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Argosy Transportation Group Celebrates 20 Years

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As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Argosy Transportation Group (ATG) is sponsoring various professional events, and contributing toward initiatives in education within the maritime industry. ATG said it appreciates the importance of investing in young professionals, and the group remains committed to developing a platform for the future of the industry. ATG said its commitment to trust and performance in transit is evidenced by its 20-year history. The company can trace its roots back to 1996 when Argosy Shipping was established by Rider Griswold, moving its first 76-ton shipment from Antwerp to Houston. At the time, the west-gulf had urgent need for a brokerage firm that could provide multipurpose ships to project-cargo owners and to the freight forwarding community, ATG said. Argosy Shipping spearheaded the way, enabling freight forwarders to charter ships by offering contractual and operational chartering services.  During the following 20 years, the group evolved from a shipping brokerage firm, to becoming a diversified maritime transportation and logistics company, now operating three main divisions – barging, shipping and technical services – both domestically and internationally.


Baltic Index Up on Improved Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday, supported by increased demand for panamaxes and smaller vessels.   The overall index that gauges the cost of shipping cargoes including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser, was up eight points, or 2.13 percent, to 384 points.   The index has gained over 30 percent, since hitting an all-time low of 290 points on Feb. 10.  


OceanConnect Shareholders Reflect on Two Years of Growth

OceanConnect's board of directors and shareholders reflected on two years of strong growth at the company's annual meeting, held yesterday in Oslo. "I am pleased to report to our shareholders that in fewer than two years, OceanConnect has become the only fuel service combining traditional brokerage with live, online competition. The results speak for themselves: with growth of more than 40 percent per annum, the outlook is good for continued growth


Boat Show at Miami Beach Registered Strong Sales

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Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach – attendance, exhibitors, sales up Attendance at the recent Miami Beach Boat Show based on concession sales and number of people using show transportation at the free-to-the-public event, was up more than 7 percent. Most importantly, notably strong sales activity was reported by numerous builders including Fairline, Viking, Ferretti, Hatteras, Westport and Marquis and brokerages including Allied Marine, HMY and Merle Wood, among others.


Stronger Demand for Bigger Vessels Pushes Baltic Index Higher

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities extended gains on Thursday, mainly propelled by firmer demand for bigger shipping vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, climbed 30 points, or 5.29 percent to 597 points.   The capesize index rose 87 points, or about 12 percent, to 831 points, its highest this year.  


Baltic Index Falls on Weaker Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday weighed down by lower rates for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 22 points, or 3.57 percent at 594 points.   The capesize index fell 85 points, or 10.16 percent to 752 points.   "Cape rates continue to slip back on thinner volumes following recent


ACL Establishes National Sales Force

American Commercial Lines Inc. announced it has established a national sales force in key geographic locations. The Regional Sales Directors include Mr. Vanta Coda -- Gulf Region, Mr. Gabe Forir -- Midwest Region, Mr. Michael Wiercinski -- MidAtlantic/Northeast, Mr. Neil Grossman -- Southeast Region, Mr. John Bryan -- Pittsburgh, and Mr. Sean Smith -- Ohio River Valley. The new directors have extensive backgrounds in rail, barge, 3PL logistics, chemical transportation


Genco to Extend Charter for Handymax Vessel

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced it has reached an agreement in principle to extend the time charter for the Genco Marine, a 1996-built Handymax vessel currently on charter with NYK Bulkship Europe S.A. The extended time charter would be for an additional eleven to thirteen months at a rate of $24,000 per day, less a 5% third party brokerage commission. The time charter, subject to completion of definitive documentation


Genco Takes Delivery of Second Capesize Vessel

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited has taken delivery of the Genco Tiberius, a January 2007-built 175,000 dwt Capesize vessel. The Genco Tiberius is the second vessel to be delivered to the Company under Genco's previously announced agreement on July 18, 2007 to acquire nine Capesize vessels from companies within the Metrostar Management Corporation group. The Genco Tiberius is currently on charter with Cargill International


