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Ship Operators Climb Aboard Higher Dry-bulk Rates

Charter rates for capesizes have risen 50 percent from lows in mid-September. Rates have risen because of increasing demand as well as customers having to pay more to persuade shipowners to take their vessels out of lay-up, reports Bloomberg. The Baltic Dry Index (BDIY), a benchmark for global commodity- shipping rates, rose 3.2 percent in London yesterday. It has jumped 37 percent since Sept. 12, when it reached a seven-month low. Source: Bloomberg  


Rates Rise Amid Increased Activity, Lack Of Vessels

Mideast-Asia VLCC and Mediterranean Suezmax crude tanker rates have risen due to increased activity and a lack of vessels, shipping brokers said Sept. 29. VLCC rates to Japan from the Middle East lifted to W52.5 and were heading for W55, from around W47.5 last week, brokers said as cargoes finally came on the market. Other destinations were also lifted with brokers saying W50-52.5 might be reached for Singapore and China and W52.5 for Korea for modern vessels.


Suezmax Rates Set To Soar

Surging Suezmax tanker rates are set to soar if Iraqi exports come back on stream next week, shipping brokers said on Wednesday. Rates for the one million barrel tankers have lifted to around 100 Worldscale points on fixtures from West Africa and the North Sea to the U.S., and on cross Mediterranean and North Sea routes, brokers said. "Suezmax rates are going to sky rocket if Iraqi exports come back next week," one broker said.


MarAd: Cruise Occupancy Rates Rise

During the second quarter of 2006, occupancy rates on North American cruises rose to 112 percent, the highest second quarter occupancy over the last 4 years, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration report, “North American Cruises” (Table 1).[1] The report found that 15.7 million passenger nights were booked on North American cruises, up 2 percent from the same period a year earlier. About 2


Betting Big LNG Rates Will Rise

Gas is big and growing, as rates for LNG hauling tanker rise for a third year, fueled in part by demand from Japan. According to a Bloomberg report, rising Japanese demand means that Golar LNG Ltd., which operates nine LNG tankers and is controlled by John Fredriksen, will report a threefold gain in 2012 net income, according to the mean of 11 analyst estimates in a Bloomberg survey. Golar is reactivating four-decade-old mothballed ships after rates doubled in 2011 and are forecast by


MOL Warns Large Net Loss in 2012

Mitsui OSK Lines' financial statement for Q3, December 31, 2012, underlines a stagnant shipping market. Excerpts from the statement follow: Looking at the maritime shipping market conditions, in the dry bulker market, conditions for all vessel types continued to stagnate because the number of new vessel deliveries was consistently high from the start of 2012, preventing further improvements in the balance of supply and demand.


Seabulk Reports 4Q Results

Seabulk International, Inc. has reported a net loss of $6.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2001. Included in the loss for the quarter is a writedown of $1.4 million or $0.13 per diluted share on the planned disposal of the company's inland barge and shipyard operation, part of an ongoing program to refocus the company on its core business. In the year-earlier period, the Seabulk had a net loss of $9.6 million or $0.96 per diluted share. Revenues of $84.2 million in the


Hvide Marine To Be Renamed Seabulk International

Hvide Marine Inc. reported a net loss of $9.6 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2000, on revenues of 80 million. In the year-earlier period, the company had a net loss of 197 million, including charges related to its reorganization, on revenues of $76.8 million. Operating income in the fourth quarter of 2000 was 8.1 million versus an operating loss of $11.8 million in the fourth quarter of 1999. For all of 2000, the company reported a net loss of $29 million or 2


Sea Level Rise Accelerating in U.S. Atlantic Coast “Hotspot”

Rates of sea level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along portions of the U.S. Atlantic Coast than globally, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report published in Nature Climate Change. Since about 1990, sea-level rise in the 600-mile stretch of coastal zone from Cape Hatteras, N.C. to north of Boston, Mass. -- coined a “hotspot” by scientists -- has increased 2 - 3.7 millimeters per year; the global increase over the same period was 0.6 – 1


Registration Open for SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference

