Breakbulk News

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

MPV market tightens further amid rush for capacity: Toepfer

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Forward bookings are becoming the norm as some MPV/HL carriers require premiums for laycan dates, and a dearth of newbuildings in the sector implies that the current market will not slow down in the short term.
Breakbulk carriers

Ro/ro volumes rising on machine tool demand, container ‘spillover’

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis |
Booming demand for machine tools and other breakbulk and high and heavy cargo boosted ro/ro carrier Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s volumes during the second quarter.
Ro/ro cargo

Container chaos driving demand for Antonov capacity

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Shippers eager to move computer components, semiconductor chips, and auto production parts are eating up super-heavy air capacity even as demand for traditional OOG cargo improves.
Breakbulk carriersAir Cargo

Seajacks purchase gives Eneti world’s largest wind installation fleet

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Eneti, formerly known as Scorpio Bulkers, is accelerating its transition from bulk carrier to offshore wind specialist with the acquisition of Seajacks International and its fleet of five wind turbine installation vessels (WTIVs).
Energy projects

MPV/HL rates to maintain upward momentum: analysts

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Spillover container cargo is driving the strongest breakbulk market in more than a decade, MPV/HL carriers say.
Breakbulk carriers

MOL orders four LNG-fueled car carriers

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis |
MOL’s order for LNG-fueled car carriers shows that ro-ro newbuildings are stacking up as the sector pivots toward lower-carbon and next-generation fuels.
Ro/ro cargoBreakbulk carriers

US Wind to build 1.2 GW off Maryland coast

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
A Maryland developer has committed to building a 1.2 GW offshore wind project and a multi-million-dollar monopile manufacturing facility.
Energy projects

AI and algorithms taming project cargo logistics

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Project network EPN and digital shipping platform Shipnext are working together to reduce the chronic data overload that comes with project shipping.
Project cargoLogistics Technology News

Spillover container cargo pushing up breakbulk rates

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
As desperate shippers search for cargo solutions and sop up breakbulk capacity, the new MPV/HL sentiment index reveals strong short-term confidence but longer-term wariness in the breakbulk sector.
Breakbulk carriers

Breakbulk volume recovery triggers CBP invasive pest violations

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
After a COVID-19 pandemic lull, violations of ISPM 15 regulations around dangerous insects are increasing in Houston and elsewhere, triggering costly remedies and intense frustration in the breakbulk and project cargo community.
Project cargoBreakbulk ports

Breakbulk volume recovery triggers CBP invasive pest violations

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
After a COVID-19 pandemic lull, violations of ISPM 15 regulations around dangerous insects are increasing in Houston and elsewhere, triggering costly remedies and intense frustration in the breakbulk and project cargo community.
Project cargo

Wallenius Lines inks deal for vehicle carrier newbuilds

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis |
The new ships will be capable of using liquefied natural gas, liquefied biogas, and synthetic diesel, with an option for battery power, according to Wallenius Marine.
Ro/ro cargo

DOT grant helps push South Jersey Port wind projects

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
The Port of Salem, New Jersey, has been awarded a $9 million federal infrastructure grant to help meet offshore wind logistics and manufacturing requirements.
Energy projects

Container chaos pushes ‘decontainerized’ cargo to breakbulk sector

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
MPVs are booked through the summer, but improving charter rates are not yet sufficient to support newbuildings, analysts say.
Breakbulk carriers

Consumer spending boosts recovering ro/ro market

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Leading US East and Gulf coast gateways for automobiles and other ro/ro cargoes posted major year-over-year percentage increases in tonnage during the first few months of 2021, wiping out the declines that US ports saw in early 2020.
Breakbulk News

Cadeler orders two wind turbine installation vessels

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis |
Oslo-based offshore wind specialist Cadeler is investing $651 million in new turbine installation vessels as the global offshore wind industry gains traction.
Energy projects

Global semiconductor shortage threatens ro/ro recovery

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Despite higher costs to move automobiles and high and heavy cargoes, and uncertainties related to the COVID‑19 pandemic that continue to challenge the recovery, demand is rebounding quickly.
Breakbulk News

Breakbulk carriers flexing pricing power in volatile market

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Rising freight rates and prices for raw industrial materials have shippers scrambling to rework budgets and adjust procurement strategies and project schedules.
Breakbulk News

Low MPV orderbook presages looming capacity crunch

Peter Tirschwell |
Just like the container segment, the MPV sector has been short on capacity in the last several months, but unlike on the container side, no major vessel reinvestment program has begun on the MPV side.
Breakbulk NewsMaritime

Ambitious US offshore wind goals face regulatory, logistics hurdles

Chris Barnett, Special Correspondent |
The Biden administration’s embrace of offshore wind energy generation in the United States means development on an opening round of offshore wind projects on the eastern seaboard will soon be getting underway.
Breakbulk News

