Breakbulk shipping

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Project cargo outlook brightening for Port of New Orleans

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent | Jan 27, 2023, 10:49 AM EST

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.
Energy projectsBreakbulk shippingNorth American portsProject cargo

Port of South Louisiana buys Avondale terminal as wind cargo boost looms

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent | Jan 18, 2023, 2:46 PM EST

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 | Jan 17, 2023, 10:25 AM EST

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 | Jan 13, 2023, 3:22 PM EST

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 | Jan 3, 2023, 3:38 PM EST

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 | Dec 20, 2022, 9:31 AM EST

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 | Dec 16, 2022, 4:31 PM EST

Longer voyages, high demand, and tight capacity are boosting earnings and charter rates in the global car carrier segment.
Breakbulk shippingRo/ro cargo

US offshore wind push runs into bureaucracy, investment headwinds

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Dec 12, 2022, 2:54 PM EST

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 | Dec 9, 2022, 5:54 PM EST

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 | Dec 8, 2022, 11:08 AM EST

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.
Breakbulk carriers

GPA building new container berths at Ocean Terminal in Savannah

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Dec 5, 2022, 1:18 PM EST

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.
Breakbulk shippingNorth American ports

Meeting Europe’s modal shift to rail will top $500 billion: study

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Dec 5, 2022, 12:40 PM EST

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 | Nov 28, 2022, 3:23 PM EST

US-based MPV operator Intermarine is expanding into Asia and Europe via a partnership with Thailand’s WeShip.
Breakbulk carriers

Drought-stricken Mississippi disrupts northbound breakbulk cargo

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Nov 22, 2022, 12:18 PM EST

Drought is keeping the Mississippi River at historically low water levels, tying up barge capacity and extending the southbound grain season.
Project cargo

Breakbulk reefers positioned to weather downturn

Richard Bright, JOC analyst | Nov 15, 2022, 9:45 AM EST

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 | Nov 14, 2022, 11:30 AM EST

Engineered transport providers are gearing up for heavy demand as an energy buildout in both renewable and oil and gas sectors gains strength.
Breakbulk shipping

Pent-up demand to fuel project logistics volumes into 2024

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Nov 14, 2022, 9:40 AM EST

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 | Nov 11, 2022, 9:30 AM EST

Bottlenecks and a lack of needed infrastructure may put the “aspirational” global offshore wind installation schedule out of reach, an analyst says.
Energy projectsBreakbulk shippingProject cargo

MPV rates decline as market chaos unwinds

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Nov 10, 2022, 1:15 PM EST

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 | Oct 31, 2022, 5:42 PM EDT

Sanctions against Russia have sharply reduced available heavy-lift air tonnage even as energy sector demand escalates.
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