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Maersk Line’s Chinese New Year 2015

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 Eastbound Blank Sailings:  The 4713 Chinese New Year (CNY) begins on February 19th, 2015, and will run for 15 days as the people around the world reunite to celebrate the holiday.    Maersk Line has advised customers of nine blanked sailings over the CNY holiday period between Asia and Europe in its 2M vessel sharing alliance with MSC.   "Manufacturing plants typically shut down during this time, with many workers in the world's supply chain taking this time off to celebrate the festivities.  With the expected decrease in export volumes during the Chinese New year and the volume spike after the holiday." says Maersk.   Maersk Line always strives to minimize impact to our clients and manage the irregular exports at this time of the year.    The changes are detailed in a customer advisory, and next week will see another five voyages skipped with ‘contingency’ arrangements made to cover cargo already booked, although some North European ports will again be served on an inducement basis.  


The New World Alliance to Reduce Ocean Capacity

The New World Alliance said it will temporarily reduce capacity on selected Trans-Pacific Trade services to coincide with Lunar New Year factory shutdowns in Asia.  The three container shipping lines in the alliance -- APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) said the winter deployment program is expected to last six weeks; more if necessary.   "We'll review demand and capacity again well in advance of the peak shipping season


Carnival Suffers Another Fire

Carnival Corp.’s spate of bad luck continued in the new year, as a fire reportedly broke out aboard the cruise ship Celebration Wednesday, leaving the vessel adrift in the Caribbean for hours without engine and main electrical power, according to owner Carnival Cruise Lines. None of the passengers or crew were injured by the fire, which began shortly after midnight in one of three auxiliary generators as the Celebration sailed about 100 miles northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Carnival said


Asia-Europe Trade May Grow Until February

Maersk Line believe demand for trade on its Asia- Europe route may grow until Lunar New Year in February. Imports into China have also helped increase demand as raw materials are shipped to Asia’s largest economy for final assembly while local consumers increase spending, Bloomberg learned from Tim Smith of Maersk Line in a Hong Kong television interview. A year-end surge in demand also prompted the container line, owned by A.P


Container Volumes Up 2.5% in Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles has released its January 2014 cargo volumes. January overall volumes increased 2.5 percent compared to January 2013. The increase is due in part to shippers moving cargo in advance of the Chinese New Year,  which this year fell on January 31. Container imports increased 6.7 percent, from 337,428 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January 2013 to 360,037 TEUs in January 2014. Exports increased 1


Global LNG Prices Firm on Short-term Supply

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices for December delivery rose this week, buoyed by a short-term tightness in supply, though an imminent wave of new projects is expected to put prices under pressure in the new year.   The price of Asian spot cargoes for December delivery rose to $7.70 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), from around $7.50/mmBtu last week.   Traders said that prices for January were also firm, in line with December


Container Freight Rates Gain

A short-lived revival in rates still means rich pickings for shippers coming into the transpacific contracting season, but beware the capacity crunch to come.   Shippers should not lose sleep over the recent, short-lived jump in spot rates, but ought instead focus on ways to mitigate the risk of another sudden capacity crunch later in the year, urges Drewry Maritime Research. Freight rates on east-west trades have been in the ascendency of late


InterManager to Tackle Industry Challenges

InterManager President Gerardo Borromeo

Low freight rates and a challenging market are concerns for ship managers as they begin 2013.   A survey of members of InterManager, the international trade association for the ship and crew management industry, has identified the main concerns affecting the industry as it begins the New Year.   In addition to fears about how challenging market conditions impact on operating budgets, ship and crew managers are also concerned at the difficulties of finding and retaining quality


Retail Imports Forecast: Up 4.8% in January

Containership at dock in port of Oakland (Katharine Sweeney)

2013 Estimated at 2.8 Percent Over 2012. Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 4.8 percent in January over the same month last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. Estimates show 2013 up 2.8 percent over 2012. “Retailers are still assessing the holiday season, but they’re also looking ahead to see what will happen in the new year


Lerwick Port Awards £16.5 mi Expansion Contract

Port Authority Chief Executive Sandra Laurenson (l) and Bank of Scotland. David Nicolson, SME Banking Relationship Manager

  Lerwick Port Authority has awarded a construction contract for the latest expansion of the harbour’s facilities in a project costing a total of £16.5 million and which will benefit the fishing and oil sectors. The new jetty at Holmsgarth North will provide deeper berthing and more working area for the fishing fleet, while the outer arm of the L-shaped jetty will create a dock sheltering a planned new white fish market


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Should Remain Flat

Western Australia-China rates hit near 17-year low; owners explore laying-up ships. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes should remain flat next week as the Lunar New Year holiday in China will curtail chartering activity, shipbrokers said on Thursday.


