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Shipping Eyes Brazilian Ore Exports

Image: Vale S.A.

 Following the plunge in dry bulk freight market, shipping companies are banking on increased iron ore exports from Brazil to China and India to shore up freight rates, reports the Hindu Businessline.   Hauling ore from Brazil to China will cost almost double than that from Australia.  So in the current situation, ship-owners feel an increased flow of iron ore from Brazil, the world’s second largest producer, could boost the rates, as hauling the ore from there to China cost almost double than that from Australia.   Brazil accounts for almost 25% of the global market share of iron ore’s trade volume. Brazil is home to one of the largest mining companies, Vale S.A.    Brazil’s Ministry of Industry, Development and Foreign Trade had, last month, said iron ore exports from the country had increased by over 17 per cent in December to cross 37 million tonnes (mt), compared with the year-ago month.   Vale increased output is reflected in Brazilian iron ore exports for December. The volumes from Brazil surged to 37.39 million tons in December, which is a huge 44% month-over-month.    Shivakumar, Group CFO of Great Eastern Shipping hoped that Brazil is able to sell their iron ore more competitively than the Australians, because Brazilian iron ore to China is the best possible thing to happen to dry bulk shipping.


Australia's Iron Ore Miners Hang Tough as Prices Fall

By James Regan, Reuters If Australian miners are worried about the dramatic decline in iron ore prices, it doesn't show. At an annual gathering of many of the world's biggest and smallest iron ore producers here the mood is upbeat - as if the heftiest one-day fall in ore prices since the global financial crisis never happened. "Iron ore mining isn't tennis, it's a contact sport," said David Flanagan, chairman of Atlas Iron Ltd


China's Qingdao Port Probing Iron Ore Financing Fraud

China's Qingdao port said on Wednesday it is investigating whether iron ore warehouse receipts were fraudulently used multiple times to raise finance from different banks, Xinhua news agency reported. The probe is focussed on one trader with iron ore receipts, the Chinese news agency said. It follows a broad investigation earlier this year by Chinese authorities into the use of iron ore as collateral in financing deals.


Australia's Port Hedland Iron Ore Exports to China Rise

Port Hedland: Pilbara Ports Authority

 Iron ore shipments to China from Western Australia's Port Hedland, the world's biggest terminal for shipments of the steelmaking raw material, rose 3.3% from February to 31.2 million mt in March.    While the rise is partly attributable to fewer shipping days in February, it also underscores efforts by Australian miners to displace China’s domestic production of iron ore. It also indicates that demand remained strong despite weakness in the market.  


Essar Ports Acquires Vizag Port's Iron Ore Complex

Vishakhapatnam Port Trust’s Iron Ore Handling Complex on a Build-Operate-Transfer basis

  Essar Ports Ltd. (EPL) today announced the taking over of Vishakhapatnam Port Trust’s (VPT) Iron Ore Handling Complex on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis, for a period of 30 years. Essar Vizag Terminals Ltd. (EVTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of EPL, will comprise three berths (two outer harbour berths and one inner harbour berth) with a combined capacity of 23 Million Tonnes per Annum (MTPA) which will be developed in two phases.


Great Lakes Freighters Getting Underway Again

The Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) announced that the 2016 shipping season on the Great Lakes began on March 2 when the tug/barge unit Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder loaded 4,600 tons of iron ore at Cleveland Bulk Terminal for delivery to ArcelorMittal Cleveland at the end of the navigable portion of the Cuyahoga River. That much iron ore will keep the mill in operation for about one day. The vessel could have delivered another 4,100 tons


JFE’s Ship Unit Targets Orders for Five Vessels

JFE Holdings Inc.’s shipbuilding unit is reportedly aiming to win orders for as many as five iron ore carriers, according to a report on www.businessweek.com. Iron-ore carriers including Nippon Yusen K.K. and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. are expanding dry-bulk fleets to tap demand for the steelmaking material. Exports of the ore from Australia, the world’s largest shipper, are forecast to rise at an average annual rate of 7 percent to 2015


Iron-Ore Ship Rates Rise as China Spends

Iron-Ore carrier daily rates rebound as China spends US$158-billion. Iron-ore ships are poised to earn more than operating costs for the first time this year as rates rally on speculation Chinese steel mills will accelerate imports because of a 1 trillion-yuan ($158 billion) building program, reports Bloomberg Business News. Capesizes, each carrying 160,000 metric tons of ore, will earn $12,500 a day in the fourth quarter


