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OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs ______________
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs ____________
4. FF World Ocean Briefs _____________________
**Back By Popular Demand**
OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace***
6. The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports of Call" _________
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World***
OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs _____________
***Coming Back To
***WalMart Says Tech Has Changed Peak Season Shipping Flow ...... as the world's largest retailer, is expecting a "flatter" and much later peak season in the run up to Christmas, said transport vice president Kelly Abney. "The way we have been able to flow inventory closer to events is through improved technology ... and by working much
more closely with our suppliers," Mr Abney said. Speaking at Dalhman Rose & Co.'s 4th annual Global Transportation Conference, Mr Abney said sales are more likely to move closer to Christmas, reported
***Left Over Stimulus .... as payments to states for transportation projects completed under the 2009 economic stimulus law rose to more than US$31.3Bn as of Sept. 9, leaving the Dept. of Transportation with nearly US$17Bn still to pay out.
***Union Pacific Railroad Upgrades Main Line ... as it will invest nearly US$300M over the next few years on its central corridor between Fremont, Neb., and Missouri Valley, Iowa. UP called the corridor "a primary shipping lane," with the investment part of the US$3.3Bn the railroad plans to spend in 2011 on its 32,000-mile network. "When complete, this multi-year double-track project will help us operate more efficiently, increase train velocity & support our ability to add capacity as our customers' freight transportation needs grow," said Union Pacific. UP began construction this year on 3 miles of a second mainline and a 3-mile passing track west of
***YRC Worldwide (formerly Yellow Freight) Plunges .... as its stock dropped 77% on Sept. 23 to 7 cents a share — its lowest price ever — after shareholders approved the trucking giant's restructuring. The shareholders on Sept. 16 agreed to steps that will increase the number of common shares in the company's stock from 80 million to 1.9 billion. More than 350 million shares of YRC stock were traded on the Nasdaq exchange Sept. 23. The stock opened at 28 cents per share after closing at 30 cents on Sept. 22. Most of YRC's stock — 72.5% — will be owned by the company's banking group, with another 25% owned by YRC Worldwide's Teamster employees. Existing shareholders will be left with about 2.5% of the company's stock.
***Schneider National Cubes LTL ..... as the
***Schneider National Now Fracks .... as it launched a new division this month to support energy companies extracting oil & natural gas through hydraulic fracturing. The company wants to hire as many as 500 truck drivers for the new division in
***More Bald Truckers? ...as truckload operator Gordon Trucking is tightening pre-hire screening of driver applicants, requiring hair samples for drug testing, aswell as urine samples. Since the trucking company and its lab partner Omega Laboratories began testing hair samples in July, 10 out of 170 potential driver candidates have tested positive for drug use. Hair testing is more expensive than urine testing but can detect drug abuse over a longer period. Almost twice as many samples test positive than in urine tests. Each half inch of head hair provides a 30-day history of drug use, while urine tests provide 2- to 3-day history in most cases, Omega Labs said.
***UPS Brings Practical Customer Choice ... as it will launch on Oct. 3 a new product called UPS My Choice, which is designed to make it easier for receivers of parcels to avoid missed deliveries. The company said out of the 5 million or so homes it visits each day, it leaves 100,000 to 200,000 missed delivery notices. Customers who sign up for the service will receive phone, e-mail or text alerts notifying them a day in advance of when packages will arrive and providing a 4-hour window for the delivery. They also will have the option to electronically authorize release of packages that require a signature and, for a US$5 transaction fee, to reroute a package to another delivery address or have it delivered to the nearest The UPS Store location. Customers who might want to use the service frequently can pay a US$40 annual subscription that would allow them to use the service as often as they like, but also gain access to an online delivery calendar that shows the status of UPS home deliveries and the option of a two-hour confirmed delivery window. A US$5 transaction fee is charged only upon successful delivery of the package within the 2-hour commitment. The company noted the product should be useful to the growing number of consumers who are buying products over the Internet that are then delivered by parcel companies to their homes. It cited figures from the firm comScore, which said during the 2010 holiday shopping season
***DHL Global Forwarding Pharma Move ... as this member of the Deutsche Post DHL group, and Lufthansa Cargo have changed the ownership of their 50:50 joint venture LifeConEx. The end-to-end life sciences cold chain logistics provider is now a 100% DHL subsidiary.
