(International Shipping News) “ What maximum winds are expected in the storm area?” That is one of Standard Marine Communication Phrases under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that officers in charge of navigation on ships, whatever their nationality, must be able to use and understand in English.
(splash247) The First Movers Coalition, a partnership between the World Economic Forum and the US Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will be officially launched today at COP26, ...
(splash247) Three reasons underpin why freight rates will not fall below pre-pandemic levels but three more that suggest they will not be substantially higher after 2023, writes Daniel Richards from MSI.
(splash247) On Wednesday, President Biden met with the heads of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – Gene Seroka and Mario Cordero, respectively – and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to discuss actions they are each taking to address delays and congestion across the transportation supply chain in Southern California.
(hellenicshippingnews) Demand for dry bulk tonnage has remained high in the S&P market. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Allied Shipbroking said that “on the dry bulk side, interest for SnP transactions remained vivid for yet another week, with several units of different size classes changing hands.
(hellenicshippingnews) China’s request to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is no surprise. In November last year, during an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, President Xi Jinping said that China would actively consider the possibility of joining the regional trade group.
(hellenicshippingnews) Global merchandise trade is continuing its robust recovery from the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic according to the WTO’s Goods Trade Barometer, which hit a record high in its latest reading issued on 18 August
(gcaptain) Imports at the United States’ largest retail container ports should hit yet another record in August as consumer demand continues to stretch supply chains and retailers shift from the back-to-school season to the peak holiday shipping season, according to the National Retail Federation.
(marinelink) U.S. manufacturing of durable goods, which has been lagging the wider recovery of the U.S. economy, hit an all-time high in June when $270.5B worth of goods was produced. This brings total manufacturing of durable goods so far this year to $1,482 billion, a 15.5% increase compared with the first half of 2020.
(hellenicshippingnews) Chinese steel-related companies are adjusting their businesses as prices return to normal, after a government crackdown on speculation in the market for much-needed materials for factories.
(gCaptain) U.S. commercial fishing practices must change to prevent the extinction of North Atlantic right whales, the administration of President Joe Biden said on Thursday, as it prepares a list of new regulations to prevent whale entanglements in lobster and crab gear.
(hellenicshippingnews) The Baltic exchange’s main sea freight index rose on Wednesday, snapping a five-session losing streak, as an uptick in the smaller panamax and supramax vessel segments more than offset a dip in capesize rates.
(splash247) Further evidence of the boom times shipping has entered – not seen since the bull-run of 2003 to 2008 – comes from the extraordinary volume of ships being bought and sold so far this year, which if it continues could see more than 7% of the deadweight fleet change hands in 2021, the highest level seen since 2007, new research from Clarkson Research Services suggests.
Work to free the giant container vessel blocking the Suez Canal is proving successful and will continue within the next few hours, a key step toward getting one of the world’s most important trade arteries moving again.
(gCaptain) The International Maritime Organization is expected to codify a transitional (i.e. 2030) energy efficiency pathway for commercial ships in an upcoming meeting in June of its Maritime Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 76).
(porttechnology) US ports are set to break their annual import record after November traffic increased by 24.5% year-on-year (YoY), according to National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.
(hellenicshippingnews) China built more than half of the world’s new coal-fired power plants this year and accounted for 90% of new planned capacity, a study showed on Monday, with Beijing still commissioning new projects even as capacity worldwide declines.
(hellenicshippingnews) With August just around the corner, container shipping demolition has already hit a 41-month high in July, reaching 52.8 thousand TEU and thereby surpassing the 50.6 thousand TEU demolished in June.
(hellenicshippingnews) Iron-ore prices have surged to around $110 per ton — levels last seen August 2019. The steel making commodity has gained 17% year to date, stoked by apprehensions of a supply crunch owing to the worsening coronavirus situation in Brazil while demand in China continues to pick up.
(gcaptain) Asian waters accounted for a third of the shipping industry’s total losses at sea globally last year, even as shipping losses continued their declining trend, says marine specialty insurer Allianz Global.
(maritime-executive) We can’t celebrate a pandemic. People are dying. Economies are crashing. Unemployment rates are rocketing. We are distanced – from those we love, but also from our immediate past. Life as we know it has been turned upside down. So, we can’t celebrate. But nature can.
