#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below.
Irish Economy: Asian export drive - The Asia Trade Forum, an initiative of the Irish Exporters' Association set up to boost two-way trade, is planning a major business mission to two of China's leading business cities, Suzhou and Hangzhou next month. The mission will be similar to last year's visit to India, in which 40 Irish firms took part, said Hugh Kelly, chairman of the Asia Trade Forum. China is forecast to be Ireland's fourth largest export destination by 2030, overtaking countries such as France and Japan.
Panama Canal: Cargo forecast reduction - It is forecast that there will be a fall in cargo volumes of 8 million tonnes in the Panama Canal for 2013, according to Jorge Qiujano, the administrator for the Panama Canal Authority Administrator. This is a decline from the 330 million tonnes forecast to pass through the waterway, as reported by Seatrade Global. The anticipated 2.4% decrease is mainly due the impact of the drought that has affected the US.
Tanker Market: Petrol tanker rates surge -The amount of cargoes booked for tankers to ship European petrol to the US jumped, with rates for these tankers also surging, according to Bloomberg. There was a 14% gain in industry standard Worldscale points for voyages to New York from Rotterdam, the Baltic Exchange reported. Vessels earnings increased by 33%, rising to $19,410 per day.
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