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Sched Netweb site
JULY 17, 2020
  • LA-Long Beach post double digit declines in first half due to Covid-19
  • Asian waters remain chief locale for worldwide for losing big ships at sea
  • Major shipowners launch new research centre to decarbonize shipping
  • Cosco and Alibaba join forces in bid to transform shipping via Blockchain
  • Hamburg's CTA recertified as world's only climate-neutral box terminal
  • Hamburg's SMM trade fair rescheduled from September to February
  • US Hong Kong Autonomy Act now law, ending preferential trade status
  • Kenya's China-built Mombasa-Nairobi railway moves 207,000 TEU in 2020
  • Panama Ship Registry grows 4.1pc in first year under new administration
  • Delta Cargo partners with PayCargo to offer new online payment system
  • Turkish Cargo ups market share despite - or because of - Covid-19
  • FAA and Swiss aviation authorities draft drone harmonisation accord

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The Loadstarweb site
JULY 16, 2020
  • Tiaca denies ACF 'blackball' claims as it begins search for 'CEO with a new vision'
  • Covid overtakes driver shortage as highest hurdle for European road freight
  • US container imports fall 10% in June, but west coast ports pull traffic back
  • More industrial action at DPW Australia hits already-stretched supply chains
  • Qatar Airways can take its four-nation airspace blockade complaint to the ICAO
  • Forward Air forced to look beyond declining airfreight road feeder services
  • China says GDP grew 3.2% in Q2, 'rebounding from coronavirus'
  • Supply chain radar: Should Westports invest in the hub or its spokes?

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Marine Logweb site
JULY 16, 2020
  • Bonhomme Richard: All known fires extinguished
    Rear Admiral Philip E. Sobeck, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three, today released the following statement: After four days of firefighting, all known fires have been extinguished aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
  • 300,000 seafarers still trapped on ships by crew change crisis
    A global summit hosted by the U.K. Government on July 9, 2020, on the impact of COVID-19 on crew changes may have gotten some headlines, but so far doesn't seem to have
    When the De Hoop Shipyard in Lobith, Netherlands, took its latest newbuild on sea trials off Rotterdam in May, it notched up an unintended "world's first." The ship that the yard was
  • VIDEO: Holland Shipyards Group delivers hybrid ferry
    Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Netherlands, based Holland Shipyards Group has handed over a hybrid ferry to Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK) in Germany. Named Gaarden, the vessel will operate as a bicycle and foot ferry
  • Detyens Shipyards awarded USNS McClean contract
    Detyens Shipyards Inc., Charleston, S.C., has won a Military Sealift Command contract for the drydocking of the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE-12), beating out two competitors. The contract has a
  • After short evacuation, firefighters return to Bonhomme Richard
    UPDATE: Navy now reports all known fires extinguished. As of 6:00 a.m. Pacific time July 16, firefighting teams were back on board USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) continuing operations. At 2.30 a.m.,
  • Norwegian bulker will lead a double life after modernization
    The Kryssholm, a 2011-built bulker that is currently considered the world's largest fish feed vessel, will soon be able to take on new assignments following conversion to battery hybrid operation and a
  • Bisso Towboat back at Main Iron Works for further ASD tractor tug
    Bisso Towboat Company Inc., Luling, La., has signed an agreement with Main Iron Works LLC, Houma, La., to begin construction of another new 6,008 BHP Tier 4 compliant, USCG-inspected ASD tractor tug.

