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U.S. Cargo Preference Billing

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Transportation released a report stating that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is required to reimburse the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for “excess” ocean freight costs that food assistance programs incur in order to comply with cargo preference statutes. There is a dispute between MARAD and USDA regarding how to calculate the amount owed. USDA recently billed MARAD $379 million in excess freight charges. OIG reviewed the billing in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and concludes that MARAD owes USDA a total of $164 million, rather than the $379 million billed. Report Number FI-2004-057 (HK Law).


India Aims to Boost Low-grade Coal Sales While Global Prices High

India is trying to boost sales of its low-quality coal by offering more of the fuel at home and initiating steps to lower freight costs, while global prices are high, with the government hoping the moves will help cut imports.   State-controlled Coal India, the world's largest miner of the fuel, has sharply boosted output in the past two years but has struggled to sell all of that due to softer domestic demand and the availability of superior-grade foreign coal at competitive rates


Grindrod Inks Writedown Charge, Cites Flagging Profit

South Africa's Grindrod flagged as much as 35 percent drop in annual profit on Thursday, after taking a $100 million writedown charge due to a slide in shipping rates and volumes. Africa's biggest shipping group said headline earnings per share - a widely watched measure of profit in South Africa that strips out certain one-off items - is likely to drop by between 30 and 35 percent for the year ending in December.


FMC Collects $338,000 In Penalty Payments

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Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $338,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with one vessel-operating common carrier and six ocean transportation intermediaries (both non-vessel-operating common carriers and ocean freight forwarders). The agreed-to penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission’s Area Representatives in Houston, Seattle


Ocean Freight Shipping Rates on the Rise

After a downtrend in the freight shipping tanker market since the middle of 2007, the industry has seen nothing but rate increases in the last month. This freight rate increase can affect consumers across the board, according to the freight transportation The cost of freight shipping can mean an increase in the cost of many consumer products, according to FreightBrokering.info, which is why it's so important to keep freight transportation costs down


Irish Continental Group Release 2012 Results

Irish Continental Group (ICG) produced another resilient performance in the face of continued economic weakness, which affects both consumer travel and import/export trade flows, the two areas of economic interest for the Group. During the year, the Group announced and completed the sale of its subsidiary Feederlink. Revenue for the year from continuing operations was up 1.7% at €256.1 million while continuing EBITDA  was down 3.2%, to €45


World Container Index (WCI) to launch in September

Drewry Shipping Consultants and The Cleartrade Exchange announced that the World Container Index (WCI), the first Europe-based assessment of container freight rates and index production, is scheduled for launch in September 2011. The index will be designed to provide a new and important facility for the global market to hedge their freight rate risk and see major improvements in forward price discovery through the container derivatives market.


TEN Reports 4Q Results

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18th consecutive year of profitability Company declares quarterly dividend of $0.15 payable in April 2011 Total dividends reach $333 million since 2002 NYSE listing 2010 HIGHLIGHTS - Voyage revenues of $408.0 million. - Operating income of $80.7 million, after vessel impairment charge of $3.1 million. - Net income of $19.8 million, after vessel impairment charge of $3.1 million. - EPS (diluted) of $0.50 ($0.58 per share excluding impairment charge). 


Master Charged with Operating Ship While Intoxicated

The Greek master of a commercial ship pleaded guilty and was charged Thursday with operating his vessel while intoxicated. Nikolaos Zografos was charged before a U.S. magistrate judge with being drunk while aboard the 580-foot freight ship Winner at St. John's Buoys, near Reserve, La. Zografos pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to one-year probation, restriction from being a master or licensed officer on any vessel in U.S


Commissioner Doyle: China Clarifies VAT

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Last week Commissioner William P. Doyle of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) briefed the full Commission with a report on his work seeking clarity and certainty on the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) as it relates to maritime commerce. Doyle informed the Commission that the Chinese government was expected to clarify its position on the VAT that has confused the shipper and carrier communities


Rolls-Royce Acquires Electrically-assisted Charging Technology

Rolls-Royce said it has acquired from G+L innotec the exclusive rights of use for a new technology for the electrically-assisted charging of off-highway combustion engines in the power range above 450 kW. The new invention from the development and engineering services provider based in Laupheim in


Golar LNG Appoints Iain Ross as CEO

Shipping company Golar LNG Ltd said it has appointed Iain Ross as its new chief executive.   Ross succeeds Oscar Spieler, who was appointed as CEO last year after having previously led the company between July 2009 and June 2011.  


Wärtsilä Tests Wireless Charging for Hybrid Coastal Ferry

Wärtsiläs wireless charging system is the first in the world to operate successfully with a coastal ferry.  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid powered commercial coastal ferry, the first in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its batteries.  


Global BCOs Hit by Rising Contract Rates from Asia

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 Contract freight rates paid by Beneficial Cargo Owners to move their products by container have increased for a 4th consecutive quarter, according to actual contract rate data from the Drewry Benchmarking Club.   Average contract rates on two major container trade routes - from Asia


Baltic Index Up On Firmer Rates for Panamaxes, Smaller Vessels

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, inched higher on Monday, hitting a fresh nearly three-year high as rates for panamaxes and smaller vessels increased. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Edges Lower on Weaker Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slipped on Wednesday as rates for capesize vessels fell. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, fell 7 points or 0


New Orleans' Big Plans Showing Dividends

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A Container-on-Barge service intended to be an integral part of the regional intermodal equation is gathering momentum – and customers.    Quietly, the Port of New Orleans (NOLA) has marked some important accomplishments in the past two years, across multiple business sectors


Baltic Index Eases From Near Three-Year High

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, snapped a six-day winning streak on Tuesday, weighed down by weaker rates for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Hits near 3-year High

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, touched a near three-year high on Monday, supported by higher rates across all vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Drewry Warns BCOs to Adapt Their Contract Strategy

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 International transport and logistics executives using container shipping are facing the biggest shift in their ocean provider base for 20 years and must adapt their procurement and contract strategy, according to ocean freight procurement consultancy Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.  


Project to Eliminate Emissions at Norway Ports

All set: a shore power dispenser unit charging the Vision of the Fjords at the Flåm berth in Norway. Photo: Cavotec

 Shore power and charging infrastructure could reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 12.5 million tonnes at ports in Norway every year – this is one of the main conclusions of a report compiled by a pool of experts from ABB, DNV GL, the Port of Oslo, and Cavotec


Baltic Index Slips on Weaker Capesize Sector

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell slightly on Friday, dragged down by lower rates for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Awilco LNG Reduces Net Loss in Q2

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 Norwegian based LNG transportation provider Awilco LNG reduced its net loss in the second quarter of this year due to higher activity of its vessels and steady spot rates.   Awilco LNG’s net loss dropped to $10.1 million in the second quarter, as compared to $11


Baltic Index Falls on Weaker Vessel Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday due to weaker demand for larger vessels. The overall index — which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels — was down 22


Stena Adds Vessel on Gdynia-Karlskrona Line

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Stena Lines reports the number of units carried by its Baltic Sea South freight business increased significantly in the first eight months in 2017, following strong growth through 2016.   This calls for increased capacity, and from Monday, August 28, a fourth ship, M/V Gute






 
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