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Maersk Line’s Chinese New Year 2015

Image by Maersk Line

 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


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


CAI International Reports 4Q Loss

Image: CAI International

 San Francisco, California-based CAI International Inc. (CAI) has reported a fourth-quarter loss of $12.6 million, compared to the profit in the same period a year earlier.   CAI aid it had a loss of 62 cents on a per-share basis. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 52 cents per share.   The transportation finance and logistics company eported revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 of $65.7 million, an increase of $6


Liner Reliability Bucks Downward Trend

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Ocean carriers bucked a five-month downwards trend by improving container service reliability in March, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.   The average on-time performance in March gained 5


Recent strength in dry bulk shipping to be short-lived - Drewry

Rahul leads dry bulk research at Drewry and is the editor of Drewry’s flagship publications Photo Drewry

Drewry forecasts dry bulk freight rates in 2016 will be, on average, lower than in 2015, as the medium-to-long term fundamentals for dry bulk shipping will remain challenging, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Recent Strength in Dry Bulk Shipping to be Short-Lived

Graph: Drewry Maritime Research

 Drewry forecasts dry bulk freight rates in 2016 will be, on average, lower than in 2015, as the medium-to-long term fundamentals for dry bulk shipping will remain challenging, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Container Shipping Demand Weakens

Graph: BIMCO

 The demand for container shipping is really not going anywhere at the moment. Indicators for growth in the first months of 2016 point to limited overall demand and huge variations from trade to trade. In addition, all numbers are impacted by Chinese New Year


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.  


Megaship Benjamin Franklin to Call at Seattle and Long Beach

Benjamin Franklin. Photo: CMA CGM

 In a history-making run, the largest container ship  CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin will arrive in Seattle Monday, Feb. 29 after visits in Long Beach and Oakland, California. It will visit Long Beach Thursday bringing goods from China. 


Santos Port Sets Productivity Record

Photo Credit Brasil Terminal Portuario

Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), began the New Year with the establishment of two new productivity records. On February 10th while working the 6328 TEU capacity MSC Geneva, 206 moves per hour (MPH) were achieved while handling 1,980 containers, representing 44 crane moves per hour (MPH)


Container Freight Market Hit by Exceptionally Weak Demand

The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International reports ‘flickers of improvement’ in February after an opening to the year which saw 1.3m teu of capacity idle, freight rates struggling and the charter market on its knees.  


Container Shipping Paints Gloomy Picture

Photo: Maersk Line

The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International reports ‘flickers of improvement’ in February after an opening to the year which saw 1.3m teu of capacity idle, freight rates struggling and the charter market on its knees.  


Long Beach Port Breaks Another Record

Courtesy Port of Long Beach

The arrival of the biggest ship to visit North America catapulted the Port of Long Beach to its highest cargo volume for the month of February and extended cargo growth for an eighth consecutive month. The Port saw strong gains last month by moving 561,412 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), a 35


Demand Boosts Container Market Outlook -MSI

File photo: Chamendra Wimalasena

The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from MSI suggests a more positive market outlook for the container shipping sector in 2016 than the analysis of most of its peers.   Though its supply-side predictions are broadly aligned with those of Drewry and Alphaliner


Mixed Prospects for Container Shipping

Photo: Cosco

 The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International (MSI) makes a more optimistic forecast on the demand side.    Though its supply-side predictions are broadly aligned with those of Drewry and Alphaliner


Port of Long Beach Starts Strong in 2016

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Cargo shipments at the Port of Long Beach were up 6.1 percent for the first three months of 2016 compared to the same period last year, starting the year off strongly. Lifted by big gains in January and February, the quarter was the port’s best since 2007.  


Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Auto, Container Volumes Rising

Photo: Northwest Seaport Alliance

The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma reported that auto imports and container volumes posted gains through the first quarter of 2016.   Building off last year’s record-breaking volumes, March marked the highest volume of auto imports in more than a decade


Liner Reliability Bucks Downward Trend - Drewry

Drewry containership reliability by trade, March 2016.

Ocean carriers bucked a five-month downwards trend by improving container service reliability in March, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. The average on-time performance in March gained 5






 
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