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Exim Indiaweb site
FEBRUARY 5, 2019
  • Hapag-Lloyd set to be first in world to convert large containership to LNG
  • India formally establishes shipping link to Chabahar
  • Sri Lanka's new national policy for its maritime & logistics sectors foresees reduced dependence on Indian container transhipment cargo
  • US' unilateral imposition of additional Customs duty on steel & aluminium products before WTO's Dispute Settlement Body
  • KICT achieves multiple records in Jan. 2019
  • Procedure for clearance of Export LCL Cargo categorised as "Hazardous Goods"
  • 'The Air Cargo Policy document has failed to address the core issue of the need & how to build national capacity'
  • Logistics portal in final stages of development: N. Sivasailam
  • Shashi Kiran Shetty bestowed with Global Visionary Award
  • FDI policy on e-commerce expanded
  • Merchandise exports seen attaining new high this fiscal
  • UK freight association launches freight apprenticeship microsite
  • US sanctions on Venezuela could change pattern of crude tanker trade, says analysis

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International Transport Journalweb site
FEBRUARY 6, 2019
  • Catering to the unusual
  • Railway association gains new member
  • Good fuels and blockchain savings
  • More capacity for small consignments
  • First landing of Air Senegal's future flagship
  • Schmitz Cargobull passes GDP audit
  • Christian Arndt joins Deugro
  • Fercam - clean and quiet over the Brenner
  • Lagardère selects GAC Dubai as contract logistics partner
  • IAG Cargo teams up with Petair UK
  • Kanis to spearhead I&C growth at Imperial Logistics
  • More cargo for port of Liverpool
  • West Atlantic synchronises fleet with IT solution
  • Hapag Lloyd redeeming ahead of deadline
  • Positive financial outlook for Ceva
  • Geis takes over K + N's Lichtenfels site
  • "Curiosity of the Day"
  • Improving Russia - India freight services
  • Record year for port of Barcelona

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The Loadstarweb site
FEBRUARY 5, 2019
  • 'Keep the freight moving, worry about Seaborne contract legality later'
  • No-deal Brexit 'simplified customs' plan 'won't help forwarders or hauliers'
  • Belly cargo on the up for Schiphol carriers as hopes rise for Local Rule
  • Carriers in with a chance of surviving IMO 2020 if they ditch the 'freebies'
  • DP World's optimism is renewed as it reports growth in container volumes
  • Aramex sees profits jump 13% in 2018
  • ATSG subsidiary LGSTX acquires materials handling specialist TriFactor
  • Supply chain radar: DSV is not alone in its Panalpina chase - and its rival ticks all the boxes

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Marine Logweb site
FEBRUARY 5, 2019
  • Diana Panamax bulker time chartered out at $8,100 per day
  • Wight Shipyard delivers 250-passenger Danube river catamaran
  • Valmet and Celebrity sign four-year service agreement
  • Hapag-Lloyd to retrofit 15,000 TEU box ship to operate on LNG
  • Swiftships awarded $26.6 million for construction of LCU 1701 and 1702
  • Aging OSVs push down asset value of U.S. owned fleet
  • Moran Iron Works starts construction of kayak-launching tour boat

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Lloyd's Listweb site
FEBRUARY 5, 2019
  • Tankers stalling amid uncertainty over US sanctions on PDVSA
    A number of tanker vessels appear to be stalling en route to and from Venezuela as US sanctions start to...
  • P&O Ports manager killed in Somalia
    Three other P&O employees were injured during the incident
  • Significant numbers expected to ignore sulphur cap rules
    Recent bans on open-loop scrubber usage in China and Singapore adds further operational pressure and economic uncertainty on scrubber usage...
  • Pericles Panagopulos, founder of Greek ferry group Attica, dies aged 83
    Founder of Royal Cruise Line, SuperFast Ferries and Magna Marine was involved in shipping from an early age
  • Greece continues to lead fleet-value league
    Chinese fleet makes biggest climb from last year by $6.3bn, according to new data from VesselsValue
  • Drewry paints positive outlook for ocean freight rates
    Drewry says, however, that rate sentiment could soon be dampened if the US-China trade war takes a turn for the...
  • Hapag-Lloyd to convert containership to LNG
    The carrier boasts world's first conversion of containership of this size to LNG power
  • UK has customs skill shortage, Braemar chief warns
    Freight forwarder does not take the view that Britain 'collectively has the skills to deal with the documentation that flows...
  • Grayling says maritime will be 'central' to post-Brexit trade
    The UK government wants - and is doing everything it can - to leave Europe with a good deal, Grayling...

