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BIMCO, Global Shipping Forum launch “SERVICECON”

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  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

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 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


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.


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


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


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


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.


P&I Club Warns: Failure to Comply with SOLAS Amendment

Courtesy UK P&I

· Some terminals and shippers are unprepared for the enforcement of the SOLAS amendment on 1st July · Without steps to address the requirements of the SOLAS amendment, chaos and commercial disputes may ensue · A failure to comply will result in fines, delays and potential loss of business for carriers   The SOLAS amendment coming into force on 1st July 2016 requires, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export


Maersk Line Launches Latin America, Asia Service

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Maersk Line announced changes to its AC network with the launch of its AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America with Asia, beginning at the end of June.   According to Maerks Line, the AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America to Asia


New Call at Port Kelang on CMA CGM’s REX 2

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CMA CGM has introduced a new westbound call at Port Kelang on its REX 2 service connecting Asia with Red Sea.   CMA CGM has decided to replace its REX2 westbound Singapore call with Port Kelang. This new routing grants the full coverage and transit time improvements through the


SOLAS Container Weight Requirements FAQ

Photo: IMO

 With new rules regarding the declaration of the accurate gross mass of a packed containers due to enter force, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) answers the industry’s frequently asked questions (FAQ).   What are the new rules?


STX Shipbuilding Likely to Enter Court-lead Restructuring

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South Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd will likely need to enter court-supervised receivership due to financial difficulties, the firm's lead creditor Korea Development Bank said on Wednesday. STX Offshore's creditors took control of the company in 2013 after the


CMA CGM Doubles Liverpool Feeder Capacity

Courtesy Peel Ports Containers

CMA CGM has increased the capacity on its West Coast Feeder service via Liverpool to 2200 TEU from 900 TEU. M.V. Nicolas Delmas began calling at the port in April. The service begins in Antwerp and also calls at Greenock, Belfast, Dublin and Le Havre.  


Xeneta Proposes Commodity Status in Container Shipping

Patrik Berglund (Photo: Xeneta)

With ultra-low container rates, multiple operators teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and adversarial relationships developing between those shipping goods and the carriers, Xeneta believes the entire container industry must evolve. The Oslo-based benchmarking and market intelligence platform


Is Container Freight Now a Commodity?

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In an interview with Patrik Berglund, the Xeneta CEO says that the introduction of the "commodity" status for the container would benefit both shippers and carriers.     Q- In today’s world of Amazon, Alibaba and E-commerce


APL Reduces Carbon Emissions by 45.5%

APL Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduction against 2009 Level %

APL today announced that it has reduced its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 45.5% in 2015, compared to its emissions level in 2009. This achievement marks APL’s highest carbon dioxide emissions reduction in the last six years.  


APL Reports 45.5% Carbon Emissions Reduction

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APL announced that it has reduced its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 45.5 percent in 2015, compared to its emissions level in 2009.   “APL has steadily reduced its year-on-year carbon emissions and this demonstrates the company’s unyielding focus on sustainable shipping


Westwood Shipping Withdraws from Port of Portland

Westwood Shipping’s final call to Oregon’s Port of Portland will be May 21, signaling the exit of the last remaining container shipper making regular calls to the port’s Terminal 6. The shipping company stated in a letter to customers that economics of a single call per month do


Hamburg Süd to Adopt INTTRA eVGM Service

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Hamburg Süd, one of the 10 largest shipping lines worldwide, and INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace, have expanded their partnership to address the July 1 implementation of the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM)


Hanjin Shipping Bondholders Okay Debt Freeze

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 South Korea's largest shipping line Hanjin Shipping said bondholders agreed to extend the maturity of Won35.8bn ($30.1m) in debts by four months to September 23 this year, in a major step to help the company avoid bankruptcy.   According to a report in the Korea Herald


TT Club Welcomes IMO Guidance on SOLAS VGM Amendment

At an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee session in London that culminated on Friday, delegates agreed on guidance and advice to both those active in the container supply chain globally (shippers, carriers and port operators)


Weight for Delays

Photo: International Institute of Marine Surveying

 Drewry survey finds that confusion reigns over new container weighing rule with most stakeholders expecting some delays after its implementation in July.   There is just over a month to go before new safety regulation comes into effect that will mandate container weighing from 1 July


Container Weight Regulations

Image:  World Shipping Council

 Starting July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments to The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Seas’ (SOLAS), will require that shippers verify gross container weight prior to shipping.  






 
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