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Pirates Seize German Ship off Kenya

According to a report from Xinhua, a German freight ship was seized on the morning of Oct. 24 by pirates off the coast of Kenya, a spokesman for the German army said. The spokesman said pirates attacked and captured the ship about 1,930 km east of the Kenyan city of Mombasa. The ship belongs to German shipping company Beluga-Reederei, but it was not immediately known how many people were on board, said German media reports. (Source: Xinhua)  


USCG Search for Man Overboard

  The Coast Guard is searching for the master of a freight ship reported overboard approximately 60 miles east of Wake Island Sunday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday, regarding a 49-year-old male Polish national who was reported overboard from the 622-foot freight ship Toscana. The master was last seen at approximately 8 p.m. Friday


SHINEC Builds Interiors for RAON

The Shipbuilding Joint Stock Company (SHINEC) has won a $200,000 contract to build the interiors for five ships owned by the RAON group of the Czech Republic. The work, covering wooden wall and floor planks, furniture, cupboards and lounge bars, is expected to last through the end of the year. The conversion of five ships owned by RAON into luxurious “floating hotels” is part of the largest-ever ship engineering project by the Republic of Czech


Shipping Execs Agree to Plead Guilty

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that four individuals have agreed to plead guilty for their involvement in a conspiracy to eliminate competition and raise prices for moving freight between the Continental U.S. and . A fifth shipping executive has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence of the shipping conspiracy. The five executives charged  work for large companies that provide freight shipping services to customers transporting goods between the continental and


Search for Containership Crewman Suspended

The search for a crew member missing from a containership between Bayonne, N.J. and Ocean City, Md. was suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The crew member was last reported aboard the 600-foot, Marshall Islands flagged freight ship Ibrahim Dede after departing Bayonne. The crew discovered the man was missing while the ship was in transit to its next port, notifying Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Hampton Roads at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.  


Box Rates Drop, Chinese New Year No Help

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Falling shipping freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe on Friday showed there was no traditional surge in cargo exports from China ahead of the Chinese New Year, indicating a bleak outlook for the industry. Spot freight rates on the world's busiest trade route have halved since the start of the year after falling 26 percent to $545 per 20-foot container (TEU) this week -- a level not considered to be commercially viable for most vessels.


USCG Detains Foreign Freight Vessel Again

USCG inspectors in Dutch Harbor detained 281-ft. freight ship Jacha for the third time since Aug. 1998 due to Safety of Life At Sea violations (SOLAS). Inspectors found seven discrepancies aboard 14-year-old Jacha, including fire doors that didn't close properly, an incompetent fire drill and water leaks on the vessel's main engine. Due to Jacha's history of safety discrepancies, this time, it is not permitted to conduct any cargo operations


Ports of Indiana Announces New Strategic Initiatives

The Ports of Indiana today announced new key initiatives to expand its economic development role. After a year-long strategic planning process involving in-depth research and interviews with industry stakeholders, the organization made the decision to expand its current role and aggressively grow its core business. The Ports of Indiana's new initiatives include spearheading the evaluation of an inland intermodal rail port in Indiana and pursuing increased development financing authority.


USCG Medevacs Mariner SE of Dutch Harbor, Alaska

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  A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed in Cold Bay, Alaska, medevaced an ailing mariner off the Turkish-flagged 600-foot freight ship 26 Agustos approximately 230 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Saturday morning.  The Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the 46-year-old man and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Dutch Harbor. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak received notification that


Norway to Build the World's First Ship Tunnel

Photos: Norwegian Coastal Administration

 Norway is going to build the world’s first tunnel for ships, a 1,700-meter (5,610-feet) which will  cost over $300 million USD (NOK 2.7 billion) and allow cruise ships to bypass the most risky area along the coast of Norway.   The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) will spearhead the project which is expected to start in 2019.   The passageway burrowed through a piece of rocky peninsula will allow vessels to avoid a treacherous part of sea


Low Water hinders Rhine, Danube River Shipping

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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


Antwerp Port Gets off to the Strongest Start Ever

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 The port of Antwerp handled 54,324,303 tonnes of freight during the first three months of this year, 1.5% more than in the same period last year. The further growth is mainly due to container freight, which was up by 2% in terms of tonnage.   


Baltic Index Down as Capesize Rates Sag

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday on weaker rates for larger vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 16 points, or 1


Falling Capesize Rates Weigh on Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday on sliding rates for capesize vessels, weighed further by weaker panamax demand.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


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.


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


Baltic Index Snaps 6-session Losing Streak

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities snapped a six-session losing streak and rose on Friday due to stronger rates for smaller vessels, even as capesize demand fell.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize


China COSCO to Post Profits for Q1

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Boosted by an improving market and cost savings from a recent merger, China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings expected to report a profit in the first-quarter, says a report by Reuters.   In a stock market statement the  world's fourth-largest container shipping line said that it expects


Baltic Index Gains on Firmer Panamax Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose marginally on Monday supported by stronger rates for panamax vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Baltic Index Strengthens on Broad Support

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday on stronger rates across all vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 31 points


Quality of Ocean Carriers “Poor to Average”

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 The service provided by container shipping lines is rated as poor to average and has deteriorated in the past year, according to a survey of exporters, importers and freight forwarders conducted jointly by Drewry and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC).  


Smaller Bulkers Buoy Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday, supported by stronger rates for smaller vessel segments even as capesize rates weakened.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Weaker Capesize Rates Weigh on Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday on weaker rates for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down two points, or 0






 
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