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Rhine Shipping Goes Online

Dutch oil, chemicals and storage group Petroplus is one of the partners to launch an Internet-based portal and online exchange to transform the traditional Rhine-based shipping sector. Shippers, integrated barge owner companies, independent barge brokers and individual barge owners will have the opportunity to conduct business online through this portal, Petroplus said in a statement. The other founding shareholders of the project are BP Amoco, shipping and tank storage firm Royal Vopak and Germany's Marquard & Bahls AG which trades under the brand names Mabanaft and Oiltanking. The project is supported by the Rhine Barge Owners Association, Petroplus added. Management and technology consultancy Booz Allen & Hamilton will provide strategy and e-technology services to the venture. Petroplus said the portal would be a neutral market place, focusing on barge freight trading on the Rhine and associated waterways. It will be extended to provide content and services, including weather and information on Rhine levels and rates, pre and post fixture status updates, risk management, bunkering and maintenance and vetting checks. Petroplus said the Rhine transport market had an estimated size of $650 million per year for freight brokering transactions alone. An additional four billion euros is spent on services related to barge operations, it said.


Supertankers Buying Spree to Beat Oil Glut

Oil Tanker: Vitol

 Some of the world’s largest oil traders are reportedly hiring supertankers in a possible attempt to stockpile oil supplies following the plunge in world prices.   Trading firms including Vitol, Trafigura and energy major Shell have all booked crude tankers for up to 12 months, Reuters said, quoting freight brokers and shipping sources. These companies have booked crude tankers for up to 12 months - taking advantage of some cheaper rates of hire.  


Industry veteran Joseph F. Daly, dies at 91

Longtime industry veteran Joseph F. Daly passed away on April 2, 2005. He was 91 years old. Joseph F. Daly began his career in the transportation industry in 1947 when he joined F. W. Hartmann directly out of the armed forces. A veteran of the US Army, Daly enlisted at age 17 and returned from active duty with the rank of Captain after fighting in the Pacific during WWII. Daly later served as President of F. W. Hartmann, a major steamship agent and freight broker that represented Hansa Line


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Bottom Out

File image: A ValeMax bulk carrier.

End-of-year cargo flurry still anticipated - brokers. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could bottom next week as owners resist charterers' attempts to force rates lower on the expectation of an end-of-year cargo flurry, brokers said on Thursday. "Nobody wants to lock-in freight prices at the current levels (and miss a November rates rebound)," said a Singapore-based capesize broker on Thursday.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Stay Flat

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize rates to stay flat, but higher fuel prices could provide support   Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to remain flat as vessel supply outpaces cargo demand, while higher bunker prices could support freight rates, ship brokers said on Thursday.   "The market is going nowhere - there is no prospect of an improvement because there are so many ships available (for charter)


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could slide as Tonnage Outweighs Demand

A typical Capesize Bulker (credit: BSM)

Many vessels available for charter put pressure on freight rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as the number of ships available for charter outpaced cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday. "Charterers are in the market but there aren't that many cargoes to support the volume of ships. There is a softer feel to the market," a Shanghai-based capesize broker said.


Asian Panamax Rates Rebound

Asian Panamax freight rates for dry bulk cargo bounced back this week and shipping agents said a recovery would become more evident with the start of South American export seasons in March. "Chartering activity is much more active than last week and we saw a substantial number of fixtures this week," said an executive at a shipping firm which operates Panamax-class business. For the benchmark U.S. Gulf to Japan route, freight rates were quoted higher on Friday at $21.775 per ton against $21


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Soften

Capesize market "overheated" as rates near eight-month highs; optimism for a busier fourth quarter looms. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are likely to take a breather and drift lower after climbing to their highest level in nearly eight months this week following bad weather delays and charterers' need for urgent tonnage, ship brokers said. "It's been really hot. Both the Atlantic and the Pacific have become overheated


Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday. "There's too many ships in the Pacific. There's a lot of ballasters (empty ships) sailing to Brazil," a Singapore-based ship broker said.