***Exel On The Border .... as this North American contract logistics unit of DHL Supply Chain, said it will build a 250,000-square-foot distribution center in
***Long Beach Hosts Int'l Industry Conference... as the Law Offices of Countryman & McDaniel are pleased to be co-sponsoring the Int'l Trade and Transport Symposium in conjunction with the International Law Section of the Los Angles County Bar Association, the International Assn. of Young Lawyers and preeminent transportation specialists from around the world. The Symposium will take place in
***SBS Hits The Books .... as academic publisher, McGraw-Hill Education, has appointed SBS Worldwide as its freight forwarder & supply chain partner for all inbound air and sea moves. SBS will manage the logistics arrangements for cargo being delivered to the McGraw-Hill Education EMEA headquarters in Maidenhead,
**Descartes Systems Group. UP with 2nd quarter net profit of US$2.6M, 30% more than US$2M earned in the same period a year earlier.
**FedEx. UP with 2nd quarter 2012 revenue of US$10.52Bn, up 11% from US$9.46Bn a year ago, and operating income at US$737M was up 17%.
OUR "B" Section: FF World Air News***
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs __________
***Int'l Air Transport Assn. Lowers Aim .... as its 2011 forecast for global air cargo revenue is cut to US$67Bn from a US$72Bn estimate in June, due to stagnant volume and weakening freight rates.Cargo volume will grow by just 1.4% in 2011, down from 5.5% predicted in June, the industry group said. The world's airlines are expected to transport 46.4 million metric tons of freight this year, down from the previous forecast of 48.2 million tons. Cargo traffic, which hit a post-recession peak in May 2010, largely driven by re-stocking, has stagnated through 2011. July traffic was down 4% from the peak and it is unlikely a revival in volume will begin before 2012, according to IATA. Freight yields likely will stagnate in 2011, down from an earlier forecast of a 4 % increase, due to an oversupply of belly cargo capacity on passenger aircraft.
***Lowest In 7 Months .... as air cargo rates out of
***Industry Sees Bright Future .... as the global aviation industry will create a demand for 900 new freighters by 2030, Airbus officials estimate in their latest Global Market Forecast. This projection, combined with the expected demand for 26,900 new passenger planes, signals good news for a sector that has been affected by the recent economic downturn. The price tag for the anticipated 27,800 new passenger & cargo planes is US$3.5 trillion, according to Airbus. Fuel-efficient craft will top carriers' wish lists, with 10,500 of these planes replacing eco-inefficient jets, they estimated. The number of aircraft isn't the only increase anticipated in Airbus' Global Market Forecast, however. Representatives for the aircraft manufacturer projected airline traffic will more than double in the next 20 years, with revenue passenger kilometers increasing 4.8% per year. Airbus officials anticipate the Asia-Pacific will lead the world in aircraft demand, necessitating 34% of the new planes. North America & Europe are expected to trail behind the Asia-Pacific, both accounting for 22% of the 27,800 planes.
***Buying Carbon .... as British Airways must pay a US$68.4M tax - the highest of any airline - once forced to pay for "allowances" under the EU's carbon emissions trading scheme, reports
***Bad Month For Boeing's New Freighter .... as after months of preparations and 2 years of delays, Boeing 747-8F launch customer Cargolux renounced delivery of the first 2 freighters 3 days before the carrier was set to procure them. The Sept. 16 announcement, which sent shockwaves throughout the airfreight industry, came amid plans for a 3-day ceremony commemorating the launch at Boeing's Everett, Wash.-based facilities. Boeing planned numerous festivities, including hiring a mystery musical guest, to celebrate Cargolux's scheduled Sept. 19 acquisition and subsequent 747-8 delivery on Sept. 21. It was a party put on hold, however. Citing "unresolved contractual issues," the Luxembourg-based freight carrier pulled out of the deal after board members expressed concern about the procurement. Industry rumblings suggest that an issue with the 747-8's engine was to blame. >>> Atlas Air Holdings, the 2nd largest customer for the 747-8F, also abandoned 3 of the jumbo freighters it has on order, reducing its overall order from 12 to 9 aircraft. The move, driven by schedule and performance issues on the early aircraft, advances the cargo carrier's 4th through sixth 747-8Fs built to deliveries later this year. The cancellation adds to the program's customer woes which began on Sept. 16 when launch operator Cargolux abruptly cancelled the delivery of its first 2 aircraft last week. Atlas received compensation for delays associated with it's 747-8F order, which reportedly included operation of the four 747 Large Cargo Freighter Dreamlifters that act as the structural transport for the 787 program. Evergreen Int'l Airlines operated the fleet from Aug. 2007 to Sept. 2010.
