Sea Freight

Maersk: Russian imports ‘struggling’, but exposure limited

European shipping and freight firms downplay effects on their business as country’s trade volumes slide

No deal in sight on US west coast labour contract

PMA warns of permanent damage for Pacific seaboard ports

More transpacific rate rises in January

TSA recommends $600/feu GRI and reinstatement of a $400/feu peak-season surcharge

Hapag-Lloyd mulls new orders in 2015

Fuel price is the X-factor when it comes to investing in ships, says CEO

CMB continues move into container business

Directors of Belgian shipping group approve acquisition of Delphis’ fleet of containerships

Lebanese court throws out Johnny Saadé claim against CMA CGM

French line hopes legal ruling will draw a legal line under long-running family feud

Better planning will cut congestion in Long Beach and Los Angeles

The ports' chief executives explain how they will improve cargo flows after a difficult autumn

Lines warned not to reverse cost-saving strategies

Fragile market balance and margins would be damaged if higher vessel speeds reintroduced

Box prices leap as trades enter price peak season

Carriers have managed to implement general rate increases on Asia-Europe and transpacific trades

Box volumes from Europe to North America surge

But in the opposite direction carriers saw container volumes decline on a year ago in October

Box volumes from Europe to North America surge

But in the opposite direction carriers saw container volumes decline on a year ago in October

Shippers accepting sulphur surcharges, says MSC

Customers recognise the environmental benefits of reduced emissions

Container lines ‘more confident about acquisitions’

But most ownership changes will be limited to smaller companies in regional trades, according to analysis by Drewry

2M adds nine new ports to Maersk's east-west services

Average ship size will exceed 12,000 teu on 2M routes, against industry-wide figure of 10,700 teu

Port of Calais strike hits ferry services

Operators forced to share a single berth at the cross-Channel terminal, where normally four are available

Advice & Insight

Shipping industry’s future hopes hit a two-year low

Survey reveals worries about the cost of eco-laws and a newbuilding glut

New boxship strength standards agreed for mid-2016 entry

IACS members will adopt new unified requirements for containerships to avoid repeat of MSC Napoli and MOL Comfort catastrophes

German shipping prospects bleak (Part 2)

But Hapag-Lloyd is hoping to bolster its fortunes through its merger with Chile’s CSAV, a move that will create the world’s fourth-largest container shipping outfit

German shipping prospects bleak (Part 2)

But Hapag-Lloyd is hoping to bolster its fortunes through its merger with Chile’s CSAV, a move that will create the world’s fourth-largest container shipping outfit

German shipping prospects bleak (Part 1)

But Hapag-Lloyd is hoping to bolster its fortunes through its merger with Chile’s CSAV, a move that will create the world’s fourth-largest container shipping outfit

Freight People

New head to replace Koch at WSC

The association’s General Counsel John Butler will take over in July when current CEO retires

Steve Manser leaving Saudia Cargo

Set to join Qatar Airways Cargo as senior manager of cargo charter sales

Oliver Evans to step down from Swiss

Long-serving head of cargo and TIACA chairman to leave carrier in September

Peter Scholten to leave Saudia Cargo in January

Successor for the position of vice president commercial to be announced ‘in due course’

ACS appoints new president for North America

Richard Thompson responsible for operations in New York, California, Texas and Canada

Have Your Say

Maritime safety – two steps forward, but much still to be done

TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox assesses just how last month’s deliberations by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee will advance the cause of container and unit load safety in the future

Competition implications of 2M and mega-alliances

Higher vessel utilisation of ultra-large containerships will give participants a strong hand, but improving profitability ‘involves much more’, analysts argue

Driver shortages are no surprise

Robert Jervis, director of freight and logistics exhibition Multimodal, says the profession has lost much of the appeal it once had

Pack it in! We mean it.

TT Club’s risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox, highlights the dangers of badly packed containers and other cargo transport units (CTUs) and welcomes the attention the subject is getting internationally

Drivers can face penalties for illegal immigrants

Concern continues as number of clandestines stowing away in vehicles increases, reports Rothera Dowson solicitors