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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

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.

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

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

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.

Federal Mediator Steps In

According to reports, dockworkers agreed to federal mediation Wednesday in the labor dispute with shippers as political pressure mounted in Washington, D.C. In the first breakthrough since shippers locked longshoremen out of West Coast docks Friday, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union agreed to have federal mediator Peter Hurtgen meet with both sides to talk about the thorny subject of technology. The announcement came as California's senior U.S

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.

The Hearsay Portal: part 1 of 2

Chris Giermanski (Director of International Operations, Transportation Services, Inc.)

Dr. Jim Giermanski (Chairman, Powers Global Holdings, Inc.) and Chris Giermanski (Director of International Operations, Transportation Services, Inc.) weigh in on the balance between facilitating trade and guaranteeing cargo identity and quantity - and what CPB needs to do to achieve just that. Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Modernizing the flow of Customs data and improving security began many years ago

Hapag-Lloyd Posts Third Straight Quarter of Profits

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

German continuer shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG recorded its third consecutive profitable quarter, marked by higher transport volumes and reduced shipping costs in the third quarter of 2015.   For the first nine months of 2015, the shipper posted a €6.8 billion revenue, up €1

CMA CGM to Acquire Neptune Orient

Photo: Neptune Orient Lines Limited

 France’s CMA CGM SA is in exclusive talks to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL), the shipping company and its Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Ltd., its largest shareholder, said.    The deal would bring together the world’s third-largest container

Port of Long Beach Mulls ‘Flexible Free Time’

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach officials will consider reducing the amount of time import containers can be stored on docks without charge, hoping the change would increase velocity of cargo moving out of the port.   Since 2005, the length of time containers can stay on the dock, called “free time

Latest Deliveries Complete Ardmore Newbuild Program

Ardmore Chippewa (Photo: Ardmore Shipping Corporation)

Tanker shipper Ardmore takes delivery of 23rd and 24th vessels, completing its initial newbuilding program Ardmore Shipping Corporation has taken delivery of two product and chemical tanker newbuildings, the Ardmore Chippewa and Ardmore Seahawk

NAT Adds Two More Tankers

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has taken delivery of the second of two Suexmax tankers recently purchased secondhand.   The shipper announced in July that it had entered an agreement to acquire two 2010-built ships for delivery in September and October 2015

First US Shale Gas Exports to Sail into Oversupplied Market

When Cheniere Energy opened a new liquefied natural gas import terminal in Louisiana in 2008, a U.S. shale drilling boom quickly made it obsolete. Seven years on, with the Houston-based firm about to open a landmark export plant on the same site, the timing, again, is far from ideal.  

Books, Greenshoe in Hapag-Lloyd IPO Covered

Investors have confirmed their orders for shares in Hapag-Lloyd's initial public offering, covering the books and the greenshoe option after the German shipper adjusted the price range, a source familiar with the matter said. "It went more quickly than expected

La Spezia CT Wraps up Asian Tour


  Senior executives from Italy’s La Spezia Container Terminal - Contship Italia Group, wrapped up a whirlwind tour of key supply chain hubs in South East Asia and China this week with a presentation and networking event in Shanghai.

North America Dominates Global Container Shipping Market

Pic by China Shipping Container Lines

 In terms of geography, North America dominates the global container shipping market . This is due to improved transportation services in this region, says a report from Persistence Market Research.   The U.S. represents the largest market for container shipping followed by Canada in

Cosmo Lifts US, Mexican oil on Common VLCC

Japanese refiner Cosmo Oil has for the first time shipped U.S. condensate and Mexican crude on the same supertanker to reduce costs, industry sources said on Friday. U.S. condensate exports to Asia have slowed this year after West Texas Intermediate prices strengthened against Dubai crude

Maersk Orders BWTS for 7 Newbuilds

Image: DESMI Ocean Guard

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S to supply ballast water treatment systems to a series of new container vessels to be built at COSCO Zhoushan shipyard in China, for Danish shipper Maersk Line.   DESMI Ocean Guard announced that its RayClean ballast water treatment system (BWTS) has been selected for

Port of Long Beach Sees Best October in 8 Years

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Strong export growth leads overall 6.3 percent volume increase   The docks continued to be busy at the Port of Long Beach in October as cargo volume rose 6.3 percent compared to the same month last year, making for the best October in eight years, the port reported

LNG Tanker Sails for US Sabine Pass for Inaugural Loading

Cheniere Energy's landmark Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas export plant in Louisiana will receive its first tanker for loading on Jan. 12, according to ship tracking data and a source with knowledge of the plant's operations.   The Energy Atlantic LNG tanker

Two More Secondhand Bulkers for Seanergy

Dry bulk shipper Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has taken delivery of two secondhand Capesize dry bulk vessels, renamed M/V Gloriuship and M/V Squireship, to be employed in the spot market.   The 171,314 dwt Gloriuship was built in 2004 by Hyundai Heavy Industries, and the 170

Maersk Line Revamps Far East/Southeast India Network

Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced two new services for its Far East/Southeast India network: the Chennai Express (CHX) and the Chennai Express 2 (CHX2).   From January 2016, the shipper will introduce two new services, a vessel sharing agreement on the Chennai Express (CHX) and

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