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Maritime industry conference and exhibition opens next week in Stamford, Conn. There’s still time to register online for SHIPPINGInsight 2014, the North American maritime industry technical conference and exhibition, which opens next week in Stamford, Conn. The event will take place at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. It includes a full-day dedicated Marine LNG Symposium followed by the two-day Fleet Optimization Conference. Event highlights include: Senior executives from more than 20 major shipping companies as panel moderators and speakers 48 speakers and panelists sharing expertise and insights Two open roundtable sessions 30 exhibitors showcasing products, systems and solutions 14 networking events First annual SHIPPINGInsight Award presentation at gala luncheon Oct. 1 “We look forward to welcoming speakers and delegates next week,” said conference co-director Frank Soccoli. “The SHIPPINGInsight events are designed to give shipping professionals a unique opportunity to learn from experts, share knowledge and network with their peers from all segments of the industry.” shippinginsight.com  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Should Remain Flat

Western Australia-China rates hit near 17-year low; owners explore laying-up ships. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes should remain flat next week as the Lunar New Year holiday in China will curtail chartering activity, shipbrokers said on Thursday. Capesize rates from Western Australia to China hit a near 17-year low on Wednesday after Rio Tinto fixed a capesize ship at a rate of $2.85 a tonne, said a Shanghai-based capesize broker.


Asian Panamax Rates Edge Higher

Asian Panamax freight rates for dry bulk cargo in the Pacific market edged higher this week on the back of pre-Lunar New Year holiday grain purchases and persistent coal shipments, shipping agents said. But brokers said they expected freight rates to show signs of weakness next week as several Asian countries would be on holiday. "Chartering activity will slow down next week as many countries in the Asian region close for the Chinese New Year," said one domestic broker


Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday. "There's too many ships in the Pacific. There's a lot of ballasters (empty ships) sailing to Brazil," a Singapore-based ship broker said.


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Expected to Soften

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MidEast rates slip from two-week high on June 28; raft of new ships and repaired vessels weigh on rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) will continue to soften next week as ample tonnage supply weighs on the market, although a raft of Middle East fixtures are expected to put a floor under charter rates, ship brokers said on Friday. That came as VLCC rates from the Middle East rose to a two-week high on June 28 before slipping slightly


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Up on Increased Traffic

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Record iron ore prices fuelling capesize chartering boom; freight rates rise by around $1 per tonne in a week.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-week highs on Wednesday, are set to continue to climb next week on buoyant iron ore cargo volumes, brokers said.   More than 30 capesize fixtures were reported in the week to Feb. 22, almost double the number in the last two months, according to data on the Reuters Eikon terminal.


Suezmax Rates Set To Soar

Surging Suezmax tanker rates are set to soar if Iraqi exports come back on stream next week, shipping brokers contend. Rates for the one million barrel tankers have lifted to around 100 Worldscale points on fixtures from West Africa and the North Sea to the U.S., and on cross Mediterranean and North Sea routes, brokers said.


Mississippi River Traffic Stalled

Mississippi River barge traffic near Burlington, Iowa, remained backed up on Thursday after lock 18 in Gulfport, Illinois, reopened Wednesday afternoon after a day-long shutdown, river officials said. Lock 18 was closed Tuesday morning when a breakaway barge caused two loaded barges to sink near the lock and left six other barges adrift at the dam. "We've got two barges still floating in the dam and two sunk, with the salvage unit on the way to clear it out


Casino Boat to be Unveiled

According to the Chicago Sun Times, pending regulatory approvals, the grand opening of the new $170 million gambling vessel at the Blue Chip Casino & Hotel in Michigan City, Ind., will be celebrated next week. It will mark the culmination of a two-year on-site construction project. The new boat will feature a 65,000-sq. ft. casino on one level and is reported to have the largest hull of any casino boat in the nation.


Businessman To Discuss Titanic Replica

South African businessman Sarel Gous is expected to visit Belfast next week to discuss plans to build a replica of the Titanic and launch it as a commercial cruise liner. Gous reportedly paid Harland & Wolff, the builders of the original Titanic, to do a feasibility study and is traveling to Belfast to meet city council members and discuss his plans. In 1998 Gous secured the original plans of the Titanic, which was owned by the White Star shipping line


Strike to Disrupt Operations at Jakarta's Main Port

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A union workers' strike next week is expected to disrupt shipping operations at Jakarta's main port, which handles the bulk of international shipments for Southeast Asia's biggest economy, a labour union official said.   Around 2,000 union members are expected to go on strike from May 15-20


Union Calls Off Strike at Jakarta Port

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An Indonesian labour union has scrapped a planned strike at Jakarta's Tanjung Priok port next week, ensuring operations would run normally at the country's busiest port, union officials said on Friday.   Nova Sofyan Hakim, the chairman of the workers' union of PT Jakarta International


US Crude Sails to Asia as OPEC Weighs More Cuts

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Oil tankers carrying around 10 million barrels of U.S. crude are en route to Asia, according to shipping data and trade sources, as U.S. producers take advantage of favorable prices to ship to the region while OPEC ponders further supply cuts next week.  


VLCC Rates to Fall Further in Well-supplied Market

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to slide further next week, falling below tanker break even costs on routes from the Middle East, as too many ships chase too few cargoes, brokers said on Friday.   "In today's market Middle East charter rates are around $15


Hyundai Merchant Sees More Losses

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 South Korea's largest deep sea carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine expects to post losses through the first half of next year due to poor market conditions, reports Bloomberg quoting its CEO Yoo Chang-keun.   “This year will be the year to strengthen our financials


Spanish Dock Strike Could Disrupt Key Export Chains

Strike could harm Spanish exports, but union rejects government plans to reform ports   Key export chains in Spain could face major disruption if a long-running dispute between the government and the country's dock workers extends beyond a planned three-day strike next week


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could Diverge on Market Conditions

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Australia-China rates could climb on improved weather. Brazil-China rates to hold steady, fall on lack of charters.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes could diverge next week with rates from Australia to China rebounding on improved weather


Spanish Stevedores Cancel Planned Strike

Spanish dock workers on Wednesday called off a planned three-day strike next week after the government said it would delay plans to reform the sector and instead open talks with the unions.   The standstill was due to take place every other hour on Feb


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Uncertain on Tonnage Woes

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MidEast tanker rates fall to $22,000 a day, below breakeven; 52 VLCCs to be delivered this year, highest since 2011.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to four-month lows this week, face an uncertain direction next week as refinery maintenance and excess


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Pressured Abundant Tonnage

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Capesize rates from Western Australia to China at 8-week high; shipowners parking ships off South Africa to stop rates falling.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes could remain rangebound next week as abundant tonnage puts a ceiling on freight rates even


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb Again

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Number of spot capesize cargoes double from January levels; Pacific capesize earnings now around $14,000 per day.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-month highs this week, are set to jump further next week on tight tonnage supply and


Baltic Index Climbs to Three-month High

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, closed at its highest level in three months on Friday, supported by robust capesize rates. 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


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


Largest Ship To-date Transits Expanded Panama Canal

The COSCO Development transiting the Panama Canals Cocoli Locks, making it the largest vessel to transit the Expanded Canal. (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

The 13,092 TEU Neopanamax containership COSCO Development, which measures 366 meters in length and 48.2 meters in beam, today became the largest vessel both in dimension and capacity to transit the Expanded Panama Canal since it was inaugurated in June 2016.  






 
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