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Cosmo Lifts US, Mexican oil on Common VLCC

Japanese refiner Cosmo Oil has for the first time shipped U.S. condensate and Mexican crude on the same supertanker to reduce costs, industry sources said on Friday. U.S. condensate exports to Asia have slowed this year after West Texas Intermediate prices strengthened against Dubai crude, the Asian oil benchmark. Asian buyers have also faced high freight costs to ship oil from the Americas as shippers are reluctant to lease out their tankers on such long voyages. To reduce costs, Cosmo Oil is co-loading crude and condensate from the Americas onto a Very Large Crude Carrier which can carry up to 2 million barrels of oil. The Japanese refiner chartered the BW Opal, which loaded Mexican crude in early October, according to trade sources and Reuters shipping data. It then sailed to the U.S. port of Galveston later in October to load condensate. The journey to Cosmo's Yokkaichi refinery will take about 55 days, longer than the usual route as larger vessels cannot pass through the Panama Canal, a source familiar with the matter said. "The market is in contango so the time value has paid for some of the freight costs," he said. In a contango market, oil becomes more expensive in future months. Reporting by Florence Tan


A Call for Transportation Management Upgrades

Gerald Hoppe As Vice President and Product Owner Gerald is responsible for SAP’s solution package offerings for Logistics, R&D and Manufacturing Lines of Businesses. He holds a Degree in Computer Science & Business Administration from University of Mannheim.

Reduce the Headaches: The Need for an Upgraded Transportation Management System In 2009, the United States alone shipped more than 2.2 billion pounds of goods such as coal, crude materials like wood, sand and gravel, and primary manufactured goods (United States Census Bureau). Undoubtedly, this required complex logistical planning for companies shipping their goods and left many transportation managers with headaches


Baltic Exchange Shareholders Approve Singapore Exchange Takeover

Baltic Exchange shareholders on Monday approved an 87 million pound ($112 million) takeover by Singapore Exchange for one of London's oldest institutions, in a deal that will give SGX access to the multi-billion-dollar freight derivatives market. The proposed transaction, unanimously recommended by the Baltic's board last month, was approved by shareholders at a general meeting in the historic City of London. It will now need regulatory approval


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


Baltic Exchange Board Backs SGX Bid

The Baltic Exchange board has unanimously backed a takeover bid from Singapore Exchange Ltd , a deal that will give SGX access to a trading platform for the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market.   On Aug. 4, SGX offered shareholders in London's privately owned Baltic Exchange 160.41 pounds in cash per share, for a total 77.6 million pounds ($102 million), and urged them to back the deal.   The exchanges have agreed on the terms of the SGX offer


Submarines As Ore Carriers?

Russia'sNorilsk Nickel - a big metal producer -- has finished a feasibility study of a project to use nuclear submarines for ore shipments, which once started will cost $80 million, Norilsk's chairman said. "The feasibility study has been prepared and now the board of directors has to approve spending of up to $80 million for its implementation," Yuri Kotlyar said. "But even then the decommissioning of the submarines should be sanctioned by the state."


CaroTrans Assures Seamless Transport on US West Coast

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  CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announces their U.S. West Coast port readiness program to address potential supply chain disruptions. Congestion and current labor issues are impacting the flow of cargo at U.S. West Coast ports and there is the likelihood of further instability. To address this infrastructure challenge, CaroTrans has developed alternative routing solutions to lessen the impact on supply


Cheap Freight Erodes Thai, Australian Sugar Export Advantage over Brazil

Cheap freight is eroding Thai and Australian sugar exporters' competitive advantage over Brazilian suppliers to Far Eastern markets, traders said on Thursday.   Thai raw sugar for March/April shipment was quoted at 25 points ($0.25/lb) over ICE March futures, compared with 10 points over March for Brazilian supplies.   Cheap freight costs mean that Brazilian export offers are almost as competitive as Thai offers in China, the world's top sugar buyer


Cheaper Fuel to Boost Container Shipping

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Lower oil prices are sharply reducing the cost of shipping merchandise from Asia to the United States and Europe as the cost of bunker fuel tumbles. Container shipping companies deal with the volatility in fuel prices by adding a separate bunker adjustment factor or fuel surcharge to their freight rates. Fuel can account for more than 60 percent of the total operating costs of moving freight across the oceans so the surcharges are one of the most important elements of total


