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Monday, October 23, 2017

Freight Vessel

Grounded Freighter, Hillsborough Bay, Fla.

The Coast Guard is investigating the grounding of the 575-ft motor vessel Pollux, which ran aground two miles east of Gadsden Point in Hillsborough Bay, Fla., on Jan. 2. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call at 11:15 p.m., from the Cooperative Vessel Traffic Service that the Pollux had run aground and could not move under its own power. The Pollux, a Malta flagged freight vessel carrying a load of fertilizer, was inbound to Tampa Bay from Galveston, Texas. Members from Sector St. Petersburg are investigating the incident and are working with the vessel's crew and representatives to safely remove the vessel. Vessel traffic has not been affected, but all vessel operators are urged to use caution when transiting the area. No report of injuries or pollution has been received at this time.

ISM Code Implementation - Phase II

Certain freight vessels and self-propelled mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) to which the ISM Code does not currently apply will come within its ambit on 1 July 2002. The U.S. Coast Guard will require, commencing January 15, 2002, that such vessels include in their advance notice of arrival to the United States a statement regarding their status under the ISM Code. At the same time, the Coast Guard will commence a pre-enforcement campaign to verify ISM Code compliance and issue letters to

Titan Receives Recognition

On Tuesday, September 24th, 2002 California State Senator Tom Torlakson honored Titan Maritime, its subcontractors, the USCG, and the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) for their success with the underwater oil cleanup of the freighter SS “Jacob Luckenbach”. Senator Torlakson presented Titan with a plaque in recognition for their successful efforts in protecting the sensitive California coastline and the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary from further oil pollution

Crowley to Operate Eco-Friendly Barges in Western Alaska

Image courtesy Crowley

Crowley announced its plans to construct two double-hulled, combination deck cargo and tank barges for service in Western Alaska. The vessels, named DBL 165-1 and DBL 165-2, are scheduled to be delivered in April and May of 2011, and will be home ported in Nome, Alaska. The double-hull barges will be used for shallow draft operations and beach landings for the delivery of fuel and cargo to the remote communities of Western Alaska.  

New Europe-Asia Heavylift Service

the BBC KARAN

BBC launches new heavy-lift cargo service between Europe and Asia.     On 26 March 2012, the BBC KARAN was the first vessel in the new Europe-Asia service of the multi-purpose and heavy-lift cargo shipping company BBC Chartering to berth at C. Steinweg (Süd West Terminal) in the Port of Hamburg.   In Hamburg, the new “BBC Euro-Asia Express Line” service will be offering bi-weekly eastward sailings to Asia

Green Award Launches Certification of Inland Passenger Vessels

Schoonhoven (Photo: Green Award)

Green Award, the quality mark for ships that meet the above-industry standards, expands to a new ship type. From 1st of January 2017 the Green Award certificate is available for inland passenger vessels. Green Award certifies sea-going and inland navigation ships that go beyond the industry required standards. Established in 1994 as a certification scheme for sea-going oil tankers, Green Award has grown to a world-wide recognized quality assessment organization accepting 5 types of

LNG Shipping's Dream Run Over?

LNG Carrier: Photo credit CCL2

Drewry's latest 'LNG Insight' saw heating demand subside in major importing regions in February & cargo availablilty also tightened. Regarding cargo availability, a few unplanned shutdowns, caused a 4% decline in the LNG  Freight Index. LNG shipping enjoyed a dream run during 2011 and 2012, owing largely to increasing tonne-mile demand and an almost stagnant fleet. Freight market prospects would be even brighter if fleet supply were to remain at current levels

CaroTrans Assures Seamless Transport on US West Coast

CaroTrans Logo

  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

Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 27 pct

Image: file photo (Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 26.7 percent to $469 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. It was the third consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route and rates are now nearly 60 percent lower than three weeks ago.

BG Freight Line Orders Four Containerships

Image: BG Freight Line

BG Freight Line, a fully owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is to receive new tailor-made short sea container feeder vessels optimized for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services.    The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed by BG Freight Line operation with ARKON Shipping as project initiator/commercial manager, technical managers Jüngerhans Maritime Services and designers CIMC ORIC.  

Tanker Scrapping on the Rise

Photo:  Teekay Corporation

One of the main contributors to the low tanker rates experienced during 2017 has been high fleet growth, particularly in the large crude tanker sectors, says a report from Teekay.   This is partly due to a heavy delivery schedule as a result of orders placed in 2015, but it also due to very low levels of tanker scrapping. However, it appears as though the tide my be turning.    Tanker scrapping was virtually non-existent in 2015 and 2016 with around 2

APL Adds Eagle GO to Suite of Eagle Guaranteed Services

Photo: APL

 As the Trans-Pacific trading season heats up, APL today launched the new Eagle GO Guaranteed product. A first-of-its-kind ocean freight guarantee, it promises equipment and vessel space on board all APL’s North America-destined services that directly call Shanghai, Ningbo and Yantian in China; as well as Cai Mep in Vietnam.   “APL’s Eagle GO Guaranteed seeks to address the concerns of equipment and vessel space shortages as the Trans-Pacific trading season goes