Vale Profit Falls Amidst Record Output

Brazilian miner Vale SA posted a sharp decline in profit from the previous quarter as lower iron ore prices undermined record production of the steel-making ingredient. Vale, the world's largest producer of iron ore, reported second-quarter net income of $1.43 billion, down 43 percent on the previous quarter and below the average analyst estimate of $1.89 billion in a Reuters survey. "It was a very challenging environment where the price of our most important product has dropped by


Capesize ‘Uptick’ Not Strong Enough for an Upsurge

A rise in iron ore trade, higher steel prices and increased scrapping have all contributed to recent improvements but the outlook is fragile April 19, 2016. The latest Dry Bulk Freight Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International* analyses the recent uptick in the Capesize market and considers the positive trends and mitigating factors. MSI finds the indicators are relatively positive in the short-term for iron ore trade


Hong Kong Shipping Group Wants Aid to Arrested Ship's Crew

The Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) on Thursday called on the city's authorities to provide assistance to the crew of a Hong Kong-flagged coal ship off the east coast of Australia that is running out of food and fuel. Local Australian media and Great Britain's Guardian newspaper


Q4 Bounce Forecast for Dry Bulk Market

File photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping

The Q4 bounce – a seasonal staple of the dry bulk markets – looks likely for Capesize and Panamax segments, but the effects may be limited.    Independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a fourth quarter bounce in dry


Essar’s Vizag Port Terminal Boost Third Party Business

Essar Vizag Terminal

Post the taking over of Vishakhapatnam Port Trust’s (VPT's) Iron Ore Handling Complex (OHC) on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis for a period of 30 years in May’ 15, Essar Vizag Terminals Limited (EVTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Essar Ports Limited (EPL) has boosted the


Weak Freight Rates push Grindrod to H1 loss

Africa's biggest shipping group Grindrod reported a first-half loss on Thursday, pressured by low global growth and declining dry bulk shipping rates but it expects demand for commodities to pick up this year. Africa's biggest shipping group, which is present in 37 countries worldwide


Capesize, Panamax Vessels Drag down Baltic Index

file image: a so-called ValeMax Bulk Carrier (Vale)

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday due to weaker rates for capesize and panamax vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Owners Remain Confident

File Image: typical bulk carrier underway (BSM)

Number of idle ships down to around 15, from 70 in early 2016 - broker. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could nudge lower next week although they are generally expected to remain around the current levels, ship brokers said.


Baltic Index Falls for Third Straight Day

File Image: A FedNav Bulk Vessel (FedNav)

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the third straight day on Thursday due to weaker rates for larger vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Baltic Index Falls on Weak Freight Rates

Freight rates across most bulk sectors fell on Monday. File Image (Credit BSM)

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Monday due to weaker rates across all segments, except handysizes. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Broad Declines drag Baltic Index down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday on lower rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Baltic Index Down as Rates for Large Vessels Stay Weak

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday on weaker rates for larger vessels and supramaxes.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Dips 15% in July

File photo: Jeff Thoreson

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.6 million tons in July, a decrease of 15 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Shipments also trailed the month’s fuve-year average by more than 18 percent.  


Unexpected Demand to Boost Dry Bulk Rates -Drewry

1-year time charter rates (Source: Drewry’s Dry Bulk Forecaster report)

Increasing trade and contracting supply will support a recovery in charter rates on major dry bulk shipping routes, with the prospect of China importing more coal and iron ore to combat pollution and poor quality, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster


Pilbara Ports Volume Up 2%

Courtesy Pilbara Ports Authority

Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) delivered a total monthly throughput of 52.9 million tonnes (Mt) in the month of July 2016, amounting to an increase of 2% from the same month in 2015. The PPA which operates as a Western Australian Government Trading Enterprise


Brokers Optimistic on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: credit BSM

More activity from Australian miners buoy capesize rates; dry cargo market remains over-tonnaged as fleet growth outpaces demand. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes should stay largely unchanged next week on static cargo volumes though shipowners remain


St. Lawrence Seaway Traffic Sluggish in July

Photo: The Great Lakes Seaway

“We are about half-way through the 2016 navigation season and our overall cargo tonnage numbers are down by 11 percent,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “The lack of iron ore and coal has definitely been a contributing factor






 
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