(destatis) As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the index of import prices decreased by 5.5% in March 2020 compared with the corresponding month of the preceding year. This has been the highest price decrease compared to the previous year since May 2016 (-5.7%). In February 2020 and in January 2020 the annual rates of change were -2.0% and -0.9%, respectively. From February 2020 to March 2020 the index fell by 3.5%.
The South Korean government plans to increase its support for national champions in shipbuilding and shipping with billions of dollars in new financial assistance, President Moon Jae-in told media on Wednesday.
(gcaptain) Oil surged in London as China planned to start buying up cheap crude for its strategic reserves, while the U.S. president said he thought Saudi Arabia and Russia would resolve their differences to ease the price war.
(gcaptain) Ships and their crews must be able to trade freely with minimal port restrictions to ensure supply lines don’t freeze up while the coronavirus shuts down much of the globe, shipping and port officials said on Tuesday.
(gcaptain) By Muyu Xu and Dominique Patton BEIJING, March 13 (Reuters) – Severe congestion at Chinese ports is easing, say officials and industry participants, although a logjam of refrigerated containers has disrupted supplies of fresh and frozen food and pushed up freight rates outside China.
(hellenicshippingnews) There’s no way to sugar-coat the worst-ever reading of China’s manufacturing indexes, which were pummelled as the economy was largely shut down in February as Beijing battled to contain the coronavirus epidemic.
(gcaptain) A new “freshwater” charge that came in this month to help the Panama Canal cope with climate change will cost the shipping industry up to $370 million a year, marking another blow for maritime companies already hit by fallout from the coronavirus.
(gcaptain) Imports at the United States’ major retail container ports are expected to see a sharper-than-usual decline this month as the coronavirus causes factory shutdowns in China, according to a new report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
(destatis) In 2019, German exports and imports exceeded the former record highs of 2018. However, foreign trade growth slowed in comparison with previous years: in 2019, Germany exported goods to the value of 1,327.6 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 1,104.1 billion euros. The Federal Statistical Office reports that exports were up 0.8% from 2018. Imports rose by 1.4%. In 2018, exports increased by 3.0% and imports by 5.6% compared with the previous year. In 2017, exports were 6.2% and imports 8.0% higher than a year earlier.
(shipandbunker) Demand for Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä's scrubbers predictably declined in the fourth quarter of last year from "exceptionally high" levels a year earlier, according to its CEO.
(gCaptain) One of the shipping industry’s great hopes for improving its environmental performance — engines powered by liquefied natural gas — won’t offer the benefits that many vessel owners are hoping for.
(gcaptain) Chinese oil refiners are unlikely to boost their output of cleaner marine fuels until at least the second quarter of 2020 because they will need to upgrade their facilities, even after the government granted tax waivers to boost output.
(porttechnology) Despite the boost of the Phase One trade agreement between the US and China, the outlook for the container shipping market remains soft, this according to Drewry’s Container Forecast report.
(maritime-executive) Shanghai International Port (Group) has announced that it posted record high container traffic in 2019 with 42 million TEU in throughput. This amount is about four percent higher than last year, and it is enough to maintain Shanghai's status as the world's busiest container port for the ninth year in a row.
(porttechnology) The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has will invest $7.5 million in nine Marine Highway projects as it looks to make the movement of cargo and people at sea and on land more efficient.
(hellenicshippingnews) One of the major coal exporters, South Africa is now having to rely more on markets like the ones in the Indian Subcontinent, especially India, in a bid to find buyers for its product. South Africa hasn’t managed to penetrate Far East Asian markets, but it’s faring better in the Subcontinent, where demand is booming.
(maritime-executive) Shippers are signaling that there will be tough negotiations ahead over who will pay for new IMO 2020-compliant low sulfur fuel oil (LSFO). At current pricing, compliant fuel costs roughly twice as much as the heavy fuel oil that most ships could legally burn until last week.
(hellenicshippingnews) When it comes to assessing 2019 from a shipping market’s point of view, it appears that the year that we just left behind, was “the year that could have been, but never really materialized as such”.
(hellenicshippingnews) China will actively help firms in the traditional manufacturing sector to get out of liquidity trouble next year, the banking and insurance regulator said on Friday, after recent liquidity woes and bond defaults by private firms.
(maritime-executive) Members of the Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 are advising those shipowners looking to install marine exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS or scrubbers) to ensure that manufacturers, shipyards and installers are using quality, high-end materials.
(maritime-executive) "For the sixth year running I have been asked by The Maritime Executive to provide a review of the year’s notable developments on ship recycling and my expectations for the coming year."
(logisticsmgmt) U.S. reports covered in the report handled 1.95 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEU) in October, the most recent month for which data is available, which is up 0.6% over September’s 1.97 million TEU and down 7.5% annually compared to the 2 million TEU handled in October 2018, which stands as the all-time monthly record.
(destatis) Germany exported goods to the value of 119.5 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 98.0 billion euros in October 2019. Based on provisional data, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that German exports increased by 1.9% and imports decreased by 0.6% in October 2019 year on year.
(hellenicshippingnews) As part of a series of initiatives aimed at bringing greater transparency to fuel costs resulting from the new IMO 2020 low-sulphur regulation, Drewry is pleased to announce the publication of its first low-sulphur reference bunker index tracker.
(gCaptain) The Port of Hamburg saw strong growth in the first nine months of 2019, with seaborne cargo throughput rising by 3.2 percent to 104 million tons. At that rate, Hamburg exceeds the growth rate of competing ports in northern Europe, which on average have reported just one percent growth, according to the Port of Hamburg.
(maritime-executive) During a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Brasilia this week, China is expected to announce a $1 billion investment in the port of Sao Luis by state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). President Xi is in Brazil for the annual BRICS summit, a gathering of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
(hellenicshippingnews) The second-hand market for ships is quite volatile at the moment, as many owners are actively looking for investment opportunities, in a time when the majority of them refrain from newbuilding orders.
(maritime-executive) Following back-to-back attacks on two vessels in the Gulf of Guinea last week, the International Transport Worker’ Federation has called for urgent global and regional cooperation to fight piracy off West Africa.
(logisticsmgmt) The report’s key metric, the PMI, eked out a 0.5% gain to 48.3 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), following declines of 1.3% and 2.1%, respectively, in October and September. The October PMI marks the third consecutive month the PMI has come in below 50, while the overall economy grew in October for the 126th consecutive month.
(lloydslist) The decision to postpone the October 18 scheduled import duty rise on $250bn worth of goods has failed to lift the uncertainty in a ‘mercurial trade environment’ where importers have to assume the worst to avoid rising Costs.
(maritime-executive) Crude oil production in the U.S Gulf of Mexico hit 1.8 million bpd in 2018, setting a new annual record. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that the industry will set new production records in 2019, despite the temporary shut-ins related to Hurricane Barry in July.
(destatis) The downward trend of goods trade with the United Kingdom observed since the Brexit referendum is persisting. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the United Kingdom ranked seventh among Germany's most important trading partners in the period from January to July 2019, with a foreign trade turnover (exports and imports) of 68.5 billion euros.
(hellenicshippingnews) The escalating US-China trade war, if not settled in October as per the planned meeting between authorities of the two countries, will impact not only the Transpacific trade route, but also other major trade routes as China is the main demand driver.
(hellenicshippingnews) A senior shipping executive said there is still concern in the container shipping industry about whether there will be sufficient low sulfur fuel available for shipping lines to meet the International Maritime Organization requirement.
(Destatis) Maritime transport accounts for the majority of global flows of goods. The volume of goods transported by sea and handled in German sea ports in 2018 was roughly 58 times the volume of air freight handled at the airports.
(gcaptain) A wave of ULCV deliveries this year has pushed the total containership fleet capacity over the 23m teu mark, with the last million slots added in a breath–taking 14 months, according to an Alphaliner report.
(porttechnology) The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has said expansions and new business accounted for nearly US$5 billion in investment and 12,000 new jobs in the fiscal year 2019, the centerpiece of which are plans to double annual capacity at the Garden City Terminal to 11 million TEU.