Cautious Optimism on Multipurpose Shipping: Drewry

Graph:  Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Recovering demand for multipurpose shipping combined with improved market conditions for competing sectors will result in rising market share for the multipurpose shipping fleet and a recovery in freight rates in 2018, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   Although China’s plans to curb steel production in an attempt to clean-up the air pollution blighting its cities may well slow

New Container Spreader from Tandemloc

(Photo: Tandemloc)

For years mechanical container spreader frames have been a fixture on jobsites, river ports and any other location that utilizes ISO shipping containers. While container lifting frames are well worth their size and weight in operational cost savings, they often eat into those very savings because of the expensive shipping methods firms must utilize to get the frames on site for use.   In response to this problem

Global BCOs Hit by Rising Contract Rates from Asia

Graph: Drewry Benchmarking Club

 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 to North Europe and North America – have increased by another 4% between the second and the third quarter of this year

Kalmar, MSC Pact for Container-Handling Equipment

Photo: Cargotec

 Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to continue its cooperation with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) with a new order for container-handling equipment.    The order, comprising five Kalmar reachstackers and two empty container handlers, was booked in Cargotec's 2017 third quarter intake. Delivery will commence in Q4 2017 and continue into Q2 2018.   MSC, a world leader in global container shipping

Capesize Rates Lift Baltic Index near Three-year High

(File photo: Songa Bulk)

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, hovered near a three-year high, supported by robust rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, rose 34 points, or 2.4 percent, to 1,449 points - its highest level since November 5, 2014. The capesize index climbed 138 points, or 5.07 percent, to 2,861 points, its biggest gain since Nov. 25, 2014

Baltic Index Extends Gaining Streak

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Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for a sixth consecutive session, helped by stronger rates for capesize and smaller vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, rose 21 points, or 1.45 percent, to 1,470 points. The capesize index was up 87 points, or 3.04 percent, at 2,948 points.

Marine Biofuels As Sustainable Alternative For Shipping

Participants of the roundtable share insights on the use of marine biofuels as sustainable alternative fuel for shipping. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The inaugural biofuel roundtable was held in Singapore today to drive discussions on the use of biofuels as a sustainable alternative fuel for the future of shipping.    Organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), BHP and GoodFuels Marine (GoodFuels), the closed-door roundtable event brought together shipowners of different ship types to network, share insights into the use of biofuels to meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations as well as

Baltic Index Hits More Than 3-year High on Strong Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose to its highest in three-and-a-half years on Friday, boosted by strong capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, rose 32 points, or 2.18 percent, to end at 1,502 points, its highest since March 2014. The capesize index was up 199 points, or 6

Global Trade Surge Fuel Oil Markets

Global trade is growing at the fastest rate for six years - which is both a symptom and a cause of the recovery in commodity markets.   World trade volumes were up almost 5 percent year-on-year from May to July, according to estimates compiled by government economic planners in the Netherlands.   Growth was four times faster than at the same point in 2016 (http://tmsnrt.rs/2y89NxC).   Global trade and commodity markets are linked in a circular causal relationship

Statoil Charters ULCC to Hold Crude for Asia buyers

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Jose Gill)

Oil storage is feasible with low freight rates, capital costs; backwardation pushes traders to churn oil faster from storage.   Norway's Statoil ASA has chartered the last remaining Ultra-Large Crude Carrier (ULCC), the world's largest oil tankers, to store oil off of Malaysia for distribution in smaller parcels to its clients in Asia, company executives said.   Statoil has booked the TI Europe, capable of carrying up to 3 million barrels of oil

Locks Failure Highlights US Infrastructure Woes

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The Ohio River was closed to commercial navigation on Monday near Brookport, Illinois, after a hydraulic system used to open and close lock gates at lock and dam 53 failed, the Waterways Council said.   A queue of more than 65 towboats was waiting to pass through the area on Monday morning, the group said in a news release.   The closure was the latest headache for shippers scrambling to haul newly harvested soybeans from Midwest farms to export terminals along the Gulf Coast.

Finnlines Sells Ro-pax Vessel to Grimaldi Group

Finnlines Plc said it has sold a 1999-built ro-pax vessel MS Finneagle to the Grimaldi Group.   The 18-year-old MS Finneagle was chartered out to the Grimaldi Group from June 2017, and it will be delivered to the Grimaldi Group in October 2017.   The freight capacity of the vessel is 2,459 lane meters, and passenger capacity is 835 passengers.   Finnlines said the sale is part of its “strategy to optimize the use of [its] vessels and routes in order to improve its

Bahri Rolls Out BahriBunge Dry Bulk

Following announcement in Feb 2017, new joint venture plans to ship over 5 million metric tons of dry bulk commodities in its first year of operation. Photo: Bahri

Following the announcement of the joint venture agreement by Bahri, a global leader in transportation and logistics, and Koninklijke Bunge, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Limited, a global agribusiness and food company, the two companies recently inaugurated the offices of BahriBunge Dry Bulk Ltd. in Dubai, UAE.    In celebration of the occasion and reveal of the new company’s logo, Mr. Abdulrahman M

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