***Boeing Presses New Freighter Forward .... as Air Worldwide Holdings, a global provider of outsourced aircraft, has placed 2 of the new Boeing 747-8 Freighters with Panalpina. The pair has signed a new multi-year aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) contract for 2 Boeing 747-8Fs. The aircraft will enter service in the 1st half of 2012 and operate in Panalpina's own-controlled air freight network, replacing the 2 smaller Boeing 747-400 freighters. The Boeing 747-8 freighter, 5.6 meters longer than the 747-400, is expected to be the largest, most efficient, long-haul heavy freighter in the market. The 747-8F is expected to provide 16% more revenue cargo volume compared with the benchmark 747-400F. Panalpina's healthcare clients will be the first to benefit from the newest freighter technology. There is high demand in large-freighter capacity in general, but particularly in healthcare for temperature-sensitive cargo, a company statement said.
***UPS Expansion In EU ...... as it has unveiled a move to commence a major project for its European air hub at Cologne/Bonn Airport in Germany that will raise the package sorting capacity to 190,000 per hour, up from 110,000 packages at present. The US$200M works are intended to expand the existing building, and are slated for completion by the end of 2013, in part to be able to handle larger freight shipments, reports the
***Delta Air Lines Tracks Sensitive Cargo ..... as it has launched a new service enabling cargo carriers to utilize approved GPS devices to track high-value and time-sensitive shipments. It's a capability Delta officials said could especially benefit shipments of human organs, pharmaceuticals, movie films or technological prototypes. "With the option of greater visibility throughout the entire shipment lifecycle, we expect customer response to grow rapidly," Neel Shah, senior VP and chief cargo officer of Delta Cargo, said in a statement.
***Major Latin American Merger Approved ..... as the Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia, the antitrust court in
***New Temp Control Step Forward ..... as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has awarded accreditation to Envirotainer for its RKN e1 electrical heating & compressor cooling air cargo container that is intended for use within the global life science and healthcare industries. The company said, in a statement, it has seen exceptional global demand for this product since it was first approved by the European Air Safety Agency (EASA) in June 2005. However, although it is regularly used on
***Volumes >>> Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int'l Airport has been boosting the number of weekly cargo flights by more than 40% since last year, says an airport statement -- and starting from Sept., Asiana Airlines will operate 7 flights weekly, with daily 747-400 service. Last year,
***Supremely Ungraceful Exit ..... as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 78 and has battled cancer, was forced to slide down an emergency chute to evacuate a flight at
***Southwest Airlines Mystery Symbols ...... as it is investigating a rash of tagging incidents involving some of its passenger jets. According to an internal memo obtained by ABC15 in
***Air Cargo Yes, Mules No! ..... as drug smugglers from
***Sucking It In ..... as Brazilian federal police say an Irish man has been arrested with nearly 2 pounds of cocaine in his gut. Police identified the 20-year-old suspect only by his initials, P.B.K. Investigators said in a news release Sept. 16 he tried to board a flight in
***Just Like Flying Coach ..... as most people have been on a plane with a few jackasses before. But 10 dozen donkeys on one flight? One hundred and twenty donkeys have arrived at a sanctuary in
4. FF World Ocean Briefs
