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Sunday, September 27, 2020

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SMM 2021: Plotting a Course Forward for the Global Maritime Community

As the maritime world collectively feels its way forward in a time now defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of the SMM in Hamburg, traditionally the world's largest and most influential maritime and shipbuilding trade event, share market overview insights on the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the the shipping industry.The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the world economy on its head. “The recession this year will likely be more severe, and recovery in 2021 will be slower than we anticipated two months ago…

Nick Brown, Marine and Offshore Director, Lloyd’s Register

LR’s Nick Brown: Climate Emergency is “same magnitude, different time domain" to COVID-19

As the maritime industry settles in on a COVID-19 induced ‘new norm,’ and long-range planning is dramatically shortened,, Nick Brown, Marine and Offshore Director, Lloyd’s Register, said that while much deserved focus must be paid to the current crisis, the industry cannot lose sight of another one looming just as large: climate change. “We strongly maintain that the climate emergency is an event of the same magnitude, just with a different time domain to COVID-19," Brown told Maritime Reporter & Engineering News recently.

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Business Picks up Pace in China, Global Recovery Pace Uncertain

China's business and travel activities are steadily recovering after being disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, but rapidly rising infections globally will pose a challenge to the country's broader economic resumption.Nomura estimated in a research report on Monday about 61.6% of the firms hardest hit by the health crisis in China have resumed work as of March 8, and 74.1% in the broader economy.China reported on Monday no locally-transmitted cases of infection on the mainland outside of the central province of Hubei…

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NAT Bullish on Tanker Market

Bermuda-headquartered Nordic American Tankers (NAT) said that its tanker segment is on upswing mode following he strong market improvement for its Suezmax tankers."However, seeing is believing and if anyone had doubts, last week, the international shipbroking firm of Clarkson Platou Research reported the largest week-on-week increase in the history of their freight index,"pointed out the company.From Thursday to Friday last week, reported Suezmax rates jumped 60% on the day and 400% on the month…

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Maritime Cyber Alert

For some years now, the maritime sector has experienced breaches of various computer and information technology (IT) systems. Primarily, these breaches have been collateral damage. The maritime sector has almost never been the intended target. That does not mean that the damage has been minor. In June 2017, A.P. Moller-Maersk suffered a major cyber-attack. The malware had been designed by Russian hackers to disrupt the Ukrainian power sector. Once released, though, it proved to be indiscriminate, infecting IT systems worldwide that had not been kept up to date. In the case of A.P.

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Navios Names Two Directors

Monaco-based seaborne shipping company Navios Maritime Containers  announced the appointment of Stefan Kuch and Vasilios Mouyis to its Board of Directors.The owner and operator of container ships informed that Kuch has over 32 years of experience in finance and ship finance, having served in senior leadership positions in the shipping division of Commerzbank AG, one of Germany’s leading financial institutions.He also served as Managing Director of Hanseatic Ship Asset Management GmbH, a vessel-owning company within the Commerzbank Group.

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Clarksons Targeted in Cyber Attack Last Year

British shipping services provider Clarkson Plc said on Monday an unauthorized third party accessed some of its computer systems in the United Kingdom last year.The unauthorized access to systems from May 31 to Nov. 4, 2017 was gained from a single and isolated user account.

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Noble Group To Sell Ship For $24 Million

Struggling commodity trader Noble Group Ltd said it would sell to Bianca Corp a Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier for $24 million in cash. The Hong Kong registered ship has a capacity of 81,499 deadweight tons. Built in 2015, the vessel, Ocean Integrity, is employed to service external customers as well as Noble Group's internal freight requirements. "The consideration for the Proposed Disposal shall be US$24 million payable on completion of the Proposed Disposal and will be satisfied in cash.

Schulte's PRONAV Acquisition Greenlighted

The Hamburg-based Schulte Group said it has received clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office for the acquisition of the LNG specialist PRONAV. With this strategic move, the family-owned ship owner and manager continues to increase its capabilities and capacity in the growing liquefied natural gas (LNG) market. Through the acquisition of PRONAV, the Schulte Group has increased the number of vessels under full management in its third-party management fleet by six additional LNG carriers (LNGC).