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
FEBRUARY 5, 2019
  • VC funding fuels freight visibility arms race
  • Savannah expanding mega-ship handling ability
  • Challenges to US urban supply chains mount
  • Kia taps Georgia for new SUV supply chain
  • Trade turmoil, e-commerce lift air cargo

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TradeWindsweb site
FEBRUARY 5, 2019
  • South Korea merger plan for a 'big two' will trigger response
    State bank's sale of DSME stake is aimed at strengthening the defensive shield round local shipbuilding but its success will depend on rival nations' response as well as market conditions
  • Rubicon Offshore puts FPSO on sales block
    Rubicon Offshore International has tasked brokers with finding a buyer for one of three floating production, storage and offloading vessels in its fleet. TradeWinds is told that L&R Midland and Braemar ACM Shipbroking have been given joint exclusive rights to sell the Singapore-based operator's 110,000-dwt Front Puffin (built 1990) on an "as is, where is" basis. The Spanish-built vessel is curre
  • Scorpio stunned by stabbing of vessel master
    Group is working with authorities to investigate incident and guard against future violence as injured seafarer listed in "stable" condition.
  • 'Layup' no more from NY lender CIT Bank
    Evan Cohen-led ship finance operation back in business and pursuing "classic senior debt," veteran banker tells Greek-Norwegian conference.
  • Scorpio calls on IMO to stand firm on scrubbers
    Agency's new considerations months ahead of emissions deadline said to raise unfair threats to early adapters of compliance technology.
  • Hornbeck notes-for-loans scheme falls short of its target
    Swap scheme will still help the Louisiana-based OSV owner stretch its debt maturity
  • Carnival to use LNG bunkering experience to speed delivery
    Cruiseship giant Carnival is working to speed up its LNG bunkering operations as it gains experience with its first LNG-fuelled vessel in Tenerife. Carnival is supplying about 900 tonnes of LNG as bunkers to the 183,900-gt AIDAnova (built 2018) every two weeks in an operation that takes about 10 hours, company LNG project director Stuart Carpenter said. Carnival cruiseship AIDAnova debuts on LNG
  • ExxonMobil locks in VLCC on seven-year time charter
    Brokers claim the energy major has taken the newbuild for $31,000 per day, mirroring a similar deal last July
  • KCC hit by Brazilian alumina plant force majeure
    Norway's Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC) has been hit by a force majeure in Brazil as profit dipped in the fourth quarter. The company said net earnings were $0.66m in the final three months, against $4.16m in 2017. KCC clears the way for share issue ahead of IPO Klaveness Combination Carriers takes newbuilding orderbook to six ships Revenue grew to $29.59m from $15.15m a year ago, but co
  • Crewman evacuated after stabbing on Scorpio tanker
    An injured Indian seafarer has been airlifted from a Scorpio Tankers vessel after a fight broke out on board. The incident took place on the 110,000-dwt STI Guard (built 2016) on Monday off the island of Reunion, Franceinfo reported. The injured man suffered two stab wounds to his chest, the report said. Authorities were alerted on Monday morning and the vessel diverted to Reunion. The seafare
  • Measles alert for passengers on Tallink ro-pax
    An adult passenger suffering from measles who travelled on a Tallink ro-pax from Finland has sparked a health warning. Passengers on the 58,000-gt Silja Serenade (built 1990) between 1 and 3 February have been advised to check they have been vaccinated, YLE reported. The ferry serves the Helsinki to Stockholm route. A passenger was diagnosed with measles on Monday and is believed to have been i
  • Titan LNG and Fluxys team up on Flexfueler 002 for Antwerp
    Partnership inks second LNG bunkering pontoon barge as first set to begin work in May.
  • P&O Ports terminal manager shot dead in Somalia
    A P&O Ports manager has been shot dead by terrorists in the Puntland region of Somalia. Cosco Pakistan boss shot dead Paul Fermosa was walking to work in Bosaso when he was shot and killed by an Al-Shabab militant disguised as a fisherman, Reuters reported. The assassin was shot and killed by one of Fermosa's bodyguards. The company is owned by Dubai's DP World. The Dubai media office confirme
  • Scrubber-makers and ecologists at odds over open-loop sludge tanks
    Manufacturers say lack of residue build-up renders open-loop scrubber sludge tanks unnecessary, while activists claim shipowners bypass them
  • Svitzer shakes off rumours it will drop UK flag
    Chatter of an impending exodus from the UK Ship Registry has so far proved unfounded
  • Hapag claims world first with big boxship LNG conversion
    German line Hapag-Lloyd has booked in what it claims is the first conversion of a large boxship to run on LNG. Retrofitting of the 15,000-teu Sajir (built 2014) will take place at Hudong Hondhoa Shipbuilding's Shanghai yard Huarun Dadong Dockyard in China after a deal was signed at the end of last week. The pilot project paves the way for other large vessels to follow suit, the company said, mak
  • Richard Branson turns up the volume with his Scarlet Lady
    Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages is harking back to the tycoon's musical origins by developing what he calls RockStar suites for the company's cruiseship newbuilding Scarlet Lady. Virgin Voyages adds fourth cruise vessel at Fincantieri These feature a guitar-lined music room and an outdoor shower and dining table, with steps attached for that all-important moment when you have to dance for your
  • NGO Shipbreaking Platform highlights beaching death toll
    Clean and safe ship recycling lobby group NGO Shipbreaking Platform estimates at least 35 workers died dismantling ships on the beaches of South Asia last year. It released the figures just days after the European Commission said it had rejected applications from two of India's leading beaching yards to be included in a list of ship recyclers approved to demolish European-flagged ships. 'Wake-up
  • Ice-class tonnage is a lone bright spot in MR tanker trade
