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Having experienced falling freight rates from August to year-end in 2017, most liner companies were successful in pushing rates higher in early January 2018. Remarkably, most of them managed to hold onto most of the gains they achieved, considering October and November were challenging in terms of very low demand growth. The weak demand came from the Far East to Europe trade, and on the Intra-Asian transport.

The container shipping industry has braved the storm over the past couple of years getting to grips with tonnage overcapacity through consolidation, mergers and acquisitions, as well as abstaining from ordering new ships.

A consortium of three companies has secured a contract for the port development project Tuas Terminal Phase II in Singapore.

The European Commission has fined four maritime car carriers EUR 395 million (USD 486.6 million) for taking part in cartels.

The newly-released 2018 edition of BP's Energy Outlook predicts that oil, gas, coal and non-fossil fuels will each contribute around a quarter of the energy mix by 2040.

Maersk Group wants to unify its transportation services into a seamless global network for shippers, from pickup to dropoff, in a bid to become a sole-source provider of logistics solutions.

Although sale of bunker oil at the Port of Rotteram decreased in 2017, the throughput of bunkered liquefied natural gas (LNG) was up during the year.

This weekend, the first Gravity Based Foundation for the offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak was installed in Denmark, another milestone in this project.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Dutch financial institution ING have signed an agreement to support green investments intended for the European shipping market with a total of EUR 300 million (USD 372.5million).

In 2017, Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg (CTSP, a company of UCL Holding) spent more than RUB 650 million (EUR 9.1 million) under its development programme.


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