shipowners

Ever Given container ship leaves Egyptian waters

The ship was released on July 7 after protracted negotiations and an undisclosed settlement was reached between the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the Ever Given's owners and insurers.

Says Stann Marine

Agreement in principle reached over Suez Canal ship

Ismaila - A representative for the owners and insurers of a giant cargo ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March on Wednesday said that an agreement in principle had been reached in a compensation dispute with the canal authority. Work was under way to finalise a signed settlement agreement as soon as possible and arrangements for the release of the "Ever Given" vessel would be made after formalities had been dealt with

"Marco Polo"

CMA CGM vessel will set seven records on Atlantic seaboard

Marseille - For the second time in less than a year, a containership operated by CMA CGM will set size records as the largest boxship to call at ports along the Atlantic Seaboard. The 16,022 TEU CMA CGM "Marco Polo" will set a total of seven North American big ship records in 11 days. The 1,300-foot long boxship is currently crossing the Atlantic due to make its first North American call in Halifax on May 17

No forecast for 2021

ONE profits soar to US$3.5b from $105m in 2019

Tokyo - Japanese container line headquartered in Singapore ONE has reported a US$3.5 billion profit for 2020 - an astonishing leap from the $105 million profit declared for 2019. The earnings surge came on the back of a 21 per cent increase in annual revenue

After Q1 results

Maersk expects tailwind to last amid high demand for containers

Copenhagen - Denmark's Maersk said on Wednesday it expected its "exceptionally strong" performance in the first quarter to continue for the rest of the year, driven by high demand for shipping containers from China to the United States. Maersk, which handles about one in five containers shipped worldwide, said there were not enough ships available in the world to meet a surge in consumer demand

The Japanese company

”K” Line enters offshore wind market

Tokyo - Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Line), and its domestic subsidiary Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha have agreed to establish a joint venture company to provide services within the offshore wind industry. The new joint venture company, “K” Line Wind Service, will provide offshore support vessels and marine-related services to the industry

As COVID crisis dampens demand

LNG cargoes diverted from India

Singpore - Liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes are being diverted away from ports in India as surging coronavirus cases there hamper domestic gas demand, trade and shipping sources said on Monday. Six LNG tankers diverted away from India since April 20

markets

Iron ore and China steel output aren’t sticking to the script

The high price of iron ore, as well as strength in China’s domestic steel prices and profit margins for mills, has prompted some official concern. Beijing’s industry ministry went so far as to say on April 20 that it would take steps to stabilize raw material prices.

Egypt

Suez Canal may expand southern channel, chairman says

The 400-metre-long (1,310 ft) Ever Given became grounded diagonally across the southern section of the canal during high winds on March 23. It remained stuck for six days, preventing hundreds of ships from passing and significantly impacting global trade flows.

Markets

Suez Canal steps up efforts to remove blockage, shipping rates surge

The Dutch rescue team had confirmed that two additional tugs would arrive on March 28 to help dislodge the ship after an attempt to re-float it on Friday failed, BSM said. "There have been no reports of pollution or cargo damage and initial investigations rule out any mechanical or engine failure as a cause of the grounding,“ a BSM statement said.

Egypt

Container ship runs aground in Suez Canal, blocks traffic

Any delays can have a knock-on effect for both LNG and European gas prices. There were also more than 13 container ships anchored around Suez with at least two others waiting in the Mediterranean, Refinitiv ship tracking data showed.

Markets

Crude exports rise again as Saudi Arabia draws on inventories

The kingdom exported 6.582 million b/d in January, according to JODI data released March 18, an increase of 87,000 b/d from December. It was the seventh straight month that shipments have risen since a historic low of 4.98 million b/d in June when stringent OPEC+ production cuts were in effect.

markets

ClassNK releases Guidelines for ROV/AUV

Although the utilization of ROVs and AUVs is increasing worldwide, no international standardization of such technologies has yet been implemented, and the utilization of ROVs and AUVs has, for the most part, been limited to certain fields.

