CARGILL MARINE AND TERMINAL
U.S. agribusiness Cargill Inc said it will build a grain handling facility in West Memphis, Arkansas, to purchase corn, sorghum, soybeans and wheat that the company could ship down the Mississippi River to U.S. Gulf Coast export terminals. Minneapolis-based Cargill, one of the world's largest private companies, said on Thursday it will invest $45 million in the terminal in West Memphis, located on the western bank of the Mississippi. The river is the main shipping route to the Gulf, where about 60 percent of all U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat exports exit the country. When completed, the elevator will be capable of loading up to eight barges daily and of holding up to five barges, Cargill said in a release that did not provide a timeline for the project. Competitors Bunge Ltd and CHS Inc also have facilities in West Memphis while Archer Daniels Midland Co has an elevator on the other side of the river in Memphis, Tennessee. "The West Memphis location will be easy to reach with large semi-loads of grain, and will have excellent access for loading barges, during both high and low river levels," said Fred Oelschlaeger, regional manager for Cargill's southern river region. The facility will complement Cargill's elevator just north of that location in Hales Point, Tennessee, where a $25 million modernization project that tripled the grain handling capacity was completed in 2012, the company said.
The ship vetting company RightShip Pty Ltd confirmed that Cargill has acquired a one third stake in the company. Shares were sold in equal amounts by founding partners, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. Cargill, the international food, agriculture and risk management company, is one of the world’s major users of shipping, especially dry bulk vessels. RightShip’s CEO, Warwick Norman, welcomed Cargill’s decision to become a one third partner as a vote of confidence in RightShip’s vetting services
Dry cargo rates continued to rise on Tuesday, but the market was quiet following Monday's Labor Day holiday in the U.S., brokers said. Cargill chartered the Ken Pan built in 1984 to ship 31,000 tons of maize from Durban to Japan 10/20 September at $22.75. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) rose five points to 1,671, the Baltic Panamax Index four points to 1,616, the Baltic Handy Index six points to 1,169 and the Baltic Capesize Index by seven points to 2,239.
SSA Terminals (Oakland) announces the expansion of its Port of Oakland marine terminal facilities. SSA Terminals (Oakland) is expanding its Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) operations to meet the growing needs of the maritime industry. With the expansion, OICT is the largest container terminal in Northern California, providing a 271-acre facility and servicing 20 international carriers. The enlarged OICT will consist of 5 contiguous berths, stretching no less than 6,000 feet
Seaboard Marine informs that the new gate facility allows trucks to flow directly from Port Boulevard into the ninety (90) acre Seaboard Marine terminal. The new gates, at the northeast corner of the Seaboard Marine terminal, will benefit Seaboard’s operations and trucker turnaround through streamlining gate processing while improving overall safety and security. Features of the new facility include multiple scales for inbound cargoes and “reversible lanes”
Holt Logistics Corp. says it has entered into a partnership with the South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art marine terminal in Paulsboro, New Jersey. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by Governor Chris Christie, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the Board and staff of the South Jersey Port Corporation, various Gloucester County executives and representatives of Holt Logistics at the future site of the facility
The Baltic Panamax Index was down 3 to 1,253 points last Wednesday, the Capesize down 16 to 1,739, the Handy Index down 4 at 954 and the Dry Index down 7 to 1,313 points. Brokers reported generally sluggish conditions in the freight market. Cargill booked 55,000 heavy grain USGulf/Holland with Ateni at $12 and were also understoood to have fixed Bariloche for 54,000 heavy grain Baie Comeau to Japan for Nov 12/25 at $21.50 no combo although some sources put the rate at $22.25
Panamax owners are unlikely to experience any relief from the current slide in earnings until March. February load freight rates have fallen further as a result of reduced enquiry, most obviously in the Atlantic, for both grain and mineral Panamax loads. Brokers expect that this situation will continue until South American grain shipments emerge in March. The noticeable absence of Japanese charterers has undermined the already weaker Panamax grain trades in the Far East
