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Up-to-date breakbulk news and analysis about the end-to-end movement of breakbulk cargo and heavy lift and project cargoes. Coverage tracks breakbulk news about premier gateway ports, terminals, carriers and charterers. It also covers wind cargo, roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) newbuildings, storage and processing capacity, inland supply chain connectivity and landside transport for energy, infrastructure, construction and other industries.

The latest Breakbulk News & Analysis

Global car carriers see mixed outlook after stellar 2022

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Vehicle demand is expected to offset declining high-and-heavy volumes in 2023, according to car carriers.
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Owner puts heavy-lift giant Mammoet up for sale

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Dutch conglomerate SHV’s planned divestment of Mammoet, the world’s largest heavy-lift and engineered transport company, could have a “very important impact” on the sector, according to one consultant.
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MPV carrier Swire Projects eyes growth in Australian project market

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
New operator Swire is growing its fleet and gearing up to move cargo for the busy Australian minerals and energy markets.
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New IMO rules muddying vessel strategy for MPV, heavy-lift owners

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
MPV and heavy-lift vessel owners need clarity on emissions, alternative fuels, and regulations before committing to new vessel schemes.
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Proactive approach to ISPM 15 progressing despite roadblocks

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent |
Breakbulk shippers and logistics providers have several proposals for changes to ISPM 15 mitigation and enforcement measures pending approval from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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Heavy-deck demand faltering, but long-term outlook remains strong

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Despite a temporary lull, heavy-deck carriers and industry analysts see a “mind-boggling” outlook for global offshore wind demand.
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New IMO rule at odds with practical realities: breakbulk executives

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift, and Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Breakbulk industry executives warn new rules aimed at reducing vessel emissions could incentivize vessel operators to implement measures that increase emissions in other areas of the supply chain.
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Multipurpose vessel rates may be at post-COVID bottom: Toepfer

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
The MPV sector’s market correction appears to have bottomed at rates still healthy for owners and carriers, even as the sector feels pressure from minor bulk carriers hunting for cargo.
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Breakbulk sector ‘sitting on structural overcapacity’: Dynamar

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
While market indicators such as relatively high charter rates and a strong demand outlook are promising, the Netherlands-based maritime consultancy says the stability of the breakbulk market is by no means guaranteed.
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EPCs look beyond traditional oil and gas for growth opportunities

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent  |
EPC projects drive much of the global demand for project and breakbulk logistics services from carriers, forwarders, and other suppliers.
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US flatbed trucking activity sees early regional revival: DAT

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Demand for flatbed tractor-trailers is rising along the Gulf Coast and Southeast, buoyed by project cargo, shifting freight patterns, and a warmer-than-normal winter, DAT Freight & Analytics says.
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MPV sector slows as rebalancing under way after ‘rush’ of pandemic market

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Short-term uncertainty and longer-term confidence are the multipurpose sector’s new normal, analysts say, after the extreme volatility of the COVID-driven market.
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Ro/ro executive Batista joins GPA as port gears up for expansion

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
A long-time ro/ro executive with Wallenius Wilhelmsen will shift his focus to container BCOs in a new position with the Georgia Ports Authority.
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Project cargo outlook brightening for Port of New Orleans

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent |
Even as breakbulk volumes ebb from their pandemic highs, several mega-projects planned for South Louisiana are expected to keep project cargo moving at the Port of New Orleans.
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Port of South Louisiana buys Avondale terminal as wind cargo boost looms

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent |
The acquisition of Avondale by the port comes just as the state of Louisiana readies to auction its first round of offshore wind leases.
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Lack of space costing Zeebrugge new ro/ro clients: port

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Zeebrugge’s ro/ro traffic rose 6.5 percent in 2022, even as congestion and tight capacity constrained potential growth.
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MPV rates slump as breakbulk moves back to container sector

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor |
Despite a decline in daily charter rates, the longer-term MPV outlook remains strong due to increased investments in oil and gas and renewables projects.
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Plenty of work in the pipeline for breakbulk carriers, but rates uncertain

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Project and breakbulk carriers and logistics service providers have a healthy to-do list of energy-related cargo projects ahead of them; now the question is whether rates and availability will return to pre-pandemic levels.
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Regulatory support missing in drive to scale up green fuel: Ørsted

