Following five consecutive monthly increases, the overall Stifel Logistics Confidence Index fell 1 index point to 51.5 in April. Despite the decline, the index remained above the significant 50 mark, denoting expansion, for the third consecutive month. However, a look at the present situation reveals that both air and sea freight volumes are below those expected relative to the time of year. Although the index for sea freight remained virtually flat at 47.4 in April (down 0.1 points from March), it still indicates a decline in volumes. Meanwhile, the index for current air freight volumes fell 1.2 points to 42.0 for the month, indicating an even greater decline relative to the volumes expected for the time of year. In terms of year-on-year comparisons, the sea freight index was 1.4 points higher in April 2013 compared with April 2012. In contrast, the index for air freight was 2.7 points lower compared with the same month last year. Since the Index’s inception over a year ago, the outlook for the next six months has remained very optimistic with respondents consistently anticipating positive volume growth. Although this trend continued in April, with the index at 58.4, it fell 1.3 points which suggests respondents are perhaps becoming less confident in a market revival taking place any time soon.
On July 15, the European Commission published the proposed amendments of the "sulphur directive." Ministers of the EU member states and members of European parliament will begin debates on the directive in the autumn. The proposal is based on the decision made by the International Maritime Organization IMO in 2008 to set the more stringent limits of sulphur content of the bunker fuel and emissions. The severe consequences it will cause to the North Europe have become clear
PD Ports senior representatives, including David Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, have returned to PD Ports’ Teesport operations, following a successful 14-day tour of the Far East. The aim of the tour, which included visits to Taipei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Dubai, was to promote greater use of Teesport and stimulate interest for new shipping lines to call at the Port direct. Teesport currently has frequent callings from eight container shipping lines
Half of all index-linked contracts filed with the US Federal Maritime Commission reference Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight pricing benchmarks. Drewry Maritime Research’s container freight rate benchmarks are the index of choice in index-linked container contracts, according to the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The agency also indicated that uptake of index-linked container contracts on US trades was fast growing
CrewInspector, an online crew management software provider, recently signed up with number of crew recruitment and crew management agencies based in Ukraine to provide its crewing software for businesses in Ukrainian market. “We see that companies are looking for straight forward software solutions not requiring long set-up and integration. CrewInspector offers high quality solution at very attractive price and that’s the main reason why we are so popular among start-up and
Marine logistics company Griffin Kinetic (GK) and Tundra Maritime Defence Services, (Tundra MDS) a maritime security provider, announced an exclusive partnership to provide logistics and security services to the international marine community. This collaboration leverages GK’s capabilities and experience in marine logistics and Tundra MDS’s experience and expertise in the maritime security sector. Both companies have banked in more than 25 years of relevant industry experience
By David Tinsley, technical editor Swelling U.S. interest in fostering the development of coastwise shipping may be set against the backcloth of an anticipated 55 percent growth in demand for domestic freight transport over the period 2000-2010. Aside from its breathtaking scale, one of the most remarkable aspects of the U.S. projection is its similarity to the forecast, 50-percent increase in European road freight volume within the same timeframe.
Stena Line has announced the refurbishment of two giant ships that the company will be introducing on the Irish Sea later this year. The identical 'sister' ships 'Stena Superfast VII' and 'Superfast VIII' will be the biggest ferries ever to sail between Northern Ireland and Scotland and will undergo a refit programme at the Remotova shipyard in Poland which the company claims will ensure that they are the most modern, comfortable and best designed ferries ever to ply the Irish Sea
DOT Announces Proposal to Establish ‘National Freight Network’. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced the establishment of a National Freight Advisory Committee to provide recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system. A strong freight transportation system is critical to the nation’s economy and essential for helping meet President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015
CargoSphere, cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh network for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced the completion of Blu Logistics’ integration with CargoSphere’s freight rate management solution. Blu Logistics, a global logistics company offering sea and air freight services, customs brokerage, ground transportation, and warehousing, previously outsourced freight rate and contract management
By Jonathan Saul, Reuters Crude oil tanker earnings on the major Middle East route fell on Tuesday as a build up of vessels available for hire weighed on rate sentiment. Shipping markets continued to monitor developments in Ukraine after Russia sent military forces into the Crimea region of
March 6 marks the start of a new service from Los Angeles gateway. CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, has announced a new weekly, direct, all-water LCL (less than container load) service from the U.S
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
Reuters - The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, rose 19 points to 1,562.
BIMCO reminds its members that one of its services is intervention to recover outstanding undisputed amounts. The service is free of charge and is offered only to members acting on their own behalf and in their own interest. Members owed money - be it an owner having problems obtaining
Carlile Transportation Systems, Inc., a TOTE Logistics company, has named Larry Felix as their new Vice President of Business Development. Larry will provide leadership over commercial development in Alaska and throughout the Lower 48. Carlile inform that Larry joins Carlile from Oak Harbor
Carlile Transportation Systems, Inc., a TOTE Logistics company, has named Larry Felix as their new Vice President of Business Development. Larry will provide leadership over commercial development in Alaska and throughout the Lower 48. Larry joins Carlile from Oak Harbor Freight Lines, Inc
Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics and Kestrel Liner Agencies are now working in partnership to offer a full range of logistics services between Scandinavia and the Caribbean and Latin America. Kestrel Liner Agencies has appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL)
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued a 54-year-old man, who was suffering from medical issues while aboard a 655-foot freight ship approximately 150 miles southwest of Tampa, Wednesday. At approximately 9:24 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla
Group narrows net loss; lifted by $470 million (USD) cost savings and building sale. NOL Group today reported a 2013 net loss of $76 million, improving 82 percent from a $412 million loss the previous year. The group’s full year financial results were helped by a non-recurring $200
As expected, 2013 did not bring significant changes to the evolution of the world economy and consequently the rate of growth of world trade. With regard to the maritime freight market, the same situation of imbalance between supply and demand continued with a consequent reflection in value of
The London P&I Club has increased its membership by almost two million gross tons over the past year. This increase reflects the entry of further tonnage with the club by existing members, and the addition of new members from China, Greece, Singapore, Turkey, and the U.K.
Sentina Corp, a New York-based producer of protective cargo coverings, says it has been awarded the designation of 'Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology' under the Department of Homeland Security's Safety Act for its Freight Glove, a reusable, vacuum-sealable, and tamper-evident covering.
Q4 net profit falls to $936 mln vs $808 mln forecast; Company will issue bonus shares. Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk said 2013 net profit fell less than expected thanks to higher earnings at container shipping business Maersk Line
Welcoming the proposal, the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) says it applauds the Administration’s vision for improving the multimodal freight network to support American businesses and national competitiveness in the world marketplace.