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Grounded Freighter, Hillsborough Bay, Fla.

The Coast Guard is investigating the grounding of the 575-ft motor vessel Pollux, which ran aground two miles east of Gadsden Point in Hillsborough Bay, Fla., on Jan. 2. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call at 11:15 p.m., from the Cooperative Vessel Traffic Service that the Pollux had run aground and could not move under its own power. The Pollux, a Malta flagged freight vessel carrying a load of fertilizer, was inbound to Tampa Bay from Galveston, Texas. Members from Sector St. Petersburg are investigating the incident and are working with the vessel's crew and representatives to safely remove the vessel. Vessel traffic has not been affected, but all vessel operators are urged to use caution when transiting the area. No report of injuries or pollution has been received at this time.

ISM Code Implementation - Phase II

Certain freight vessels and self-propelled mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) to which the ISM Code does not currently apply will come within its ambit on 1 July 2002. The U.S. Coast Guard will require, commencing January 15, 2002, that such vessels include in their advance notice of arrival to the United States a statement regarding their status under the ISM Code. At the same time, the Coast Guard will commence a pre-enforcement campaign to verify ISM Code compliance and issue letters to

Titan Receives Recognition

On Tuesday, September 24th, 2002 California State Senator Tom Torlakson honored Titan Maritime, its subcontractors, the USCG, and the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) for their success with the underwater oil cleanup of the freighter SS “Jacob Luckenbach”. Senator Torlakson presented Titan with a plaque in recognition for their successful efforts in protecting the sensitive California coastline and the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary from further oil pollution

Crowley to Operate Eco-Friendly Barges in Western Alaska

Image courtesy Crowley

Crowley announced its plans to construct two double-hulled, combination deck cargo and tank barges for service in Western Alaska. The vessels, named DBL 165-1 and DBL 165-2, are scheduled to be delivered in April and May of 2011, and will be home ported in Nome, Alaska. The double-hull barges will be used for shallow draft operations and beach landings for the delivery of fuel and cargo to the remote communities of Western Alaska.  

New Europe-Asia Heavylift Service


BBC launches new heavy-lift cargo service between Europe and Asia.     On 26 March 2012, the BBC KARAN was the first vessel in the new Europe-Asia service of the multi-purpose and heavy-lift cargo shipping company BBC Chartering to berth at C. Steinweg (Süd West Terminal) in the Port of Hamburg.   In Hamburg, the new “BBC Euro-Asia Express Line” service will be offering bi-weekly eastward sailings to Asia

LNG Shipping's Dream Run Over?

LNG Carrier: Photo credit CCL2

Drewry's latest 'LNG Insight' saw heating demand subside in major importing regions in February & cargo availablilty also tightened. Regarding cargo availability, a few unplanned shutdowns, caused a 4% decline in the LNG  Freight Index. LNG shipping enjoyed a dream run during 2011 and 2012, owing largely to increasing tonne-mile demand and an almost stagnant fleet. Freight market prospects would be even brighter if fleet supply were to remain at current levels

CaroTrans Assures Seamless Transport on US West Coast

CaroTrans Logo

  CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announces their U.S. West Coast port readiness program to address potential supply chain disruptions. Congestion and current labor issues are impacting the flow of cargo at U.S. West Coast ports and there is the likelihood of further instability. To address this infrastructure challenge, CaroTrans has developed alternative routing solutions to lessen the impact on supply

Asia-Europe Container Freight Rates Fell 6.5 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 6.5 percent to $938 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. It was the fourth consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route. Container freight rates have so far increased two weeks this year but fallen for five.

Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 27 pct

Image: file photo (Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 26.7 percent to $469 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. It was the third consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route and rates are now nearly 60 percent lower than three weeks ago.

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 ARKON Shipping as project initiator/commercial manager, technical managers Jüngerhans Maritime Services and designers CIMC ORIC.  

