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Global Shipping in Doldrums

Photo: Maersk Line

 Wells Fargo Securities says that headwinds face global shipping industry and the continued overcapacity means freight rate gains are less likely to stick.   "Given the continued overcapacity headwinds and easing containerized trade demand, we believe these freight rate gains are less likely to stick, and we expect rates to remain under pressure as we approach the slack winter season, particularly following a muted peak season," says a report from Wells Fargo Securities, written by Michael Webber that appeared in the Forbes.   Container Freight Rates Get Boost Amid November General Rate Increases, Will They Stick? Last week, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) increased by 41.1% wk/wk (week-over-week) to $759/TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit), marking the highest levels reached since early August (although the SCFI is still down 30% year-to-date).    That said, we note that the bulk of these gains were driven by the latest round of general rate increases (GRIs) across the Container Line group, with Liners implementing rate hikes ranging from $600-$1,200/TEU along major trade lanes, which helped to drive the Shanghai-Europe and Shanghai-Mediterranean indexes up by 328% (to $988/TEU) and 298% (to $804/TEU), respectively.  


General Rate Increases, Transatlantic Trade

Since rates are at an unsustainable level in the transatlantic trade, Maersk Line announced a general rate increase effective 1 September 2009. The company said the rate increase is necessary to continue to operate its services with the same level of reliability. The filed increase is as follows: •    $400 per 20 ft container •    $500 per 40 ft/high cube/45 ft container


Rate Increase, Transatlantic Trade

As a result of market instability in the transatlantic trade, Maersk Line is announcing the following general rate increase, effective 1 April 2009. The filed increases are as follows between Northern Europe and the East Coast and Gulf Coast of North America: •    $160 per 20 ft dry container •    $220 per 40 ft container/high cube/45 ft container/reefer The filed increases are as follows between Northern Europe and the West Coast of North


MOL Announces GRI

MOL (Mitsui OSK Line) said it plans a general rate increase for all cargo moving southbound from Europe North Continent and Mediterranean to West Africa. The new rate of $219.4 per TEU will become effective 15 October 2009. The GRI is applicable to all commodities and equipment, including reefer containers. (www.MOLpower.com)


Asia–U.S. Container Lines to Introduce Freight Increase

TSA Containership: Photo Evergreen Line

The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) informs that member container shipping lines are proposing an across-the board general rate increase (GRI) of at least US$600 per 40-foot container (FEU) to all destinations, effective September 1, 2014 Carriers had filed increases in their individual tariffs in late July and subsequently began notifying customers directly. TSA lines said the planned GRI follows strong cargo demand and high vessel utilization levels in recent months


World’s Dry Cargo Transport Rate Nosedives

Pic: Maersk Line

 The recession, gradually engulfing the world commodity production, has become apparent amid the dynamics of rates for international dry cargo transportation, reports abc.az   The key 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), last Friday.    It was the third consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world’s busiest route and rates are now nearly 60


Maersk Rate Hikes Hitting the High Notes

Do we sense a touch of desperation from the executive corridors of Maersk Line as the Triple-E delivery dates approach?    Maersk Line boss Nils Smedegaard Andersen was in a confident mood after his carrier posted a decent $204 million profit in the first quarter. Making a profit when Asia-Europe is a disaster and many other carriers are wallowing in red ink is impressive enough, but the Maersk CEO raised eyebrows when he addressed the rates issue.


Scorpio Bulkers in Limbo Until New & Chartered-In Ships Contribute

Bulk carrier: Image courtesy of Scorpio Bulkers

Scorpio Bulkers, headquartered in Monaco, report its results for the three months ended December 31, 2013 and for the period from March 20, 2013 (date of inception) to December 31, 2013. Extracts follow: Results for the three months ended December 31, 2013 For the three months ended December 31, 2013, the Company had a net loss of $3.6 million, or $0.04 basic and diluted loss per share. During this period the Company had no vessels in operation


Container Industry Stuck in a Vicious Cycle

Photo: Maersk

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 industry remains in an extended down cycle. This is being accentuated and extended by the constant delivery of new ships. The global cascade is now hurting the balance of the north/south trades.


General Maritime to buy Navig8 Crude Tanker

General Maritime Corp, which operates crude oil tankers, will acquire Navig8 Crude Tankers Inc in a stock-for-stock deal, the two companies said in a statement.   A newly formed unit of General Maritime will acquire all of Navig8 Crude's common shares to form Gener8 Maritime Inc.   Tanker companies, struggling to cope with poor charter rates, are teaming up to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs, besides adding to their fleets.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Sliding as Overcapacity Weighs

File Image: a dry bulk vessel underway (CREDIT: Norden)

Capesize rates 26-33 pct higher than a year ago, but could fall towards Chinese New Year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes may fall further next week as prospects for a pre-Christmas rally fade with ship supply outpacing cargo demand, ship brokers said.