    MR earnings on the Baltic-UK Continent route are showing strength as ice-class restrictions kick in, while oversupply plagues other trades
  • Greek shipowner Pericles Panagopoulos dies at 83
    Pericles Panagopoulos, founder of companies that made a mark on passenger and dry bulk shipping, died in Athens early this morning. "It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our chairman, Pericles S Panagopoulos, who passed away today," his company Magna Marine said in a statement. He was 83 years old. The Athens-born entrepreneur studied business and economics in Greece, Switzerlan
  • Sea Shepherd ship attacked with rocks, molotov cocktails
    Conservation group Sea Shepherd has revealed details of a violent attack on one of its ships by poachers in the Gulf of California off Mexico. The society said its 168-gt former US Coast Guard cutter Farley Mowat was target by more than 50 assailants "posing as fishermen on board 20 high-speed boats while conducting maritime conservation patrols inside the Vaquita Refuge." Crane crashes
  • Dof fixes PSV at eye-catching rate as recovery continues
    Green shoots just keep coming in the North Sea market
  • Zodiac Maritime sells tanker pair to Pakistan National Shipping Corp
    Deal priced at around $60m and continues an active period for the shipowner.
  • Philippines: HHI 'interested' in Hanjin Subic takeover
    Hyundai Heavy Industries is the latest shipbuilder to be linked to a takeover of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction's Philippines yard, which is under court rehabilitation. Philippines defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters: "Lately, I also heard that Hyundai of Korea is also interested," according to the Business Mirror. He said companies from the US, Japan, South Korea, Indonesi
  • Marubeni sells out of LPG with $22m double deal
    Japanese trading house Marubeni is reported to have sold out of the small LPG carrier market. S&P surge aids buzz around pressurized LPG space Brokers believe the company has disposed of the 3,800-cbm Crimson Gas2 and Crimson Gas3 (both built 2012). A price of $11m each, or slightly less, is said to have been paid for the ships. LPG market sources say the transaction comes at a time when very
  • VEB lines up $152m financing for SCF tankers
    Russian lender VEB Group is to finance the construction of three more tankers for Sovcomflot (SCF Group), according to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He told a meeting of the supervisory board of the state-run development corporation that the ships will carry light oil products and gas condensate. VEB-Leasing last year approved deals to finance two aframaxes for the owner at the new Zvezda Ship
  • Eastern Navigation snaps up bargain Toisa quartet
    Singapore's Eastern Navigation has boosted its fleet with the acquisition of four offshore support vessels from Greece's bankrupt Toisa group. The company told TradeWinds it had closed on the final vessel in the enbloc deal this week. A1 Offshore linked to Toisa PSV purchase James Fisher linked to $20m Toisa OSV Brokers said Eastern has paid $6m per ship for a total of $24m, as opposed to valu
  • Reports of Pappas product tanker sale puzzle market
    Reports of a tanker sale by Petros Pappas-led Product Shipping & Trading have shipbrokers scratching their heads. Greeks emerge as net buyers in sale-and-purchase transactions The private Pappas company is reported to have parted with the 51,500-dwt Jane (built 2008). Some have simply dismissed the reports as inaccurate, noting the ship is one of the newest in the company's fleet. Others guide
  • Greeks emerge as net buyers in sale-and-purchase transactions
    Hellenic asset-play focused on tankers and boxships in 2018 as overall pace in the S&P market slowed
  • Britannia P&I stands alone in diversification debate
    The annual International P&I Conference in Piraeus prides itself on being the only event that attracts attendees and speakers from 11 of the 13 members of the International Group of P&I Clubs. The latest to join the annual get-together was Britannia P&I, which has been upping its game in the Greek market and made its debut through local representative David Harley. Gard likely recipient as Maers
  • P&I clubs may face greater exposure in wake of IMO 2020
    Piraeus conference tackles questions over liability, fines and casualty claims following emissions regulations
  • Siem replaces Flensburger yard boss after delays
    Flensburger managing director Rudiger Fuchs has been replaced after delays at the German shipbuilder. The company said its owner, Siem Industries, has brought in one of its executives Alexander Gregg-Smith, who was in charge at the yard for six months in 2016, according to the NDR website. Brittany Ferries' new LNG ro-pax delayed at FSG Yard suspects sabotage on ferry newbuild Fuchs had been t
  • Delphis pulls the plug on Team Lines
    Delphis-owned Hamburg feeder operator Team Lines is being wound down. It will cease trading on 11 February, it said in a letter to customers signed by Delphis' Alexander Saverys and Team managing director Benjamin Weinacht. They blamed deteriorating market conditions in northern Europe in recent years as well as ongoing consolidation for making a continuation of the business "unsustainable". De
  • Icebreaker to simulate conditions in space
    Ships often live on as floating restaurants or attractions after their working lives are over. This was the case for the 11,800-gt Japanese icebreaker Shirase (built 1983), but now the vessel is set for a unique second retirement. Jeff Bezos company confirms Stena ro-ro swoop The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported that the ship - decommissioned in 2008 - is to be used to simulate conditions in sp
  • Klaveness Marine takes stake in third Knutsen OAS LNG carrier
    Norwegian owner invests in mini-gas carrier saying it believes in this type of long-term contract.
  • Vale says Brazil court action threatens 30 million tonnes of iron ore output
    Mining giant says legal move could crimp nearly 9% of the company's annual production.
  • Norvic Shipping appoints Urs Dur as new CFO
    Finance veteran latest to join Canadian bulker owner as it continues management shake-up.

