Canadian regulators investigate CN Rail fatal accident

Reuters | April 12, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said on Friday it has launched an investigation into the death of a Canadian National Railway Ltd employee near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Thursday night. Read More »

Yusen Logistics Enhances Temperature-Controlled Facility in Indonesia

AJOT | April 10, 2015 | Transport Intermediaries

PT. Yusen Logistics Solutions Indonesia has enhanced a 650-square-meter temperature-controlled storage area in its 20,000-square-meter warehouse in Bekasi. Read More »

China Life, Ping An take majority stake in $500 million Boston property project

Reuters | April 10, 2015 | Breakbulk & Projects | Projects

China's two biggest insurers are funding the majority of a $500 million commercial real estate project in the United States, a person with knowledge of the deal said, in the latest offshore property investment by China's cash-rich financial institutions. Read More »

China’s environment ministry blocks hydro project

Reuters | April 10, 2015 | Breakbulk & Projects | Projects

China's environment ministry has refused approval for a hydropower dam on an ecologically vulnerable river already damaged by construction, a rare setback for the country's extensive dam-building program. Read More »

Brazil port city suspends Ultracargo fuel operations after fire

Reuters | April 10, 2015 | Breakbulk & Projects | Breakbulk | Ports & Terminals | Ports | Wet Bulk Port

The mayor of Santos suspended on Friday operations at a fuel storage warehouse in Brazil after a week-long fire at the facility operated by Ultracargo slowed exports from the country’s largest port. Read More »

China’s first-quarter economic growth seen at six-year low of 7%

AJOT Administrator | April 10, 2015 | International Trade

China's economy probably cooled further to grow 7 percent in the first three months of the year, a Reuters poll showed, which would be the weakest pace in six years and raise pressure on policymakers to do more to bolster growth. Read More »

Trident Alliance welcomes new members Crowley and Intermarine

AJOT | April 10, 2015 | Liner Shipping

Ship owners and operators continue their work through the Trident Alliance, the shipping industry initiative for robust enforcement of maritime sulphur regulations, and new members join. Read More »

Hearing to Examine Status of Rail, Pipeline, & Hazmat Safety Rules

AJOT | April 10, 2015 | Energy | Pipeline | Rail and Road | Intermodal | Road

The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, chaired by U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), will hold a hearing next week on the status of current federal railroad, pipeline, and hazardous materials safety rulemakings. Read More »

TransAtlantic Petroleum Provides Operational Update

GlobeNewswire | April 10, 2015 | Energy | Discovery

TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. provided an operational update on its current drilling program. Read More »

Asia Tankers-VLCC rates face uncertain direction as owners, charterers battle over cargo

Reuters | April 10, 2015 | Energy | Maritime

Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes face an uncertain week as owners seek to push for higher rates, while charterers could cap fixture activity to cool the recent spike in prices, brokers said. Read More »

Asia-North Europe container freight rates fall 8.8%

Reuters | April 10, 2015 | Liner Shipping

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 8.8 percent to $466 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. Read More »

Mexico says only holding North Korea ship to comply with U.N. rules

Reuters | April 09, 2015 | Liner Shipping

Mexico’s foreign ministry said on Thursday it is only holding a North Korean ship that ran aground in its waters last year in order to comply with United Nations rules. Read More »

U.S. DOE buys 4.3 million barrels of oil to replenish strategic reserve

Reuters | April 09, 2015 | Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday announced it has awarded BP Products North America and Noble Americas contracts to deliver nearly 4.2 million barrels of crude oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to replenish oil it sold last year. Read More »

First Shipment of Pinotage Wine Grapes from South Africa Hit US Market

AJOT | April 09, 2015 | Breakbulk & Projects | Breakbulk

March may have come in like a lion and left like a lamb but a new breed of import to the United States came roaring in, taking the form of Pinotage Grapes from the Western Cape region of the Republic of South Africa. Read More »

Konecranes wins RTG order for GCT Deltaport in Vancouver, Canada

AJOT | April 09, 2015 | Ports & Terminals | Terminals | Terminal Technology

In March 2015, Konecranes received an order for four Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes from GCT Canada Limited Partnership for its GCT Deltaport facility located in Port Metro Vancouver, Canada. Destined for the country’s flagship container terminal, this will be Konecranes’ first RTG delivery to the West Coast of Canada. The cranes will be delivered fully-erect in the spring of 2016. Read More »

The WACO System welcomes new members in Africa and Asia

AJOT | April 09, 2015 | Transport Intermediaries

Kenya-based supply chain specialist Freight In Time to represent six East African countries for the network, and Spence Maldives Pvt Ltd to be The WACO System member for the Maldives Read More »

Saudi-led coalition bars wheat ship from entering Yemen port

Reuters | April 09, 2015 | Breakbulk & Projects | Breakbulk

Warships from the Saudi-led coalition have blocked a vessel carrying more than 47,000 tonnes of wheat from entering a Yemeni port, demanding United Nations guarantees that the cargo would not go to military personnel, shipping sources said on Thursday. Read More »

Saudi shipper Bahri in deal with South Korea’s S-Oil

Reuters | April 09, 2015 | Liner Shipping

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has agreed with South Korea’s S-Oil Corp to ship crude oil cargoes from the third quarter of this year. Read More »

Brazil’s Santos Port unable to export 400,000 tonnes soy

Reuters | April 09, 2015 | Ports & Terminals | Ports | Dry Bulk Port

Brazil’s Port of Santos has been unable to export 400,000 tonnes of soybeans and soymeal as firefighters try to extinguish a week-old blaze that has partially restricted truck access to the country’s largest export hub, soy industry association Abiove told Reuters on Thursday. Read More »

Baltic sea freight index steady, vessel activity muted

Reuters | April 09, 2015 | Liner Shipping

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained flat on Thursday due to muted vessel activity. Read More »