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Ocean Freight Shipping Rates on the Rise

After a downtrend in the freight shipping tanker market since the middle of 2007, the industry has seen nothing but rate increases in the last month. This freight rate increase can affect consumers across the board, according to the freight transportation The cost of freight shipping can mean an increase in the cost of many consumer products, according to, which is why it's so important to keep freight transportation costs down. There are many reasons why the costs of ocean freight shipping have increased. Indian Oil Corporation recently paid $9 million in freight transportation charges for shipping crude oil on a very large crude carrier from West Africa to Vadinar, India. The high freight rate was a result of oil firms scrambling to hire ships before the holiday season started, leading to a shortage of ships. Another recent event that may be affecting the ocean freight rate is an accident that occurred on December 7 about five miles off the coast and 93 miles southwest of Seoul, which caused South Korea's worst oil spill in history. Single-bottomed tankers are already scheduled to be phased out worldwide by 2010 under an international maritime treaty, and demands to ban single-hull tankers ahead of the deadline have now emerged. This leaves more demand for other types of freight shipping vessels, and the resources are not necessarily there.

FedEx To Enter Ocean Shipping Business

FedEx Logistics Inc reportedly will enter the oceanshipping business. FedEx Logistics, a unit of FedEx Corp., will become a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC), meaning it will send freight by sea but not own any ships, Mark Gunn, of the Akron, Ohio-based logistics firm said, "We aren't going to own any ships." FedEx Logistics will arrange the global logistics of ocean freight but Gunn did not say when this will start.

CaroTrans Assures Seamless Transport on US West Coast

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  CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announces their U.S. West Coast port readiness program to address potential supply chain disruptions. Congestion and current labor issues are impacting the flow of cargo at U.S. West Coast ports and there is the likelihood of further instability. To address this infrastructure challenge, CaroTrans has developed alternative routing solutions to lessen the impact on supply

CaroTrans Bolsters Service with New Philippines Partnership

CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announces a strategic alliance with Multifreight Consolidator System, Inc. (MFCSI), a NVOCC in the Philippines market committed to responsive, flexible transportation services. The CaroTrans MFCSI partnership will offer fast, reliable LCL (less than container load) and FCL (full container load) import and export cargo services between North America and the Philippines, the company said

UTi Worldwide, Ansell Name Safmarine Partner of the Year

UTi Worldwide Inc., a global supply chain services and solutions company, together with its client, Ansell Limited, named Safmarine its "Partner of the Year" for 2013-2014 during their annual Ocean carrier performance review meeting in July. The award recognizes the strength of Safmarine’s relationship with UTi Worldwide and Ansell Limited. UTi and Ansell jointly selected Safmarine as a global ocean partner as part of their Strategic Ocean freight Partnership program

Panama Canal Lock Gate Transportation Contract for Geodis Wilson

Panama Canal Lock: Photo credit ACP

As part of a US$50-million contract Geodis Wilson will manage the transport of 16 lock gates, each weighing more than 4,000 tons, for Panama Canal expansion project. An initial vessel, carrying four of the gates will depart from Italy in February 2013 and will be followed by a further three shipments throughout the year. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2013. The new gates are part of the large-scale expansion plan by the Panama Canal Authority that is designed to double

Panalpina Acquires Egyptian Agent Afifi

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Switzerland-based supply chain solutions provider Panalpina is to acquire its Egyptian agent Afifi, a family-owned company specializing in freight forwarding, customs clearance and logistics. The move is an important step in Panalpina’s continued strategic expansion in growth economies, in particular in the Middle East and Africa, the company said. Afifi has been Panalpina’s agent in Egypt for the last 20 years.

Business Briefs

Hvide Marine/Sun State Christens New Ship Hvide Marine Incorporated (HMI) and subsidiary Sun State Marine Services, Inc., recently christened the first in a series of new cargo ships at its U.S. shipyard facility in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Constructed entirely on-site by Sun State Marine Services, Inc., the 190-foot 'landing craft' type freight vessel is specially designed and ideally suited for conducting trade with Bahamian and Caribbean markets that have minimal or unimproved

Stolt-Nielsen Limited Reports Results

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Stolt-Nielsen Limited reported unaudited results for the first quarter ended February 28, 2013.    Net profit attributable to SNL shareholders in the first quarter was $1.5 million, with revenue of $519.4 million, compared with $18.2 million, with revenue of $510.9 million, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2012.   Highlights for the first quarter of 2013, compared with the fourth quarter of 2012, were:  