The producers of the SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference have announced that online registration is now open.  Following a successful inaugural conference in 2012, the 2013 event will take place October 22-24 at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn. It will bring together senior executives from shipowners, ship managers, classification societies, regulatory bodies, consultancies and suppliers to address the pressing issues facing fleet operators in the current


Ocean Rig, Petrobras Agree to $1.1b Drill Ships Lease

Cyprus-based Ocean Rig UDW Inc said on Monday that it signed a $1.1 billion three-year contract with Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, to extend a lease on two ultra-deepwater drilling ships. Petrobras, as the Brazilian oil company is known, will get the ships


Oversupply, Ebola Fears Drive Oil Below $86

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 * Middle East supply remains strong * Equities fall on confirmed case of Ebola in New York * Economists see gloomy 2015 for China, euro zone - Reuters poll * Commerzbank cuts price forecast on bearish OPEC signals (Updates prices, adds Middle East supply)    


Ecoships Claims 15% Ship Efficiency Gain

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Ecoships introduced a customized version of the Six Sigma DMAIC approach to process and performance evaluation in order to optimize the energy-efficiency of the vessels under its management. The technique has already resulted in Ecoships’ managed ships benefiting from up to 15% greater


Moore Stephens Expects Vessel Operating Cost to Rise

Vessel operating costs are expected to rise by almost three per cent in both 2014 and 2015, according to a new survey by international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens.                   &nbs


Offshore Oil Drilling Market to Suffer through 2015

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A sluggish offshore drilling market could deteriorate further next year due to weak demand and a flood of new vessels, even though a few places such as Mexico and Brazil remain promising for exploration, industry executives said on Wednesday.


Shippers Must Reduce Costs, Boost Efficiency

Michael Wilson

So what’s keeping ship operators awake at night these days?  Plenty, it seems. Sluggish recovery from a lingering worldwide recession, unsustainable debt loads, endemic overcapacity in most shipping trades, punishing freight rates


Port of LA Container Volumes Strongest Since 2010

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The Port of Los Angeles has released its August 2014 containerized cargo volumes. In August 2014, overall volumes increased 6.7 percent compared to August 2013. Total cargo for August was 757,702 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs). It’s the busiest single month at the Port since August 2010


Oil Edges Below $99 but Supply Risks in Focus

Oil traded slightly lower below $99 a barrel on Thursday, pressured by ample supply and concern over the weakening of demand growth in major consumer nations, as well as a rise in the U.S. dollar. Threats to supply as Libya's output fell and talk of OPEC production cuts limited the decline for


India's Coal Imports Causing Port Congestion

Congestion at Paradip expected to ease in a week if rains stop; higher-than-usual congestion at some other ports too. Indian power and steel companies are importing shiploads of coal due to a severe shortage at home, leading to heavy congestion in one of the country's busiest ports that now has


Brent Crude Slips Below US$97

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Brent crude fell for a third day on Wednesday, slipping further below $97 a barrel as inflated supplies and weak economic data from Europe outweighed rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. * Fall in Brent defies heightened political tensions


Dry Bulk Drought: Asia Rates Fall

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Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes could continue to fall next week in the absence of major charterers although lower freight rates could tempt top iron ore miners back into the market and potentially buoy rates, brokers said.


Sea Level Rise ‘Worst Case Scenario’

Surge picture from November 9, 2007 (Image courtesy of NOC)

A paper published this week in Environmental Research Letters by NOC scientist Dr. Svetlana Jevrejeva provides new information about the probability of a sea-level rise reaching of 180cm by 2100. In this study Dr. Jevrejeva and colleagues explore the range of possible sea level rise by 2100


Floating Storage at Sea Stalls Despite Falling Oil Prices

Falling oil prices still to attract large scale storage at sea Oil tanker rates gaining ground after years in doldrums Despite falling oil prices, traders in recent weeks have booked just a few tankers to store cargoes at sea as higher freight costs outweigh any profit play for now


Port of LA Container Volumes on the Rise

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The Port of Los Angeles has released its September 2014 containerized cargo volumes, showing overall volumes in September 2014 increased 9 percent compared to September 2013. Total cargo for September was 775,133 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs)


Maersk to Bump Asia-Europe Rates

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Container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk , plans to raise freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from Nov 1. Rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $900






 
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