transportation Group (ATG) is sponsoring various professional events, and contributing toward initiatives in education within the maritime industry. ATG said it appreciates the importance of investing in young professionals


CMA CGM Volume Strong, Profit Dips

Photo: CMA CGM

 French carrier CMA CGM’s revenue and profit slipped last year despite a 6.3 percent volume increase, but the company said it’s counting on cost cuts and the pending acquisition of Singapore’s NOL to overcome a “tough” start to 2016.  


CKYHE Revises Asia-Europe, Med network

Image: Evergreen Line

 The CKYHE Alliance is reorganizing its service network for Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trades as the carriers try to counter the weak demand and excess capacity that is plaguing the route and dragging down freight rates.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Flat as Rally Fades

A ValeMax buk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Higher fuel prices could help lift freight rates - Shanghai broker. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to hold around the current levels, after a revival in charter rates this week ran out of steam as the fundamentals of too many ships chasing little cargo


Sluggish Freight Movements Have Downside Risks

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Global distillate markets remain heavily oversupplied but the glut will not clear unless the world economy avoids recession and there is a renewed acceleration in freight demand. Recent data have been mixed. The consumer side of the U.S. economy appears to be strong but the industrial side is


Two Maritime Veterans Create Avalon Freight Services

Harley Franco (Photo: Avalon Freight Services)

Avalon Freight Services co-founded by Greg and Tim Bombard and Harley Franco, will debut freight service on Friday, April 1, 2016.   Currently scheduled to operate a minimum of five days a week, year round, the company will transport freight from Berth 95 in San Pedro and the Pebbly Beach






 
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