Asia Tankers-VLCC rates to Slip from Eight-Month Highs

Rates gain 10 Worldscale points in a week; but rates in 2017 may be lower than this year -Bancosta. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) may slip next week as the pre-Christmas cargo flurry, which propelled hire rates to an eight-month high on Thursday, peters out


The Swedish Club: 0% General Increase

Lars Rhodin (Photo: The Swedish Club)

In a move designed to support owners in difficult trading conditions, for the second year running The Swedish Club has announced a zero percent general increase for the up-coming P&I renewals 2017-2018. Speaking at the Club’s Board meeting in Bangkok, Lars Rhodin


Tanker Operators Brace for OPEC Cuts

© Jose Gil / Adobe Stock

Tanker owners are bracing for a volatile year ahead after enjoying some of the highest charter rates since 2008, with OPEC plans to curb crude output potentially cutting rates by more than 40 percent.   Fewer Middle East cargoes will mean lower freight rates for operators of very large


Oversupply Dampens Chemical Tanker Market

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Softening seaborne trade and rising fleet growth are expected to depress chemical shipping freight rates over the next few years, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


NASSCO Delivers Jones Act Tanker to SEA-Vista

Constitution (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

On November 8, 2016, shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the American Jones Act-qualified ECO Class tanker Constitution to SEA-Vista LLC. The ship was delivered during a signing ceremony at the builder’s shipyard in San Diego.   


Rickmers 9M Revenue Slips

Courtesy Rickmers Group

 * Compared to the previous year’s period, revenues fall by 15 percent to € 373.6 million •  * Operating result (EBITDA) falls by 31.1 percent to € 136.8 million •  * Group result remains burdened by the increase in non-cash extraordinary impairments on vessels of


Aframax Rates in Mediterranean Jump on Shortage of Ships

File photo: Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation

Freight rates for Aframax tankers on Black Sea-Mediterranean and cross Mediterranean routes almost doubled on Friday to their highest since July, driven by demand for loadings at the end of November at a time when many Aframaxes are storing oil at sea.  


Fincantieri Offers to buy Rest of Vard Shares

Courtesy VARD Photo Fincantieri Oil & Gas S.p.A.

FINCANTIERI S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary Fincantieri Oil & Gas S.p.A. has launched a voluntary conditional general offer in Singapore for the ordinary shares of Vard Holdings Limited not already held  by Fincantieri O&G and its related corporations.


Taiwan Offers to Lend Shippers $1.9 bln

File Image (CREDIT: Hanjin)

Taiwan's government said on Wednesday it will offer to lend struggling local shippers NT$60 billion ($1.9 billion) at below-market interest rates, to help them cope with the industry's worst downturn. "The global shipping industry is going through a tough time


Will Ballast Water Management Regs Trigger Tanker Scrapping?

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

Weakness in freight rates will increase tanker shipping demolitions over the next two years, with the trend accelerating in later years as a result of the IMO regulation on ballast water, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


$1.9 bln Shipping Rescue Package in Taiwan

Photo: Evergreen Marine Corp

 Taiwanese government said it will provide 60 billion New Taiwan dollars ($1.9 billion) to support the country’s shipping industry, according to Reuters.   The package, announced late Tuesday, involves a credit line with preferential interest rates aimed mainly to help Evergreen


Fred Harris to Retire

Fred Harris (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Ubiquitous General Dynamics Leader Fred Harris to Step Down January 1, 2017; Dirk Lesko to Lead Bath Iron Works; Kevin Graney to Lead NASSCO General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) said that in the wake the retirement of Frederick J. Harris  effective January 1, 2017, Dirk A


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates May Hit Multi-Month Highs

File Image of a VLCC (CREDIT: EURONAV)

VLCC rates last week hit highest since April, May; balanced tonnage supply-cargo demand support rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which rose to multi-month highs last week, could climb further if there is a flurry of pre-Christmas chartering activity


Virginia’s FTZ 20 Expansion Approved

Courtesy Port of Virginia

Expansion of Virginia’s Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ 20) into northeast North Carolina was approved by the US Department of Commerce and the decision provides another means of attracting cargo to The Port of Virginia, the port’s CEO says.






 
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