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Danish power company Ørsted says policymakers must provide a regulatory environment that allows companies to commit to the huge investment required in developing shipping’s fuel of the future.
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Car carriers enjoying ‘exceptional conditions’: Clarksons

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor |
Longer voyages, high demand, and tight capacity are boosting earnings and charter rates in the global car carrier segment.
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US offshore wind push runs into bureaucracy, investment headwinds

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Ambitious plans to build offshore wind off the coast of the United States has run up against permitting bottlenecks and a lack of investment.
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Costco exits ship chartering with $93 million charge

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Peak supply chain congestion prompted major US retailers to charter their own ships, but Costco is now unwinding that bet.
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Long-term demand to steady MPV/HL fleet: analysts

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
The multipurpose/heavy-lift vessel sector is proving to be less volatile than the container and bulk sectors as the pandemic market normalizes, analysts say.
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GPA building new container berths at Ocean Terminal in Savannah

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Ocean Terminal project is part of a larger strategy by the GPA to expand the footprint in Savannah to handle bigger vessels and more containers.
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Meeting Europe’s modal shift to rail will top $500 billion: study

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Moving a significant share of Europe’s inland cargo from road to rail will be costly and challenging, but it is achievable through better utilization of door-to-door combined transport, a new report has found.
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Intermarine partners with Thailand-based project specialist on new Asia JV

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
US-based MPV operator Intermarine is expanding into Asia and Europe via a partnership with Thailand’s WeShip.
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Drought-stricken Mississippi disrupts northbound breakbulk cargo

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
Drought is keeping the Mississippi River at historically low water levels, tying up barge capacity and extending the southbound grain season.
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Breakbulk reefers positioned to weather downturn

Richard Bright, JOC analyst |
As evidenced over the past chaotic 24 months, dry cargo demand and the supply of reefer equipment are more intimately linked than it might first appear.
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Booming heavy transport demand driving new project partnerships

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Engineered transport providers are gearing up for heavy demand as an energy buildout in both renewable and oil and gas sectors gains strength.
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Pent-up demand to fuel project logistics volumes into 2024

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Two years of pandemic-related oil and gas project delays and cutbacks in global supply due to the Russia-Ukraine war are driving demand for project logistics services in the short and long term.
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Lack of infrastructure could stymie global, US wind energy targets

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Bottlenecks and a lack of needed infrastructure may put the “aspirational” global offshore wind installation schedule out of reach, an analyst says.
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MPV rates decline as market chaos unwinds

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Confident of project demand ahead, the multipurpose vessel sector sees November’s softening rates as a move toward stability, analysts say.
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Demand for heavy-lift air transport outstrips supply

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Sanctions against Russia have sharply reduced available heavy-lift air tonnage even as energy sector demand escalates.
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Grimaldi Group orders up to 10 vessels to carry electric vehicles

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The new ships ordered by the Grimaldi Group, designed for carrying electric vehicles, will burn 50 percent less fuel than earlier car carriers.
Ro/ro cargo

Shippeo investment a sign that visibility not yet a winner-takes-all market

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
A funding round into Shippeo shows that demand for visibility and fragmentation of the market continue to grow despite a slowing venture capital environment.
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Mobile breakbulk dockworkers avoid strike, head to mediation with employer

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Union workers at Mobile’s breakbulk and general cargo docks are the only ones working for a maritime employer without a ratified contract during the ILA’s current 2018-2024 master contract term.
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Mobile’s breakbulk docks face strike threat after talks with ILA local fail

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The ILA’s local union at Mobile’s general cargo and breakbulk docks may walk off the job this week if a deal can’t be reached with breakbulk stevedore CSA Equipment.
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In tight tonnage market, AAL adds three secondhand ships

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Multipurpose and heavy-lift carrier AAL is aiming to increase tonnage despite market volatility as it pursues “long-term sustainable expansion.”
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MPV/HL charter rates falling faster than expected: analysts

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Despite softening daily charter rates, the multipurpose and heavy-lift (MPV/HL) sector remains optimistic thanks to a growing renewable energy market and near-static fleet capacity.
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Ro/ro surge driving new investment by carriers

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Recovering automobile exports and demand for high and heavy cargo are driving a ro/ro resurgence and a spate of new ship orders.
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