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Pirates Seize German Ship off Kenya

According to a report from Xinhua, a German freight ship was seized on the morning of Oct. 24 by pirates off the coast of Kenya, a spokesman for the German army said. The spokesman said pirates attacked and captured the ship about 1,930 km east of the Kenyan city of Mombasa. The ship belongs to German shipping company Beluga-Reederei, but it was not immediately known how many people were on board, said German media reports. (Source: Xinhua)  


SHINEC Builds Interiors for RAON

The Shipbuilding Joint Stock Company (SHINEC) has won a $200,000 contract to build the interiors for five ships owned by the RAON group of the Czech Republic. The work, covering wooden wall and floor planks, furniture, cupboards and lounge bars, is expected to last through the end of the year. The conversion of five ships owned by RAON into luxurious “floating hotels” is part of the largest-ever ship engineering project by the Republic of Czech


Coast Guard Forces Begin Journey Home

United States Coast Guard forces assigned to the Mediterranean region departed Rota, Spain Thursday on their trans-Atlantic journey home following their efforts as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 378-ft. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, homeported in Charleston, S.C., and four patrol boats; the CGCs Pea Island and Knight Island homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.; the CGC Bainbridge Island homeported in Sandy Hook, N.J. and the CGC Grand Isle from Gloucester, Mass


USCG Detains Foreign Freight Vessel Again

USCG inspectors in Dutch Harbor detained 281-ft. freight ship Jacha for the third time since Aug. 1998 due to Safety of Life At Sea violations (SOLAS). Inspectors found seven discrepancies aboard 14-year-old Jacha, including fire doors that didn't close properly, an incompetent fire drill and water leaks on the vessel's main engine. Due to Jacha's history of safety discrepancies, this time, it is not permitted to conduct any cargo operations


Ports of Indiana Announces New Strategic Initiatives

The Ports of Indiana today announced new key initiatives to expand its economic development role. After a year-long strategic planning process involving in-depth research and interviews with industry stakeholders, the organization made the decision to expand its current role and aggressively grow its core business. The Ports of Indiana's new initiatives include spearheading the evaluation of an inland intermodal rail port in Indiana and pursuing increased development financing authority.


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


Coast Guard Should Rethink Salvage and Firefighting Proposal, AWO Says

The Coast Guard's May 10 proposal to add costly and prescriptive salvage and firefighting provisions to its tank vessel response plan regulations should be overhauled in favor of a simpler and more practical approach, AWO testified at a July 17 public meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. Jennifer Carpenter, AWO Senior Vice President-Government Affairs and Policy Analysis, summarized AWO's major concerns regarding the proposal:


Shipbrokers, Oil Brokerage House Form Freight Forwards

BraemarTankers Ltd., Galbraith's Ltd., E.A.Gibson Shipbrokers Ltd., PVM Oil Associates Ltd. and Seascope Shipping Ltd. have formed Global Freight Forwards Limited. The company has been created initially to broker forward freight swaps for the tanker market segment in key trade routes. Contracts have been devised to meet multi-client needs and in response to Owners' and Charterers' requirements for freight protection without taking physical delivery.


Dubai Maritime City Authority Supports Environmental Efforts

The United Arabs Emirates Shipping Association, a representative body for UAE-based commercial shipping, is supporting the efforts of the UN, IMO, and UAE Ministry of Environment and Water and DMCA in advocating for a global and open verifiable emissions trading program. One of the challenges that face the marine industry is reconciling their global reach with local expectations.  As of the last IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting there is no globally accepted or


Improving U.S. Freight Transportation System

The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation published its final report on United States freight transportation, offering an assessment of its current condition with recommendations for strengthening nationwide infrastructure and U.S. economy. The panel, led by its Chairman, U.S. Rep John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), was founded by Full Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W.Va.) in April 2013 to examine U.S


Falling Vessel Rates Keep Baltic Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday for a 13th straight session as vessel rates continued to soften. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index down on Weak Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, dropped for a 14th straight session on Friday, driven mainly by falling capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


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


TT Club Signs Partnership in The Philippines

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Specialist transport insurance provider, TT Club has appointed a network partner in The Philippines.  Del Rosario Pandiphil Inc. becomes the seventh such partner that the international logistics and freight handling insurer has in the Asia-Pacific region


AWA Opens Houston Office

American Worldwide Agencies (AWA) is adding to its global network of freight forwarders and agents with a new office in Houston, the company announced today. The Houston office is part of AWA's global expansion plans and will handle the company's growing business in the region for project freight


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


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


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


Geodis Wilson Appoints New Global Director

Global freight management company Geodis Wilson has announced the appointment of Mark Ness as new Global Industry Director – FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods). Mark’s appointment reflects the importance to Geodis Wilson managing growth in the highly volatile FMCG – Retail


Baltic Freight Index Down, Capesize, Panamax Rates Fall

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an eighth consecutive session on Thursday as rates for capesize and panamax vessels continued lower. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a ninth straight session on Friday on lower vessel activity. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Falling Vessel Rates Pull Down Baltic Sea Freight Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a tenth straight session on Monday as vessel rates continued to fall. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down, Capesize Rates Slump

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an 11th straight session on Tuesday, mainly driven by a heavy drop in capesize vessel rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down Again

The Baltic Exchange main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday for a 12th straight session on weak rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


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.


 
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