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Lloyd's Register says 24,000 TEU ships will soon be ply trade lanes- 469
Platts: Freight Rates Pressured by Falling Bunker Fuel Prices- 351
MEPC Approves Draft Polar Code- 316
Disabled Russian Box Ship "Simushir" Reaches Prince Rupert- 316
Ports worldwide restrict ship entry from Ebola hit countries- 210
CSAV buys slots on G6 services ahead of merger with Hapag Lloyd- 200
2nd quay crane comes to NZ's most southerly box port as volume rises- 194
India has until today to back Bali deal before it likely dissolves- 175
MOL offers new REX link to boost Far East-Jeddah services- 162
Ending ship pollution fund too soon risks damaging litigation: ICS- 161
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Platts: Atlantic Supramax Market Plagued by Overcapacity The Atlantic Supramax market continued to deal with an oversupply of ships in all its key regions, with demand for cargo insufficient for the time being in helping freight rates recover, according to Platts.
Wednesday, 22.Oct.2014, 12:04
Platts: Atlantic Supramax Market Plagued by Overcapacity The Atlantic Supramax market continued to deal with an oversupply of ships in all its key regions, with demand for cargo insufficient for the time being in helping freight rates recover, according to Platts.
Wednesday, 22.Oct.2014, 12:04
Guardian Maritime launch Greenwater piracy barrier Following on from the continued worldwide success of its GUARDIAN™ anti - piracy barrier, Guardian Maritime are proud to announce the launch of GUARDIAN Greenwater.
Wednesday, 22.Oct.2014, 11:59

BIMCO: Changing Winds for Shipping A change in global shipping demand is about to ensue, BIMCO claims basing its argument on the reorganization of the Chinese economy in growth-pace, size and composition.
Wednesday, 22.Oct.2014, 11:30
2nd quay crane comes to NZ's most southerly box port as volume rises A SECOND German-made Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour crane is in operation at New Zealand's most southerly box port, joining another that's been in service since 2010, reports the Otago Daily Times, serving the Dunedin area on New Zealand's South Island.
Wednesday, 22.Oct.2014, 11:20
Port of Antwerp beefs up security to prevent cyber crime CYBER security at major ports and on board vessels to ward off cyber-crime are 10 to 20 years behind office-based computer systems, leaving them vulnerable to the growing range of threats, according to KPMG security expert Wil Rockall
Wednesday, 22.Oct.2014, 11:16

Long Beach port congestion, manpower shortages hinder growth WITH congestion at the port of Long Beach continuing to worsen, the efficiency of the supply chain system is a near-term concern.
Wednesday, 22.Oct.2014, 11:12
MOL offers new REX link to boost Far East-Jeddah services JAPANESE shipping giant MOL has taken slots on the Far East-Red Sea (REX 3/ARC 2) weekly joint service operated by CMA CGM, UASC and CSCL to boost its Far East-Jeddah connectivity with the extra link.
Tuesday, 21.Oct.2014, 21:42
TSA to levy US$100/FEU - $90/TEU intermodal fee November 15 THE Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement (TSA) carriers intend to impose intermodal charges to cover the cost incurred by driver shortages, poor train service and port congestion.
Tuesday, 21.Oct.2014, 21:39

Disabled Russian Box Ship "Simushir" Reaches Prince Rupert Disabled Russian-flagged cargo ship Simushir, which was floating off the west coast of Haida Gwaii with 10 crewmembers onboard, has reached a dock in Prince Rupert Port around 3. a.m. this morning local time, the Port Authority said.
Monday, 20.Oct.2014, 22:01
Platts: Freight Rates Pressured by Falling Bunker Fuel Prices Falling bunker fuel prices are putting downward pressure on freight rates for dry bulk and tanker vessels operating in Northwest Europe, Platts quoted market sources as saying.
Monday, 20.Oct.2014, 21:37
MEPC Approves Draft Polar Code The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved the environmental provisions in the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code).
Monday, 20.Oct.2014, 21:33

Maritime Corporation Information Officers meet in Rotterdam November 18 THE Maritime CIO (Corporation Information Officer) Forum will be held at the Hilton in Rotterdam for a one-day conference on November 18, its organisers Digital Ship have announced.
Monday, 20.Oct.2014, 21:29
Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference to be held in HK November 18-19 THE fourth edition of the Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference, Asias largest conference for logistics and maritime services users and providers, will be held on November 18-19 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Monday, 20.Oct.2014, 21:27
Oman's Sohar port soon to begin offering ship-to-ship LNG services OMAN's Sohar Port and Freezone has announced that it will soon issue licences to ship-to-ship service providers equipped to handle LNG.
Monday, 20.Oct.2014, 21:24

INTERVIEW
"Maritime Pilots are modern traditionalists..."
Monday, 25.Aug.2014, 21:31
Capt. Cahit Istikbal has been IMPA Vice President for 3 terms , 12 years in total. Captain Istikbal was nominated for IMPA President for elections at General Assembly which will be held in Panama early this April. We interviewed with Capt. İstikbal on almost everything..
Juan Wong: “Panama Canal Expansion Program will double the capacity”
ARTHUR DE Graauw: "Pilots feel the simulator is not real"
Frank Horch: “Hamburg wants close relationships with İstanbul”
Turkish Shipping Minister Mr. Elvan addressed the sector through SeaNews Magazine
"Dry bulk market is bound for a recovery"
   
