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N/S Supply/demand: Europe-ECSA

13/02/2014
Brazil’s preparations for FIFA’s World Cup this year are benefitting ocean carriers in more ways than one, making Hapag-Lloyd/CSAV’s merger plans seem opportune.

Southbound
European cargo discharged at ports along the East Coast of South America remained surprisingly robust in October

Newbuilding orders reaching new Post-Crisis heights

12/02/2014
Ship owners are looking to take advantage of the last few attractive deals in the newbuilding market, before prices start climbing to new highs and are piling up the orders in a frantic pace. According to the latest weekly reports from shipbrokers, activity has kept on rising, with the deals done prior to the Chinese holidays now surfacing. According to the latest weekly

Ports start to react to liner alliances

12/02/2014
In the face of increasing ship sizes and ever larger liner alliances, the port authorities of Seattle and Tacoma are seeking to reduce their traditional local rivalry to counter the growing bargaining power of carriers. In a ground breaking move which could be copied by other ports, Seattle and Tacoma have applied to the US’ Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) for permission to share

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31,2013

12/02/2014
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2013. Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Acquisition stated, "I am pleased with our results for 2013, a pivotal year for Navios Acquisition in which we grew our fleet by 14 vessels.

Ship owners invest in 447 newbuildings and second hand vessels during January

11/02/2014
Despite a rough start to the year for the dry bulk freight market and lackluster performance from most other shipping sub-segments, ship owners have been very active in both the newbuilding and the secondhand markets, during the first month of 2014. According to shipbrokers' reports, ship owners around the world have invested into 246 newbuildings

E/W Supply/demand: Asia-Med

11/02/2014
Traders appear to have overestimated consumer demand in the Mediterranean during the Christmas holiday season, resulting in artificially high cargo growth in 3Q 13, but an early surge in traffic from shippers trying to beat the Chinese New Year appears to have rescued carriers.

Westbound:

Danaos Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results for the Period Ended December 31, 2013

11/02/2014
Danaos Corporation, a leading international owner of containerships, reported unaudited results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013.

Highlights for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2013:

    Operating revenues of $147.0 million for the three

Annual growth of VLCC tanker fleet could be negative over the next few years claims shipbroker

10/02/2014
A total of 52 VLCCs were ordered in shipyards last year, the highest number since 2010, a trend which has "spilled over" into 2014, with already 6 new VLCC orders placed during the month of January. According to the latest weekly report from London-based shipbroker Gibson, "about half of this investment in VLCCs is coming from the Asian shipowners to secure tonnage

Atlantic Improving But Pacific Still Packs A Punch

10/02/2014
In its January World Economic Outlook Update, the IMF noted that global economic growth is expected to improve in 2014-15, “largely on account of recovery in the advanced economies”. Performance in the developed world at last seems to be gaining some traction, and much attention is on economic growth in the traditional key Atlantic economies.

Industrial Action:

Maritime Labour Convention: Are You A "Shipowner" Under Your Charterparty?

10/02/2014
The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) has been in force internationally since August 2013 and, in that time, it has become clear that it has received widespread ratification, that enforcement is a reality, and that ships run the risk of detention if they are not compliant. However, there has also been a good deal of confusion over the question of "who is the 'shipowner'?" under the

US oil boom to limit imports, impact crude tanker market

08/02/2014
The surge of US oil production is rapidly shaking up the global crude oil market, with the world's leader of oil demand gradually managing to cover its own needs, without the need of imports. This shift is having a profound impact on crude oil tanker demand, changing the landscape as we know it. In a recent report, Poten & Partners noted that "over the past few years US domestic

N/S Supply/demand: Asia-West Africa

08/02/2014
Cargo growth from Asia to West Africa is still falling short of expectations, forcing ocean carriers to explore new ways of servicing trade requirements.

Southbound:

Cargo shipped from Asia to Sub-Saharan West Africa (between

“Time Thereby Lost” Under The Nype Off-Hire Clause: Court Of Appeal Reinstates Conventional Approach

08/02/2014
The Athena was a dispute about the meaning of the familiar NYPE off-hire clause (clause 15). The Commercial Court decision gave rise to a lot of controversy. It went against conventional principles for determining whether a vessel is off-hire. The talking point of the decision was the meaning given to the words “time thereby lost”, allowing Owners to defeat an off-hire claim on

Hellas: Ship owners cry "foul" over new taxes

07/02/2014
Ship owners voiced their dismay at the recent tax law, adopted late in December of 2013, under which the tax tonnage they're liable to pay will be tripled for the next three years, as a result of the country's economic problems. In his annual speech, delivered on the occasion of the General Meeting, the President of the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), Mr. Theodoros Veniamis said that

Dry bulk market on "reverse" mode due to Chinese Holidays

07/02/2014
The dry bulk market has kept its uninspiring mood throughout yet another week, with the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) hovering slightly above the 1,000-point mark, where it stood for most of 2013, erasing in effect the fourth quarter rise of the previous year. Yesterday, the BDI ended slightly higher at 1,092 points, up by six points, the first upward session in days. The slight uptick was

Liner reliability set to decline in the first quarter of 2014

07/02/2014
Liner shipping is becoming less and less reliable as operators ignore service standards in the rush to cut costs. The bad news for shippers is that the situation is only going to get worse, according to Drewry’s newly published Carrier Performance Insight report. Containership reliability worsened in every quarter of 2013, with the fourth-quarter decline taking the on-time average

Ship owners should be cautious when putting down deposits for ship purchases as new court decisions alter landscape

06/02/2014
In an already hectic legislative framework regarding the operation of a shipping company, new court decisions as of late, have seemingly altered the way of doing business, when it comes to buying and selling vessels. According to the latest weekly report from shipbroker Intermodal, two recently decided cases, "The Union Power" and "The Griffon", should become aware to

E/W Pricing: Asia-North Europe

06/02/2014
Ocean carriers successfully used the surge of cargo from China to Northern Europe ahead of the Chinese New Year to improve spot freight rates, but it was probably no more than a short-term seasonal bonus.

Westbound
Ocean carriers enjoyed encouraging results in the tradelane

Ask the obvious questions first

06/02/2014
Ship owners have very short memories, there can be no doubt about that. For evidence, we need only look at recent ordering activity that has seen a huge boost to the orderbook, diversification into new trades and the entrance of hot money into an industry considered a toxic investment only a few years ago. So we can conclude that investors have short memories too and

Newbuilding orders on a high prior to Chinese New Year

05/02/2014
Newbuilding orders have been on a high since the start of the New Year and with the Chinese New Year celebrations now upon us, many ship owners moved forward with plans to contract new orders in Chinese yards. As a result, the total ordering activity was up by 74% over the same week of last year, according to figures compiled by shipbroker Golden Destiny,
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