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News / Ocean carriers benefit from steady rates as new contracts are signed

News / Ocean carriers benefit from steady rates as new contracts are signed

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 24/03/2017 For Mediterranean ports, the SCFI component recorded just a $4 per teu decline to $798, following falls of $16 and $28 per teu previously.Furthermore, a number of carriers have announced 1 April FAK (freight all kinds) rate increases on the route to coincide with the launch of the new alliances.Meanwhile, on the backhaul route, with capacity remaining tight ahead of the new alliance structures next month, reports have reached The Loadstar of shippers paying in excess of $2,500 per 40ft to guarantee shipment.One UK shipper told The Loadstar this week carriers “are not being consistent with their excuses”, some blaming the blanking of westbound sailings for the Chinese new year, the repositioning of ships for the new alliances, draught restrictions in Hamburg and others saying simply that the capacity crunch was the result of higher-than-expected demand.The latter was the main reason given to The Loadstar by Maersk Line recently, and this week its 2M partner, MSC, said: “While MSC is receiving enquiries in high number for North Europe to Asia sailings for April and May, we are continuing to take bookings and have activated extra staff to best assist the needs of our clients.”Elsewhere, container spot rates between Asia and the US – which have come under pressure in the past month – slid a modest 3.7% for the US west coast, to $1,288 per 40ft, and by 3.5% for east coast ports, to $2,625 per 40ft.Spot rates for the transpacific have fallen away from the end-of-January highs of around $2,100 per 40ft for the west coast and $3,700 for the east coast, and carrier negotiators for contracts renewing in May have been forced onto the back foot.Nevertheless, spot rates on the trade remain substantially higher than for the same week 12 months ago, when the SCFI recorded rates of $748 and $1,651 per 40ft respectively for the west and east coast ports.Moreover, carriers are attempting to lift rates on the transpacific. Hapag-Lloyd, for instance, this week announcing a $700 per 40ft GRI (general rate increase) for implementation on 20 April.Charles Deller, chief executive of California-based freight consultant 10XOceansolutions, described the price hike as “another shot across the bows” of the transpacific rate negotiations. Container spot rates between Asia and Europe held steady this week, while the erosion of transpacific rates slowed notably as annual contract negotiations intensified.The Asia-North Europe component of the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) slipped just $4 to $815 per teu, after losing $17 and $45 in the two previous weeks.This is exceptionally good news for ocean carriers on the route which have not only succeeded in negotiating “significantly higher” annual contract rates, but are benefiting from much higher spot rates than a year ago.Indeed, for the corresponding week in 2016 the SCFI recorded a rate of $247 per teu from Asia to North Europe. And according to several of the carriers’ operational reports, spot cargo now makes up some 50% of their carryings on the route.last_img read more