Baltic Index Slips Below 300 Points

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped below 300 points on Thursday, to an all-time low.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser


Baltic Index Touches New Record Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, registered a new all-time low on Monday on muted vessel demand.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser


US, India Consider Joint Patrols in South China Sea

U.S. Navy file photo of USS Lassen (DDG 82), Mar. 2015.

The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway.  


World Fishing Fleet: Vietnam Grows the Fleet

Owner Capt. Trinh Van Hung is justifiably proud of his new boat. (Haig-Brown photos courtesy of Cummins Marine)

In keeping with their reputation as a nation that can overcome all obstacles, Vietnam is rebuilding its aging fishing fleet. With a government program of soft loans, designated Decree 67/ND-CP, fishermen are building boats along 28 coastal provinces from the north to the south of Vietnam.


Emco Wheaton Plays Key Role in First US Crude Oil Shipment

Photo: Emco Wheaton

Marine Loading Arms (MLA) form vital part of process when transferring crude oil to oceangoing tanker   Emco Wheaton has played a pivotal role in the transfer of the first shipment of U.S. crude oil for export in 40 years, after the Theo T tanker set sail from the Port of Corpus Christi


Box Rates Drop, Chinese New Year No Help

File Image:Maersk

Falling shipping freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe on Friday showed there was no traditional surge in cargo exports from China ahead of the Chinese New Year, indicating a bleak outlook for the industry.


Miserable Start for Dry Bulk Shipping

Graphics: BIMCO

 The global production of steel dropped in 2015 compared to 2014, to a larger extent outside China, as China exported its surplus of steel to destinations across the globe; it is too complex to single out whether this is positive or negative for the seaborne dry bulk transport demand


Hyundai Heavy Closes Onsan offshore

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries  has temporarily shut one of its two factories making offshore oil rigs -  Onsan plant in South Korea - due to downturn in the global oil and gas industry.   The closure Onsan underscores the dire state of the country’s big shipbuilders as


Boxship Fleet Growth is Slowest in 25 Years

A large, modern containership underway. (credit: UASC)

Global container ship capacity is expected to increase by 4.6 percent in 2016, the slowest growth rate in more than 25 years, giving some relief to an industry hammered by oversupply, consultancy firm Alphaliner forecast on Tuesday. Freight rates have plunged


Containership Charter Market: Back To The Bottom

Graphics: Clarksons Research

 The dust has now settled on the brief rally and subsequent dramatic downturn of the containership charter market in 2015, says  Clarksons Research.   After a good few years in the doldrums, last year saw some fairly animated movements in boxship charter rates


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Likely to Remain Flat

File Image: a so-called ValeMax Bulk Carrier

Chinese iron ore and coal imports to fall in 2016 - Clarkson Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to stay flat as vessel volumes outpace cargo demand and the approaching Chinese New Year holiday further dampens chartering activity, ship brokers said on Thursday


APM Terminals Pipavav Project Profit

APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd) is part of an international network operated by APM Terminals BV

APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd) Oct-Dec 15 Net Profit at INR 533 million and Income from Operations at INR 1,521 million   January 28, 2016: APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd), operating one of western India’s gateway ports


Baltic Index Continues Fall to New Record Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, continued its fall to close at a fresh record low on Friday.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser


NYK Line Posts Loss on Dry Bulk Fleet Revaluation

Image: NYK Line India

 Japan's Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has posted a $277.5mln extraordinary loss in the third quarter of year ended 31 March 2016 as it reduced the book value of its fleet inline with current market prices and expectations. The extraordinary loss came after it re-assessed the recoverable value of






 
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