MN 100: Gencorp Insurance Group

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The Company: Gencorp Insurance Group provides the Insurance and Surety needs of Marine Contractors, Vessel Operators and Shipyards throughout the country and Caribbean. Gencorp’s Marine Group facilitates the coverage placement and claims settlement for all insureds, utilizing a team that has a Maritime Academy background or professional waterfront experience. Ask any group of Owners to design and build a full service insurance brokerage with all of the services and resources that they


Rosneft, Pietro Barbaro JV Enters Global Shipping Markets

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 Russia's Rosneft and Italy's shipping company Pietro Barbaro have agreed to jointly develop international sea freight operations, as the oil group has been aiming to expand its shipping business.   Rosneft (represented by RN-International projects) and Pietro Barbaro S.p.A


Crowley Adds Houston-Caribbean LCL Service

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Starting July 1, Crowley Maritime Corporation will offer weekly, fixed-day, less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping services from Houston to 33 port destinations throughout the Caribbean Basin, the shipper announced today.   The new logistics service is designed to enhance supply chain


Hyundai Heavy Affiliate Aims to Sell Stake in Brokerage Unit

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries said on Wednesday that its affiliate aims to sell its brokerage unit Hi Investment & Securities by the end of this year.   The affiliate, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, holds an 85 percent stake in Hi Investment & Securities.  


Big Tankers' Need for Retrofit Slows Use of New Panama Canal

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The promise that some oil traders and brokers saw for an expanded Panama Canal to become a new route for large tankers will take longer to realize than expected because many ships must first undergo inconvenient retrofits to transit through the new locks, shipping industry experts said.  


Baltic Index Slips Below 300 Points

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped below 300 points on Thursday, to an all-time low.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser


ISS Announces US Customs Brokerage Services

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ISS Brokerage Services, part of maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), is now providing U.S. Customs brokerage services across all North American ports. The new facility has been introduced after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) granted a


Baltic Index Rises as Capesizes Continue to Support

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday, on surging capesize demand and improved activity across vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Crowley Combining Puerto Rico Facilities

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Further reinforcing its commitment to the Puerto Rico market, Crowley Maritime Corp. is enhancing its total suite of shipping and logistics solutions for consumers and businesses with the consolidation of its Caribbean logistics services into a single new facility in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.


KB Fin Buys Hyundai Securities Stake for $1.1 Bln

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South Korean banking group KB Financial Group Inc is acquiring a controlling stake in brokerage Hyundai Securities Co Ltd for 1.25 trillion won ($1.09 billion) in a high-priced bet on diversification.   About two-thirds of KB Financial's 2015 net profit came from its banking unit


Stronger Capesize Rates Perks Up Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, supported primarily on improved demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Baltic Index Rises to Five-month High

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, on Tuesday rose to its highest in over five months on improved rates across vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Maersk Mulls Acquisitions after Surprising Profit

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Fragmented sector chasing alliances to cut costs; Maersk has plenty of cash for deals - CEO. A.P. Moller-Maersk returned to profit at its main container shipping business in the first quarter, putting the cash rich company in a strong position as the struggling industry consolidates.


Baltic Dry Bulk Index Dips on Weak Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued to dip on Wednesday due to sluggish demand across vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Commodities Shipping Firms Struggle to Ride Out Worst Downturn

Shipping companies transporting coal, and iron ore and other commodities are urgently seeking ways to conserve cash and withstand the worst market downturn on record as too many ships chase shrinking business.   A shortage of financing - estimated at $30 billion and caused in part by banks


S.Korea Shipbuilders' Lead creditors back Asset Sale, Cost Cuts

The lead creditors of two of South Korea's biggest shipbuilders have provisionally approved plans by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries to raise up to $4.2 billion in asset sales and cost cuts, people with knowledge of the plans said on Wednesday.






 
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