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb Slowly

File image: a so-called SuezMax oil tanker (Suez Canal Authority)

Around 47 MidEast charters fixed for July loading so far; older tonnage and new vessels a drag on freight rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to nudge higher next week after moving above nine-month lows on increased charters this week, ship brokers said on Friday, although gains will be capped by ample tanker availability. "The market is still rubbish, but it has turned," a Singapore-based supertanker broker said on Friday.


Baltic Exchange Chief Outlines Growth Plan

Newly appointed Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Mark Jackson has set out the Exchange’s vision of the near-future in a wide-ranging speech in Singapore during the concurrent MPA Singapore Maritime and Singapore Iron Ore Weeks. “The recent acquisition of the Baltic Exchange by the


VLCC Rates to Fall Further in Well-supplied Market

File photo: Maran Tankers Management

Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to slide further next week, falling below tanker break even costs on routes from the Middle East, as too many ships chase too few cargoes, brokers said on Friday.   "In today's market Middle East charter rates are around $15


U.S. Freight Recovery Spurs Diesel Demand

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U.S. freight movements have started increasing again, which should help boost consumption of distillate fuel oil in 2017 and 2018.   The tonnage of freight moved by road, rail, barge, pipeline and air cargo has been increasing year on year since October


VLCC Rates to Stabilise as Owners' Resolve Stiffens

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VLCC's likely to struggle to break even for next two months; three-tier VLCC market weighs on sentiment.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to become steady around the current levels as owners resist charterers' attempts to pull down hire rates with the


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb Again

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Number of spot capesize cargoes double from January levels; Pacific capesize earnings now around $14,000 per day.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-month highs this week, are set to jump further next week on tight tonnage supply and


Baltic Index Climbs to Three-month High

Handysize bulk carrier (Photo: © Pacific Basin)

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, closed at its highest level in three months on Friday, supported by robust capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Asia Tankers-VLCC Weighed by Excess Tonnage

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MidEast, West Africa rates diverge; oil output curbs in Iraq and West Africa could weigh on tanker market.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure with hire rates from the Middle East to Asia tracking lower in the face of excess tonnage in


VLCC Rates to Remain Weak on Output, Tonnage Woes

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to a near six-month low on Thursday, will remain weak until the Asian refinery maintenance season gets completed, starting April-end.   "I haven't seen a collapse in rates like this for some time


Hapag-Lloyd Expects Rising Freight Rates in 2017

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Moderate increases in freights to be achieved in 2016; new Alliance membership starts on April 1.   German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd expects freight rates to be several percentage points higher this year than in 2016, one of a number of factors that should help the company


Asia Tankers-VLCC to Stabilise as Owners Stand Firm

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40 MidEast VLCC cargoes fixed for early April loading.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which have fallen to six-month lows, are likely to hold steady around current levels as owners resist charterers' attempts to push rates lower, brokers said.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Set to Climb Again

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Capesize rates hit new multi-month highs this week; BHP and FMG likely to renew chartering activity next week.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-month highs on Tuesday, could climb further on increased chartered activity by miners


Baltic Index Drops as Cyclone Dampens Demand

On March 29, 2017 at 3:24 a.m. UTC the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAAs Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Debbie over Queensland, Australia. (Photo: NASA/NOAA)

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Friday as closure of mines and ports in Australia due to a cyclone weighed on demand for capesize vessels. Cyclone Debbie, which struck Queensland this week


DHL Says Ocean Freight Rates at Turning Point

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Demand for ocean and air freight has been better than expected this year, with increasing volumes and rates finally improving after years in the doldrums, executives from freight forwarding company DHL, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, said.


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb as Asian Refiners Restock

File Image: A typical VLCC underway (EuroNav)

Rates to climb to around W65 from MidEast to Asia; W70 from West Africa.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to rise further as Asian refiners rebuild inventories after plants were reactivated following maintenance outages, brokers said on Friday.  


Capesize Rates Further Impacted by Cyclone Debbie

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Coal shipments from eastern Australia could stop for 3-4 weeks.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which fell to multi-week lows this week, are likely to remain depressed in the absence of Australian coal cargoes and iron ore and coal from South Africa






 
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