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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Freight Forward

Fratelli Cosulich Expands with Dublin Freight Office

Multi-faceted shipping group Fratelli Cosulich has expanded its freight forwarding business by opening an office in Dublin, Ireland. The move follows fast growth in its freight forwarding and NVOCC operations which operate from bases in Heathrow, Felixstowe, Izmir, Istanbul, New York, Shenzen and now Dublin. Fratelli Cosulich will move freight of all types by road, sea and air and expects its Dublin office to have balanced import and export traffic. The Dublin office details are: Fratelli Cosulich (Ireland) Pte 68 Applewood Village Swords County Dublin

Crowley Merges Jarvis International Freight into Crowley Logistics

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Business Unit to Now Offer Project Logistics and Global Freight Management Services to New Industries and more Geographic Locations. Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that its recently acquired Houston-based, freight forwarding, export packing and logistics company, Jarvis International Freight, Inc., will transition into the company as a new branch of Crowley Logistics, offering project logistics and global freight management services to a wider array of industries and in more

Ocean, NFC Merge

Ocean Group Plc has agreed to merge with rival NFC Plc to form a $4.4 billion logistics group with the world's second highest revenues. To be known as Exel Plc, it will have pro forma revenues of more than $5.6 billion. It will also have the scale and global reach to harness runaway growth in freight handling driven by e-commerce. Ocean will offer .28 new shares for each NFC share and "new Exel" - NFC is changing its name to Exel this month - will be around 50 percent-owned by each company's

Bothelo Joins Wilhelmsen Ships Service

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Clarence Bothelo has been appointed as Ships Spares Logistics (SSL) Manager in the Customer Services Department at Wilhelmsen Ships Service for the Africa, Middle East and Black Sea (AMB) regions.  Located at the company’s Dubai, UAE office, Clarence is responsible for driving the sales of Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s SSL offer in the AMB region and for building SSL expertise in Customer Services. Ships Spares Logistics is a service offered by Wilhelmsen Ships Service which

Argosy Transportation Group Celebrates 20 Years

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As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Argosy Transportation Group (ATG) is sponsoring various professional events, and contributing toward initiatives in education within the maritime industry. ATG said it appreciates the importance of investing in young professionals, and the group remains committed to developing a platform for the future of the industry. ATG said its commitment to trust and performance in transit is evidenced by its 20-year history

Cosco Bypasses Railway Strike by Sea Route

Photo: Greece Piraeus Container Terminal

 Cosco has decided to transfer its containers to the port of Koper in Slovenia from Piraeus in order to deal with the Greek railway strikes.   Cosco has got around the problem created for its freight forwarding network by Greek railway workers’ ongoing strike action by sending its containers by sea from Piraeus to Koper in Slovenia, from where they are loaded onto trains for the next part of their journey, reports Kathimerini.  

MarAd Vietnam Sign New Bilateral Maritime Agreement

U.S. maritime shippers, carriers and port operators will have far-reaching access to Vietnam’s rapidly expanding markets for transportation services, thanks to a new agreement signed today by U.S. Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton and Vuong Dinh Lam, Vietnam’s national maritime administration chairman. Under the terms of the new agreement, U.S. companies may acquire a controlling 51 percent share in joint venture enterprises, such as partnering arrangements between U.S

Pilot Freight Services Post Strong Revenue Growth in Q2 2012

Pilot Freight Services, a worldwide provider of transportation and logistics services, report revenue up 12.5% Pilot Freight Services announce reported revenue of $126.5 million for the second quarter, ending June 30, 2012. This marks a 12.5 percent increase over the same period in 2011 and a continued strengthening in the momentum of ten consecutive quarters of revenue growth. Pilot Freight Services, Inc. is a full-service transportation and logistics provider with over 75 locations

Logistics Provider Damco Reports Positive Half-year 2012

Damco  announce continued good progress moving into the second half of 2012 despite tough conditions in the global freight markets. Damco is part of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group, and specializes in customised freight forwarding and supply chain solutions. Damco’s net revenue grew by 12% to 1,543 USD million compared to the same period last year. Gross profit is up 5% to USD 379 million. Damco´s EBIT for the first half of 2012 grew 42% to USD 51 million.

China COSCO Turns its Financial Ship Around in 2013

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China COSCO Holdings Co. Ltd, the country's largest shipper, indicates a profit turnaround in 2013 after suffering heavy losses for two consecutive years, reports Xinhau. According to COSCO's earlier, 2013, financial report, the Shanghai-listed company made cutting operational costs a major task for 2013. The Group carried out various measures to overcome the difficulties, including the disposal of its interest in COSCO Logistics and COSCO Container Industries and stringent cost control.

Drivers of Logistics Industry

Keynote speaker Dr. Detleft Trefzger, CEO  Kuehne + Nagel International AG, and member of  member of the International Maritime Centre (IMC) 2030 Advisory Committee, speaking on the topic “Driving Forces of the Logistics Industry” at the 11th Singapore Maritime Lecture. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The end consumer who has ever-changing needs and will be the ultimate driver of all activities of the logistics industry, said Dr Detleft Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of global freight forwarding and logistics giant Kuehne + Nagel International AG.   Demand for delivery on the same or next day, increased access to products from across the world as well as a greater need for transparency of a product’s source

Eimskip Gets Finance Deal for New Container Vessels

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Eimskip has secured 80% financing of the contract price of the vessels with a 15 year tenor in Euros taken upon delivery.    The lender is the German bank KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH. The loan is secured by China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure).   On 25 January, Eimskip signed a contract with China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co. Ltd. to build two 2,150 TEU container vessels

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.   Founded in 1744 as a forum for chartering vessels, the Baltic Exchange now produces benchmark indexes for global shipping rates and owns a trading platform for the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market.  