CSX World Terminals announced the promotion of Arno H. F. Dimmling to senior vice president and chief operating officer for CSX World Terminals, effective immediately. In his new role, Dimmling will oversee CSX World Terminals' operating policies and procedures and will direct the management of line operations in Europe, the Americas, Australia and Korea. CSX World Crane Services, CSXWT Operations Consulting and Information Technology will also have direct accountability to Dimmling is
Houston, Texas-based PortVision, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, shares its projections for the top vessel-tracking trends that it believes will have the greatest impact on the maritime industry during 2014. They identify the following trends to watch: Trend #1: Improving real-time visibility and decision-making. Advances in AIS-based vessel-tracking tools and technology that move the industry beyond simple points on a map to on-demand
Three companies that own the vast majority of chassis serving the San Pedro Bay ports are on track to activate a “gray chassis fleet” of truck-trailers on March 1, a move that should improve the flow of goods through Port of Long Beach, the nation’s busiest harbor complex
Despite a slow start to the year, Haven Marine Services reports it is now seeing a change in fortunes with two dockings for Svitzer in quick succession, with one vessel sailing after a refit and another in on the same tide. This comes after a prolonged period of inactivity at the yard during the
Los Angeles area ports are using a Uber-style app called Cargomatic to help clear congestion from recent slowdowns, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. After labor strife created what may be delays of up to two months, container terminals on the Pacific coast have no choice
A coalition of environmental groups has sued the Port of Seattle over a leasing agreement to host Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling fleet, claiming the deal was negotiated in secret and may pollute the port. They argued that the port needed to allow more public involvement and
The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and a broad-based coalition of organizations that rely on marine vessels to transport essential cargoes said a uniform national framework for the regulation of vessel discharges is urgently needed. The coalition called upon the Senate Commerce Committee to
JAXPORT’s Board of Directors today unanimously approved an expanded, long-term lease with Crowley Liner Services Inc. Under the agreement, Crowley will relocate its Puerto Rican service from its private terminal along Jacksonville’s harbor to JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal
French maritime transporter CMA CGM has opened a logistics complex, between the port and city of Douala, Cameroon, and set up a new firm to handle inland transportation in West African markets. Christened 3CTC (CMA CGM Cameroon Container Terminal)
SEACOR Holdings Inc.informed that Oivind Lorentzen their Chief Executive Officer has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer, but will continue as a director and non-executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Charles Fabrikant, Executive Chairman
Weego launched the compact and portable Jump Starter Battery+ for the marine market. Weego is pocket sized and capable of starting boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and more, as well as charging phones, tablets, speakers and other USB devices
On her maiden voyage in the AEX1 service, China Shipping Container Lines’ containership CSCL Globe, currently the world’s largest container vessel, moored at Belgium's Port of Zeebrugge after embarking on its first voyage in China last December.
LNG was loaded aboard Anthony Veder's Coral Energy, the Skangass time chartered ship, at the Fluxys LNG Terminal in Zeebrugge, marking the first Skangass loading at Zeebrugge under the recent agreement between Skangass and energy company Eni.
Britain's Dragon liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal shows only two unused import slots available over the next 13 days, compared with four slots advertised earlier this week, a market note showed. The change may indicate that Dragon has booked two cargo arrivals from third-party
Lithuanian liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer Litgas has signed a preliminary agreement with a U.S. supplier, looking to lessen the Baltic nation's dependence on Russia. Litgas said on Friday it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Delfin LNG
Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited announced its interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2014, reporting steady growth over the period. During the period, profit attributable to the owners of the group increased 3% year-on-year to HK$561 million
The top stories this week covered everything from a DP system failure, a facelift for a WWII torpedo boat, and some mysterious tankers off the coast of Philadelphia. The tanker Olympic Flag was carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude when it dropped anchor seven miles off the