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Lloyd's Listweb site
JULY 16, 2020
  • Crew crisis: China-bound bulk carriers divert to Philippines
    Efforts made in the Philippines to open a travel corridor for seafarers is fast luring in business as shipmanagers target...
  • GasLog agrees $1.1bn refinancing arrangement
    New loans show group's strength and scale at a time of uncertainty in financial markets, says chairman Peter G. Livanos
  • US west coast box port figures show weak rebound
    High freight rates on the transpacific hide the fact that US imported volumes remain down sharply. Any hopes of a...
  • Anglo cuts coal-export volumes guidance
    First-half coal volumes from South Africa and Colombia dropped sharply, says Anglo
  • Kyriacou joins Erma First as chief technical officer
    Stelios Kyriacou says his role will be in the development of new products so as to expand the company's portfolio...
  • Ship carbon recycling initiative launched in Japan
    MOL says the working group wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero in sea transportation
  • Cosco Shipping unit boosted by tanker frenzy
    Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation's live LNG carrier fleet increased to 36 as of end-June
  • Surge in piracy and robbery in Asian waters
    The increase in incidents occurred in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, the South China Sea and the Singapore Strait
  • Hin Leong owners sell repossessed vessel
    The buyer of the tanker says it has carried out due diligence on the transaction to mitigate the risk of...
  • Shipping makes a foray into live streaming
    The question is how much value live streaming has in shipping if it cannot be used as a direct channel...
  • Daily Briefing
    Free to read: 'Illogical' airline inaction blocking Singapore crew repatriation | Dubai opens for crew changes | Allianz says shipping losses...
  • Shipowners' liability to continue even after scrap sale
    The decision potentially has far-reaching implications for the shipping industry, argue lawyers at Watson Farley & Williams
  • Sembmarine losses widen on pandemic disruptions
    The management has taken pay cuts, ranging from 5% to 15%, led by chief executive Wong Weng Sun, who has...
  • Castor Maritime raises funds for expansion
    The company's acquisition strategy focuses on panamaxes, but other types of tonnage are not ruled out
  • Australia revives stalled box terminal project
    A Federal Court of Australia trial between rival operator NSW Ports and Australia's competition watchdog is set for October
  • MISC enters ethane carrier market with six-vessel deal in China
    The deal marks the Malaysian energy logistics player's entry into the niche large ethane carrier market, making it one of...

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The Journal of Commerceweb site
JULY 16, 2020
  • JOC Uncharted: COVID-19's economic drag deepens
  • FMC probe on pandemic cargo flow turns attention to NY-NJ
  • Startup aims to quantify shipment emissions
  • US port funding, project authorization bill moving forward
  • Slight MPV/HL fleet contraction won't cure capacity woes: Drewry
  • Zim's new NY-NJ empty return site rankles truckers