Cargo owners prioritizing capacity over price in hot breakbulk market

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The strength of the post-COVID-19 rebound in multipurpose vessel and heavy lift demand and rates has taken the industry somewhat by surprise, with demand driven by continued investment in wind energy, oil and gas recovery, and “spillover” cargoes from the container and bulk segments.
Breakbulk News

Rapidly rising MPV/HL rates still well below 2007 levels: Drewry

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
After a long slump, strengthening MPV freight rates could encourage reinvestment in the sector for the first time in a decade.
Breakbulk carriers

Heavy-haul permitting delays eased by automation

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
As the US economy reopens, more states are speeding up the permitting process for oversize/overweight flatbed loads, as cargo diversion complicates routing.
Heavy-haul transportProject cargoTrucking News

Strong demand continues to push MPV rate forecast higher

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Worried forwarders are struggling to find transport solutions for their clients in a congested global shipping market, pushing formerly containerized cargoes out of boxes and into breakbulk modes.
Breakbulk carriers

Flatbed rates on a steep incline for US shippers

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Housing, energy, and manufacturing are generating intense demand for flatbed transportation at a time when a shortage of materials is disrupting supply chains.
Heavy-haul transportTrucking News

US port congestion, capacity woes force project cargo rerouting

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
As container vessels and freight clog major ports, oversized and overweight project cargo is being rerouted coast to coast, driving up ocean shipping and inland transportation costs.
Project cargoHeavy-haul transport

Clean energy shift to drive new project cargo opportunities

Cathy Morrow Roberson, JOC Analyst |
Investments in hydrogen production and storage and other clean energy projects will keep project cargo carriers busy amid the push to decarbonize.
Project cargo

Green energy boom to feed heightened logistics demand

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Demand for commodities that feed the green energy transition is expected to spike this decade, and that will have an impact on project logistics associated with mining and transporting those materials.
Energy projectsProject cargo

Eneti  investing in wind turbine installation vessels  

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis |
The former bulk carrier Eneti has contracted with a Korean ship builder for up to two wind turbine installation vessels and is in talks with US builders about a Jones Act-compliant WTIV to serve a budding US market.
Energy projects

Siemens Gamesa reports loss even as wind backlog jumps

Special Correspondent Chris Barnett |
The ripple effects of COVID-19 and plant-closing costs trigger a quarterly loss for wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa, but its work backlog provides a bright spot.
Energy projects

Fluor Q1 earnings in the red as project backlog takes a hit

Special Correspondent Chris Barnett |
Project cargo shipper Fluor added a refinery project to its work backlog, but lost a chemicals project during a choppy first quarter as COVID-19-driven delays took a toll.
Project cargo

Backlogs buoy wind turbine manufacturers despite Q1 losses

Special Correspondent Chris Barnett |
Though posting first-quarter losses, there's no sign of demand relaxing as wind turbine orders expand backlogs for Vestas and GE Renewables.
Energy projects

Hot breakbulk market underlines MPV newbuilding shortfall: Drewry, Toepfer

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis |
Breakbulk freight rates are climbing, but uncertainty about new fuels, ship designs, and the long-term strength of the market are holding back orders for new ships.
Breakbulk carriersProject cargo

MPV/HL charter rates to remain at record highs through June: Toepfer

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis |
As cargo demand surges, multipurpose, container, and dry bulk carriers are all competing for tonnage and pushing up vessel charter rates.
Breakbulk carriers

US steel importers await tariff reversal to drive up demand

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
 A US trade court’s ruling that an expansion of tariffs to include finished steel products was invalid allows shippers to claw back import levies, but steel importers say they need a full rollback before shipments can grow.
Breakbulk carriers

KBR sharpens focus on energy transition capital projects

Special Correspondent Chris Barnett |
Despite lower total revenues, KBR's green-focused energy strategy boosted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2021.
Energy projects

Hoegh Autoliners orders green, project-friendly pure car and truck carriers

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis |
The first of a new, project-cargo and EV-friendly generation of green pure car and truck carriers is scheduled to arrive at Hoegh Autoliners by the end of 2023.
Ro/ro cargo

Oil price recovery spurs rebound in energy project cargo

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis |
Energy cargo is recovering a year after the pandemic-fueled crash in oil prices, just as the breakbulk carrier market heats up.
Breakbulk carriersEnergy projects

SAL, Jumbo launch super-heavy-lift alliance after regulatory approval

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis |
German regulators approved an alliance between Jumbo and SAL that concentrates super-heavy-lift capacity in the hands of fewer players as the project market begins to recover from both long-term and pandemic-driven doldrums.
Breakbulk carriers

MPV/HL boost from bulk, container vessel congestion won’t last: Drewry

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Drewry’s multipurpose index bounced 15 percent and the inaugural Market Sentiment Index has revealed a wary optimism as the MPV sector benefits from container chaos.
Breakbulk carriers