***Powerful Development .... as the Sept. 22 announcement that the Panama Canal Pilots Union voted to affiliate with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has had a sobbering effect upon employers on both the East and West coasts of the
***Arming The Good Guys - It's About Time ..... as the UN's Int'l Maritime Organization (IMO) has given qualified approval of armed guards aboard cargo ships in
***The Founder Passes ...... as Keith Tantlinger, whose invention set in motion the creation of the ubiquitous shipping container 60 years ago, has died at the age of 92, reported the New York Times. Tantlinger's box, large, heavy and metal, was the first commercially viable modern shipping container, though other shipping containers had been in existence for the better part of a century. Tantlinger's key refinement was the corner mechanism that locks containers together - allowing them to be lifted by crane, stacked high. More than any other innovation, this made the modern container revolution possible. The son of a citrus grower, Keith Walton Tantlinger was born in
***Ocean Cargo Spring ...... as import cargo volume at the busiest U.S. container ports is beginning to ramp up after a flat summer, the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates said in their monthly Global Port Tracker report. The 10 ports the report tracks, handled 1.32 million 20-foot-equivalent units in July, up 6% from June but down 4% from July 2010. Aug. was expected to be flat, with last year at an estimated 1.42 million TEUs. The report said year-over-year comparisons were skewed by higher-than-normal shipments in the summer of 2010, when fears of tight shipping capacity caused many retailers to accelerate imports of holiday merchandise. "This year, retailers have the luxury of importing holiday goods later than last year, which better ensures their inventory levels will accurately meet consumer demand," said the Federation. Year-on-year growth is beginning to resume in Sept., which the report predicts will rise 11.8% to 1.5 million TEUs. Oct. is forecast at 1.48 million TEUs, up 9.5%; Nov., 1.33 million TEUs, up 8%; and Dec. at 1.2 million TEUs, up 4.5%. Jan. 2012 is forecast at 1.19 million TEUs, down 1% from Jan. 2011. The total for 2011 is forecast at 15.4 million TEUs, up 4..3% from 2010.
***U.S. Containerized Exports UP ... as in July rose 4.8% from a year earlier, boosted by double-digit gains in wastepaper, scrap metal and logs and lumber, PIERS data show. The increase followed a year-over-year decline of 1.7% in June. July's volume was up 7.6% from the previous month. Through the 1st 7 months of 2011, containerized exports were up 8.3%. July exports were led by increases of 13%, or 16,710 20-foot-equivalent units, in waste paper; 15% (an increase of 6,711 TEUs) in scrap metal and 31% (6,305) in logs & lumber.
***Building It's Infrastructure Continues ..... as the Ministry of Finance in
***Hapag-Lloyd's Slide ..... as rating agency Standard & Poor's revised its outlook for the German container shipping company from "stable" to "negative" but retained its old BB+ credit rating. "The outlook revision reflects Hapag-Lloyd's lower profitability in the first half of the year," said S&P credit analyst Izabela Listowska, reported
***Japanese Carriers Slide ...... as Moody's, one of the big 3 ratings agencies, has downgraded the outlook of Japanese carriers MOL & NYK because of weakened profitability and growing uncertainty in shipping industry, but their actual ratings, Baa1 for NYK and A3 for MOL, remain unchanged. Moody's does not rate the other Japanese major "K" Line. Moody's also expects the two Japanese carriers to "maintain stable profits overall" because they possess "long-term contract business and stable non-shipping operations", adding that "their large fleets give options for scrapping, slow steaming and cancelling charters." But it said these positive factors "are not enough to offset current negative factors, hence the change in outlook to negative".
***Horizon Lines Saved -- Again ..... as brought low by crippling fines for price fixing, it has been rescued by a bridging finance deal of up to US$25M provided by holders of US$330M in 4.25% convertible senior notes, which will keep the company afloat. The Charlotte,
***Reefer Shift ..... as 75% of perishable cargo is likely to shift from special specialist reefer vessels to containerships by 2014, according to
***Hanjin Shipping Cash Call .... as it plans to raise US$405M through a Nov. stock issue, in what will be the South Korean ocean carrier's second stock issue in 4 months. The 40 million shares will be sold at US$10.1288 per share on the Seoul Stock Exchange Nov. 24, Hanjin said in a regulatory filing. Hanjin raised US$150M in July from the sale of 5-year convertible bonds to be used for general corporate purposes. Hanjin posted a group-wide net loss of US$254M for the 2nd quarter, reversing a US$191M net profit a year earlier. Group revenue fell 1.5% to US$2.2Bn.
