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Venezuela and Cuba Sign Economic Integration Agreements

Venezuela and Cuba signed 16 new cooperation agreements in a move that further boosts the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), a regional economic and social integration initiative launched by the two countries. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage attended the signing ceremony held in Caracas. The accords are far reaching in the fields of transport, finances, agriculture, mining, industry, tourism and electricity, according to reports. The agreements also include the possibility of setting up two joint ventures in transportation, particularly shipbuilding and port modernization. The production of stainless steel and ferrous nickel was part of an agreement in the field of mining, while in communications an underwater cable link between the two countries including a satellite system and networks is envisioned. Source: Cuban News Agency


China’s Growth Could Boost Shipping

China’s shift towards a domestic consumer demand-oriented economy could provide a significant boost to the global shipping industry, as the world’s second largest economy targets more sustainable growth. “2013 will be another peak year of new vessel deliveries. Oversupply of capacity is still an obstacle for the shipping industry to overcome, but with the improvement of the world economy, the shipping sector is expected to experience moderate growth


EU Bank Agrees Fos 2XL finance deal

Upon completion of the project, the creation of two new terminals due on stream in 2010, capacity will increase from the current 1m teu per year to 2.5m teu. Some 400 direct jobs will also be generated in addition to several thousand in allied sectors. Backing from the BEI – the European Union finance institution – acknowledges that the scheme meets several criteria for the development of European transport networks. During the signing, M


New Sources of Finance Needed for EU Transport Infrastructure

The Transport Committee believes that continued financial inaction on the transport infrastructure may put economic growth at risk. In a report adopted, it calls on the Commission to table proposals on possible new and alternative ways of financing, in particular, the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T). Since the priority investments have been slower than expected, key projects should now be selected for their financial feasibility.


China, Singapore Partner in Shipbuilding

According to an April 13 report from the People’s Daily Online, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and Singapore's Pacific International Lines (PIL) opened a joint venture - CSIC Pacific. Speaking at the opening of the company, Lim Hwee Hua, Singapore 's Minister in Prime Minister Office and Second Minister for Finance and Transport, said that this CSIC-PIL's partnership is reflective of the close links between China and Singapore.


Cyprus Financial Crisis: Effect on Shipping Interests

Cypriot Transport Minister, Tasos Mitsopoulos, states the nation's shipping registry will not be affected by turmoil in banking sector. The Minister downplayed the impact of Cyprus's banking crisis on the local shipping industry, pointing out that none of the island's banks are active in ship financing, reports Tax-News. Despite Mitsopoulos's assurances, many shipping companies' bank deposits in Cyprus are expected to be heavily impacted by the banking sector developments


Spinnaker Reports Buoyant Job Market

Maritime recruitment specialist Spinnaker Consulting has reported that despite general reports of a slowdown in the world economy, recruitment in the shipping, offshore and transport markets remains buoyant. Writing in the latest issue of Changing Course, Spinnaker's monthly e-mail newsletter, managing director Phil Parry says, "Contrary to most industry forecasts, 2002 does not look like being such a bad year for the shipping, offshore and transport job markets


PVA:Moving Cargo, Passengers to the Water

As the U.S. Department of Transportation works to develop transportation policies to meet 21st Century needs, perhaps the most vexing problems faced are those associated with traffic congestion on the Interstate highways which parallel our Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coastlines. Interstate 95, I-5 and I-10 carry automobile and truck traffic far beyond their design capacities. In the major metropolitan areas, which these highways intersect


New Shipping Risk Management Course

The Baltic Exchange and the Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance at London’s Cass Business School unveiled plans today (10 March) to deliver a series of executive courses focusing on the management of a range of financial risks in the shipping markets. The two day course “Shipping Risk Management” will cover freight, bunker, ship price, credit, foreign exchange and interest rate risk and will be held in London, Hamburg, Athens, Hong Kong and Singapore during 2005


Global Trade Set To Benefit From ICC Report

  Released yesterday, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Trade Register Report 2014 provides empirical evidence that, in all forms, trade and export finance is a low risk bank financing technique – further supporting ICC’s advocacy of trade finance as a strong contribution to economic recovery and growth. This evidence has the potential to alter attitudes towards trade finance, and therefore contribute to the growth of both global trade and the global economy.


Alfred Hartmann: New Captain on the Bridge at VDR

Alfred Hartmann Alfred Hartmann

Shipping owner Alfred Hartmann is the new President of the Association of German Shipowners (VDR). For the first time a mid-size company owner is at the helm of the VDR, and this 68 year-old wants to bring the German shipping industry back on course. He discussed his plan with MR.


Baltic Index Inches Up on Increased Rates for Bigger Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged higher on Friday on increased rates for bigger vessels. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Navios Buys 14 Distressed Ships from HSH Nordbank

Image: Navios Maritime Partners

 Navios Group has agreed to acquire another 14 vessels from HSH Nordbank in the second major distressed fleet deal between the two parties in the past two years.   HSH Nordbank and the Navios Group have signed a binding letter of intent for the acquisition of 14 ships at serious risk


Hamburg Süd Hit by Slowdown

Pic: Hamburg Süd

 The Hamburg-headquartered shipping line Hamburg Süd was hit by the economic downturn on the carrier's key markets in Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela.   The modest 2 percent increase in cargo volumes is attributed to the less-than-expected improvement to the market overcapacity


Baltic Index Edges Lower as Capesize Activity Decreases

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slipped on Thursday primarily due to lower demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Slips on Lower Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell slightly on Wednesday on lower capesize rates.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels


Scorpio Bulkers Confirms Vessels Selloff

Photo: Scorpio Bulkers Inc.

 NYSE-listed Scorpio Bulkers confirmed the sale of seven newbuildings for a total of $290mln  to an unnamed buyer, said a company press release.   The newbuildings comprise three capesizes and a kamsarmax bulk carriers, and three LR1 product tankers.   


Baltic Index Rises as Demand for Large Vessels Increases

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday primarily because of higher rates for the large vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Marshall Islands Calls for New Emissions Target

Tony de Brum

In a submission to the International Maritime Organization, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, currently the world’s third largest shipping registry, has called for the setting of a new global target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping


Baltic Index Up Slightly on Higher Rates for Large Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose slightly on Monday due to firmer rates for the large vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Cargo Ferry Project Moves Transport from Road to Sea

M/S Kvitbjørn (Photo: DNV GL)

A new competitive and eco-friendly maritime transport concept, the Cargo Ferry project, was presented in Oslo today. The result of more than two years of work, the concept has been developed as an alternative transport solution for containers that are carried for more than 200km on land


Main Sea Freight Index at Baltic Exchange Raises

Pic:  Baltic Exchange Ltd

 The main sea freight index at Baltic Exchange for ships carrying dry bulk commodities rose further on Friday mostly on higher capesize rates. The index tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize


Baltic Index Perks up on Increased Rates for Bigger Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged higher on Thursday as rates for bigger vessels rose.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Silver Coins Worth $50 mln Recovered from WW2 Wreck

Marine salvage experts have recovered $50 million in silver coins from a ship sunk by a German submarine in 1942 as it was transporting the cash from India to London to help finance Britain's efforts in World War Two. Mauritius-based Deep Ocean Search


NAO, Vard Push Back PSV Deliveries

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) informs that it has agreed with the Norwegian based Vard Aukra shipyard to extend the delivery of two platform supply vessel (PSV) newbuildings, originally scheduled to be delivered in mid-2015.   Under the new agreement






 
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