Markets

Libyan freight premiums subside amid consistent output

Tanker owners in the Mediterranean basin welcomed the comeback of exports from Libya after the eight-month blockade. “The comeback of Libya was a relief for the oil tanker market amid production cuts and low demand from end users,” a broker said

poll

Oil set for steady gains as economies shake off pandemic blues

Of the 41 respondents who participated in both the February and January polls, 32 raised their forecasts. Most analysts said the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+) may ease current output curbs when they meet on March 4, but would still agree to maintain supply discipline.

Trade and shipping

After Brexit, Ireland and France cut out the middleman

Stena Line, the largest Irish Sea operator, has doubled its services on the booming Rosslare-Cherbourg route, temporarily cancelling some sailings to Britain after freight volumes fell 60% in the first half of January.

Security

Why are pirates attacking ships in the Gulf of Guinea?

The pirates come from Nigeria's turbulent Niger Delta, experts say. The region produces the bulk of the nation's petroleum, but is woefully underdeveloped, scarred by pollution and has some of the highest unemployment in the country.

International

Indonesia's coast guard seizes Iranian and Panamanian tankers

"The tankers, first detected at 5:30 a.m. local time (2130 GMT on Jan. 23) concealed their identity by not showing their national flags, turning of automatic identification systems and did not respond to a radio call," the statement said.

Covid

Maersk confident about recovery beyond 2020

Shipping group Maersk said on Wednesday it is confident about the outlook for shipping beyond 2020 as a second wave of coronavirus infections has only had a limited impact on global freight volumes

Genoa, Italy

Joint venture between Premuda and Columbia Shipmanagement

Premuda will be a shareholder of the new company, which will be called CSM Italy and will be based in Genoa. Within the framework outlined, once concluded the due trade-unions consultation’s procedures, CSM Italy will provide ship management and it’s maritime services

Financial problems

Ocean Tankers wants to return most ships to owners

The court-appointed manager for Ocean Tankers Pte Ltd has applied to the Singapore court to return most of the ships the company manages to the shipowners, as cash is running low and Ocean Tankers will not be able to maintain the fleet

Diplomacy

Cargo from Dubai arrives in Haifa, cementing Israel-UAE trade route

Haifa - The ship-to-shore crane paused above the cargo ship just arrived from Dubai, then set its load down on the pier in Israel. One after another, eight containers filled with electronics, cleaning supplies, iron and firefighting equipment were unloaded off the "MSC Paris", one of the first cargo ships to make the voyage between the United Arab Emirates and Israel

IHS Markit

Carriers throwing capacity at booming trade lanes

London - Carriers since July have been rapidly reinstating high levels of capacity blanked in the second quarter as demand began to return rapidly, most notably on the trans-Pacific where US imports are setting records. The capacity management strategy that has kept freight rates at record levels is being tested by the rapid recovery in demand on the trans-Pacific and Asia-Europe trades

After the agreement

Maersk to ship cargo between UAE and Israel

Danish shipping giant Maersk said it will now transport ocean cargo between the United Arab Emirates and Israe, a further sign of business opening up after the two countries established full ties

Traffic +9,3% in the 2020 1H

As Arctic ice melts, polluting ships stream into polar waters / ANALYSIS

London - As melting sea ice opens the Arctic to navigation, more ships are plying the loosely regulated polar waters, bringing increasing amounts of climate-warming pollution, a Reuters analysis of new shipping and fuel-consumption data shows. Traffic through the icy region's busiest lane along the Siberian coast increased 58% between 2016 and 2019

The accident

Mauritius starts to scuttle Japanese oil-spill vessel

Environmental group Greenpeace said the action would lead to more pollution. Scientists say the full extent of the spill was still unfolding but the damage could affect Mauritius and its tourism-dependent economy for decades

World's number five

Hapag-Lloyd almost doubles H1 profit

German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd nearly doubled net profit in the first half of 2020 and kept its full-year outlook intact but warned that the coronavirus crisis bears indiscernible risks for its operations

Toward the lowest level in 4 years

COVID-19 to weigh on U.S. seaport peak shipping season

Imports at major U.S. container seaports could hit their lowest level in four years as the novel coronavirus pandemic pummels a U.S. economy that was already grappling with negative effects of the U.S.-China trade war