Baltic Exchange to Shutter Baltex

The Baltic Exchange will close its freight derivatives platform Baltex at the end of the year after a strategic review, the London-run business said on Monday.   Baltex was launched by the centuries-old Baltic Exchange in June 2011 as the first central electronic marketplace for freight forward agreements, which allow investors to take positions on freight rates at a point in the future.   Singapore Exchange completed its 87 million pound ($114

Freight Futures Market Avoids Tougher EU Information Disclosures

The European Union's securities markets regulator has dropped proposals to make participants in the multi-billion dollar commodity derivatives market for freight rates disclose knowledge of loading conditions, the Baltic Exchange said.   The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its report on Sept. 30 on its proposals for more disclosure of inside knowledge about commodity derivatives trading to prevent market abuse.  

Eimskip to Acquire Nor Lines

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Eimskip has entered into an agreement to acquire the Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines. The business, with about 200 employees and an estimated annual turnover of approximately EUR 110 million, will be restructured in order to be aligned with Eimskip’s current operations in Norway.   Ingvald Løyning, CEO of DSD, said, “DSD started the process of finding a strategic solution for Nor Lines early this year

Industry to Prevent Shipping of Counterfeit Goods

Brand owners and representatives from the international shipping industry have joined forces in signing an historic declaration of intent aimed at preventing the maritime transport of counterfeit goods. Leaders from global shipping firms, freight forwarders, brand owners – whose products are counterfeited – and industry organizations, representing both industries signed a joint "Declaration of Intent to Prevent the Maritime Transport of Counterfeit Goods" today in

Sino-Global Shipping Enters Agreement With COSCO

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 Sino-Global Shipping America, a non-asset based global shipping and freight logistic integrated solution provider,  has announced the signing of an Inland Transportation Agreement  with COSCO Beijing International Freight Co in which COSFRE Beijing will utilize the Company's full-service logistics platform to arrange for the transport of its container shipments into US ports.    In addition to the Agreement with COSCO Beijing

Chakraborty Appointed Branch Manager, GAC Bangalore

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GAC Shipping (India) Pvt Ltd has appointed Mukesh Chakraborty as the Branch Manager, Logistics Services for its Bangalore office. Mukesh brings 13 years of experience in freight forwarding, customs clearance, transportation and warehousing and distribution to his new role. GAC is tapping into growing logistics business potential in Bangalore, India’s fastest growing major metropolis. The city is also a major hub for Business Process Outsourcing and specialised services like

Kapellskär Port adds two quay-berths

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An important milestone has been reached at the Port of Kapellskär, now that all five quay-berths are in operation at this state-of-the-art port. The Port of Kapellskär has been expanded and now has two piers and a total of five modern quay-berths. The new 245 metre-long pier has been in operation since summer 2016. The original pier has been extensively renovated and is now ready for traffic. “An important milestone has been reached now that we have all of our five

Boxship Firms Sign up with Alibaba

File Image: A CMA CGM boxship condusting cargo operations alongside (CREDIT: Marad)

Two container shipping lines, France's CMA CGM and Israel's Zim, have signed up with Alibaba to allow customers to book space on their vessels through the Chinese e-commerce giant, in a bid to boost sales as the sector battles a severe downturn.   Container lines, facing their worst ever downturn due to a glut of ships and weaker demand, are pursuing several measures such as vessel-sharing arrangements or mergers and acquisitions to ride out the current slump

Senate's Green Signal to Caribbean Maritime University

Photo: Caribbean Maritime Institute (Official Page)

 The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will now gain university status, following the passage of legislation in both Houses of Parliament to effect this.   Not a single senator opposed the bill to make way for the Caribbean Maritime Institute Act, to now be known as the Caribbean Maritime University Act.   Government Senator Kavan Gayle has suggested that lending institutions offer preferential terms and interest rates to students who are pursuing courses at CMI.  

MOL Invests in PKT Logistics

One Logistics Hub in Shah Alam, Malaysia owned and operated by PKT Logistics Group. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has announced that it acquired 20.9% share in PKT Logistics Group (PKT), a leading Malaysian logistics company.   PKT provides end-to-end logistics solutions comprising freight forwarding, customs brokerage, contract logistics, haulage, distribution and others, to its customers from diverse market sectors.    PKT owns and operates state-of-the-art, environment-friendly warehouses at its 'One Logistics Hub' in Shah Alam, Selangor, offering over 55

Acquisition of Nor Lines Rejected

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 The Norwegian Competition Authority has today rejected Eimskip’s acquisition of the Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines AS. The result of this decision is that Eimskip is not allowed to acquire Nor Lines.   The potential acquisition of Nor Lines was not taken into account in the EBITDA forecast for the year 2017, and therefore this decision has no effect on that forecast. Acquisition cost in year 2017 related to this project is estimated EUR 300

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. "We're seeing relatively high demand for both ocean and air freight. We're seeing rising volumes on several routes," Tobias Meyer, chief operating officer and executive vice president for business support, DHL Global Forwarding, told Reuters

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