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China, Australia Ports Clogged as Coal, Ore Demand Soars

Around 300 ships caught in jam that would stretch 40 miles; freight rates for biggest coal, ore carrier hit 3-yr high. More than 300 large dry cargo ships are having to wait outside Chinese and Australian ports in a maritime traffic jam that spotlights bottlenecks in China's huge and global commodity supply chain as demand peaks this winter. With some vessels waiting to load coal and iron ore outside Australian ports for over a month, key charter rates have jumped to their highest in more than three years.

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Shipbuilding: China Races Ahead of South Korea

Shipyards in China have surpassed  South Korea again in terms of receiving the most orders for new ships and platforms, while fierce battle for the number one position in shipbuilding orders continues. China ranked first globally with 195 vessel orders, while South Korea was second with 104 during the first eight months of this year, Yicai Global reported citing Clarkson Research Services. According to the report, total global orders for January to August were 489 vessels, up about 40 percent annually.

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Korea Returns to First Place in Shipbuilding

South Korean shipbuilding industry has surpassed China in three months and reached the top of global monthly shipbuilding orders. A report in Yonhap said that South Korean shipyards recaptured the No. 1 position in new orders worldwide in August amid a plunge in overall numbers. The local shipbuilders clinched new orders worth a combined 130,000 compensated gross tons (CGTs) last month to build nine vessels, the report said quoting  data compiled by global research firm Clarkson Research Institute. Chinese rivals came next with 110,000 CGTs, or seven ships.

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Korean Shipyards Look Bullish

South Korea's major shipyards are estimated to have racked up solid profit during the second quarter of the year, aided by the increased delivery of ships, cost-cutting measures and a rise in new orders, Yonhap reported citing industry sources. Another report said that Korean yards have clinched the most new shipbuilding orders in the first half of the year, with their combined tally more than doubling from a year earlier. The trend appears bullish for ship building in the country.

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Navios Maritime Acquires One Capesize Vessel

Navios Maritime Partners, an international owner and operator of drybulk and container vessels, announced that it has agreed to acquire one 2010-built Capesize vessel of 178,132 dwt for a purchase price of $27.5 million. The vessel is expected to be delivered to Navios Partners' owned fleet during the third quarter of 2017. The vessel is expected to generate approximately $3.7 million of annual EBITDA based on current rate environment (Clarkson’s 1-year time charter rate for Capesize vessels as of April 21…

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Containership Deliveries: Turning A Corner?

Containership deliveries changed course in 2016, toppling from the record level of 1.7m TEU in 2015 to reach just 0.9m TEU, having previously increased each year between 2011 and 2015, says a report from Clarkson Research Services. If deliveries remain at these slightly more moderate levels in coming years, this could potentially herald a new era of less robust fleet growth in the boxship sector. The dramatic slowdown in boxship deliveries last year, alongside record levels of demolition, led to fleet growth of just 1.2% in 2016, down from 8.1% in 2015.

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Sino-Australian Seaborne Trade

In recent decades, trade between the Australia and China have made an increasingly significant contribution to growth in global seaborne trade, and the signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in 2015 is driving further co-operation, says a report by Clarkson Research Services. But just how important has the impact of trade between these two countries been? Between 2006 and 2016, Chinese imports from Australia grew by a CAGR of 17% p.a. to reach an estimated 792mt in 2016.

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Old Ships, Not Enough New Tricks?

As widely expected, the opening of the new, expanded locks at the Panama Canal in June 2016 has considerably impacted the ‘old Panamax’ containership sector, says a report by Clarkson Research Services. The displacement of these narrow beam vessels, resulting from the upsizing of services through the canal, has driven a change in deployment patterns in this sector and also contributed to a record level of containership demolition. The new locks at the Panama Canal allow 16.7m TEU of current fleet capacity to transit, compared to just 7.2m TEU which is able to transit the old locks.

