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Monday, October 16, 2017

Rate Increases

Transpacific Container Shipping Rate Soars

The Drewry Hong Kong-Los Angeles container rate benchmark, soared by 17.5% to US$2,452 per 40ft container this week. Last week’s Drewry transpacific price benchmark dated 1st August increased by just $71 per 40ft container from levels in the previous week, but it has now become clear that the rate increase was deferred by most carriers. “We said last week that one factor in the price changes was that carriers are staggering the implementation of this month’s GRI [General Rate Increase],” explained Martin Dixon, Drewry’s research manager for freight rate benchmarking. “What we now know is that the spot market has accepted the $500 rate increase over a period of 2 weeks, not one.” The latest $500 price increase ($429 this week and $71 last week) propelled spot freight rates from Hong Kong to Los Angeles to their highest level this year. This week’s $2,452 rate is 89% higher than this time last year. Perhaps more importantly, this was the 5th week-on-week rate increase of more than 10% this year. With transpacific capacity lower than a year ago and Asia-to-US volumes in July up by approximately 7%, the container market on the transpacific route appears to be much tighter than the Asia-Europe container trade. “The jump in rates and in volumes are there, but we have not changed our belief that freight rate levels will drift back downwards through the latter part of August,” Dixon warned

Global Shipping in Doldrums

Photo: Maersk Line

 Wells Fargo Securities says that headwinds face global shipping industry and the continued overcapacity means freight rate gains are less likely to stick.   "Given the continued overcapacity headwinds and easing containerized trade demand, we believe these freight rate gains are less likely to stick, and we expect rates to remain under pressure as we approach the slack winter season, particularly following a muted peak season," says a report from Wells Fargo Securities

Atlantic Container Rates To Soar

Starting next year, the price to ship a container across the Atlantic ocean is to soar, as container shipping lines on the Atlantic will be seeking hefty rate increases s next year. Rates for 20 foot containers heading westbound to U.S. Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific ports would rise by $600 from January 1, 2000, carriers in the Trans-Atlantic Conference Agreement (TACA) said. For 40 and 45 ft units the increase would be $750, they said

Ocean Freight Shipping Rates on the Rise

After a downtrend in the freight shipping tanker market since the middle of 2007, the industry has seen nothing but rate increases in the last month. This freight rate increase can affect consumers across the board, according to the freight transportation The cost of freight shipping can mean an increase in the cost of many consumer products, according to FreightBrokering.info, which is why it's so important to keep freight transportation costs down

Mediterranean Shipping Co. Rate Increase

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will file a General Rate Increase (GRI) of $160 per 20 ft container and $200 per 40 ft unit on all cargo moving from Europe to the USA. The company will also file a GRI of $200 per 20 ft unit and $250 per 40 ft unit applicable to freight moving from  Italy, Spain and Portugal (Western Mediterranean service)  to the USA, all coasts. These new rate increases go into effect April 1, 2009.

Horizon Lines Report Container Volume, Revenue, Up in Q3 2012

Horizon Lines' financial report shows volume improves 3.4%, & rate, net of fuel up 2.9% from a year ago. Sam Woodward, President and Chief Executive Officer comments on third quarter 2012 financial results: "Horizon Lines generated a 3.4% improvement in container volume and a 2.9% increase in container revenue, net of fuel surcharges, for the third quarter, relative to the same period a year ago," said Sam Woodward, President and Chief Executive Officer

Increased Panamax Rates Boost Market Sentiment

Higher panamax freight rates have boosted sentiment in the market amid hopes for further rates increases during the week, shipbrokers said on Monday. They gave as prime example the latest U.S. Gulf to Japan fixture at a rate of $23.25 per ton of heavy grain for mid-July loading dates, this compared with the present Baltic Panamax Index showing an average $22.86 per ton. Firmer fixtures had been also reported for both the Pacific and the Atlantic, brokers said.

Hapag-Lloyd Increases Rate Increase for North America services

Freight rates have come under pressure in recent months with the entry of new players into the North Atlantic market. Moreover, costs, particularly for charters, bunkering and additional security measures, have risen. Hapag-Lloyd has thus decided to raise freight rates for the North Atlantic and for the US Gulf and the US West Coast with effect from February 1st 2007. The increase amounts to $200 for a 20-ft. container and $250 for a 40' container.

Where are Container Shipping Rates Going?