***Hitting The Bridge ... as San Francisco Bay area government officials announced a civil settlement with the owner and operator of M/V COSCO Busan, resolving damages, penalties and response costs that resulted from the oil spill that followed the containership striking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in 2007. The U.S. Justice Dept., the state of California, the city and county of San Francisco and the city of Richmond, Calif., signed and lodged a consent decree that requires Regal Stone Ltd. and Fleet Management Ltd., owner & operator of M/V COSCO Busan, to pay US$44.4M for natural resource damages and penalties, and to reimburse the governmental entities for response costs incurred as a result of the 53,000-gallon oil spill.
***Expect Vessel Arrest ..... as Star Reefers said a leading Russian fruit importer that chartered its vessels has ignored a
***The Dreaded Kharpa .... as a 20-foot shipping container of rice has been returned to
***Throughput >>> APL, the container shipping arm of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines, recently announced its performance between July 20 and Aug. 26, seeing an 8% year-on-year increase to 235,200 TEU, but 20% decline in revenue per FEU to US$2,559 due to higher volumes, but lower freight rates on intra-Asia and Asia-Europe services. >>>
***This Month In
1779 - Captain John Paul Jones in Continental Navy frigate Bonhomme Richard captures HMS Serapis.
1931 - LT Alfred Pride pilots Navy's first rotary wing aircraft, XOP-1 autogiro, in landings and takeoffs on board USS Langley while underway.
1944 - USS West Virginia (BB-48) reaches
1957 - Bathyscaph
1990 - Two Hospital ships (USNS Mercy & USNS Comfort) steam together for 1st time in Arabian Gulf
1918 - Ensign David S. Ingalls, USNR, in a Sopwith Camel, shoots down his 5th enemy aircraft, becoming the first U.S. Navy ace while flying with the British Royal Air Force.
1960 - First nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), launched at
***Fast Cargo Carrier Born ..... as Alabama-based Austal shipyard has built its joint high-speed vessel, named the USNS Spearhead ahead of delivery by the end of the year, as the first in a 10 catamarans that cruise at 35 knots. Work began on the first vessel in Dec. 2009, a catamaran for use in rapid intra-theatre transport of troops and military equipment. The aluminium 338-feet long ships sleep up to 146 crew, provide airline seating for up to 312 and have capacity for up 600 short tons. With a range of 1,200 nautical miles they also have roll on/roll off capacity and shallow draft suited to landing troops & materiel. Three are still to be awarded construction options, reported American Shipper. Military Sealift Command is the Pentagon seagoing transport provider and is responsible for the operation of more than 110 civilian-crewed, noncombatant ships supporting military & humanitarian missions worldwide.
***The "Big Stick" Finds LA Home ..... as the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced Sept. 16 the U.S. Navy has donated the Battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) to the Pacific Battleship Center, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit on course to turn the ship into a permanent museum & memorial at the Port of Los Angeles. The donation USS Iowa to the
USS Iowa Turret Explosion
**Back By Popular Demand**
We're sorry, but there were so many sinkings, explosions, pirate attacks, fires, cargo mishaps, battles on the water & other disasters at sea that we do not have room to print even the highlights this month. Many people lost their lives at sea this month!!
But you can read all this month's disaster news at our special Internet web feature which provides full details of each event -- our Vessel Casualties & Pirate Activity Database. Bookmark the site and visit every day! Updated twice daily.
SPECIAL NOTE: Please view the dramatic new pictures at our special "Gallery of Cargo Loss" website feature.
See our new feature for Sept. 2011: "Taming 35" - an incident at Quito
See our newest photo feature "Singles Only" - Transportation Disasters Told In A Single Photo!