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TradeWindsweb site
JULY 16, 2020
  • GasLog and its MLP refinance group debt with $1bn in loans
    The new credit facilities will create additional liquidity for New York-listed GasLog and GasLog Partners
  • Carnival confirms sale of four Holland America ships
    TradeWinds has reported that two of the vessels are going to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
  • GMS predicts more vessel scrapping in 2020 despite touch operating environment
    Annual demolition volume set to rise as owners want to scrap old tonnage during the Covid-19 crisis
  • Carnival delays newbuildings amid older vessel sell-off
    New York-listed owner pushes back arrivals on number of ships while selling older tonnage
  • Tsakos expects tanker recovery for second half of 2020
    Greek owner Nikolas Tsakos predicts VLCC earnings could rise to as much as $60,000 per day by the fourth quarter
  • Pilot LNG unveils bunkering port planned for Galveston, Texas
    Former Excelerate Energy co-founder and Flex LNG CEO Jonathan Cook emerges with a new FLNG-based fuelling venture
  • ITF claims 300,000 seafarers face 'financial ruin'
    Seafarers' union also reviewing its options if governments fail to act on worsening crew crisis
  • Celestyal Cruises buys ship from Carnival's Costa fleet
  • Cochin Shipyard to build autonomous ships for Norway's ASKO
    Indian yard clinches contract for unmanned cargo vessels to be managed by Kongsberg and Wilhelmsen joint venture
  • All-Greek deal underscores fall in secondhand VLCC prices
    Vanda Marine's modern tonnage Hra is sold to expansion-minded Eurotankers for $48m
  • Kumiai Navigation returns to Kawasaki Heavy for dual-fuel VLGC order
    Pandemic is not stopping shipowner from investing in next generation of vessels
  • Fearnleys opens new dry bulk-focused office in Sweden
    Norwegian headquartered broker moves to expand its Scandinavian reach
  • Pareto Bank avoids direct impairment hits from pandemic
    Niche Norwegian lender says effects of virus on shipping book limited, but uncertainty remains
  • Fearnley opens new dry bulk-focused office in Sweden
    Norwegian headquartered broker moves to expand its Scandinavian reach
  • West of England completes acquisition of Nordic Marine stake
    New partnership will bring the fast-expanding mutual insurer into the delay insurance market
  • Crew kidnapping surges in West Africa as IMB reports more piracy incidents
    Interim report from International Chamber of Commerce piracy reporting centre shows a gloomy picture for maritime safety during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Portline sells oldest bulkers in fleet renewal bid
  • Hapag-Lloyd beats consensus by 25% after strong second quarter
    German container line makes more money than in the first three months despite western coronavirus lockdowns
  • Are tired crews more vulnerable to piracy attempts?
    Asian piracy watchdog concerned that seafarer fatigue may be a factor in the growing number of attacks in the world's busiest waterway
  • Former Heidmar pool Seawolf Tankers chases charterer for unpaid $13m
    Laurel Shipping allegedly ignored four bills from the tanker pool
  • De Beers defends mining record as it presses on with $468m diamond ship
    London-headquartered group distances itself from what scientists believe are the irreversible environmental consequences of deepsea mining operations
  • UK navy criticised after Stena ferry narrowly missed submarine
    Country's chief inspector of marine accidents calls for review after third incident in recent years
  • Belgian police reveal another case of cocaine cached in bulker cargo
    Smugglers arrested in Ghent after Ultrabulk ship intercepted with Colombian drugs
  • Ocean Tankers-linked vessel sold amid complicated effort to offload fleet
    Issues around Xihe Group make it difficult to sell its ships, with one said to have gone to a Russian buyer
  • Missing suezmax Gulf Sky located in Iran after 'hijacking'
    Saga takes another twist as flag state says Indian crew being repatriated after mysterious voyage from UAE
  • Doriko offloads handysize bulker trio to Vietnamese buyer
    Vietnamese owner reportedly acquires three of South Korean operators' handysize vessels
  • Japan maritime companies launch carbon recycling initiative
    MOL and Japanese shipbuilders look to create bunker fuel from the conversion of CO2
  • EU halts Hyundai-DMSE merger probe for third time
    Antitrust watchdog investigation left in the lurch by third adjournment in eight months
  • MISC breaks into VLECs with 'new China alliance'
    Malaysian shipowner will be the third outfit to take ownership of the 98,000-cbm VLEC newbuildings
  • Sembcorp Marine CEO takes 50% pay cut as group posts $138m loss
    Singapore yard says no new orders have been secured, but that none have been cancelled either
  • MISC in $726m ethane carrier sale and charter back deal
    Malaysian gas giant teams up with China's Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical in six ship deal
  • EU halts Hyundai-Daewoo merger probe for third time
    Antitrust watchdog investigation left in the lurch by third adjournment in eight months
  • Carnival takes out $1.3bn more in high-priced loans
    Company is offloading assets as it tries to stay afloat
  • Deep distress: Fred Olsen swoops for two Carnival ships funded by seller's finance
    Norwegian owner in $37m deal to buy two Holland America Line ships that will lift its capacity by over 70%

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American Shipperweb site
JULY 16, 2020
  • Seroka working to stem tide of market share loss
    Total number of TEUs moved in June down 17.1% year-over-year.
  • Sky-high ocean shipping rates may have finally peaked
    U.S. shippers importing cargo from Asia are getting some price relief.
  • FMC examines COVID-19 impacts on New York/New Jersey ports
    The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission enters "phase two" of its fact-finding investigation into COVID-19 impacts on container shipping in the Port of New York and...
  • Tradeshift: 'Green shoots' of economic recovery emerging
    Transaction volumes in China surged by an incredible 430% when factories reopened at the end of February.
  • American Airlines, JetBlue form codeshare alliance to accelerate pandemic recovery
    American Airlines and JetBlue plan to enter a strategic partnership to drive more passengers to their respective networks as they struggle with the economic fallout...