Changing Spill Risk in a Changing Arctic Landscape

Dagmar Schmidt Etkin

Industry analyst and environmental consultant Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, PhD, takes a hard look at a rapidly shifting operational landscape in the Arctic. Always an honest broker of information, Etkin tells it like it is.    Oil spill risk is present anywhere that oil is present in

Ready for take-off? - Drewry

Tab1e 1 Note 2016 data is up to 20 October only Source Drewry Maritime Research, derived from World Container Index

The recent rally in Asia to Europe spot market rates has improved carriers’ chances of securing higher 2017 contract rates. How much extra will shippers have to fork out? It has been another typically volatile year as far as the spot freight rate market (i.e

Intermodal terminal moves to Gothenburg Port

Freight terminal in central Gothenburg moves to the Port of Gothenburg Photo Gothenburg Port

Plans are in place to move the freight terminal currently located in the central city of Gothenburg to the Port of Gothenburg. The switch will allow a higher proportion of transport by rail instead of road. At the intermodal terminal, in the city centre of Gothenburg

Moody's: Ratings of Overseas Shipholding on Review for Downgrade

Photo: OSG

 Moody's Investors Service, has placed the ratings of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) under review for downgrade, including its B2 corporate family and Caa1 senior unsecured ratings, and the B1 and Ba2 senior secured debt ratings of its subsidiaries, OSG Bulk Ships, Inc

Syria Makes Major Wheat Deal with Russia

Syria's state grain buying agency Hoboob struck a deal to purchase one million tonnes of Russian wheat from political ally Russia, covering the needs of government-controlled areas for a year. The Damascus government subsidises bread for the areas it controls ensuring the supply of flat loaves

Freight Futures Market Avoids Tougher EU Information Disclosures

The European Union's securities markets regulator has dropped proposals to make participants in the multi-billion dollar commodity derivatives market for freight rates disclose knowledge of loading conditions, the Baltic Exchange said.  

VLCC Rates to Hold Firm as Owners Await MidEast Cargoes

File photo: Euronav

Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which rose to multi-month highs this week, are likely to hold firm as owners tread water before the release of further Middle-East and West Africa cargoes, ship brokers said on Friday.  

Florida's First Ocean-to-Air Transhipment

Innovative programs such as this one also help  business community strengthen ties within the global marketplace Photo Crowley

Already the busiest port of entry in America for international air freight, Miami International Airport will soon be able to receive perishable freight imports by sea as well – a first for any Florida airport – through a permit approved in September by the U.S

Hyundai Mulls Bid for Hanjin Assets, Routes

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Hyundai Merchant Marine is considering bidding for its bigger local rival Hanjin Shipping Co.'s Asia-U.S. route, reports Yonhap.   Hyundai Merchant, currently under a creditor-led debt restructuring scheme, is planning to submit a preliminary bid for Hanjin Shipping's route

CMA CGM Suspends Terminal Handling Charges in Ghana

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 CMA CGM informed its customers that the collection of Terminal Handling Charges (THC), which was introduced in Ghana on July 20th, 2016, has been temporarily suspended, effective October 4th, 2016.   CMA CGM will communicate on the resumption in due course.  

Container Shipping Market has Bottomed Out

Photo: CMA CGM

Hanjin’s receivership represents the trough of the container shipping market and despite continuing concerns of weak trade growth and fleet oversupply a gradual market recovery is now expected, according to the latest annual Container Forecaster and Review 2016/17 report published by global

Moore Stephens: 4th Straight Year of Operating Costs Decline

Richard Greiner (Photo: Moore Stephens)

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 2.4% in 2015.   This compares with the 0.8% average fall in costs recorded for 2014, and is the fourth successive overall year-on-year reduction

Excess Tonnage Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Credit: Vale)

Capesize market "absolutely dead" on Thursday - broker. Vale says no new cargoes but owners sail empty vessels to Brazil. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as too many ships chase available cargoes

Container Shipping Industry Calls for Climate Action

Pic: Business for Social Responsibility

 Members of BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) have agreed on a climate action statement and call to action for the container shipping sector and its value chain to support private-sector contributions for the global goals on climate change.   

Hanjin Talks on Long Beach Sale

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd is in talks to sell its stake in the Long Beach Terminal in California to Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.(MSC), reports Reuters.   The court overseeing Hanjin's receivership says the company is negotiating with MSC

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