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Finnlines Shares Plunge On Profit Warning

Shares in Finnish shipping company Finnlines plunged on Wednesday after it said 2000 profit would be worse than expected due to tough competition, higher oil prices and strikes hindering business. On Wednesday shares were trading down 12.5 percent at 23.99 euros, under-performing already soft Helsinki shares. In February Finnlines posted a 1999 profit before extraordinary items of 67.3 million euros ($64.46 million) and said the outlook for 2000 was uncertain due to factors such as tighter competition and a drop in import volumes. Finnline’s released statement, reads in part as follows: A strong imbalance exists between exports and imports of unitized cargo in Finland. Since the company has wished to maintain its export service at the level requested by its customers, no measures have so far been taken to reduce cargo capacity. Competition for imported freight has led to unhealthy price levels. The volume of Russian transit traffic has remained low. The continuing high price of oil has raised operating costs significantly and it has been possible to transfer only a small proportion of these costs to freight prices owing to the intense competition. Ongoing industrial actions in Finland have caused substantial harm to the maritime industry and port operations. Sympathy strikes have been held at Finnish ports since March 14, 2000 to expedite negotiations in a dispute involving bus drivers in Tampere


CMA CGM Slowed by Rates, Sees 2016 Recovery

The containership CMA CGM Marco Polo underway (file image)

France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, said freight rates should recover next year after a market downturn led to a sharp fall in its third-quarter profits.   The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, hit a new all-time low on Friday, pulled down by a vessel glut and slowing industrial demand from China.   "Freight rates are expected to remain weak in the fourth quarter of 2015


Marks & Spencer Signs Contract with Drewry

Marks & Spencer joined other multinationals from North America, Asia and Europe which have found in Drewry’s 150 sets of port region-to-port region container freight rates a valuable source of pricing benchmarks to help their transport procurement decisions. Due to the launch of the global container freight rate benchmarks and associated regional and global freight rate indices, Drewry is making the unique, industry-first freight rate data available on-line to subscribers at www


Index-Linked Container Contracts Take-Off

Half of all index-linked contracts filed with the US Federal Maritime Commission reference Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight pricing benchmarks.   Drewry Maritime Research’s container freight rate benchmarks are the index of choice in index-linked container contracts, according to the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The agency also indicated that uptake of index-linked container contracts on US trades was fast growing


US Grain Shipments via St. Lawrence Seaway Up 63%

The Calumet coming into the Port of Green Bay. Photo supplied by the Port of Green Bay.

American grain shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 63 percent so far this season as ships transport corn to Canada and soybeans for international export, reports the Chamber of Marine Commerce.   According to figures from the St. Lawrence Seaway, U.S. grain totaled 765,000 metric tons for the period from April 2 through July 31. U.S. Great Lakes ports that receive and export grain through the waterway include Duluth-Superior, Toledo, Milwaukee, Chicago


Tanker Freight Rates Could Weaken in 2016

Crude tanker utilization (%) (Source: Drewry Maritime Research)

Tanker shipping freight rates are expected to remain firm in the first few months of 2016, but with the influx of tonnage these rates are expected to soften towards the end of the year, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Four major factors led to the big leap in tanker earnings in 2015: strong growth in oil trade, sluggish expansion of the fleet, a sharp increase in floating storage and lower bunker prices


Canada Clarke Expanes Freight Management Ops

Canada's Clarke Inc. doubled the size of its freight-management division with the purchase of four U.S.-based companies. Clarke, which has freight transportation and logistics services throughout North America, said it had bought Focus Carriers of Memphis, Tennessee; Kenley Trucking Inc of Atlanta, Georgia; and Creative Logistics of Ripon, California. Purchase prices were not disclosed. - (Reuters)


Mediterranean/N.American Freight Rate Stagnancy

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Ocean carriers were unable to increase freight rates between the Mediterranean and North America from November to January due to continuing poor vessel utilisation and the approaching threat of P3, according to the latest edition of Drewry's Container Insight Weekly. Westbound According to Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight, the average all-in freight rate quoted to forwarders for spot cargo from Genoa to New York remained a poor $1,950/40ft throughout.


