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Eurotunnel Seeks Buyer for Ferry Business

Groupe Eurotunnel, which runs the undersea rail link between Britain and France, is putting its ferry service between the two countries up for sale after a ban on it operating the route was upheld by Britain's Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). CAT's ruling supported a ban brought in by Britain's antitrust regulator and comes after a long-running probe by the country's competition authorities into Eurotunnel's move into the ferry market. Under the ruling announced on Friday, Eurotunnel now has six months to cease its MyFerryLink operations between France and Britain, with the company saying it would seek a buyer for the business, which it said was run as an independent company. "Given the position of the British authorities, the future of MyFerryLink will now be determined outside the group," Chief Executive Jacques Gounon said in a statement. France's Eurotunnel started to operate services on the Dover-Calais crossing in 2012 under the MyFerryLink brand, having acquired three ferries from the now-defunct SeaFrance. The deal added to its presence on the cross-Channel route, where it is operator of the Channel Tunnel, carrying Eurostar high-speed trains between Paris, Brussels and London, as well as shuttle trains containing passenger cars, coaches and freight trucks. Britain's anti-trust authorities first said two years ago that Eurotunnel's involvement in the cross-Channel ferry route was harming competition.


Transport Minister Announces Appointment to Marine Atlantic

Transport Minister David Collenette today announced the appointment of Roger Flood of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, as the president and chief executive officer of Marine Atlantic Inc. "I am pleased that Mr. Flood has agreed to take on new responsibilities with Marine Atlantic Inc. His experience in the transportation sector and expertise


2014 Freight Market Analysis

Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Consultancy and sales company in the transport and logistics industry, CarrierDirect, released its semiannual freight market perspective this month, giving guidance on what to expect for 2014 and how company leadership should be shaping their strategies to compete in the everchanging marketplace. CarrierDirect said coming from a somewhat better than anemic 2013, the transport and logistics industry has gotten some wind back in its sails as freight tonnage has gone up


Driver Shortage Makes Capitalizing on Low Oil Hard for Truckers

  A chronic shortage of drivers means America's long-haul trucking companies are struggling to capitalize on cheap fuel prices that could allow them to take goods shipments away from railroads. A 50 percent fall in oil prices from their peak last year should have erased some of the cost advantage railroads enjoy, especially for longer hauls. But for customers hoping to save money by switching from train to truck, the lack of drivers makes that harder.


Russian Food Import Ban: Trucks Lose, Shipping Wins

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Team Niinivirta, a Finnish family-run transportation firm, turned 60 this year, but its third-generation managers now don't know if the business will see Christmas, because of Russia's new ban on European food imports. The firm based in Kotka, on the Gulf of Finland opposite Saint Petersburg, was using its 12 refrigerated trucks to ship 80 loads a month of Finnish milk products to Russia. But the ban on imports of dairy products, fruit, vegetables, meat


AAPA Applauds Senate's MAP-21 Freight Focus Bill

Kurt Nagle: Photo credit AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) says it praises the leadership of the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee for releasing the six-year MAP-21 Reauthorization Act (S. 2322) that puts a high priority on freight movement investments. AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle said: “We commend Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA and Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee), Senator David Vitter (R-LA and Ranking Member of the Committee)


EPA’s SmartWay Initiative Makes Way on the Water

Photo: Donald Hutton

Exhaustive studies by The National Waterways Foundation (NWF), a center for research and learning where industry leaders address public policy issues related to America’s inland waterways system, conclude that inland waterways transport generates fewer emissions of particulate matter, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide than rail or truck on a per ton mile moved basis. But, it’s one thing to claim that metric


Multimodal Freight Bill Introduced in US Senate

Cantwell, Booker, Murray, Markey introduce freight investment legislation aiming to eliminate chokepoints at critical highway, rail, port and intermodal facilities to support economic growth, and reduce the impact of freight movement on communities   U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation to establish a multimodal freight investment policy to keep America businesses


Feature: Short Sea Shipping-Nurturing a Modal Shift

By David Tinsley, technical editor Swelling U.S. interest in fostering the development of coastwise shipping may be set against the backcloth of an anticipated 55 percent growth in demand for domestic freight transport over the period 2000-2010. Aside from its breathtaking scale, one of the most remarkable aspects of the U.S. projection is its similarity to the forecast, 50-percent increase in European road freight volume within the same timeframe.


U.S. Waterways: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Study

Acting for the National Waterways Foundation (NWF), the Center for Ports and Waterways at the Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, has amended their 2007 study, “A Modal Comparison of Freight Transportation Effects on the General Public” to include a comparison of  Green House Gas (GHG) emissions between inland river barge transportation, highway and rail transportation.   


