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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.    In fact this has been the best first quarter ever, both for total overseas freight and for containers. And on top of all that the previous month was the best for containers that has ever been recorded in the port of Antwerp.   All this means that after the record year of 2016 the port of Antwerp is off to a good start. “The Port Authority is very satisfied with these growth figures,” declared CEO Jacques Vandermeiren.    “Since the first half of last year experienced better performance than the second half, it is important to see the volumes continuing to steadily increase in the container segment. This positive trend confirms the demand for additional container capacity in the Antwerp port area,” he concluded.   The container volume was up 2% during the first quarter, finishing at 29,750,925 tonnes. This corresponds to 2,480,932 TEU, an increase of 0.7%.   Ro/ro for its part experienced remarkable progress, up 5.3% to 1,219,314 tonnes. The number of cars handled was up 2.8% to 316,988. Conventional breakbulk too continued to expand in comparison with the same period last year. At the end of March the volume stood at 2,583,590 tonnes, an increase of 8.3%


Softlink Bundles WIN Connectivity in Cloud ERP Logi-Sys

Softlink’s Cloud ERP platform Logi-Sys for freight industry now includes WIN connectivity, enabling users to communicate with other WIN-connected forwarders. Amit Maheshwari, CEO-Softlink, said, “WIN’s unique value proposition is connecting forwarding agents to their agent partners who use completely different systems. By adding WIN interface to Logi-Sys, our customers can share information electronically with their key overseas partners


LR Classed Ships Head USCG Qualship List

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) initiated the Qualship program on January 1, 2001 to reward quality owners. Lloyd's Register classed ships dominate the latest USCG list, with more quality ratings than any other classification society. These ships will all benefit from less frequent USCG inspections. Among the 41% of ships that are classed by Lloyd's Register are those owned by AP Moller, P & O Nedlloyd, Overseas Shipholding Group, Shell International and BP Amoco.


Tanker Shares Sink Lower

At  MarineMoney's New York City event earlier this summer, tanker operators were in a somber mood, and Michael Reardon, Manager Global Strategy and Freight Traiding, ConocoPhillips, was quoted as saying: “Floating storage took VLCCs out of the market and sent false signals to the market ... We are at or near the bottom; things can get worse, but not much worse.” Don't look now, but things have gotten worse.


President Obama Announces Seven Significan Port Projects

U.S. President Barack Obama recognizes port projects as nationally and regionally significant The projects announced are the first seven of 43 additional projects that will be expedited under the Executive Order.  The names of the other projects will be announced in the coming weeks. The seven projects include five harbor improvements to deepen federal navigation channels for larger ships (in Jacksonville, Miami, Charleston, Savannah and New York/New Jersey)


OOIL's Profit Up

Image: Orient Overseas (International) (OOIL)

 Orient Overseas (International) (OOIL), the parent company of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), said its profit had risen 32 percent year on year (y/y) to $238.6 million in the first six months of 2015, due cheaper fuel costs helped it tide over a slump in freight rates.   However, revenue declined 6 percent to US$3 billion during the same period as overcapacity and weak demand continued to plague the container shipping industry, a stock filing of OOIL said on 10 August.


US Intermodal Container Leasing Market Report

'Intermodal Container Leasing in the US Industry' market research report published by IBISWorld Excerpts from the report are as follows: The Intermodal Container Leasing industry is heavily dependent on large-scale domestic and international trade levels. Thus, as consumer spending fell during the recession and demand for goods across the economy dipped, fewer containers were needed for the transport of products. However, China's resilience and strong growth throughout the past five years


Kintetsu Pays $1.2bln for APL Logistics

Image: Kintetsu World Express

 Japanese freight carrier Kintetsu World Express Inc is buying Singapore's APL Logistics for US$1.2 billion, paying a higher than anticipated price for an overseas deal at a time of slow domestic growth.  Tokyo-headquartered Kintetsu Express said on Tuesday that it agreed to pay S$1.6 billion to buy all of APL's shares from its parent, Neptune Orient Lines (NOL). Its own capital and bank loans will be used to fund the deal, it said.   