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American Shipperweb site
FEBRUARY 5, 2019
  • Overland gains traction on Asia-Europe trade
    Moving cargo on the trade by rail and truck is becoming an increasingly feasible option.
  • Panalpina rejects acquisition bid by DSV
    Swiss foundation owning 46 percent of Panalpina does not support offer from Denmark's DSV.
  • DeFazio urges near-term passage of infrastructure bill
    House Transportation Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio highlighted the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and gas tax as critical issues that must be addressed.
  • Port of Vancouver cancels permit for coal export terminal
    The port authority says the project proposed by Fraser Surrey Docks failed to show substantial progress on construction had been made by Nov. 30, one of 83 conditions.
  • CSX exec: Inland ports better supply chain efficiency
    The Class I railroad says it has seen an increase in efficiency and improvement in quality of customer service since implementing scheduled railroading.
  • Lawmakers: Mexican tomato export practices unfair
    Letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross calls for end to agreement suspending antidumping investigation.
  • Seattle terminal $300 million upgrade recommended
    Northwest Seaport Alliance may lease to Stevedoring Services of America and MSC's Terminal International Ltd.
  • Georgia Ports Authority unveils big berth/big ship plan
  • Vanterm vessel operations expected to resume this week
  • Hapag-Lloyd to retrofit 15,000-TEU ship for LNG
  • Nominations sought for ag trade advisory committees
  • Mandatory TFTEA drawback set for Feb. 24
  • Executive Moves: TIA, Echo and Scoular
  • Freight tracker FourKites nets $50 million in funding
  • Committee clears Commerce enforcement nominee
  • Executive Moves: East and Gulf coasts, Rockies

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
FEBRUARY 5, 2019
  • US EIA chief sees modest price impact from Venezuelan oil sanctions so far
    US sanctions on Venezuela's oil sector have so far had modest global price impacts as crude production and refinery flows in the US and elsewhere adjust to the supply disruption.
  • US crude terminal LOOP sells 56% of LOOP Sour storage contracts at auction
    The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port sold more than half of the 7,200 capacity allocation contracts it offered in its Tuesday auction of storage space for crude in cavern at its terminal, equal to more than 4 million barrels of LOOP Sour, auction co-host Matrix Markets said.
  • Eastern Canadian light, heavy crudes benefit from strong US demand in 2019
    US imports of both light and heavy Eastern Canadian crude rose sharply in January compared with the same month a year ago, custom records showed Tuesday.
  • Rosneft sees its Venezuelan output stable, views crisis as temporary
    Rosneft does not expect crude production at its joint projects with state owned PDVSA in the Latin American country to drop in 2019.
  • ICE sets launch of delayed 0.5% sulfur marine fuel futures for Feb 19
    Intercontinental Exchange said Tuesday that its new 0.5% sulfur marine fuel futures contracts, delayed due to the US government shutdown at the beginning of the year, will now launch February 19.
  • Barge congestion at Piraeus boosts bunker fuel prices: sources
    Barge congestion at the Greek port of Piraeus was supporting 380 CST bunker fuel prices, sources said Tuesday.
  • External: Praxis Energy Agents DMCC
  • BP predicts further output growth in 2019 after new project start-ups
  • External: Global Risk Management




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