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," said APL President Eng Aik Meng. "As conditions warrant, we'll re-introduce capacity." Winter deployment programs are routine for The New World Alliance carriers and the Trans-Pacific Trade in general, where Asian exports slow significantly during the Lunar New Year holiday break. Factory closures sharply curb the production of finished goods which are a staple of the trade. Alliance members said Lunar New Year factory closures this year are expected to be longer than usual, perhaps up to three or four weeks. Alliance carriers said they will reduce capacity during the period by selectively omitting sailings on the SAX, PSW, PCX and PCE services. They said other services may be adjusted to ensure complete port coverage and that customers will be notified ahead of deployment changes.
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
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
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
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
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
Objectives & Targets add up to “Saying What You Mean, Meaning what You Say and then, Proving it.” As a maritime compliance auditor in the field, I’m often called upon to explain the ISO’s (International Standards Organization) approach to continual improvement which says a company shall establish, implement and maintain documented objectives and targets at each relevant function and level within the organization
Inchcape Shipping Services China launches pollution regulation intermediary service. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, today announced the launch of an intermediary service for ships calling at ports in China. The move is in response to new pollution prevention and control regulations introduced by Chinese regulators and the service is already fully operational.
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
Import volume was down 2.7 percent, while exports were up 2.1 percent at the Port of Long Beach in February, compared to the same month last year. Overall cargo volume dipped 2.6 percent due to an 8.3 percent decline in empty containers. A total of 517,173 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) moved through the Port of Long Beach during February. Imports numbered 271,671 TEUs, down 2.7 percent from 2013. Exports rose 2.1 percent to 143,572 containers. Empty containers were down 8
The president of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Koichi Muto, comments on the company's performance during financial year 2013 in a letter to shareholders, excerpted as follows: Combined with the continuing weaker yen and falling bunker prices, we saw a significant year-on-year improvement in profitability
Football fever is so intense in Brazil, the host of the World Cup soccer tournament, that even the main shipping ports in the commodity-exporting powerhouse are shutting down when the national team plays. In Paranagua, Brazil's No. 2 soy exporting port
Travelers looking for an intimate, mid-sized cruise experience in the Caribbean have 126 itineraries to choose from during Holland America Line’s 2014-15 Caribbean season. Featuring nine of the line’s vessels sailing roundtrip from either Fort Lauderdale or Tampa, Fla
Will the 2014/15 winter tanker market be a repeat of the previous one? Poten & Partners consider the question in their latest 'Poten Tanker Opinion'. As the regular US baseball season is winding down, the fans are looking forward to the playoffs
EMAS announced that its Subsea Services division (EMAS AMC) has been awarded projects worth a total of approximately $80 million (USD), including options. The scope of these projects cover a large spectrum of subsea work, including the decommissioning and towage of an FPSO in Asia and the
What does a new year of training look like at SCI? With a new simulator in full operation, SCI helps individual mariners complete assessments previously only available in large class settings or in the real world when exact conditions could be met on the water.
BMT Group Ltd., an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has announced that Jan Kopernicki has joined the Board of Directors as a nonexecutive Director. Jan has extensive experience in the shipping industry, with his career at Shell spanning over 40 years
China shipyards as usual again figure prominently in the weekly round-up of contracts placed in an active market for ocean shipping set out in the latest Clarkson Hellas S+P Weekly Bulletin as follows: Dry bulk carriers Sinotrans Shipping have signed contracts for two firm 78
Notable accomplishments in revenue generation, cargo throughput, professional performance and international recognition highlighted today's monthly meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority (PHA). Executive Director Roger Guenther
February 2014 cargo volumes in the Port of Los Angeles decreased 8.9 percent compared to the same month last year informs the Port in its latest report. The Port considers that the decrease is due in part to the Chinese New Year, which closed many factories in Asia for two to three weeks in
Following three consecutive months of price rises, freight rates on the East-West trades declined in February, according to Drewry’s online Container Freight Rate Insight. Rates came under most pressure on the Asia-Europe trade, which weakened following a meteoric rise in the run-up to the
In a letter to unitholders introducing its 2013 financial results, the chairman and the CEO of Rickmers Maritime, state that its commitment to long-term, fixed-rate container ship time charter agreements has provided insulation from the continued pressure on time charter rates
The Port of Los Angeles has released its March 2014 containerized cargo volume figures, showing that container imports surged 42 percent, from 231,397 TEUsin March 2013 to 327,497 TEUs in March 2014. Exports rose 21 percent, from 154,428 TEUs in March 2013 to 187,826 TEUs in March 2014.
TGS has reported net revenues of USD 222 million for the first quarter of 2014 a rise of 5% from USD 211 million in Q1 2013.Net late sales totaled USD 137 million, up 9% from USD 127 million in Q1 2013. Net pre-funding revenues rose to USD 74 million and increase of 33% from Q1 2013 - funding
Joint Singapore/Norway based offshore & specialised vessel designer and shipbuilder, Vard Holdings, has released its first quarter 2014 financial results, showing its order book value at a five-year high. Highlights Exceptionally high order intake of NOK 5