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The IMO 2020 global sulphur regulation for marine fuel oil has now been in force for over three months. BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO are calling on fleet- and vessel managers, as well as technical superintendents, to share their insight and experiences with the new IMO 2020 compliant fuels.
Since July 2020, the container market has benefitted from a surge in consumption of goods compared to pre-COVID levels, and head-haul and regional trade volumes have followed. Compared to the same period of 2019, container volumes in the second half of 2020 were up 5.7% while full year 2021 volumes were 9.0% higher. Volumes in the first half of 2022 were up 8.3%, also compared with H1 2019. Despite a growing fleet, capacity supply was unable to keep up as port congestion absorbed as much as 14% of the fleet, data from Sea-Intelligence shows.
The Sub-Agency Agreement was published by FONASBA (the Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents) and approved by BIMCO in1998. It is a contract for the appointment by a general agent of a sub-agent on behalf of a liner principal. The current edition of this contract is FONASBA Sub-Agency Agreement, issued in 1998.
The container shipping market is currently making many headlines world-wide as freight rates and port congestion continue to reach new record highs. At the end of September, more than 50 container ships were waiting to berth outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach alone and 90% of those arriving at a port had to wait at anchor before a berth became available. COVID-19 disruption at major Chinese and Vietnamese ports has also added to the long queues of ships, and certain ports are now being deliberately avoided by liners.
For almost three months now, the spot freight rate for containerised goods shipped by sea from North Europe to the US East Coast has been 210% higher than last year (1 July – 23 Sept).