Peel Ports Launches Cargo200 Initiative

Patrick Walters, Peel Ports

  The UK’s second largest ports operator, Peel Ports, has today (Wednesday, 29 April) launched a major carbon emission initiative, Cargo200, and is calling on the UK freight and logistics industry to rethink supply chain and services routes in order to reduce freight mileage by 200 million miles over the next five years.   Announcing plans at Multimodal 2015 in Birmingham, the company outlined opportunities for cargo owners

Former Shipping Execs Indicted on Price-fixing

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Three former executives of ocean freight shipping firms have been indicted for participating in a long-running price-fixing conspiracy, the U.S. Justice Department announced.   The executives – Yoshiyuki Aoki, Masahiro Kato and Shunichi Kusunose – have been brought up on felony

East-West Shippers' Contract Rates Falling -Drewry

Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West routes have seen a sharp reduction since the beginning of the year, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight

Slower China Growth Hurts Global Shipping Sector: Fitch

Image: China Ocean Shipping Company

 China's slower growth and economic transition will pose significant risks for the already struggling shipping sector, rating agency Fitch said.   The shipping sector is already faces overcapacity, weak freight rates and stretched financials.  

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb

Shipowners confident rates will climb on tighter tonnage supply; Shipowners seek rates premium for Australian coal cargoes. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could continue to recover as ship owners scent the possibility of higher cargo volumes on tighter tonnage supply, ship brokers said

CaroTrans Enhances India-US Network

CaroTrans, a global non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) and ocean freight consolidator, announced a new, direct less-than container load (LCL) import service from Nhava Sheva, India to Charleston, South Carolina for expedited delivery to the U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf regions. 

Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand

Search for Containership Crewman Suspended

The search for a crew member missing from a containership between Bayonne, N.J. and Ocean City, Md. was suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The crew member was last reported aboard the 600-foot, Marshall Islands flagged freight ship Ibrahim Dede after departing Bayonne

FMC Collects $1,227,500 in Penalties from NVOCC's


Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $1,227,500 in civil penalties.   The agreements were reached with seven non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and one vessel-operating common

Shanghai 6th Best Shipping Center Globally

Photo: Xinhua

 Shanghai has moved up the rankings of the world’s top shipping centers to sixth place, surpassing Dubai thanks to Free Trade Zone regulations and the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a report and index looking at the importance of the world’s key shipping centers.  

Scottish Exporters Bullish on New Shipping Service

BG Rotterdam. Photo: B.G. Freight Line B.V

 As the shipping operator BG Freight Line is set for a new freight service connecting the links, Scotland’s food and drink, chemical and manufacturing industries are looking for a boost.   BG Freight Line, wholly-owned by Clydeport owner Peel Ports

Direct Cambodia-China Cargo on Course

Image: Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP)

 Two Chinese shipping giants are likely to sign agreements with Cambodia's Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP), paving the way for exporters to move cargo directly from Cambodia to China, Xinhua reported.  Both Cosco and China Shipping are expected to sign with Sihanoukville Autonomous

Container Ship Industry ‘Lucky to Break Even' in 2015,

Image: Maersk Line

 Global shipping consultancy Drewry predicts the container ship industry will be "lucky to break even this year" as shipping rates slump due to catastrophic overcapacity.   A toxic mixture of overcapacity, weak demand and aggressive commercial pricing is threatening liner

Container Shipping Lucky to Break Even in 2015

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A toxic mixture of overcapacity, weak demand and aggressive commercial pricing is threatening liner shipping industry profitability for the rest of 2015, according to the Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

Kestrel Selects Haven Platform

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  Kestrel Liner Agencies, a pre-eminent ocean freight provider serving the Caribbean, has started offering capacity on the Haven Platform. Haven, the private marketplace for buying and selling ocean freight capacity. The new partnership offers shippers a growing selection of port pairs.

ADM Joint Venture Acquires Brazilian Shipping Agency

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Norton Lilly International announced that their steamship agency joint venture, Agri Port Services LLC, has acquired Brazilian port and shipping agency Blue Ocean Agencia Maritima Ltda. ADM was previously a part owner in Blue Ocean.  

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