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SeaIntel expects big rate increases for shippers

Last year's contracts between carriers and shippers were signed at historically low prices when comparing contract rates and spot rates. There could therefore be major rate increases in store when new contracts are negotiated in May.

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SSY after Danish acquisition: "Hopefully 2+2=5"

Getting a foot in the door of Danish shipping was decisive for UK-based shipbroker Simpson Spence Young, which on Friday acquired Denmark's Bidsted & Co. "We're a good match," Chairman Mark Richardson tells ShippingWatch.

MSC to increase capacity of 11 vessels at Chinese yard

Container carrier MSC has signed a deal with a Chinese shipbuilder to increase the length of its 11 container ships, to boost their capacity to 17,000 teu. Competitor CMA CGM has also made a deal with the same yard, report several media.

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