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BIMCO, Global Shipping Forum launch “SERVICECON”

Port of Hamburg

  BIMCO and the Global Shipping Forum have now launched a new standard contract – named “SERVICECON” – which simplifies and harmonises terms and conditions for container volume contracts between shippers and carriers. The new agreement is designed to meet the contractual needs of small to medium sized shippers, which, despite the large number and global value of the shipments they transport, often lack the legal resources to develop their own agreements with carriers. Following a two year period of discussions between carrier and shipper representatives, the BIMCO/GSF SERVICECON Standard Service Contract has been developed to provide a basis for container volume agreements. It provides a comprehensive starting point for negotiations and helps to smooth and speed up the contractual process. Shippers and carriers can amend the contract to suit their individual commercial needs, providing the flexibility needed for making commercial agreements. Grant Hunter, Chief Officer Legal and Contractual Affairs at BIMCO, said, “We are delighted to have worked together with GSF to produce this new standard service agreement that will benefit the industry by its simple wording and fair reflection of the interests of shippers and carriers. “It has been designed to be used as a framework container volume service-level agreement for the liner trades – and to be adaptable for commercial parties’ individual needs and


CMA CGM Communication on VGM of Packed Containers

Photo: CMA CGM

 As of July 1st, 2016, the enforcement of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requirements regarding the verification of the gross mass of packed containers will be applicable.   A packed container will not be allowed to be loaded on board vessels to which the SOLAS Convention applies unless the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of the container has been provided to the ship’s master or his representative and to the terminal or its representative sufficiently in advance to


Peak Season to be Muted Says Drewry Shipper Survey

 Carriers hoping for a respite from difficult market conditions with the traditionally buoyant peak season may be disappointed as a recent survey has revealed that shippers expect this year’s peak season to be subdued.   Shippers tell Drewry survey they don’t expect much of a volume uplift in the third-quarter peak season.   Nearly half of the 51 shippers who responded to the survey by Drewry Supply Chain Advisers said they expect volumes for the third-quarter


NPRM Issued on Items Requiring Shipper's Export Declaration

The U.S. Census Bureau issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would, if adopted, require shippers who export items identified on the Commerce Department Commerce Control List (CCL) or the State Department United States Munitions List (USML) to file the Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) electronically via the Automated Export System (AES)/AESDirect. Comments on this proposal must be submitted by December 9, 2002.


Judge For U.S. Regulator Strikes Committed Rates On Seaway Pipeline

  A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission judge annulled committed shipper rates on the Cushing-to-Texas Seaway pipeline on Friday, despite objections from energy companies who say it could jeopardize billions in infrastructure investment. Administrative law Judge Karen Johnson upheld a ruling she made last September, saying the contracts that Seaway Crude Oil Pipeline Company LLC negotiated with committed shippers must be "disturbed" because of the


Container Shipping Reliability Report Published

An INTTRA, SeaIntel, collaboration reports 'On-Time Performance & Schedule Reliability' of the ocean shipping industry INTTRA, an active worldwide network for ocean shipping, and SeaIntel, container shipping market analysts, announce the availability of the initial publication of the industry’s only shipping reliability report that combines on-time performance with schedule reliability measures. “For the first time shippers can now analyze actual container delivery time


RSPA Proposes Security Requirements HAZMAT Shipments

The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing new requirements to enhance security of hazardous material (HAZMAT) transported in commerce. Shipping papers would be required to include the name and address of the consignor and consignee and the shipper's DOT HAZMAT Registration Number, if applicable. Shippers and carriers of certain highly hazardous materials would be required to


Improving Freight Rates May Help Shippers Cope With Fuel Costs

The shipping industry is in a better position to cope with soaring fuel prices because of growth in trade as Asia recovers economic crisis, analysts said. The price of bunker fuel, which typically makes up about five percent of a shippers' total operating costs, has over the past six months doubled to $140 per ton. The spoils from improved conditions have not been evenly shared within the industry, with tanker owners the worst hit


Russian Icebreaker Operator Predicts Easier Winter Conditions For Arctic Shippers

An earlier forecast that Arctic shipping would face problems from severe weather has not been realized, experts now see no major disruptions to winter shipping. Thickening of ice, which had been officially forecast to start this year 10 to 15 days earlier than normal, did not happen, sources said, adding that it is now believed that shippers will see easier winter conditions in that region.


