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

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Oct 25, 2022, 3:30 PM EDT

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 | Oct 20, 2022, 1:55 PM EDT

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 | Oct 18, 2022, 1:36 PM EDT

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 | Oct 14, 2022, 10:22 AM EDT

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 | Oct 11, 2022, 2:52 PM EDT

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 | Oct 5, 2022, 2:52 PM EDT

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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Georgia Ports Authority adds Nissan to OEM roster

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Oct 3, 2022, 11:07 AM EDT

US auto imports slid 8 percent during the first seven months of 2022, reflecting supply chain snarls, even as high and heavy imports gained steam.
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Investors skittish on ordering new MPV/HL ships despite strong cargo demand

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Sep 12, 2022, 8:00 AM EDT

MPV/HL ships could be harder to find in coming years as carriers have difficulty finding funding for new ship orders, despite strong demand and higher rates than they have been able to command for years.
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Ship orders defy declining reefer fleet trend

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Sep 9, 2022, 1:24 PM EDT

A handful of reefer carriers, having received an unexpected shot in the arm during the pandemic, are adding vessel capacity despite the long-term decline of this niche fleet.
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Summer slump, market uncertainty pressuring MPV rates

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Sep 7, 2022, 3:11 PM EDT

The MPV sector’s long-term outlook remains strong, but shippers are holding off booking in the hope that rates will continue to slide, analysts say.
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Demand spike breathes new life into specialized reefer fleet

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Sep 2, 2022, 8:00 AM EDT

The specialized reefer fleet has been shrinking for years as perishables shippers have migrated away from breakbulk shipping to refrigerated containers carried on global liner services, but “the mode keeps rescuing itself,” says one observer.
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Multipurpose ships boosting container line capacity: Alphaliner

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Sep 1, 2022, 2:55 PM EDT

Container carriers are adding incremental capacity to their regional and feeder liner services with MPV and other non-container ships, maritime analyst Alphaliner says.
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dship Carriers acquires secondhand ship for MPV fleet

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Aug 29, 2022, 3:40 PM EDT

While spillover cargo flows back to the container market, a strong breakbulk market is keeping the MPV sector afloat.
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Policy, pandemic disruption slowing US wind energy development

Chris Barnett | Aug 24, 2022, 3:48 PM EDT

Developers have installed a total of 139 gigawatts of onshore wind energy production across the US, with another 23 GW under construction or in advanced development as of the second quarter of 2022.
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Super-heavy carriers see war-driven energy boom

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Aug 22, 2022, 2:26 PM EDT

The global super-heavy carrier fleet is at 91 percent utilization as governments accelerate energy investments amid the rush to cut ties with Russia.
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New Orleans H1 breakbulk tonnage doubles amid ‘spillover’ surge

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Aug 19, 2022, 12:31 PM EDT

Pandemic congestion may be easing as container rates fall, but breakbulk spillover cargo shows no sign of slowing at the Port of New Orleans.
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Breakbulk carrier, box maker team for trans-Pac domestic container service

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Aug 16, 2022, 10:06 AM EDT

Carrier53, a joint venture of a breakbulk vessel operator and container manufacturer, said it will offer trans-Pacific sailings from China to the US West Coast with a special emphasis on domestic intermodal containers.
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MPV/HL charter rates may have peaked, but no crash ahead: analysts

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Aug 9, 2022, 3:46 PM EDT

Easing container congestion and the summer “doldrums” have sent MPV rates drifting downward, but carriers expect energy-related demand and tight capacity to keep the sector healthy in the long term.
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Maersk targets project cargo with latest acquisition

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Aug 5, 2022, 12:02 AM EDT

Maersk is expanding its footprint in the heavy-lift sector with the acquisition of specialist logistics provider Martin Bencher that will be central to its new Maersk Project Logistics product.
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Specialized reefer fills gap for shippers of perishable goods

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Aug 3, 2022, 12:59 PM EDT

Congestion and unreliable service from liner carriers is driving some cold chain shippers back to the conventional reefer fleet
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