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Ocean Services Expands Offshore Fleet

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Ocean Services, a member of the Stabbert Maritime Group of Companies, has acquired the Ocean Carrier, an 279 ft X 59 ft deep-water construction vessel in order to expand their commercial fleet.  This new asset marks Stabbert Maritime’s strategic move toward deep-water construction including ROV support, saturation dive support, and core drilling operations. The Ocean Carrier is currently under complete rebuild at Stabbert Maritime’s satellite yard in Houston, Texas.  The refit consists of installing a new Dynamic Positioning (DPII) Kongsberg control system, 200-ton crane, and high end interior package. The Ocean Carrier is set for completion on July 15th. Primary characteristics of the Ocean Carrier include open deck space of 9,150 ft, total horsepower in excess of 12,000hp for running propulsion, dynamic positioning, deep-sea construction equipment, and accommodations for over 50.  Special emphasis should be given to the hydraulic pedestal crane with a hook height of 394 ft and lifting capacity of 200t on single part line. (www.stabbertmaritime.com)


Horizon Lines, Wal-M Jones Act Carrier Award

Horizon Lines, Inc., (NYSE:HRZ), a domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics company, has been named Jones Act Carrier of the Year for 2008 by Walmart Stores, Inc. The award is presented each year to a domestic ocean carrier to recognize best-in-class schedule reliability and exceptional customer service. The award was presented at a meeting at Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, AR on May 12. "Horizon Lines' overall dedication to customer service, operational excellence


Ocean Carriers: Marginal Impact from Capacity Cuts

Total container capacity supply by ocean carriers on the three main east/west shipping trades rose by an average of 5 percent in 2001 despite the recent attempts of several carriers to remove excess capacity, according to a report released this week by ComPair Data Inc., a global ocean shipping research and information technology firm based in Jacksonville, Fla. Several ocean carriers in the transpacific and Asia/Europe routes made capacity cut-backs in the last three months of 2001


Ocean Carrier Can’t Use Carmack Amendment

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the Carmack Amendment does not apply to ocean carriers that utilize an intermodal bill of lading. In the instant case, plaintiff cargo owner contracted with defendant ocean carrier for the transport of cargo from Rotterdam to Colorado via the port of Houston. The cargo arrived in Houston. Plaintiff directed defendant to hold the cargo because the consignee had not yet tendered payment


Ocean Carriers and NVOCCs Select Descartes

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Descartes Systems Group announced that ocean carriers and nonvessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) have selected Descartes' Japan Ocean Advanced Filing Rule (AFR) solution to help them comply with Japan's new advanced cargo security initiative, which takes effect March 10, 2014.   Japan's AFR mandate requires ocean carriers and NVOCCs to electronically submit data to Japan Customs on maritime container cargo intended for a port in Japan no later than 24 hours before departure of


Asia-Middle East/India Cargo Growth Poor in Q4 2013: Analysts

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Cargo growth between Asia and the Middle East/Indian Subcontinent region was poor in 4Q 13, indicating that ocean carriers need to seek economies of scale and to look for more profitable ways of serving the trade lane, finds Drewry's latest Container Insight Weekly in a trade route analysis. The following is a brief extract: Cargo shipped from Asia to the Indian Subcontinent (ISC) and Middle East region (including the Red Sea) averaged 502,000 teu/month in the final quarter of last year, 8


B+H Ocean Carriers Announces Vessel Acquisitions

B+H Ocean Carriers Ltd. Has acquired a 1993-built, 83,000 DWT Combination Carrier to be renamed MV SAKONNET for $36.4 million. The purchase, made effective as of January 15, 2006, also reflects the continuation of a five-year Time Charter which commenced in October, 2005. The purchase was effected through an existing tax lease structure with the Company as disponent owner through a bareboat charter party. Additionally


Network Pipeline Forges Ahead With Crew Vision 2001

Network Pipeline has introduced Crew Vision 2001, an Internet-based personnel logistics database tool for use by fleet personnel departments in the marine industry. The new system can be used for commercial shipping lines and passenger cruise lines internationally. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Network Pipeline's Crew Vision system provides ocean carriers and passenger cruise lines with a paperless solution in regards to crew management.