Daily Vessel Casualties ...... as we don't want you to miss the excitement of our 24 hour reports of the dramatic events at sea each day -- stories of casualties & pirates --- almost none of which are carried on your local news. Edited daily by Christoph Wahner, Esq. of Countryman & McDaniel.
NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker. It's dangerous out there.
OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace***
6. The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports Of Call"
Here are our suggested world wide web sites of the week for your business, your information and your amusement..............
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Cause of The Gulf's Deepwater Horizon Disaster - Final Report by U.S. Dept. of The Interior
Extension of The U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA)
FMCSA Intent To Test U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Long Haul Trucking Program
Global Political Risk Map
London Shipping Law Centre – Maritime Business Forum
New Report: How To Identify Imported Products Likely To Violate Safety Rules
Save Our Seafarers .........piracy must be stopped
S&P Lloyd's Wall Chart 2011 - free
Ten Years Later -- Remembering Twin Towers in Movie Cameos
U.S. Promotes Trade Goals To Enhance Access To Medicine - free whiye paper
Official Railway Equipment Register
SeaIntel Marine Intelligence
Trade Shows, Exhibitions, Conferences & Business Events Worldwide
World Trade Organization Events
5th Annual TPM Asia Conference ...... 11-12 Oct. 2011, Intercontinental Shenzhen, China
7th IATA Cargo Claims and Loss Prevention Conference! ........8 - 10 Nov. 2011, Shanghai - P. R. China
7th International Freight Forwarders Conference ........ 25 – 27 Nov. 2011, Hotel Novatel, Singapore
8th China Air Cargo Summit 2011 ...... Oct.12-14, Shenzhen, PRC
Air Cargo & Seacargo Americas ...... 2 - 4 Nov. 2011, Miami, FL
Arctic Shipping North America Conference ........ 12 – 13 Oct. 2011, Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, St John's
Breakbulk Africa Transport Congress ....... 2-3 Nov. 2011, Park Hotel, Bremen, Germany
FIATA World Congress 2011 .......16 to 21 Oct., 2011 in Cairo, Egypt
Int'l Conference on Logistics and Multimodal Transport ......9-11 Oct. 2011, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
TOC Americas 2011 .....15-17 Nov. 2011, El Panama Hotel, Panama City Panama
WMU's Piracy Conference ........ 17-19 Oct 2001, Malmo, Sweden
Airplane Flies like A Bird
British Airways - To Fly. To Serve.
Concorde G-BOAC Comes Alive Again! - to fly?
Driving The Tsunami
The Eunuch Admiral -- China's Greatest Seafarer
Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport (1925 - 1998) - absolutely amazing film! Reminders of the harrowing approach
Inside Gaddafi's Private A340
The RadioShack: Engineering for Space Vehicles
Virgin America Videos
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World***
7. New U.S. Transport Related Legal Cases _______
American Trucking Assn. vs. The City of Los Angeles
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
No. 10-56465, 26 Sept. 2011
The U.S. 9th Court of Appeals ruled that the Port of Los Angeles can't bar truck owner-operators from the port. The port's 2008 clean truck program required motor carriers moving containers to and from the port to enter into concession agreements which set forth 14 requirements, including one that said within 5 years port drayage drivers must be employees of licensed motor carriers.
The American Trucking Assn. (ATA) had challenged 5 provisions of the concession agreements that had been upheld by a district court, but the 9th Circuit, while affirming other parts of the lower court's decision, said it did not agree the employee driver requirement was legal.
It said the employee-driver provision was preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (FAAA Act), which says a state or political subdivision of a state uch as a port "may not enact or enforce a law, regulation, or other provision having the force and effect of law related to a price, route, or service of any motor carrier."
ATA hailed the decision. There was no immediate reaction from the port. Read the official decision
Written from wire stories, the Associated Press, Reuters, Hong Kong Shipping News Lloyds & other world sources.
Michael S. McDaniel, Esq. Editor (Countryman & McDaniel)
Christoph M. Wahner, Esq. (Countryman & McDaniel) Daily Vessel Casualties
Maria Payne (Countryman & McDaniel)
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