BG Freight Line Orders Four Containerships

Image: BG Freight Line

BG Freight Line, a fully owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is to receive new tailor-made short sea container feeder vessels optimized for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services.    The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed by BG Freight Line operation with


Tanker Market: ‘New Normal’ Drives Downbeat Summer Sentiment

Antigone (Photo: Euronav)

The tanker market is forecast to see challenging conditions with technical and structural factors impacting earnings, according to independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI).   In its latest Tanker Freight Forecaster


Baltic Exchange Board Backs SGX Bid

The Baltic Exchange board has unanimously backed a takeover bid from Singapore Exchange Ltd , a deal that will give SGX access to a trading platform for the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market.   On Aug. 4, SGX offered shareholders in London's privately owned Baltic Exchange 160


Q4 Bounce Forecast for Dry Bulk Market

File photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping

The Q4 bounce – a seasonal staple of the dry bulk markets – looks likely for Capesize and Panamax segments, but the effects may be limited.    Independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a fourth quarter bounce in dry


Port of Hamburg Seaborne Cargo Down Slightly in 2016

Containervessels at HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (Photo: Port of Hamburg)

First-half seaborne cargo throughput of 70.2 million tons reflected stabilization of the trend for the Port of Hamburg. At the same time, a steep increase occurred in freight transport by rail to/from the Port of Hamburg.   At 70.2 million tons


Low Freight Rates Hit Maersk Line

Photo: Maersk Line

 Record low freight rates have driven the World’s largest container carrier Maersk Line to report a second-quarter loss of US$151 million.   The second quarter result and revenue both fall year-on-year as average freight rates hit record low levels


Asia N.Europe Box Rates PLunge 10.5 pct

A containership alongside engaged in cargo operations in the port of Hamburg, Germany (port of Hamburg)

Container spot freight rates from Asia to Northern Europe fell 10.5 percent to $771 per twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) last week, data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange showed. Specifics of the Intermodal news include:   Freight rates from Asia to ports in the Mediterranean


Cost Cuts Ease Pain of Maersk's Gloomy Shipping Forecast

File photo: Maersk Line

Net profit below forecasts, operating figure above; group hit by low freight rates and low oil prices. A.P. Moller-Maersk's progress in cutting costs reassured investors on Friday after the Danish shipping and oil giant reported a sharp decline in quarterly profit and its new chief executive


Brokers Optimistic on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

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More activity from Australian miners buoy capesize rates; dry cargo market remains over-tonnaged as fleet growth outpaces demand. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes should stay largely unchanged next week on static cargo volumes though shipowners remain


Hapag-Lloyd in Troubled Waters

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

 German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG has swung to a loss in the first half of the year as tumbling freight rates weighed on revenue.   The bad news comes as the Hamburg-based company tries to boost its fortunes through a merger with United Arab Shipping Company.  


Hapag-Lloyd Posts H1 Loss

File Image: A Hapag-Lloyd Containership. (credit: Hapag-Lloyd)

Freight rates down 20 pct; CEO says to focus on costs cuts, merger deal with UASC. German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd said it dropped to a first-half operating loss as disappointing freight rates hurt its business. The loss before interest and tax (EBIT) came to 39


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Plunge 23.5 pct

File Image: a containership alongside during cargo operations in the port of Oakland, CA (credit: Katharine Sweeney)

Container spot freight rates from Asia to Northern Europe fell 23.5 percent to $861 per twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange showed. Freight rates from Asia to ports in the Mediterranean fell 13.8 percent to $865 per TEU. Freight rates from Asia to the U.S


Spot Rate Trends on Asia-Europe See Reversal: Drewry

Graph: Drewry

 The downwards trend line in Asia-Europe spot freight rates has finally been reversed, as data from World Container Index Shanghai-Europe reveals.   Whereas the first four months of 2016 saw 50% or larger reductions in freight rates and record-low spot rate levels


Brexit Implications for Global Shipping, Sea Trade

Photo:  International Chamber of Shipping

 The buzzword for the post-Brexit landscape both in Europe and further afield is ‘uncertainty’. No-one really knows the long term effect that Brexit will have on local and global economies, says  Eversheds International.  


Tanker Charter Rates Under Pressure

Graph: Drewry

 Time charter rates in the smaller chemical tanker vessel sizes are expected to remain stable over the next two years, but rates for the larger sizes, especially MRs, will decline due to the impact of falling clean petroleum products (CPP) freight rates






 
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