MarAd to Present Shipper Award

MarAd Administration will present the Shipper Award to the Fluor Corporation of Aliso Viejo, Calif, for their continuing support of the United States Merchant Marine. Acting Deputy Maritime Administrator Julie Nelson will present the award in a ceremony hosted by the Propeller Club of the United States at the Washington Navy Yard. Fluor has moved more than 32,000 metric tons of Iraq reconstruction cargoes and maintained a continuous supply chain through Iraqi ports.


Container-on-barge Returns to Baton Rouge

Photo: Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Container-on-barge services have returned to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to provide the petrochemical industry with another option to move its products.   Operated by SEACOR AMH, the service transports empty containers by barge into the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and loads them at the


Scorpio Bulkers books Net Loss

Photo: Scorpio Bulkers

 USA-Monaco based bulk carrier Scorpio Bulkers has reported a loss of $24.7 million in its second quarter of 2016, pushing the carrier's deficit up to $ 83 million.   The New York-listed dry bulk ocean shipper posted revenue of $17.4 million in the period.  


No Clues on Hanjin's Financial Health

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co.

 Cash-strapped Hanjin Shipping Co. sources say that the negotiations with tonnage providers for lower rates are undergoing, but wouldn't say much else.   According to Korea Herald, the country's No.1 shipping line has come under growing pressure from its creditors to secure more money


Long Beach Awards Sovcomflot for Green Shipping

Photo courtesy of PAO Sovcomflot

PAO Sovcomflot earned the Green Environmental Achievement Award from California's Port of Long Beach, recognizing the shipper for its ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship.   The company was awarded for its fleet performance by the Port of Long Beach Green Flag Program in 2015


Bahri Q2 Net Profit Soars

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 47.2 percent increase in second-quarter net profit on Tuesday. The company's net profit for the three months to June 30 was 504.18 million riyals ($134.44 million), up from 342


MSC Invests in TRAXENS Container Monitoring

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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has reached an agreement to back French start-up TRAXENS, a developer of cargo logistics solutions and creator of a container monitoring and coordination system.     Founded in 2012 and already backed by CMA CGM


Trieste Terminal Selects N4 TOS

Trieste Marine Terminal (Photo: TMT)

Navis has announced a new N4 terminal operating system (TOS) licensing agreement with Italian terminal, Trieste Marine Terminal (TMT). TMT selected the Navis TOS to optimize the terminal’s operational cycle and lower costs.   The ultimate goal is to increase TMT’s efficiencies


Creditors May Give Breathing Room for Hanjin Shipping

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 State-run Korea Development Bank and other creditors are expected to extend their conditional debt rescheduling program for Hanjin Shipping Co. to stay afloat, reports Korea Herald.   This move will give the struggling shipping company enough time to cover liquidity shortage on its own


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.  


HMM May Hire Foreign CEO for Revival

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) will start the process to appoint a new chief executive officer (CEO) when Hyundai Group loses control on Aug. 5, reports Korea Times quoting un-named industry sources.   The challenged shipper will begin a new chapter in its 40-year history


SOLAS VGM: Concerns, Impacts and the Road to Compliance

(File photo: Chamendra Wimalasena)

Shipping industry veteran Dan Gardner is director of Mobileweight, which helps to streamline processes and create efficiencies for the container shipping industry. The firm’s first-of-its-kind mobile application and online portal Mobileweight aims to offer a reliable


Zim to Adopt INTTRA eVGM Service

Photo ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, one of the world's leading container shipping carriers, and INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace, stated that ZIM's implementation of the INTTRA eVGM Service, which will facilitate compliance by ZIM and its customers with the International


Hyundai Merchant Marine to Join 2M Alliance

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

South Korean shipper Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd said on Thursday that it had signed a preliminary deal to join a 2M vessel-sharing alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), the world's two largest container shippers.  


MSC Full VGM Compliance

Photo: MSC

 One week after the implementation of the new SOLAS regulation ‘Verified Gross Mass’ (VGM), MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company confirms an outstanding early experience of compliance rates by shippers.   MSC France, which covers seven ports in the French Metropolitan area


CargoSmart Partners with Ningbo E-port for SOLAS VGM

Image: CargoSmart Limited

 The Port of Ningbo has integrated CargoSmart’s software for shippers and forwarders to meet new container weight requirements with its electronic platform for exchanging data between logistics providers, as well as between logistics providers and government agencies, the port said.






 
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