Half of Hanjin Boxships Denied Port Access

A Hanjin Containership at Sea (Credit: Hanjin)

Of 98 container ships, 44 blocked from ports. U.S. firms take legal action over unpaid bills. Roughly half of Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd's container vessels have been blocked from ports since the South Korean firm's collapse, putting manufacturers and their customers increasingly on edge about the fate of cargo and spikes in freight costs. Woes for world's seventh-largest container shipper have only deepened since its banks withdrew support and it filed for court receivership this week


FSRUs Provide Better Return Than LNG Carriers, Says Drewry

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 Despite falling freight rates for floating storage regasification units (FSRUs), investment returns at current asset prices and charter rates are higher compared with standard LNG vessels, according to the latest edition of the LNG Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy


Study Examines Economic Impact of US Waterways

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A study unveiled today documents the contribution of the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry to the U.S. economy.   The study, developed through a cooperative agreement between the American Waterways Operators (AWO) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and conducted by


Low Water Still Hampers Rhine, Danube shipping

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Water on the Rhine and Danube in Germany remains shallow and cargo vessels cannot sail fully loaded, traders said on Monday.   The rivers had fallen below normal levels in late June after dry weather.   The Rhine is still too shallow for normal sailings from Duisburg and Cologne to


Oil Spilled After U.S. Train Derailment

File Image: A typical Crude Oil train in the United states makes its way south along inalnd waterways. CREDIT: Dagmar Etkin

Canadian National Railway Co said about 20,000 gallons of oil was released following a freight train derailment at Plainfield, the U.S. state of Illinois on Friday, according to a filing with state pollution regulators.   The cause of the derailment was unknown


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Flat as Old and New Ships Compete

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MidEast-Asia rates likely to remain flat until August; paper derivative trades show no uptick until October.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain flat next week, a situation that could well last until August, brokers said on Friday.  


Fitch: Boxship Rates Rise, Capacity Still Key

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Fitch Ratings' Report: What Investors Want to Know: Container Shipping.   Container shipping companies have benefited from a modest increase in freight rates since the start of the year, but a sustainable recovery in the container market will only be achieved by reaching a viable


NYC Jobs Plan Aims to Bolster Freight Network

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled a series of initiatives aiming to spur 100,000 high-paying jobs over the coming decade across a number of sectors, including the City's maritime and intermodal freight and logistics industries.  


Baltic Exchange Mulls New Freight Indexes for Grains, LNG

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The Baltic Exchange is looking into launching freight indexes for grains and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the London-run business targets new markets after its acquisition by Singapore Exchange last year, the Baltic's chief executive said.  


New MC-275D Flagship Dredge Launched

MC-275D auger dredge (Image: Mud Cat)

 Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT) has introduced its new Mud Cat MC-275D as the flagship auger dredge to lead its Mud Cat product line.   The modernized Mud Cat MC-275D is a modular system that offers unique cutting, pumping, and propulsion features at an affordable price


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


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


CMA CGM Posts Higher Q1 Profits

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Container shipping line CMA CGM posted higher first-quarter profits, helped by a turnaround at recently acquired NOL, and gave an upbeat assessment for the current quarter in another sign that the shipping industry is emerging from a slump.  


Container Shipping Demand Remains Good: Hapag-Lloyd

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 In the medium term, demand for container shipping services should continue to rise in tandem with expected ongoing growth in global trading volume, says Hapag-Lloyd.   As a result, the container shipping industry’s medium-term growth prospects remain intact


Hapag-Lloyd Projects Higher FY '17 Earnings

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CEO sees closer supply-demand balance in shipping market; higher earnings forecasts upheld after wider net loss.   German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd on Friday said it should achieve higher earnings this year, based on expectations for a moderate increase in freight rates and cost


Drewry: Scrapping to Accelerate Tanker Recovery

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Recovery in the crude tanker shipping market is not expected until 2020 as weak trade growth and a bloated orderbook limit any rate recovery. But the timing of any market upturn will be heavily influenced by the level of scrapping, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster






 
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