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The Bunker Bulletinweb site
JULY 16, 2020
  • HONG KONG DATA: May fuel oil imports rise 59.4% on month at 5.32 mil barrels
    Hong Kong imported 846,491 kiloliters, or 5.32 million barrels, of fuel oil in May, up 59.4% from April and up 2.5 times year on year, data released July 15 by Hong Kong's Census and Statistics Department showed.
  • New claims of VLSFO, black carbon emissions questionable: IBIA
    The International Bunker Industry Association has questioned claims in a recent article stating that paraffinic hydrocarbons in very low sulfur fuel oil, or VLSFO, are to blame for black carbon emissions.
  • China's Dagang Petrochemical expands marine fuel production capacity to 1 mil mt/year
    China's Dagang Petrochemical, a subsidiary of PetroChina, has completed an expansion project which raises its marine fuel production capacity to 1 million mt/year from 600,000 mt/year, the company said on WeChat July 15.
  • Taiwan's Formosa likely to sell HSFO after fire shuts Mailiao RDS unit, but market impact seen minimal
    Taiwan's Formosa is likely to have high sulfur fuel oil cargoes to export after a fire at the 82,000 b/d No. 2 residue desulfurization unit at its 540,000 b/d Mailiao refinery, a company source said July 16.
  • Japanese steelmakers seek to invent CO2-to-marine fuel technology
    Japan's JFE Corp. and Nippon Steel have joined a nine-member domestic group to recycle carbon dioxide into synthetic methane to power ships, the two steelmakers said July 16.
  • Bunker volume at Fujairah falls to lowest since November 2019
    Bunker volume at the Port of Fujairah in June dropped 9.9% from a year earlier, hitting the lowest so far this year, according to a report seen by S&P Global Platts.
  • Japanese firms explore methanation technology for GHG emission cuts in shipping
    The companies "plan to assume carbon recycling supply chain of methanation fuel that involves the supply of feedstock CO2, transportation of the feedstock, methanation, and conversion into marine fuel," the statement said.
  • Saudi exports plunge to nine-year low as OPEC+ cuts begin
    Saudi Arabia's crude oil exports plunged to a nine-year low in May as OPEC+ producers began a round of massive output cuts to rebalance the oil market hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Shanghai Q3 Marine Fuel 0.5%S bunker values inked at parity to $10/mt premium
    Term contracts for the supply of marine fuel 0.5%S bunker at the port of Shanghai for the third-quarter have been concluded at between parity and a $10/mt premium to the Mean of Platts Singapore Gasoil 10ppm assessments, market sources said.
  • OIL FUTURES: Crude eases as market eyes rising global supply, uncertain demand outlooks
    Crude prices edged lower July 16 amid rising global supply outlooks and concerns that rising coronavirus cases could weigh on demand recovery.
  • Buckeye starts crude exports from Corpus Christi's South Texas Gateway terminal
    While US crude exports have slipped amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Port of Corpus Christi became the nation's top crude-exporting hub late last year.
  • External: Global Risk Management
  • Genoa's Fratelli Cosulich targets bunker fleet expansion in Singapore
    "We feel it is important to be able to seize opportunities when they present," Cosulich said.
  • Platts invites feedback on global bunker methodology
    Please send all comments, feedback and questions to and
  • Platts proposes to discontinue several Asian, Middle East high sulfur bunker assessments
    Platts proposes to discontinue delivered 380 CST and 180 CST bunker assessments at Mumbai, Colombo, Kuwait and Khor Fakkan, and 380 CST and 180 CST bunker assessments at Melbourne and Sydney, respectively.
  • Prime Lake Technology eyes open-loop scrubber waste treatment sea trials in Q3
    "For the upcoming seaborne trials we are targeting late Q3 (possibly early Q4 subject to the COVID-19 situation)," the spokesman said.

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