TURKISH STRAITS
USS Mount Whitney passed through the Strait of Istanbul
Saturday, 11.Oct.2014, 18:41
The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20)  passed through the Strait of İstanbul and entered to Black Sea this afternoon, Saturday the 11th of October, to promote peace and stability in the region.
Turkey's Asyaport welcomes first vessel: MSC London
M/V MAGNUM had engine breakdown in Istanbul Strait
MSC Stella passed "empty" through Turkish Straits
Second US Navy destroyer heads to Black Sea
Giant platform "Xiang Yun Kou” passed Strait of Istanbul early this morning
   
COLUMNISTS
New Panama Canal, New Problem
Thursday, 07.Aug.2014, 21:54
To the relief of much of the world’s trading nations, the Panama Canal expansion looks to be on track for a finish in 2015.  The Panama Canal Authority webpage states the following “The Panama Canal Expansion is the largest project at the Canal since its original construction. T
Denmark Going It Alone?
THE DANISH DEBATE; SHIPS AND PILOTS
A Threat To Maritime Security: Piracy Attacks
What caused Sewol sinking?
The Montreux Convention and the Crimean Crisis
WORLD SHIPPING
Ending ship pollution fund too soon risks damaging litigation: ICS
Monday, 20.Oct.2014, 21:14
A SYSTEM of compensation for oil pollution from ships is at risk because governments plan to end the 1971 International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF) this week, reports London's Tanker Operator.
CSAV buys slots on G6 services ahead of merger with Hapag Lloyd
Grandfathering older ballast water systems edges closer
Ports worldwide restrict ship entry from Ebola hit countries
Shipping lines maintain services in Ebola-hit countries
Decision makers join the debate at key ship owning and management summit
   
SHIPPING NEWS
US claims of surpassing Saudi oil production will prove hollow: expert
Monday, 20.Oct.2014, 21:18
RECENT claims that the United States has surpassed Saudi Arabian oil production because of domestic shale gas reserves will soon prove hollow, says a former investment banker and energy expert Deborah Lawrence Rogers.
TEN Positive About Tanker Market Conditions TEN Positive About Tanker Market Conditions
Building underway for biggest ships ever built for Royal Navy
Kurdish attempts to sell oil are not going to get support from the Obama administration
Surging Middle East Oil Refining Increases Tanker Rates
New rotation of CMA CGM, CSCL, OOCL China-Oz/NZ service unveiled
   
SHIPBUILDING
13,808-TEUer delivered to Evergreen - last of 10 postpanamaxes
Monday, 20.Oct.2014, 21:10
EVERGREEN has taken delivery of the 13,808-TEU Thalassa Axia from Enesel SA a Greek unit of London's NS Lemos & Co, the last in a series of 10 postpanamaxes ordered in July 2012 from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
Hamburg’s LNG Hybrid Barge Christened
Losses induce Hyundai Heavy shipbuilding to cut executive suite 31pc
The CMA CGM ELBE enters the CMA CGM fleet
Guapo Warrior - 2nd Damen ASD Tug 2810delivered to ARC Towage
VIDEO: Oasis of the Seas Enters Keppel Shipyard
ACCIDENTS
Russian boxship "M/V Simushir" adrift off B.C. coast
Sunday, 19.Oct.2014, 11:09
A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tonnes of fuel has lost power and is adrift off the coast of British Columbia. 
Hapag 3,969-TEUer cuts loose in Sydney storm, rams Safmarine 3,647-TEUer
Drifting container vessel cuts moorings of OOCL Hong Kong
"Fortuna S" aground and sank in Black Sea
Nuclear waste ship now docked at Invergordon
Daydreaming helmsman blamed for ship grounding
   
MARKETS
Asia-Europe rates fall, but transpac up 11.5pc to US$1,239/FEU
Sunday, 19.Oct.2014, 19:33
THE Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) fell 51.69 points to 911.03 last Friday, but also registered a US$248 gain to hit $2,139 per FEU to the US west coast.
Carriers need to lower unit costs to remain profitable: Drewry
AADA ups China-Oz rate US$300/TEU November 15
Hong Kong bans German poultry and egg related food
Asia-Europe rate falls to US$738/TEU - lowest since Oct 25, 2013
TSA ups westward transpac rate US$300/FEU - $750/FEU all-water USEC
   
INSIGHT/OPINION
Carriers can still make money-Drewry
Monday, 13.Oct.2014, 21:58
Carriers can still make money despite falling freight rates, according to Drewry’s latest Container Annual Review & Forecast 2014/15. Surprisingly, some medium-sized lines retain unit cost advantages.
Moody’s: "Shipping Industry Outlook Stable"
Is too little too late for expanded Panama Canal with advent of mega ships?
Masses of small box ships scrapped as mega ships dominate world trade
Drewry: Mega Alliances Will Help Container Industry Recover
"Charterers Optimistic Despite Dip In Shipping Confidence"
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