Hapag-Lloyd Sees Profit Jump in Q1

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd generated a profit in the first three months of this year, and concluded the first quarter with a profit of EUR 128.2 million (prior year period: EUR -119.1 million). EBITDA reached EUR 283.6 million (prior year period: EUR 2.9 million) and the underlying EBIT was EUR 160.5 million (prior year period: EUR -63.2 million). The sharp increase in profit was achieved in a challenging market environment, with an average freight rate in the first quarter of USD 1,331/TEU


U.S. Freight Volume Dips: Kemp

File image: Barge fleeting operations on the U.S. inland river system (WCI)

Freight volumes in the United States have fallen year on year for the first time since 2012 and before that the recession of 2009, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The total volume of freight moved by road, rail, pipeline, inland waterways and as air cargo in November 2015 was 1.1 percent lower than in the corresponding month a year earlier. Freight demand growth has been slowing since the start of last year but the slowdown intensified in the second half and


Container Shipping Demand Remains Good: Hapag-Lloyd

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 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


Baltic Index Falls on Lower Iron Ore Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell 2 percent on Monday as lower demand for iron ore fixtures hit capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Russia Wants to Sell Sovcomflot to Small-stake Investors

Photo: Sovcomflot

Russia plans to sell part of state shipping firm Sovcomflot next month, hoping to draw in a wide range of small-stake investors rather than a strategic buyer who could threaten Moscow's control of the group, banking and industry sources say.  


CMA CGM Posts Higher Q1 Profits

Photo courtesy of CMA GCM

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.  


Low Water hinders Rhine, Danube River Shipping

File Image: A typical Danube River pushboat and barge arrangement. (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) digitalstock)

Water levels on the Rhine and Danube in Germany remain low despite recent rain and freight vessels cannot sail fully loaded on the German sections of the rivers, traders said on Tuesday.   The Rhine is too shallow for normal sailings south of Duisburg and Cologne to Switzerland, traders said


Demolition Activity Weakens as BDI Moves Higher

Graph: BIMCO

 After the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) had its seasonal weakness around the Chinese New Year in early February, stronger-than-expected demand came from across the board and lifted freight rates, says BIMCO market analysis of Dry Cargo. 


Drewry Trims Long-Term Freight Rate Outlook for LNG shipping

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Given the mounting pressure on freight rates and continuing fleet growth over the next two years, Drewry believes that excess vessel supply will reduce only gradually with the recovery in rates pushed back to the latter part of next year


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


Positive Trends in Tanker Market

Photo: Euronav

 Euronav NV CEO Paddy Rodgers said that the company's financial results for Q1 was a confirmation of our thesis: short term challenges but a positive medium structure building for the tanker sector.  On the positive side demand for crude oil remains robust


Eimskip Gets Finance Deal for New Container Vessels

Photo: Eimskip

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).  


Japan's Big 3 Shipping Lines Eyes Profits

Photo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha

Japan's top three  shippers -Nippon Yusen KK (NYK), Mitsui OSK Lines and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha - appear on course for net profit in fiscal 2017, buoyed by better market conditions and restructuring efforts, Reuters reported.  The brighter outlook comes amid a gradual recovery in prices


d'Amico Bullish on Product Tankers

 d'Amico International Shipping believes that the supply-demand balance in the product tanker freight market is improving.   The key drivers that should affect the product tanker freight markets are (i) global oil supply (ii) the crude oil price and refinery margins (iii) demand for


Baltic Index Up On Higher Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, crawled up for the second straight session on higher rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Maersk: Shipping Recovery Coming

File Image: Credit Maersk

Maersk Line posts loss, but company sees improvement.   A.P. Moller-Maersk beat first-quarter net profit forecasts on Thursday, boosted by the energy business it plans to spin off, but also reported signs of improvement at its long-suffering container shipping business.  


Hapag-Lloyd Projects Higher FY '17 Earnings

File Image: CREDIT (port of Boston)

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






 
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