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Lines fear impact of Brazil poultry consolidation

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Brazil Foods was formed by the purchase of Sadia – last year Brazil’s number one chicken exporter with 23% of the market based on last year’s figures – by Perdigao – the second biggest with 24% – and is now a formidable force for container line freight rate negotiators to deal with. During 2008 Brazil exported an estimated 3.6m MT of chicken worth a total of US$6.9bn. NYK Line, K Line, MOL Line, Evergreen and Hanjin are all locked in negotiations with Brazil Foods with the freight rates for 2010 will be set before Christmas. The new Brasil Foods now has more than 50% of the Brazilian chicken export market and up to 70% in certain domestic sectors – monopolies commission CADE is studying a plan to make Brazil Foods sell off some of its domestic brands but is giving it free rein to operate as an exporter.

Cocaine haul discovered in reefer box

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Six people have been detained at the port in the raid, which netted an automatic pistol, a small quantity of marijuana, cameras and videotape. The shipment was from the Los Rios ‘Tres Hermanos’ plantation and had been concealed just below the refrigeration unit at the front of the container. The contents of the box were consigned to a customer in Madrid.

Reefer box rates ex Ecuador set to rise

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From 1 August the cost of chartering a 40′ reefer box for bananas ex Guayaquil to Miami is to rise to US$3,775 and to New York the cost will be US$3,875. According to the Ecuadorian daily Diario Expreso, this rise of US$500 (between 10-13%) is the third this year. The growth in demand for boxes out of China and the extension of the Chilean season for fresh exports to the US following the FTA signed between the 2 countries earlier this year are reportedly to blame for a shortage of available boxes, which has led to the rise. The announcement of the rates rise was coordinated bybox lines MSC, Remar and Hamburg Sud.

Maersk targets ECSA reefer trade

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Reefer Trends understands that container giant Maersk is to double its feeder capacity from San Antonio and Montevideo into its main East Coast South America (ECSA) to Europe trade in an attempt to take market share of Argentina’s deciduous exports away from specialist reefer operators LauritzenCool, Star Reefers and NYK Reefers this forthcoming season. There is some confusion over the per pallet cost quoted, with one source suggesting a quarterly US$133 per pallet - this may however be on a FIOS basis rather than on full Liner terms, which would add a further estimated $15 per pallet. Maersk’s 2002 FEU rate worked out in the region of $3,100. A $148 per pallet rate on a 22-pallet FEU this year works out at just over $3,200, in fact a 3% increase on last year’s rate! There is no confusion however over the 8,000 reefer pallets per week that the company can lift - over a 22 week season this total more than 150,000 pallets or almost 40% of this year’s slightly reduced deciduous export crop.

Maersk Safmarine to foot GA for Sealand Express customers

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According to a report in the South African Press, shipping lines Maersk and Safmarine have come to the aid of their clients who owned cargo that was aboard the Sealand Express by offering to pay general average charges. The owners of cargo aboard the container ship, which ran aground at Sunset Beach on August 19, are considered liable for a portion of the salvage costs incurred when the ship was successfully refloated on September 13 at an estimated cost of R60m (US$8.7m) because the ship owners United States Ship Management (USSM) this week confirmed they had declared General Average (GA). GA is a maritime principle that holds all parties with a financial interest in a ship’s voyage liable for costs incurred by a service or limited loss that prevents the total loss of the ship and cargo in a time of peril. A spokesperson for the 2 companies stated that Maersk and Safmarine would cover the security for which their clients were liable. Maersk and Safmarine clients made up 62 percent of cargo owners in the case. Cargo owners who did not ship with these two lines will not be covered by this security.

FWI reefer fleet fully constituted

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The CMA-CGM Group has put in operation the series of 4 reefer ships that have replaced the specialist reefer ships that for nearly a quarter of a century provided the service between Metropolitan France and its Departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique. The CMA-CGM Fort Saint-Georges was delivered by the Taiwanese yard to its French owners on 3 July. This latest reefer-container ship has now joined her sisterships, the Fort Saint-Louis, Fort Saint-Pierre and Fort Sainte-Marie. Those ships, with a geometrical capacity of 2,262 TEUs, are fitted with 550 reefer plugs that enable the loading of 1,100 reefer TEU equivalents, which corresponds to 11K MT of bananas. This renewal of the sailing stock has been accompanied by the purchase of 2,500 brand-new 40-ft. high-cube reefers and by port investments in the French West Indies to speed-up loading.

New reefer containers for Zim

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In the coming weeks, Israeli container line Zim is to equip itself with 200 new reefer containers to be operated on its main lines. According to the company, this move is a direct response to the growing demand for transportation of refrigerated and chilled products in the world market. Zim’s new container vessels (6 already in service in one of its 3 global services, and additional 7 to be delivered during 2004-05) are equipped with 330 reefer plugs each.

Sealand Express rescue attempt postponed

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The stranded Sealand Express is still stuck on the sand near Milnerton after several attempts to refloat her failed. Salvors say attempts to refloat the stranded Sealand Express off Milnerton outside Cape Town will only resume in about two weeks time during the spring tide. The ship is still stuck fast in the sand despite concerted efforts at high tide yesterday to refloat it. Salvors will continue to remove the hazardous cargo in the coming days, using a special heavy-lift helicopter. A dredger is also to resume clearing sand around the ship. The attempt is to be made at the next spring tide in a fortnight’s time.

Sealand Express still high and dry on Sunset Beach

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The Maersk Sealand, which ran aground on 19 August after dragging her anchor in stormy seas, is still stricken off Cape Town 10 days after the incident. The American-owned, Maersk Sealand-chartered, ship with an estimated value of US$8m (without its cargo) was due to berth at the Cape Town container terminal on the day she went aground and was destined to sail on Wednesday for Newark on the USEC. The vessel is carrying a cargo of more than 1,000 containers that include hazardous material (50 tons of low radioactive uranium ore concentrate), promotional material for the South African citrus industry and a R14m consignment of famous-brand tequila for off-loading in Cape Town. The salvage master responsible for efforts to refloat the stranded vessel Express does not expect the next attempt - to be carried out at midnight on August 29 using two tugs - to be successful. If this weekend’s efforts to refloat the vessel fail, the salvors will build a causeway from the beach along which a crane can be taken to the ship to remove containers and lighten the ship. As a last resort a jack-up barge could be placed alongside.

Q1 profits for Japan’s 3 top container carriers

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Japan’s three major container shipping lines Nippon Yusen KK (NYK), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) all enjoyed ’stellar’ first quarters, comfortably outperforming their FY2002 H1 results in just three months. The profit boost was attributed to a stronger-than-expected recovery in container freight rates. NYK’s first quarter net profit of 8.77bn yen surpassed its first half performance of 7.8bn yen last year, while MOL’s Q1 profit of 11.2bn yen was double its H1 2002 earnings of 5.5bn yen, and K Line’s 5.9bn yen profit exceeded its 4.9bn H1 2002 result. The results clearly reflect a freight rate recovery this year as the supply/demand imbalance is equalised.