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Vessel Earnings and Global Fleet Trends

Clarkson Research Services says market conditions across most sectors of the shipping industry have been highly challenging in 2016. The ClarkSea Index, which illustrates the fortunes of earnings for the major commercial ship types makes fairly clear the fate of the volume shipping sectors, but how is the wider global fleet covered by World Fleet Monitor faring now, in comparison to the post-downturn period as a whole? The ClarkSea Index, an average of earnings for tankers, bulkers…

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Container Trade In The 21st Century

While container trade growth has slowed in recent years, box trade has still expanded significantly since the turn of the milliennium, according to Clarkson Research Services Limited. In 2016, box trade is projected to total 181m TEU, almost three times volumes in 2000, having grown by an average 6.4% p.er annum. However, with an increased focus on Asia, this growth has not been evenly spread across the trade lanes. This century has seen significant growth in global container trade driven by increased volumes across a range of trade lanes (see graph)…

Bulk Carrier Secondhand Sales Booming

The festive season is here, so shoppers are out and looking to buy. However, when it comes to the bulk carrier sale and purchase market, business has been booming throughout 2016, says Clarkson Research Services. The depressed earnings environment and limited availability of finance have seen increased ‘distressed’ sales, while some investors have been hoping to pick up a bargain. Let us take a look at this ship shopping spree. A total of 567 bulkers of a combined 40m dwt were sold secondhand in January to November 2016, equivalent to 5% of bulker fleet capacity at the start of 2016.

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Clayton To Join Clarkson Board

Clarkson PLC announced that Marie-Louise Clayton will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 January 2017. She will take over as Chair of the Audit Committee following the Annual General Meeting in May 2017 when James Morley, who has been a Non-Executive Director for nine years, will retire from the Board. Marie-Louise Clayton brings a wealth of financial and strategic experience from a broad range of businesses from technology and manufacturing to sugar processing, power and energy.

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Baltic Exchange Succumbs to Singapore as Shipping Turmoil Deepens

The crisis in global shipping and a tax exodus by big Greek vessel owners have helped finally seal the fate of London's Baltic Exchange after at least three approaches to buy it over the last six years of its near-three centuries history. Some 95 percent of shareholders voted on Monday in favour of a takeover deal from Singapore Exchange, valued at 87 million pounds ($112.87 million), trumping more than one effort from the London Metal Exchange to snap it up. "For Baltic shareholders it does release value…

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Berth and Billions: Cruise Business Powers European Yards

In a historically weak contracting environment the cruise sector has seen a strong level of newbuild ordering and investment in the year to date, says a research report by Clarkson. Cruise lines have continued to expand their fleets, with new markets such as China in their sights. While a number of yards have benefitted from this firm level of newbuilding activity, they have all been European and the region remains dominant in the cruise sector. In the first seven months of 2016…

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Tracking Global Piracy Trends

Piracy has existed since the conception of shipping, and pirate attacks on vessels continue to disrupt trade, raising vessel security concerns and impacting the operation and insurance costs for ships, says Clarkson Research Services. The drivers behind piracy are wide but primarily economic and clearly, geography is also key. This month, we take a closer look at recent shifts in the regional distribution of piracy ‘hot spots’. Piracy remains a prevalent concern within the shipping industry, raising issues around vessel security, disrupting trade routes and increasing ship operation costs.

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ISS Roll-out of its Cargo and Agency Platform, YourISS2

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime and logistics service provider, is driving a global roll-out of its new cargo and agency platform, YourISS2. Designed to increase efficiencies, standardise processes and documents and enhance service delivery, the innovative platform also gives ISS customers the transparency and data they need for instant, informed business decisions, cost savings, performance and trade analysis. With Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, Bahrain…

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Nine New Orders for South Korean Shipbuilders

While South Korean shipbuilders are continuing to struggle for survival as the recession in the global shipbuilding market drags on, they have clinched new orders to build nine ships in the first four months of the year. Yonhap, quoting industry data, said that the S.Korean shipyards, led by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., have clinched new orders to build nine ships, accounting for 5 percent of new shipbuilding orders placed around the globe. The country's shipbuilders have racked up 200…