The market index for Asia to North-Europe is still on the decline, the average for a 20ft saw a 19% drop since 26th of May compared to the 26th of June reports Norwegian price comparison company Xeneta. The market average for a 40ft in Asia to North-Europe performed similar with a 20% decline in container shipping rates in the same period. The rate pressure is higher than ever with the announced general rate increase on July 1

15 Carriers Agree to EU's GRI Modifications

Photo: Maersk Line

 15 container liner shipping companies have said they will stop publishing and communicating general rate increases (GRIs) that are expressed solely as an amount or percentage of the change, says the European Commission.   Shipper representatives have welcomed an agreement by  the container lines to abandon GRIs in favour of a new pricing announcement mechanism following a two-year inquiry by the EU into possible competition infringements – alleged “price

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 southern stretches of the river, traders said. All of the Danube in Germany is too shallow for normal loading.   Shallow water means vessel operators impose surcharges on freight rates

COSCO Books H1 Profit of $288 mln

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Marina Ignatova)

China's COSCO Shipping Holdings Co Ltd reported a first-half profit on Wednesday and forecast that improved demand in the container shipping market would continue for the rest of the year.   China's largest shipping group, which last month offered to buy a Hong Kong peer to become the world's third-largest container liner, said January-June net profit was 1.86 billion yuan ($288.32 million).   That matched an estimate it announced in July, citing improved market conditions

Drewry Warns BCOs to Adapt Their Contract Strategy

Image: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 International transport and logistics executives using container shipping are facing the biggest shift in their ocean provider base for 20 years and must adapt their procurement and contract strategy, according to ocean freight procurement consultancy Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.   In the last five years, beneficial cargo owners have been able to secure large reductions in freight costs by running traditional competitive bids with numerous providers in an over-supplied

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

Spot box rates rise above 5-year average - Drewry

Image Drewry

Spot container freight rates on the major East-West routes reached a 20-month high this week and have risen above the average of the last 5 years. The latest weekly reading is $1,770/40ft container for the composite index, reflecting increases on individual lanes to $1,785 for the Rotterdam-New York index (up $4 this week), $2,210 for the Shanghai-Rotterdam index (up $257 this week) and $2,106 for the Shanghai-Los Angeles index (up $545 this week).  

Russian Seaport Cargo Volumes All Time High

Photo: Port of Novorossiysk

 The turnover of goods of seaports of Russia for the first time in history exceeded the mark of 700 million tons per year, reports local media.   According to figures released by the Russian Maritime Ports Association, the sector's overall turnover rose 6.7 percent in 2016.    Even a drop in foreign exports did not impact freight handling volumes, which grew over the last decade. Total turnover increased 77.4 percent between 2006 and 2016.  

Container lines earned $42 less per TEU

Notes US Trade based on USD per forty foot unit -FEU

The container shipping lines received an average rate 7% (USD 42) lower in 2016 than in 2015, if they operated in the spot market on all Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) trade routes. This has primarily been due to the devastating low rates received in the first half of 2016, as the average rate received in H2 2016 was 22% higher than the rate received in H2 2015.   The freight rates managed to gain momentum through second half of 2016

St. Lawrence Seaway Tolls to Rise 2%

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced a toll rate increase of 2 percent for the 2017 navigation season.  

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold Steady

File image of a typical VLCC underway (Credit: EuroNav)

25 MidEast cargoes still to be fixed; VLCC rates fall to 4-month low.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a four-month low on Thursday, are likely to hold around current levels or nudge higher as charterers fix the final charters in February's loading programme from the Middle East.   Brokers however said an oversupply of tonnage from a raft of new vessel deliveries and older tonnage coming free after being used for floating storage are expected

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 buoyant cargo volumes, brokers said.   Rates on the capesize route from Brazil to China soared to the highest level in nearly 18 months on Thursday

Baltic Index Inches Up on Firmer Panamax Rates

Photo: FotoFlite / DS Norden

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged up on Thursday as panamax rates increased. The overall index, which also factors in rates for capesize, supramax and handysize vessels, closed up 6 points, or 0.5 percent, at 1,196 points. The panamax index jumped 51 points, or 4.6 percent, its biggest daily percentage gain since March 1, to close at 1,170 points.

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.   Weekend rain had helped raise both rivers but water levels remain well below minimum levels for full loadings. The rivers have been shallow since the first week of April.  

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, says the company in its investor outlook for 2017.   In its latest economic outlook (April 2017), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects global economic growth to reach 3.5% in the current year. 

Safety Partnership Builds on its Success

Photo: Salvare

International safety expert Salvare has secured a number of orders for its Seapod and Mini-Pod lifesaving systems through its U.K. sales agent SeaSafe over the last year.   The latest contract for five units went to a U.K. west coast fleet operator, which wants to kit out all of its vessels to help ensure its crews stay safe at sea.   Jeremy Dale, managing director, SeaSafe, said, “Since we took on the distribution of Salvare’s Seapod and Mini-pod

Fitch: Boxship Rates Rise, Capacity Still Key

File Image: CREDIT UASC

Fitch Ratings' Report: What Investors Want to Know: Container Shipping.   Container shipping companies have benefited from a modest increase in freight rates since the start of the year, but a sustainable recovery in the container market will only be achieved by reaching a viable supply/demand balance through capacity cuts, Fitch Ratings says. Container transport volumes outstripped capacity growth in 2016 for the first time since 2010-2011

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