Creative Chronicles: How to become a programmer

Creative Chronicles: How to become a programmer

first_imgCreative Chronicles: How to become a programmerThe GI.biz Academy partners with Creative Assembly to publish its Creative Chronicles video series, today focusing on becoming a programmerCreative AssemblyMonday 16th March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleCreative AssemblyCreative Assembly’s educational series, Creative Chronicles, provides in-depth tutorials, insights into game development and key information that aims to educate and inspire future talent interested in building games. Previously covered topics include AI behaviour and a balancing post-mortem of Total War Three Kingdoms. You can find the list of all the previously published videos on this page.In this video, Creative Assembly’s senior AI programmer, Duygu Cakmak, and engine director, Chris Budd, look at how to become a programmer in the games industry.Have you been wondering how to get into the industry, or you’ve been applying for junior programming positions and not had much luck? In this talk, CA discuss what key skills you need to show, how you can best present your skills in a portfolio and your application, as well as what to avoid. There are simple changes you can make in your application which will help you stand out, and ensure the hiring managers don’t miss the important information.CA also looks at the next stage of the application process: what happens when you get an interview and what might a programming test involve?This talk is for anyone looking at taking that step into the industry and how to stand out from a crowd of other candidates.CA’s programming experts have also collated a list of useful resources, which you can find below. They also recommend #Include C++, a group who are working to improve inclusion and diversity in the C++ community. #Include have a discord server and channels for learners to ask any questions.Books:Game Programming Patterns by Robert NystromGame AI Pro 1-2-3 by Steve RabinBehavioral Mathematics for Game AI by Dave MarkArtificial Intelligence and Games by Georgios N. Yannakakis and Julian TogeliusThe Audio Programming Book by R BoulangerComputer Animation: Algorithms and Techniques by Rick ParentGame Engine Architecture by Jason GregoryReal Time Rendering by Tomas Akenine-Möller, Eric Haines, Naty HoffmanGPU Gems – All Volumes by various authorsGame Programming Gems – All Volumes by various authorsRay Tracing Gems by Eric Haines, Tomas Akenine-MöllerNumerical Recipes by William H. Press, Saul A. Teukolsky, et alPhysically Based Rendering: From Theory to Implementation by Matt Pharr, Greg Humphreys, Wenzel JakobContinuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation by Jez Humble and David FarleyThe Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. NormanBlogs:The Orange Duck by Daniel HoldenWhere to Get Started Learning C++ and What Resources to Use by Shafik YaghmourC0DE517EMicrosoft Developer Blogs: DirectX, C++ and PIXThe GamesIndustry.biz Academy guides to working in games cover a wide range of topics, from how to approach mental health issues in the workplace to what every studio head can do to stop their business from failing. Our guides to finding a job in the games industry cover sectors such as journalism, PR, design, testing and art.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesCreative Assembly opens third UK studioTotal War developer continues growth with Horsham, West Sussex officeBy Jeffrey Rousseau 29 days agoA Total War Saga: Troy was downloaded 7.5m times in 24 hoursEpic Games Store giveaway brought a huge number of players “new and old” into Creative Assembly’s new gameBy Matthew Handrahan 8 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Baseball America ranks MSU’s freshmen class top 5

Baseball America ranks MSU’s freshmen class top 5

first_imgMississippi State coach John Cohen and his staff brought in the fifth-best recruiting class according to Baseball America.Mississippi State coach John Cohen and his staff brought in the fifth-best recruiting class according to Baseball America.STARKVILLE — A second publication has ranked Mississippi State’s incoming recruiting class among the five best in the country on Tuesday. Baseball America slated the Bulldogs’ freshmen class as the fifth-best in the country. It’s the first time since 2000 that the Bulldogs have a top 5 class according to the publication.Last month, Collegiate Baseball ranked the class as the third-best in the country.MSU baseball lands third-ranked recruiting classThe class features three selections from the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft as well as three players who were named player of the year in their respective states.Left-handed pitcher Jared Padgett and infielder Delvin Zinn were both drafted by the Cubs in June’s MLB Draft. Catcher Elih Marrero was selected by the Reds. The trio elected to put their professional aspirations on hold.Pitcher Kale Breaux was named the 2014-15 Gatorade Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year. Breaux was also a member of USA Baseball’s 18U National Team which brought home the gold medal at the 2014 COPABE Pan American Championships.Hunter Stovall hit .461 with 10 home runs and 28 stolen bases this past spring at Pelham High in Alabama. He was named the 2014-15 Gatorade Alabama Baseball Player of the Year. The middle infielder was also named a 2015 Louisville Slugger, MaxPreps and Perfect Game All-American.Junior college Nathaniel Lowe transferred to MSU from St. John’s River Community College after being named a NJCAA First-Team All-American. The 2015 Florida Junior College Player of the Year ranked second in the National Junior College Athletic Association in walks (54) and 12th in home runs (17), while hitting .372 with 53 RBIs in 56 games.Mississippi State’s fall World Series begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Dudy Noble Field.Contact Michael Bonner at [email protected] Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.last_img read more