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Seaway Stakeholders File Suit Against US Coast Guard

A bulk carrier alongside the pier (File photo: FedNav)

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 First with Onboard Cell Service

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 Seen Surging In 2001

Container ship charter rates are reportedly set to recover from their current depression by 2001, according to shipping analysts.


CAT 3500 D-F Gensets Power Rio Fast Ferries

Fast ferry for Rio Olympics: Photo courtesy of Cat Marine

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


USCG Sets 2015 Drug Testing Rate

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


Maersk Line Lowers Asia-Europe Freight Rates

Photo courtesy of Maersk

Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, told its clients on Tuesday it will set the maximum freight rate from Far East Asia to Europe at $1,250 per 20-foot container (TEU) as of August 1, down by $200 from the previous month's comparable rate.   The set rate, which applies to all kinds of freight, will not necessarily go through as the shipper is often forced to accept far lower rates because there are too many vessels available to ship goods.  


Panamax Rates Firmer

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


Four Shipping Companies Upgraded By ING

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.


Ins and Outs of Tanker Spot Rate Analysis Revealed

Analysis: Image credit McQuilling Services

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


Cat Power Solution for Teekay Offshore

Image: Caterpillar Marine

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


Tanker Market: ‘New Normal’ Drives Downbeat Summer Sentiment

Antigone (Photo: Euronav)

The tanker market is forecast to see challenging conditions with technical and structural factors impacting earnings, according to independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI).   In its latest Tanker Freight Forecaster


Pressure Mounting on VLGCs Rates - Drewry

Source Drewry’s LPG Forecaster report (www.drewry.co.ukpublications)

A wave of cargo cancellations from the US is putting additional pressure on VLGC rates, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   Two major factors have lowered VLGC rates in recent times: excessive fleet growth and weak


Eastern Delivers Escort Tug to Suderman & Young

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

On July 29, 2016, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered Oceanus (Hull# 240), the third in series of four identical Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs built for Suderman & Young Towing Company at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility.  


Wanner Debuts Q155 Series Quintuplex Pumps

Image: Wanner Engineering

Wanner Engineering, Inc. has introduced its new Q155 Series Quintuplex seal-less pumps (low pressure models) designed for a variety of applications including reverse osmosis in water and wastewater treatment, mine dewatering, salt water disposal, salt water injection, bulk transfer


Rickmers Group Revenue Slides in First Half of 2016

In the first half of 2016 the Rickmers Group generated consolidated revenues of €249.3 million ($279 mln), 13.9 percent lower than in the corresponding period in 2015 (€289.6 million, $324 mln).   The main underlying factors are the persistently strained market situation


Has the Link between OPEC Production and VLCC Rates broken?

Graph: Poten and Partners

 For the tanker market, in particular for VLCCs, increasing Middle East OPEC production is typically a good sign.    Poten and Partners in its Shipbrokers Reports says that does not appear to be the case at this particular moment


Asia N.Europe Box Rates PLunge 10.5 pct

A containership alongside engaged in cargo operations in the port of Hamburg, Germany (port of Hamburg)

Container spot freight rates from Asia to Northern Europe fell 10.5 percent to $771 per twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) last week, data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange showed. Specifics of the Intermodal news include:   Freight rates from Asia to ports in the Mediterranean


Low Freight Rates Hit Maersk Line

Photo: Maersk Line

 Record low freight rates have driven the World’s largest container carrier Maersk Line to report a second-quarter loss of US$151 million.   The second quarter result and revenue both fall year-on-year as average freight rates hit record low levels


Carnival Vista Recognized as 'Green' Ship

Photo: Carnival Corporation

 Classification society Lloyd's Register has bestowed the "ECO Notation" designation on the new Carnival Vista, marking the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to achieve this distinction.    The notation recognizes that the cruise line designed


Tanker Outlook Dented by Middle East Refineries

Refinery throughput growth by region (000 bpd) (Source: Drewry’s Tanker Forecaster report)

A steep rise in refinery capacity in the Middle East, the world’s crude oil production hub, will diminish oil trade growth and with it prospects for tanker shipping, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. 


Q4 Bounce Forecast for Dry Bulk Market

File photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping

The Q4 bounce – a seasonal staple of the dry bulk markets – looks likely for Capesize and Panamax segments, but the effects may be limited.    Independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a fourth quarter bounce in dry


ROV Dredger Goes to Work in Singapore

The Mud Cat Model SRD-6EHV ROV System during factory pre-shipment testing (Photo: EDT)

 Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT) announced the successful start up and installation of a state-of-the-art Mud Cat brand remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at the Gardens by the Bay nature park in central Singapore.   ML Trading International purchased a Mud Cat Model SRD-6EHV ROV


How Long Will Shipping Downturn Last ?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Shipping is a cyclical business. For many years, Clarksons Research has tracked the ups and downs of its cycles via the ClarkSea Index, a weighted average of vessel earnings in the main shipping sectors.    In the first half of August, the index averaged less than $7,500/day


DP World Rating Upgraded by Fitch

Photo DP World Port

Fitch Ratings recently upgraded DP World Limited’s  Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to BBB from BBB- and its Short-Term IDR to F2 from F3. The rating outlook is stable.   The upgrade follows on the Fitch announcement in November 2015 that DP World’s outlook had been


Ice Free Arctic?

Photo Credits: NASA/Kate Ramsayer

 Arctic melting slowed enough in midsummer that scientists don't expect this year's sea ice minimum to set a new record. This year’s melt season in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas started with a bang, with a record low maximum extent in March and relatively rapid ice loss through






 
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