Horizon Lines Issues Statement on Antitrust Investigation

Horizon Lines, Inc has confirmed federal agents served search warrants and a grand jury subpoena relating to an investigation of pricing practices of ocean carriers operating in the trade. Horizon Lines is cooperating fully with the government officials. The company has not been informed of the specific subject matter of the inquiry, being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. Horizon Lines does not expect the government inquiry to impact the service


Horizon Launches Int’l Non-Vessel Ocean Shipping

Horizon Logistics, LLC, has launched an international ocean shipping service to offer supply chain solutions to U.S. importers and exporters. Horizon Logistics has been licensed by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to operate as a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC).  As an NVOCC, Horizon Logistics is able to issue its own bills of lading and public tariffs, utilizing the service of vessel operating partners


Mediterranean/N.American Freight Rate Stagnancy

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Ocean carriers were unable to increase freight rates between the Mediterranean and North America from November to January due to continuing poor vessel utilisation and the approaching threat of P3, according to the latest edition of Drewry's Container Insight Weekly. Westbound


Global Forwarders Favour Index-Linked Container Contracts

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Index-linked contracts between shippers and carriers, and between shippers and forwarders, appear to be increasing for valid reasons, according to the latest edition of Drewry's Container Insight Weekly. According to Freight Investor Services


St. Lawrence Seaway Opens 2014 Season

The Algoma Equinox at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal at the Opening Ceremony of the St. Lawrence Seaways 56th navigation season. (Photo: Kevin Richard Hotte)

$500 Million Being Invested in Vital North American Trade Route The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season today, with the transit of Algoma Central Corporation’s newly built ship, the Algoma Equinox


Good Friday Container Gate Operations at Charleston

Truck gates at Charleston's container terminals will be open on Friday, April 18th, 2014 with modified holiday work hours.   The interchange lanes and yard will be open from 0800 to 1200 and from 1300 to 1700. Empties, Dry Loads, and Chassis must be   


Asia/US East Coast Shipments Continue to Rise

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The surprising surge in cargo volumes from Asia to the East Coast of North America since July remained strong in September, and even appears to have continued in October says a Drewry Maritime Research analysis. Eastbound Shipments from Asia to the East Coast of North America (ECNA) continued


Big Carriers Gain Market Share

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Drewry’s analysis of ocean carriers’ latest financial results shows significant changes in cargo market shares, but how much of it is due to service differentiation is unclear.   Ocean carriers’ third quarter financial results reported so far reveal that the largest


Container Ship Newbuildings: Supply May Outstrip Demand

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Ocean carriers have a pool of surplus 8,000-10,000 teu vessels looming ahead unless some thinking ‘outside of the box’ is behind recent newbuild orders, considers Drewry Maritime Research in their latest 'Container Insight'. Supply side


Port of L.A. Ready for Calif. Shore-side Power Requirements

Port Invests $180 Million; 25 Berths Equipped with Shore-Side Electric Power With more berths for ships to plug into shore-side electric power, or Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), than any other port in the world, the Port of Los Angeles said it is fully ready for its terminal operators and


Donahue to Direct PwC Freight Transportation

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PwC US today announced the addition of John Donahue as a director in the firm’s transportation and logistics sector within the larger Industrial Products practice. With more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of the transportation and logistics industry


Big Carriers Reduce North-South Options

Source: Drewry Maritime Research

Maritime research company, Drewry, said in this week’s container insight report that it is not just on the East-West routes that big container lines are consolidating, but consortia have also been expanding in North-South tradelanes, thereby reducing the number of weekly services available


Seaway Wraps Up with Grain Surge

For the second consecutive year, a surge in grain movements led to a strong finish for the St. Lawrence Seaway.  The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced today that the Seaway closed for the season on January 1, 2014, with the eastbound vessel Orsula transiting the St


Poor Container Packing Costing Industry Millions

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CTUpack e-learningTM course launched to combat bad practice in warehouses and other packing facilities. Analysis by specialist transport and logistics insurer TT Club has revealed that as many as two thirds of accidents that involve the loss of, or damage to


Big Growth in Mediterranean Transhipment Business Observed

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Virtually all large Mediterranean transhipment hub ports recorded double digit growth in 2013, well above regional and global growth levels, notes the latest edition of Drewry's Container Insight Weekly. Once all full year data is collated


P3 Network Restructures the Shipping World

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The P3 agreement between Maersk, MSC, and CGM CMA continues to roil the waters. While the agreement’s pros-and cons are about to be scrutinized in an upcoming meeting between America’s Federal Maritime Commission, the European Competition Commission


CaroTrans Adopts CargoSmart’s Solutions

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CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, has announced adoption of CargoSmart’s Japan AFR (advanced filing rules) management solution to effectively address Japan’s new compliance requirement which goes into effect March 10th with


 
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