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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.

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

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.

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.

Indonesia Plans to Build 22 Ports

Image: PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia II

 Indonesia Port Corporations (IPC) or PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) II, Indonesia’s state-owned port operator is to build 22 ports in the country in the next five years for an anticipated cost of around $3.5 billion.   “We are targeting to build 22 ports from Belawan to

Baltic Index Slips as Demand Falls

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Monday as demand dropped across all vessel categories. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax

Epic Gas Secured Credit Facility for 7 Newbuilds

Pic: Epic Gas Ltd.

 Epic Gas Ltd has closed a new USD 120 million post-delivery senior secured credit facility to finance its remaining seven owned vessels under construction.   The facility covers approximately 65% of the contract price of the vessels, and has been closed in partnership with Coordinator

Matson Closes $75mln Debt Private Placement

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced today the issuance of $75 million in 30-year final maturity senior unsecured notes pursuant to a previously announced private placement on July 30, 2015. The notes will have a weighted average life of approximately 13 years and will

Smart Box Ship Features Built-in Container Tracking

CMA CGM Bougainville (Photo: CMA CGM)

CMA CGM Bougainville is billed as the first containership in the world to be equipped with TRAXENS technology, which transforms containers into smart, connected objects.   Newly built CMA CGM Bougainville, the 18,000 teu flagship of French container shipping company the CMA CGM Group

New Risks Moving Crude Oil by Rail

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The rapidly changing landscape of crude oil exploration and drilling in the US and Canada, together with economic considerations, logistical issues related to pipeline transport, and the availability of new types of crude oils, including Bakken crude and various forms of bitumen

Hapag-Lloyd Secures Financing for Five Newbuilds

The new ships are being built by the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI). (Photo Hapag-Lloyd)

Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd announced it has signed a 12-year $372 million facility agreement with a banking syndicate to finance the construction of five new vessels ordered from a South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in April 2015.  

Weaker Capesize Demand Pulls Down Baltic Index

Photo: Alex Sergienko

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

Teekay Secures $1bln from Chinese Bank

 Teekay Corporation announced today it has entered into a framework cooperation agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) for up to $1 billion in new loan facilities.   The loan facilities would be made available to Teekay and its subsidiaries

River Information System Updated in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Transas)

The Consortium BulRIS II led by Transas has completed the second phase of the BULRIS project, funded by the Operational Program "Transport" 2007 – 2013. The system was delivered to the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co

EBRD buys into Turkish Port Operator

Photo credit: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has acquired stake in Turkish cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH), one of the world’s largest port operating companies.   In a statement, the bank said the minor stake would be used to finance GPH's

Baltic Sea Freight Index Remains Flat

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

Heavy-lift Ship Transporting 22 Vessels from Asia to Rotterdam

Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Press release - The Damen Shipyards Group is shipping a total of 22 vessels from several Damen shipyards aboard the heavy-lift vessel Happy Star. This is Damen’s largest transportation of stock vessels to date. Upon arrival in Europe later this month

Greece Eyes Shipping Money

Theodore Dritsas. Photo Credit: Tovima

Greece's returning Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras decided to break up the "super-Ministry" of the Economy, Shipping and Tourism.   The shipping portfolio was handed to Theodore Dritsas who will head a stand-alone Ministry of Shipping

China Probes Shipping Lines

Image: Ningbo Port Group

Seven of Chinese state departments are investigating four local shipping companies over allegations that they have levied arbitrary and excessive charges for port services following complaints from foreign trade firms, reports Reuters.  

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