Ports and vessel operators challenge what they call “flawed pilotage fees” A coalition of U.S. Great Lakes ports, vessel operating companies and maritime trade associations today filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2016 increase in Great Lakes pilotage rates, the American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA) announced. The complaint was filed by a coalition including the AGLPA, along with the Shipping Federation of Canada and the U.S. Great Lakes Shipping Association, as well as vessel operating companies Fednav International Ltd, Canfornav Inc., Polish Steamship Company, Spliethoff Transport, Brochart Shipping and Wagenborg Shipping. The coalition disputes the agency's proposed 58 percent increase in pilotage fees to be implemented over 2016 and 2017, arguing flaws in the agency's work. “Great Lakes pilotage costs have gone up 114 percent over the last 10 years. The Coast Guard wants to increase them another 58 percent by 2017. These increases are unsustainable and will ultimately erode the viability of international trade through Great Lakes ports,” said Will Friedman, President of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. Steve Fisher, Executive Director of the American Great Lakes Ports Association, said
NCL Corporation will be the first cruise line to bring passengers on North American cruises the ability to use their cell phones even when communications towers are oceans away. The company is providing the innovative new offering through Wireless Maritime Services, a joint venture of AT&T Wireless and Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN). Leading the way in shipboard technology, NCL pioneered the industry's first Internet access on the high seas with its Internet cafe in 1999
Container ship charter rates are reportedly set to recover from their current depression by 2001, according to shipping analysts.
Panamax freight rates in the Atlantic were firmer March 13 and may edge up further due to a seasonal boost, brokers said. They said the market was seeing steady increases and that fixtures for Panamax voyage charters had risen slightly with the timecharter sector looking better. However, the Capesize freight rate declined and has made some cautious about the sector. Brokers said the 1990-built 69,306 dwt Ispat Umang had attracted a healthy rate of $11,400 daily for prompt delivery Ghent
Caterpillar Marine with Cat Dealer Pon Power are pleased to announce the first Cat 3512C marine generator sets with Dynamic Gas Blending (DGB) have been selected to power Assessoria Transporte Aquaviaro fast ferries for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A total of 28 Cat generator sets will be installed on 7 aluminum-hull fast ferries, with 14x Cat 3512 generator sets and 14x Cat 9 generator sets providing prime and auxiliary power
The Coast Guard set the calendar year 2015 minimum drug testing rate at 25 percent of covered crewmembers. The minimum random drug testing rate is effective January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. The Coast Guard requires marine employers to establish random drug testing programs for covered crewmembers on inspected and uninspected vessels. Every marine employer is required to collect and maintain a record of drug testing program data for each calendar year
It looks as though the notoriously cyclical shipping sector is heading back up the mountain, as last week one of the world's prestigious financial firms stamped four companies with an investment ratings uprade. ING Barings last Wednesday raised its ratings on four shipping companies to strong buy from buy. Analyst Stephen Gengaro raised his ratings on shares of Frontline Ltd., OMI Corp., Overseas Shipping Group and Teekay Shipping.
Container service reliability reached a new high in the final quarter of 2011 with an on-time average of 69% across all the trades covered by Drewry’s Schedule Reliability Insight report, just published. The latest result was up by 6 percentage points over the previous quarter, meaning that schedule reliability has improved for three consecutive quarters, a feat only equalled once before between 4Q08 and 2Q09. Despite the positive results
Marine Transport Advisors, McQuilling Services, explain important elements of their forecasting process when they develop the final forecast set out in their recent '2014-2018 Tanker Market Outlook' analysis. The Outlook is synthesized from the following six components: Quantitative Modeling Sensitivity (reference, high and low cases) Experiential Adjustments Tonnage Supply & Demand Bias (Capacity index) Previous Outlook & Market Performance
Caterpillar Marine announced that Cat power and propulsion offerings have been selected to provide complete propulsion solutions for four ocean-going towing vessels designed by Ulstein Design and Solutions. Each vessel will have four 9 M 32 C propulsion engines, rated at 4,500 bkW at 600 rpm. Also onboard each vessel will be three Cat C32 auxiliary generator sets rated at 940 ekW at 1,800 rpm as well as one Cat C9 generator set to provide emergency power
The first dual-fuel two-stroke engine employing the low-pressure X-DF gas admission technology developed by Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has passed the final milestone in its evolution from a technical concept to commercial operation as a marine main engine.
Around 47 MidEast charters fixed for July loading so far; older tonnage and new vessels a drag on freight rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to nudge higher next week after moving above nine-month lows on increased charters this week, ship brokers said on Friday
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, for a third straight session, on rising demand across all vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax
Global capital markets reeled on Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union, with $2 trillion in value wiped from equity bourses worldwide, while money poured into safe-haven gold and government bonds. Sterling suffered a record plunge.
The container ship-leasing company Seaspan Corp declined Hanjin Shipping Co.’s request for a cut in charter rates by about 30 percent, dealing a blow to efforts by South Korea’s biggest liner to revamp debt amid a prolonged trade slump, reports Bloomberg.
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued its fall Monday on weaker demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 5 points, or 0
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell Tuesday on lower demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 2 points, or 0
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday on stronger demand across all types of vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax, and handysize shipping vessels, was up five points
According to Xeneta’s global database of over 12 million contracted ocean freight rates, the containership market is staging a small recovery, with short-term rates rising, suggesting long-term costs could soon follow suit. This may be positive news for carriers
Moody's Japan K.K. says that its outlook for the global shipping industry over the next 12-18 months is negative. "The negative outlook reflects our expectation that earnings will worsen, with freight rates likely to remain depressed amid ample supply," says Mariko Semetko
Maersk and MSC have initiated meetings with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to discuss the South Korean carrier joining the 2M alliance, says local media reports. According to Korea Herald, Korea’s second-largest shipping company is considering joining the 2M Alliance
Shipowners seeking $10 per tonne from Brazil-China; dry cargo demand to remain subdued this year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes may firm up next week on increased chartering activity, tighter tonnage supply and possible port disruption caused by bad
The first dual-fuel two-stroke engine employing the low-pressure X-DF gas admission technology developed by Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) passed the final milestone in its evolution from a technical concept to commercial operation as a marine main engine.
Australian mining giant BHP Billiton pulled a $500 million debt refinancing plan at one of Australia's biggest coal export terminals after banks were reluctant to lend to the sector, said three sources with knowledge of the process. The decision earlier this month sets back efforts to simplify
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday as demand strengthened across all vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels