(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.
(hellenicshippingnews) Surging iron ore exports from Brazil and contracting vessel supply in the region will keep Capesize/VLOC vessels in high demand in the Atlantic, supporting the continued surge in freight rates.
(porttechnology) A new report commissioned by Maritime UK and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), shows that the maritime sector is worth almost US$57 billion to the UK economy, making it larger than many other comparable transportation industries, including rail and aerospace.
(safety4sea) The effect of new IMO 2020 regulations will be one of the key three essential factors expected to determine the direction of the oil price next year, according to research firm Rystad Energy.
(hellenicshippingnews) A new trade campaign coalition has published a report calling on the Government to better assess free port policy measures and grant special economic status to airports and seaports to stimulate international investment, reshore manufacturing and lower prices for consumers in a post-Brexit Britain.
(destatis) Germany exported goods to the value of 115.2 bio. EUR and imported goods to the value of 93.7 bio. EUR in July 2019. Based on provisional data, the Federal Statistical Office reports that German exports increased by 3.8% and imports decreased by 0.9% in July 2019 year on year.
India and Russia have agreed on a five-year roadmap to step up cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector, including investment, not only in exploration and production in each other's oil and gas fields but also in downstream projects.
(safetyatsea) As the category 5-graded Hurricane Dorian slowly inches along its path of destruction, meteorologists from the United States National Hurricane Center have projected the storm will take a right turn from the Bahamas and travel northward along the southeast coast of the US. Ships intending to call at Atlantic seaports on the east coast face great disruption with inbound traffic prohibited at many Florida ports.
(hellenicshippingnews) Since the introduction of the first diesel-powered ships in the early 20th century, technology developments in shipping have been steady and incremental. This continuity will end as the industry approaches the year 2050. Decarbonization requirements and the opportunities offered by digitalization will bring about major change. The challenge for a ship built today is that this change will take place within its lifespan. Failure to account for foreseeable regulatory and technology developments may render a ship built today uncompetitive at best; in the worst case it may end up being prohibited from operating altogether. The technology choices made when building a new ship will therefore decide whether it will be future-proof.
(hellenicshippingnews) Despite the positive sentiment coming back in the dry bulk market, as shown by the latest rise in the Baltic Dry Index, the industry’s benchmark, shipbrokers and analysts remain cautious. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Allied Shipbroking said that “being almost at the end of the summer period, has the dry bulk sector recovery shown us all its glitter so far?
(worldmaritimenews) Around 6.2 million barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil, condensate, and refined petroleum products flowed through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait in 2018, according to data provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
(worldoil) Demand for LNG as a conventional source of energy in the maritime industry will continue to grow because of its technological advantages in meeting the standards and requirements in limiting the emissions of sulphur, a greenhouse gas. According to marine fuel expert Sergey Ivanov, the global sulphur cap of 0.5%, which is set to be implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) next year, could drive the global uptake on LNG as bunker fuel.
(gcaptain) A Scottish company and a Dutch port are discussing launching a new ferry line ahead of Britain’s exit from the European Union, potentially providing a swift alternative route for Scottish exports such as whisky if Brexit causes transport delays.
(splash247) A sudden thinning of cape tonnage in the Atlantic basin as Brazilian miner Vale ramps iron ore exports saw the Baltic Dry Index leap yesterday, with analysts confident the cape sector could enjoy a very solid few weeks ahead.
(destatis) Germany exported goods to the value of 106.1 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 89.3 billion euros in June 2019. Based on provisional data, the Federal Statistical Office reports that German exports decreased by 8.0% and imports by 4.4% in June 2019 year on year. After calendar and seasonal adjustment, exports were down 0.1% on May 2019, while imports rose 0.5%.
(maritime-executive) Imports at major retail container ports in the U.S. are expected to continue at near-record levels this month and the remainder of the year despite a new round of tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
The Government of Canada has announced a USD $4.5 million investment for a project in the Sarnia-Lambton corridor and Port of Sarnia, which is aimed at expanding the country’s access to international markets.
The index ISM uses to measure non-manufacturing growth—known as the NMI—fell 1.4% to 53.7 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth is occurring) in July. This reading represents the 114th consecutive month of NMI growth, with July’s NMI down 3.9% compared to the 12-month average of 57.6. July’s reading is the lowest over that span.
(gcaptain) The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route, helping shift the transportation of cargo and people from the highways to the nation’s waterways.
(destatis) Turkish logistics company Ekol Logistics and Belgian freight forwarder Transuniverse Forwarding have decided to construct a 40-hectare multimodal site at Kluizendok in Ghent, part of the Dutch-Belgian North Sea Port.
(destatis) Increasing quantities of sea freight were registered by the German ports last year. Container and other cargo vessels carried roughly 300 million tonnes of goods via German sea ports in 2018. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was a year-on-year increase of 1.6%. Maritime transport is much more important for goods transport than, for example, air transport. In 2018, the quantity of goods carried by sea was approximately 61 times that of air transport (which was roughly 5 million tonnes).
(maritime-executive) The UK's foreign ministry has asked UK-flagged ships to stay away from the Strait of Hormuz, one of the busiest waterways in the world for petroleum shipping, after Iranian forces boarded and seized the British tanker Stena Impero on July 19.
(worldmaritimenews) China has retained its lead as the country best connected to others by sea, according to the liner shipping connectivity index (LSCI) from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
(splash247) Capesize bulkers are now trading for in excess of $31,000 a day, leading a surge across all dry bulk segments with the Baltic Dry Index closing yesterday at 2,064 points – a high not seen since the start of 2014.