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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


CMIT's Q1 Volume Double

CHINA SHIPPING vessel at Cai Mep Photo APM Terminals

Cai Mep, Vietnam - With five new services calls added to Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) since May of 2015, container volume has surged by 130% to 277,303 TEUs for the first three months of 2016, as compared with the same period a year ago. This growth follows an 80% expansion in container traffic at CMIT in 2015 over the year prior, to 724,768 TEUs.  CMIT, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, is a deep-water facility located in the Ba Ria‐Vung Tau Province


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


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Fall 8.1 pct

File Image (Credit: GPA)

Freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 8.1 percent to $713 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed according to a source with access to the data.


HK Shipping Tycoon George Chao Dies

Photo:  Wah Kwong Shipping Holdings.

Following a long illness George Chao, a shipping legend in Hong Kong and president of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport, died, aged 76, in hospital.   WAH Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings, established 64 years ago, is now one of the largest privately owned shipowners in Hong Kong. 


ICTSI Australia Secures AUD398 Mln Loan

Photo Courtesy ICTSI Australia unit

On July 15, 2016, Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) signed a syndicated loan facility worth AUD 398 million (approximately USD 300 million) with seven leading global financial institutions, namely: Citibank N.A., KFW IPEX-Bank


Bahri Agrees with APICORP Launch $1.5B VLCCs Fund

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National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) said on Sunday it signed a deal with Arab Petroleum Investments Corp. (APICORP) to launch a $1.5 billion investment fund that could buy up to 15 very large crude carriers (VLCCs). The fund will be seeded with $500 million on three occasions


WFW Advises Teekay on Major Financing Initiatives

LNG Ship Docked Watson Farley & Williams

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams LLP (“WFW”) advised long-standing client Teekay on the successful completion of financing initiatives for Teekay Corporation and Teekay Offshore Partners LLP (“TOO”).


Cargo Shipping Market to Reach 12.52 Bln Ton by 2021

Photo: Maersk Line

 The Cargo Shipping Market is estimated to gain momentum after fiscal year 2018 after years of sluggish growth. Cargo Shipping Market is projected to reach 12.52 Billion Tons at CAGR of 3.5% from 2016 to 2021.   According to report Cargo Shipping Market - Global Trends and Forecast to


Asia-N.Europe Container Rates Fall 17%

File photo: Maersk Line

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 17 percent to $776 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed according to a source with access to the data.


Moody's confirms Teekay's B3 CFR; Changes Outlook to Stable

Courtesy Teekay

 Moody's Investors Service confirmed the ratings of Teekay Corporation ("Teekay", or "Parent"): Corporate Family Rating ("CFR") at B3 and senior unsecured debt rating at Caa1. Concurrently, Moody's upgraded the Speculative Grade Liquidity rating to SGL-3


Interest in RBS Greek Shipping Unit Cools after Brexit Vote

Royal Bank of Scotland is facing setbacks over a proposed sale of its Greek ship finance business, with potential suitors backing off, partly because of the British vote to leave the European Union, sources told Reuters.   Britain's June 23 vote has raised the risk of recession and earnings


Interest in RBS' Greek Shipping Unit Cools Post-Brexit Vote

The Royal Bank of Scotland is facing setbacks over a proposed sale of its Greek ship finance business, with potential suitors backing off, partly due to the British vote to leave the European Union, sources told Reuters.   Britain's June 23 vote has raised the risk of recession and earnings


Kalmar Reachstacker for JR Intermodal Green Transport Terminal, Texas

Super Gloria Photo Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and its US dealership Darr Equipment Co. of Houston have delivered a Kalmar Super Gloria reachstacker for barge handling to the JR Intermodal Green Transport Terminal in Texas. The order was booked in August 2015, with delivery on May 30, 2016.


UK Shipping & Transport OMBs Confident of an Up-Swing

Courtesy Barclays and Moore Stephens

A survey by leading accountant Moore Stephens has revealed that over three-quarters of owner-managed businesses (OMBs) in the UK operating in the shipping and transport sector are confident about their prospects for 2016. The survey revealed that


TORM Secures Financing for LR2 Newbuilds

TORM said it has entered into a financing agreement for the four LR2 newbuildings to be delivered in 2017 and 2018. The vessels are all in the LR2 class, i.e. of a size of approximately 114,000 dwt.   The financing agreement for an amount of up to $115 million has been concluded with The


Scorpio Tankers Receives Commitment for Loan Facility

Photo Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced that it has received a commitment for a loan facility up to $300 million from ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Nordea Bank Finland plc, acting through its New York branch, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB. The loan facility will be used to refinance the existing


Shipping is the Least Optimistic Segment in Transportation

Image: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

 Shipping is the least optimistic industry within the transport sector, by a significant margin, according to the seventh The way ahead Transport survey from global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.    Only 15% believe that current market conditions are positive






 
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