Multimodal Freight Bill Introduced in US Senate

Cantwell, Booker, Murray, Markey introduce freight investment legislation aiming to eliminate chokepoints at critical highway, rail, port and intermodal facilities to support economic growth, and reduce the impact of freight movement on communities   U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation to establish a multimodal freight investment policy to keep America businesses


Hyundai Merchant Sees More Losses

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 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,” Yoo told Bloomberg. “We are targeting to make an operating profit in the third quarter of next year. By early next year, we expect much of the overcapacity in the market will be resolved


Smaller Tonnage Buoys Baltic Index

File Image: a handy sized bulk carrier (FedNav)

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday, tracking gains across panamax and smaller vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


DHS Custom Passenger Ferry Launched

Photo: Gulfstream Shipbuilding

Gulfstream Shipbuilding launched a custom passenger/vehicle ferry for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on July 12, 2017.  This 118 x 27 x 10.75 ft. crew boat-style vessel will be delivered in the fall 2017 to service the New York and Connecticut waters


Baltic Index Gains for Seventh Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for seventh session in a row on Wednesday supported by stronger demand for larger vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Antwerp Port Container Freight Up by 2.5%

Photo: Port of Antwerp

 The port of Antwerp handled 111,385,518 tonnes of freight during the first six months of this year, 2.8% more than in the same period last year.    Container freight once more performed well after a number of exceptional years, with an increase of 2.5% in terms of tonnage and 1


Oil Spilled After U.S. Train Derailment

File Image: A typical Crude Oil train in the United states makes its way south along inalnd waterways. CREDIT: Dagmar Etkin

Canadian National Railway Co said about 20,000 gallons of oil was released following a freight train derailment at Plainfield, the U.S. state of Illinois on Friday, according to a filing with state pollution regulators.   The cause of the derailment was unknown


Baltic Index Falters Again

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slipped for the fifth straight session on Wednesday, hurt by lower rates for larger vessels and supramax.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


COSCO Records H1 Profit on Improving Market

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COSCO Shipping Holdings expects to post a profit of around 1.85 billion yuan ($272 million) in the first half, helped by an improving shipping market.   The world's fourth-largest container shipping line made the forecast in a stock market statement on Thursday. It recorded a loss of 7


Firmer MidEast, WAfrica Sentiment Supports VLCC Rates

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Middle East rates helped by fewer old vessels; about 96 MidEast cargoes fixed, 25 to come.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could rise next week on firm sentiment in the Middle East and West Africa markets but higher oil prices and fewer floating storage opportunities


COSCO to Buy OOCL for USD 6.3 bln

Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

 Chinese Shipping Major Cosco Group has agreed in principle to buy its shipping rival and  Hong Kong’s No. 1 box mover, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), in deal that could be valued around USD 6.3 billion.  The takeover will catapult Cosco the world’s


Baltic Index Down Again

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, inched lower on Monday on weaker rates for larger vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 2 points, or 0


Port Autonome de Papeete Orders Tug for Tahiti

Damen’s local agent, Damien Barrow, Boris Peyterman, Technical Director PAP, George Puchon, CEO PAP and Damen Sales Manager Vincent Maes. (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards said it has won an open tender for the supply of a tug to Port Autonome de Papeete on the Pacific island of Tahiti. Tahiti is part of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of the French Republic. The tug will be Damen’s popular ASD 2810 model, a rugged


Baltic Index Snaps Eight-session Losing Streak

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday to snap an eight-day losing streak, boosted by improved rates across all vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Stronger Rates Across Vessels Lift Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday as rates climbed further across vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 12 points, or 1


China Acquires Global Ports: FT

File photo: China COSCO Shipping

 With the aim to dominate maritime industry China has been acquiring overseas ports with huge investments which crossed USD 20 bln last year, Financial Times reported.   Beijing has spent billions expanding its ports network to secure sea lanes and establish itself as a maritime power


Low Water Still Hampers Rhine, Danube shipping

File Image: A typical tow makes its way along the Danube River in Germany (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) digitalstock)

Water on the Rhine and Danube in Germany remains shallow and cargo vessels cannot sail fully loaded, traders said on Monday.   The rivers had fallen below normal levels in late June after dry weather.   The Rhine is still too shallow for normal sailings from Duisburg and Cologne to






 
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